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Does any­one else have Eli Brooks in their fam­ily tree? He was born in Mil­ford-on-Sea near Lyming­ton to John and El­iz­a­beth Brooks in 1818. I’ve dis­cov­ered he was con­victed of steal­ing some ducks in 1832 and sen­tenced to seven years’ trans­porta­tion to Aus­tralia. He spent some time on the prison hulks Hardy, York and Euryalus be­fore set­ting out for Aus­tralia aboard the Lord Lyn­doch in 1833. He re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate of free­dom in 1839 but I have been un­able to find any trace of him af­ter that time.

Two of his sis­ters placed ad­verts in some Aus­tralian news­pa­pers in 1891-2 ask­ing for news about him. They say in those ad­verts that they last heard of him be­ing in the Swan River area, but they don’t say when this was.

If any­one could shed light on what may have hap­pened to Eli I’d be im­mensely grate­ful. princess trea­cle

Birken­head Work­house I am search­ing for my an­ces­tor Charles Dun­bar, who was born in Ire­land in 1821.

He came to Birken­head, Cheshire, as a stone­ma­son. His wife was called Mary and they had a son Joseph, and they lived in By­rom Street. He helped build a work­house in Birken­head and died there as a des­ti­tute.

I am not able to find this in­for­ma­tion on any census forms. RozBanks

Guin­ness Build­ings, New­ing­ton Does any­one have any in­for­ma­tion, his­tory or pic­tures of the Guin­ness Build­ings, Bran­don Street, New­ing­ton?

I un­der­stand that they are not there now. A mem­ber of my fam­ily tree lived in num­ber 67. They were the Bridge­man fam­ily and this ad­dress comes from the 1901 census. A1H

Fa­thers with dif­fer­ent sur­names I have some an­ces­tors who were mar­ried in 1844 in Bris­tol, namely John Webb and El­iza Clis­sold. I have the cer­tifi­cate, which states their fa­thers were John Glead and Thomas Cole­man re­spec­tively. Why would this be?

I have looked in the 1841 census for both and found there was an El­iza Clis­sold (aged 15) liv­ing with a Richard Clis­sold (aged 25) but no par­ents.

I as­sume they were brother and sis­ter, but I have also searched the census for their fa­thers to see if ei­ther Webb or Clis­sold were with the fam­ily but have come to a brick wall. Am I miss­ing some­thing in my re­search? Ro­bat

Any idea when this was taken? Could any­one of­fer any in­sight as to when this pho­to­graph (above) may have been taken? philip­pereynolds I think this was taken in the very late Vic­to­rian or early Ed­war­dian era – around the turn of the 1900s and be­fore the First World War. The clothes are not as ‘mod­ern’ as those worn af­ter the war and early-1920s. I am think­ing it was taken in the UK but if it was taken in an­other coun­try there could be some dif­fer­ences. brunes08 Thanks. It’s def­i­nitely the UK. With the sug­ges­tion of it be­ing late-Vic­to­rian/ early-Ed­war­dian means the baby could be ei­ther my grand­mother or my grand aunt. Philip­pereynolds

Can you help fo­rum user philip­pereynolds to put a date to this pho­to­graph?

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