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Offline davidjb Reading
15 Feb 2015, 07:56 AM | Post: #11

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(17 Dec 2014 09:10 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  I agree with David, Montgomery Crystal is a great name, Cecilia. I'd heard about the Mormon site ages ago but had forgotten about it. Thank you.

Thanks, Sujay. That's two votes for ancestry.wotsit.

You're welcome, Rick.

Thanks, David, you might be onto something there!

Thanks, Ken. I do have some info from a relative who has done a fair bit of digging, so I might be able to build on that.

Thanks, Steve. I'll check the links on your site and take it from there.
Mormon site is useful as a starting point as it is free. Ancestry is more useful though and the key issue is getting birth/marriage certificates which does start to add to the cost. You need these as they give the information on other people. You may know someone's birth date and a birth certificate gives the parents names, addresses and professions. That starts to build credibility, otherwise you may link to someone else's family tree.

It isn't too difficult to get back to about 1840 but getting back earlier than that can be hard as the information is usually held locally in parish records. If you do not know which parish you need to search it becomes hugely difficult. If you are very lucky and family come from a coal mining village in Yorkshire, say, then it's likely the family was there for generations.
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15 Feb 2015, 09:53 AM | Post: #12

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RE: Ancestry sites?

(16 Dec 2014 11:34 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  I was thinking of trying to trace some of the rellies back a coupla hundred years or so. Undecided

Scribs, you could contact Claire Goose and see if there's a long ago connection.  When I'd see her name in the credits I'd think - now there's a gal who should defo get married. Then I discovered that she did marry but kept the name Goose. Shy
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15 Feb 2015, 02:25 PM | Post: #13

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(15 Feb 2015 09:53 AM)Jennie Lee Wrote:  Scribs, you could contact Claire Goose and see if there's a long ago connection.  When I'd see her name in the credits I'd think - now there's a gal who should defo get married. Then I discovered that she did marry but kept the name Goose. Shy
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15 Feb 2015, 03:32 PM | Post: #14

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And Scribs you need to be careful what you find. I've probably said this before but here it is again: when I first met my husband there was a family tale of smugglers way back on the Isle of Wight. We thought it unlikely really (he was a good lad Angel ) but when he was researching his family history he came across names and graves with this unusual name. Then I picked up a book from a boot fair (the only one I've ever been to, so how's that for fate?) and towards the end I found the story of an old smuggler - my husband's ancestor.  So it was all true. And now my second smuggling wip is based on the Isle of Wight.

What might you find? I'm sure there will be a very fine, big yellow duck that any bath tub would be proud of.
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Haha! You never know! Thanks for the advice to proceed with caution. Shocked
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