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Bird of the South
17-03-13, 21:14
I put all relevant details into Ancestry yet they keep on coming up with irrelevant dates.. Am I doing something wrong or is there a better website? eg Henry Alexander Meredith from Dublin dob 1880 traveled to NZ in early 1900's?

lennon2011
17-03-13, 21:37
Oddly enough I got the records for one relative but when I try another I'm not getting anything which makes me think that he travelled illegally, then again I'm sure he wouldn't have been allowed to join the London Irish Rifles if he hadn't have come over to the UK legally.

Maybe we are searching for the wrong thing or Ancestry don't have every single records in the world.

Val wish Id never started
17-03-13, 22:07
was he a seaman ??

Val wish Id never started
17-03-13, 22:11
have you found him on the new zealand electoral rolls he is in Selwyn Canterbury in 1903 and have you seen this
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/iexec?htx=View&r=5538&dbid=1834&iid=31834_224163__0005-00355&fn=Henry+Alexander&ln=Meredith&st=r&ssrc=&pid=357941

Bird of the South
18-03-13, 00:20
Yes Val I can find him there but not on a voyage out to NZ.

Val wish Id never started
18-03-13, 00:31
there is a Mr Meredith going out in 1906 from Liverpool but most of the image is missing
if you give me your email can send what there is

Val wish Id never started
18-03-13, 00:32
if thats him in 1903 he must have gone out about then ?

Mary from Italy
18-03-13, 01:38
Are you using the New Search? That often brings up irrelevant stuff. Choose the Old Search at the top right of the page. Bear in mind that Christian names aren't always listed.

There don't appear to be any hits for your Henry, though. Would he have travelled from England or Ireland? I don't think there are any Irish passenger lists on Ancestry.

You can also search outgoing passenger lists from the UK on FMP, but I assume they have the same lists as Ancestry, although the transcriptions may be better.

Prairie Chicken
18-03-13, 14:27
I'm not sure if something has changed, but recently I seem to be getting a lot of totally irrelevant hits on the new search. Like totally irrelevant! Yesterday the first result on a search was a census with four stars and the only thing I could see that matched my subject was the wife's first name--Mary. The surnames were not even close, nor the given names.

Is anyone else noticing the same?

lennon2011
18-03-13, 14:52
I was searching for a Lennon connection the other day and ended up getting my Mum's siblings, heck I even got one of Mum's half brothers on it. I darent tell her that I found him though.

Bird of the South
18-03-13, 15:35
Do you think FMP is better? I also need Scottish info as well as world wide.

Bird of the South
18-03-13, 17:39
Thank you Mary for this helpful hint. I didn't know there was a "old search" function. It has brought up a lot more. Don't know where he traveled from.
Are you using the New Search? That often brings up irrelevant stuff. Choose the Old Search at the top right of the page. Bear in mind that Christian names aren't always listed.

There don't appear to be any hits for your Henry, though. Would he have travelled from England or Ireland? I don't think there are any Irish passenger lists on Ancestry.

You can also search outgoing passenger lists from the UK on FMP, but I assume they have the same lists as Ancestry, although the transcriptions may be better.

Val wish Id never started
18-03-13, 20:19
emails on their way