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I bought a birth certificate from the General Register Office (GRO). It is that of my grandmother, Lydia Amelia Forrest, born 12 May 1875 in Gibraltar, where her father served with the Army. It so happens that a second cousin sent me copies of loads of certificates, including one for this same grandmother. However, on that certificate, they have put the full name and country of origin of my great grandmother and the country of origin of my great grandfather.
I emailed the GRO to ask why they omitted some information, only to get an email telling me that I should have brought this to their attention within a timespan of three months. The problem is that it was only by chance that I discovered this. So how often do we all buy these certificates and not know stuff is omitted? aitch2o
What happened to Walter Riddle? bit.ly/1jYodVg Walter Riddle was the first child of William Riddle and Harriet Far, baptised on 12 July 1829 at Chiddingfold, Surrey. In 1841, he was living, aged 12, with the rest of the family at High Street Green, Chiddingfold. By 1851, he was working, aged 21, as an agricultural labourer and living at Ramsnest Road, Chiddingfold.
After the 1851 census he seems to disappear from history. I thought I had found him, as there is a Walter Riddle who enlists in the Grenadier Guards on 20 February 1855 at Guildford. But this Walter was aged 18 at the time of his enlistment, giving a birth year of 1837.
I think this almost certainly rules him out, but I am open to persuasion. I would appreciate any help in finding out what happened to Walter after 1851. SDV
Birth certificates for Ceylon bit.ly/1jYnjbd I don’t know if you can help but I was wondering if anyone had tried to obtain birth certificates for people born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)? My great uncle, Harold Leslie Lakeman, was born in Ceylon on 28 December 1888 – the son of Frederick Sanders Lakeman and his wife, Emma. I have a birth certificate for his older sister, Winifred Eleanor, who was born in Bambalapitiya, Colombo, on 24 May 1885, but I was wondering if it was possible to get a copy of Harold’s certificate as well? ewanarm
Certificates of burial in woollen bit.ly/1jYnlzI I have just been looking at the Burstow burial records on Ancestry and have found the following notes at the top of page 56 in the register: “NB No burials registered in 12 years, Mr Phillips being Rector of the Parish during that time. But there are about 30 Certificates (of Persons being buried only in woolen) still preserved. That is on July 1st 1760.”
Does anyone have any suggestions for where I would be able to look at these certificates, if they still exist? Also, has anyone seen notes like these in other parish registers before? ksouthall
Occupation Attached is a picture of my great great grandmother, Blanche Cann. The photograph is from around 1908, taken in England (either Devon or York I believe – I am not sure where she was living at that time).
She is shown in her mid-20s I would think. Her clothes make me wonder if she is wearing some type of uniform, rather than daily dress. Can anyone tell me more about this from what they see in this photograph? Possible occupation? Status?
This photograph was actually the reverse side of a postcard she had sent to her sister. Urchin
Can you help identify this woman’s occupation?