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Nemo Report 7 Apr 2014 11:40


If you could choose an ancestor from your family tree to interview, who would you pick and why? You can only ask them three questions, what would they be?



+++DetEcTive+++ Report 7 Apr 2014 11:59

I’d ask Isaac Bloch, the father of Nathan Bloch 1829.

Where exactly were you born?
Who has your wife?
Why did you come to England?

His grt grandaughter said they came from Estonia, but the earliest 1851 census says Germany. If they came as a family group, it might be possible to find her death/burial in the Middlesex area before 1851. That might have her age at death recorded.
A town of birth might help to find a marriage in that area, or at least his own birth.

Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage Report 7 Apr 2014 12:08

Ok goody I love these .......

GGGrt Grandmother

1.... why do you insist on telling on the 1891 1901 and 1911 census that your place of birth is Ireland ( and change the area accordling) when you was actually born in Manchester fair enough the only child of your parents to be born outside Ireland but still you were clearly born in Manchester. It even says so on the 1871 and 1881 census. And I'd slip this in....... why do you speak with a fake Irish accent?

2.....why on the 1911 census do you claim that 2 of your children have died when clearly all 10 of them can be accounted for.....

3.... Do you happen to know where you s.i.l ( my great grandfather) brother is at the time of the 1911 census?

Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage Report 7 Apr 2014 12:12

or can I have another ?

My GGGGRT grandfather ( one presumes back in 1840 )

1.... Who exactly is James Wildes father? Is it you or your Son

2.... Did you actually marry your DIL if so where?

3..... was you and your family hiding in the cellar on the night of the 1851 census?


LaGooner Report 7 Apr 2014 12:13

Oh's GGG paternal Grandfather Henry . Where the devil did you disappear to . Who was the Mary who fathered your son Richard. and finally why did you dump your son omn his Grandmother :-D :-D :-D :-D.


Maryanna Report 7 Apr 2014 12:21

To my gt gt grandmother Amelia.

Why did you call yourself by your sisters name on the 1871 census but give the correct year of birth. ( she was four years younger and still living at home, you were living/ staying/ working in the pub on the corner of your street ) ?

Where did you go to after your youngest child was born in 1891 ( and before 1899 by which time your husband had a child by the housekeeper - they went on to have four more,) leaving nine children, including my great grandad. ?

Why are there no death entries for you or marriage after your husband died in 1912 ? I have looked up to 1955, you would have been over 100 by then so where did you go ?



Silly Sausage

Silly Sausage Report 7 Apr 2014 12:30

I hate it when eveyones questions are far more interesting then mine and not only that I now feel that I too have to know the answers its like not finishing a book or missing the ending of a cery interesting film....... or filim as my GGGrany would say ;-)


'Emma' Report 7 Apr 2014 12:33

My Great Grandfather Alexander Nerrlie b 1834

Where were you born America or Agra, India.

What were your parents names.

Where were they born.


Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 7 Apr 2014 12:46

Great thread Nemo :-)

I would ask John Samuel Mitchell (my dad's father) .....

1. Where were you born?
2. What was your job?
2. If grandma didn't bury you under the patio, just where DID you go after you walked out on her and my dad?

:-D Wouldn't it be great if we could all solve each other's questions :-D


LadyScozz Report 7 Apr 2014 12:54

only one & three questions? I'll twist it a bit........ three people, one question each........

1. My 14xgreat-grandmother, Helen Leslie........ why did you become the mistress of a bishop??

2. My 3xgreat-grandfather's brother Thomas Morning.......... how many wives did you have? At the same time!!?? One poor woman hadn't seen you for years, thought you had died, and she married again........ and was put in jail for bigamy.... where YOU should have been.

3. My 7xgreat-grandfather Robert Pryde..... did you really fight at the battle of Prestonpans?

<3 :-S :-S :-S :-S :-S


PricklyHolly Report 7 Apr 2014 13:01

My GG Grandmother Polyantha appears as a servant to a very well to do family in the 1881 census.

She has her illegitimate son Teddy aged 4 with her and a son Barty aged 4 months.

Polyantha dies in 1891 and son's Teddy and Barty are still living with the well to do of the son's of that family is a Barrister called Teddy and a Solicitor called Barty.

I would like to ask......

Who is the Father of Teddy?

