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What Happened to Hannah Collett?

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My 5 x great grandmother – Hannah Eyres – married Thomas Collett in Charlton-on-Otmoor, Oxfordshire, in 1819; the fabulous Collett Family History website was uncertain of Hannah’s origins. After conducting my own research, I have now uncovered Hannah’s story: The Collett Family History website speculated that she may have been born in Bicester, but I decided to start by looking to see what happened to her …

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Farnham

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Hi Darren, Currently seeking anyone that has any cambridgeshire Farnhams in their trees. Specifically looking for couisins of a Ralph Farnham who migrated on the ship the james circa 1635 from uk to usa. Im linked by y dna to Farnham and looking for npe. Possibly people with a view to dna testing <>

Going Down The Rabbit Hole

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It started when I found a 4th cousin was buried in Hornchurch cemetery. What made him different was that he was an 18-year-old AC2 in the RAF. This immediately brought up the question of how? and why? I duly sent off for a PDF of his death record which gave his causes of death as: ‘penetrating bullet wound of right chest caused by the discharge of …

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My DNA Results Are In!

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A Christmas present to myself was an Ancestry DNA test, the results of which are: 48% England and north-western Europe, with communities in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Oxfordshire, also Devon & Cornwall. No real surprises there; the paternal side of my Mother’s family come from south Devon, and the maternal side from Gloucestershire. So far, so good. The interesting bit though was that my ethnicity estimate indicates …

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Over the seas and far away: my relatives to Australia 1838-9

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Below is a list of the relatives I’ve discovered who emigrated to Australia in the space of just 2 years from a small area on the Kent / Sussex border. I’ve also included details of some of their extended families to try and build up a more rounded picture of the pattern of emigration. I’ve compiled the list as an aide memoire for myself and it’s …

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Where Did John Simons of Launton, Oxfordshire Come From?

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The furthest back that I’ve been able to get on my paternal line so far is John (or Johannis/Johannes) Simons, who would’ve been born in approximately 1700. His wife’s name was Alice (or Alicia), but unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find a marriage record for them. John and Alice baptised the following children at St Mary’s Church in Launton, Oxfordshire: 1. Gulielmus (William) Simons, bapt. 1724. …

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Have I Just Discovered My ‘Gateway Ancestor’?

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Like many genealogists, I have heard many rumours regarding links to royalty/nobility when speaking to other relatives; however, in many cases, it is almost impossible to verify these connections! The vast majority of my known ancestors were agricultural labourers and textile workers, and whilst I am incredibly proud of them and still find researching their lives fascinating, I have often dreamed of finding signs of some …

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Resources for research in Kent

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Links to various resources to help researches with Kentish ancestors.   Below is an excellent and very useful blog by genealogyjude drawing together links to many resources: Ancestors in Kent Freereg – free transcriptions of births, marriages and deaths not just in Kent but covering many other counties  Biddenden burials and grave locator    Boughton under Blean Registers Baptisms 1558-1624 Marriages 1558-1626 Burials 1558-1625 Index at …

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