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  1. The sad life of my great aunt Bridget McDonough, Mrs Stephen Cochrane

    I wept when I finally pieced together the sad tale of the awful life of poor great-aunt Bridget, whom I'd never heard of until I began my research. This blog entry is my attempt to record all the trials and adversities that one poor and uneducated Northumbrian woman of Irish descent faced during an all too short life. I'm sure there were many other women like Bridget - too many children, too little money and no prospects of a better life.

    My great aunt Bridget was the third child ...
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  2. My First Blog

    My name is Paul Chiddicks and I would like to welcome you to my Family blog and hope that you find this blog both interesting and informative. I am 53 years old and have been researching my tree, on and off, for the last fifteen years. I live in Cheshire with my wife and two grown up children and have been living in leafy Cheshire for around 20 years. Before this, I spent all my earlier years living, working and growing up in Thurrock, in Essex.

    I am currently writing a regular blog ...
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  3. Unable to find "Police Station" on 1891 Barking Census

    Made several attempts to view Metropolitan Police Constables in Barking on 1891 Census. Found the Police Station for 1881 but nobody on that list stayed in Barking-Romford in 1891. Reason I wanted to search is that my grandfather's sister (Elizabeth Marshall) has no digital trace before or after the 1881 Barking Census where she is reported to be 11 yrs old -jute worker and with her widowed mother "Jane" Marshall and her brother (my grandfather- William). They are lodging with the ...
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  4. Sister of Mercy: Catherine Sophia Lissa Woodley

    Whilst researching my wider family I found, Catherine Sophia Lissa Woodley, a very distant ancestor, born Brockley, Kent on 12 Dec 1870 and a probate record indicated that she died at St George's Retreat Ditchling Sussex on 5 Dec 1925, showing she left less than 10.
    For some reason, I just felt I wanted to follow up her story, I am so glad I did.

    Catherine's parents were Robert and Maria Woodley and my link to her came via her Great Grandparents and my 3 x G/Grandparents ...
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  5. family of Lorna Cecilia Black nee Picton nee Boyd

    My grandfather had a sister named Ada, she married John Errol Moritz Boyd, a military doctor, and had a daughter, named as shown in the title of this post. Lorna had two sons with her first husband Fred Picton, (an officer in the Royal Artillery) they were Ralph born India 1934 and Peter born at Aldershot in 1935 - I would love to be able to make contact with Ralph or Peter or their descendants, or any children of Lorna with her second husband Ian Black, can anybody please help me, as far as I am ...
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