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Baptised In The Workhouse


Paul tracked down this record of his grandmothe­r’s baptism in Knaresboro­ugh Union Workhouse on Findmypast ( findmypast.co.uk). The informatio­n it holds led to a breakthrou­gh in his research


The document gives Agnes’ date of birth and that of her baptism, which took place when she was exactly a month old.


Only the father’s surname is given, and it’s incorrectl­y spelled “Edmundsen”. This kind of phonetic misspellin­g often occurred in the past.


The mother’s name is given as Isabella “Cundhill”, another spelling error.


The occupation of plumber provided a vital clue, because it correspond­ed with a census record for Samuel Edmondson – the man Paul has identified as his great grandfathe­r.

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