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My brother and I are researching our tree, but we have hit a brick wall while researching our great great grandfather, George Frederick Helsden.
Our problem is that he was born at sea on The Tagar and therefore his birth was not registered in this country. We know (from his marriage certificate) that his father’s name was James, but we have no idea of his mother’s name.
We also know that he was a mariner and married in 1846, but prior to this there don’t seem to be any records. We have tried all the usual subscription websites but they have told us nothing new.
If anybody out there can point us in the right direction we would be very grateful. Justmaz James Turner – Suffolk to Australia bit.ly/2Ghtp3B James Turner married Catherine Fraser in Victoria, Australia, January 1860 giving his age as 22 years (born c1837–38). He signed with an “X”, so apparently could not write. The certificate records his place of birth as Suffolk, England, to parents John Turner and Susan née Adams.
James and Catherine had seven children, and on their birth records James’s own birthplace is recorded as Little Cornard, Suffolk. When James died in 1929, his age was recorded as 96 years (born c1832–33), having lived in Victoria for 82 years. An obituary published in the local paper states that he arrived with an uncle in 1846, aged 14.
The only James Turner we have identified as arriving in Sydney was on board the Glentanner in 1844, but there was no other passenger who we could recognise as an uncle. We have also been unable to trace James’s birth or parents in Suffolk, England. janetw Cambridgeshire photograph bit.ly/2DhxRw5 This photograph ( above right) was found in a photo album belonging to my grandmother, Maud Mary Martin, born 1894. I am hoping it is a photo of her mother and two of her younger siblings, but that will only work if it was taken between 1900 and 1905.
Based on the style of the lady’s dress, I suspect it might be later. The photo is printed on a postcard with nothing significant on the rear. It is likely that the family were involved in agriculture in Cambridgeshire.
Can anyone help? TerryM England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers bit.ly/2tDnPFS I’m after a little help please understanding the records contained within the ‘England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800–2016’ collection on ancestry.co.uk.
I have stumbled upon an entry for a great uncle of mine and I can see it details the depth of his grave, the burial date and whether he paid for a monument or not. It also lists his half-sister as being buried in the same plot, one foot shallower.
My question relates to the other names listed on the plot number. At deeper depths and dates predating my family there are three other names, but none are related to each other or my family. They all have lines put through them.
Would anyone know if this means the bodies were exhumed and moved? Or possibly they are all still in the same plot together? Jethro Tull
Can you help TerryM date this family photo?