Who is the Father of Barty?

And where did the £20, 000 come from that you left in your will.

Edit: I just made that up to make Hayley feel well Jell. ;-) :-D :-D :-D


LadyScozz Report 7 Apr 2014 13:08

laffin so much I had a coughing fit

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


Maryanna Report 7 Apr 2014 13:10

Prickles .........

M. :-D


PricklyHolly Report 7 Apr 2014 13:12

:-D :-D :-D

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 7 Apr 2014 13:18


Having had enough trouble with my Lithuanians being classed as Russian Poles on several documents, I can sympathise with your plight.....this article may interest you while possibly also shedding light on your ancestors' nationality discrepancies....maybe.......

".....Nor did rural Estonians think of themselves as a nation: they rather considered themselves peasants whose identity was largely influenced by regional loyalty. The name they often used while referring to themselves — ‘country people‘ — also seemed to be a sign of social self-determination.

Climbing the social ladder in a society with a fixed class system was possible only for the very few. For an Estonian, this automatically meant Germanisation and the loss of ethnic identity perhaps even within one generation. Such a process of individuals revising their ethnic adherence, which had begun in the Middle Ages and continued until the early 20th century, is a highly characteristic feature of Estonian history."


maggiewinchester Report 7 Apr 2014 14:59

I would ask my grandmother - AGAIN - but hope that in spectral form, she may answer with the CORRECT person, not someone whom she wishes it was:
1)Who was my dad's dad - and was he also dad's sister's dad?
2) Who funded you when you were bringing up dad and his sister?
3) Why did claim you were Cmdr Nicholas's widow when he was killed, when you knew perfectly well he was already married with 5 children? He was a long-standing friend of your parents FGS, with children your own age!!!

Oh - and a sneaky #4 - just WHY??????????????????


AnnCardiff Report 7 Apr 2014 16:08

for Golden Girl


Name: Alexander Nerley
Gender: Male
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 23 Sep 1875
Event Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Father's Name: Alex Nerley
Mother's Name: Martha
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C59743-1
System Origin: Pennsylvania-ODM
GS Film number: 1289317


'Emma' Report 7 Apr 2014 16:37

Thanks for that Ann, his son my grandfather was b1863.
Have tried several variants of the name over the years
but still a brick wall.
Appreciate your time.

Emma :-)


AnninGlos Report 7 Apr 2014 16:44

To My Gt Gt Gt Grandfather William born 1794 (baseborn son of Mary Voakes in Froyle Hampshire). OK I get that, Mary was your mother. Mary Voakes married William Webster (B1775) in June 1795 and from then you were called William Webster. Your occupation was first a coachman like William senior and then with your wife you both worked for Elizabeth Langford who had houses in London and Brighton.

1. Was William Webster your father?

2. your daughter Ann Webster was born in 1830 and baptized at Highgate chapel London. her baptism certificate gives her parents as William and Elizabeth Webster. What was Elizabeth's maiden name and were you as I suspect married in London? I know according to the 1851 she was born in Bow Middlesex.

3. I have a letter written to Elizabeth in 1832 (who confusingly she calls Ann) in London from Elizabeth Langford in Brighton saying that you, William (who she calls Webster) are seriously ill and she must take the coach to visit you. After that there is no more trace of you and in 1841 Elizabeth is working as ladies maid in London and in the 1851 she is a ladies maid in the home of Elizabeth Langford's daughter. I can't find your death. Did you die in Brighton or in London?


BrendafromWales Report 7 Apr 2014 19:44

To my great grandfather Jeremiah Connell..or maybe O' Connell,born in Tipperary in ,I believe 1831,but some of my 2nd cousins say 1835.

We're you born in Fethard or Cashel?....confusing information,and I have been told that Tipperary is the hardest county in Ireland to research.

Was your father called Edward as you have on marriage certificate,or John as given to me by the Heritage centre in Tipperary town I visited a few years ago?

In your army career,it seems you served some time in India ,and later Australia, and according to one of my cousins who had a researcher do a search,it seems you possibly had a family there before you met my great grandmother when you were stationed at Raglan Barracks at Devonport near Plymouth.
This could be possible as you were approximately 20 years older than her.
I go back to 1650 with her side,but you have been my big brick wall?

Wish the Irish side wasn't so hard to crack! :-S