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Gettings - Sunderland

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Christine Report 25 Jun 2020 19:24

I'm trying to trace a second cousin, Robert (Robbie) Gettings, birth year approx 1947.
in the 1960's he was living in the Ford Estate area of Sunderland, possibly working in electrics. Any info would be gratefully received. many thanks, Chris


ErikaH Report 25 Jun 2020 19:29

Have you done any searching yourself?

No need to guess about his birth year - look for the record on freebmd

Use the same site for possible marriage info - and children

I will not post the info here - invasion of privacy

Look for the son in the ER on this site


Christine Report 25 Jun 2020 19:40

Thank you, ErikaH,
Have tried various sites , using name and birth year variations but can find no matches, so thought I would use this message board more or less as a last resort.


ErikaH Report 25 Jun 2020 20:01

His birth and marriage are on freebmd - plus two children’s births

Very easy to find

Then follow my advice about the ER on here.


Christine Report 25 Jun 2020 20:22

Thank you for that....I tried freebmd but didn't come up with anything, obviously I'm not using the site correctly...I'll try again. Many thanks

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 25 Jun 2020 20:52


Where was he born and who where his parents?

There's one born in 1946 but there's no Sunderland connection for his birth or marriage.



ErikaH Report 25 Jun 2020 21:37

If he’s related to you, you must know his parents’ names.


Christine Report 25 Jun 2020 21:41

Thank you Rose,
I too found a birth and marriage but they were for South West Durham, and I'm sure he was born in Sunderland, and he lived in Sunderland in the 60's, with his parents. Not sure of his parents names as my Aunt who had this information, and lived in the same area, passed away last year.



Christine Report 25 Jun 2020 21:53

Sadly, I don't remember their names, if I did I may have had more success tracing him myself. I haven't been in touch with this part of my extended family for more than 50 years and just wanted to fill in some blanks before it's too late. Many thanks for your help.



ErikaH Report 25 Jun 2020 22:01

It shouldn’t be difficult to find the names

You say he’s your second cousin, so how was he connected to the Aunt you refer to?

One of his parents must have been a first cousin of one of yours - so which one?

If you want help with the research, give us some names to start from

After all, Gettings isn’t exactly a common name............

Don’t get 'fixated' on location - you may have been given inaccurate info. Be flexible in your approach

In any case, where someone lived is no indicator of where they were born.

You said he was born c1947 - there is only ONE birth in England/Wales anywhere near that. Unless his registered first name wasn't Robert

There are NO male births in Sunderland for the surname Gettings between 1945 and 1951


ErikaH Report 26 Jun 2020 13:55

Going by your 'researching' notes

Births Dec 1930 (>99%)
Cartledge Kathleen Short Sunderland 10a 1144

Marriages Sep 1928 (>99%)
CARTLEDGE Martin Short Sunderland 10a 1312
Short Nora E Cartledge Sunderland 10a 1312

Marriages Dec 1923 (>99%)
Valente Maria Spence Sunderland 10a 1354
Spence William Valente Sunderland 10a 1354

Just trying to get a 'handle' on the family in the hope of finding a connection to Gettings.

No joy.

Feedback essential if help is to be provided


ErikaH Report 27 Jun 2020 14:23

Christine's parents

Marriages Mar 1951 (>99%)
CARTLEDGE Norma SPENCE Sunderland 1a 2964
SPENCE John CARTLEDGE Sunderland 1a 2964

Deaths Sep 1975 (>99%)
Cartledge Martin Mitchison J 27Ap1907 Sunderland 2 1448


ErikaH Report 27 Jun 2020 14:52

Name: Martin Cartledge
Birth Date: 27 Apr 1907
Residence Place: Monkwearmouth Sunderland
Relation to Soldier: Children
Title: Pension Record Cards
Description: Other Ranks Died Carter T-Cartwright Z
Next of Kin:
Name Relation to Soldier
Martin M Cartledge
Catherine Cartledge Widow
John Curry Child
Martin Cartledge Children

Name: Martin Mitchison Cartledge
Birth Place: Bishop Wearmouth, Durham
Residence: Monkwearmouth
Death Date: 13 Apr 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Sunderland
Rank: Private
Regiment: Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princes of Wales' Own)
Battalion: 12th Battalion
Regimental Number: 235517
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 3273, D.L.I.