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This latest issue features 50 free resources to research your Scottish ancestors, the history of baby name choices, police pension records, how to use travel records and more.



Genealogy headlines: Ancestry adds Irish Poor Law removal records. Plus: Oxford University launches crowdfunding project to digitise First World War memories; FindMyPast adds over 20,000 Surrey institutional records; Council to build over war graves. Read the full round-up>

Find out more about your Cornish mining ancestors. At Poldark returns to our screen for a third series, Anthony Burton gives an insight into those ancestors who worked in Cornwall's copper and tin mining industries. Read our feature for free>


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From the forum and Facebook Community

John Lee - suggestions please

John Lee is my 2x great-grandfather. At the end of his long life (1864-1956) he gave an interview that was published in the London Transport staff magazine. In it he says he 'served six years with the Army horse transport before joining the LGOC in 1887' and was 'twice recalled to the colours and served throughout the Boer war and the 1914-1918 war'. He also recounts 'one of his adventures in South Africa was being 'captured' by an Irish regiment which took him for a Boer spy and threatened to shoot him. He was without uniform after taking part in an arduous campaign and he lost his unit while on a secret cross-country march. After a month in a prisoner of war cage, however, his identity was established beyond doubt.' Sounds like there ought to be some information to discover about this chap, I thought! Read more>

Robert William Mason Burton

My great great grandmother, Sarah Maria Burton, gave birth to an illegitimate son Robert William Mason Burton on 6 March 1876 at 3 South Street, Colchester. 


Sarah Maria married my great great grandfather Charles Perry on 15 February 1880 at St Giles Church, Colchester. In the 1881 census Sarah Maria, Charles and their daughter Elizabeth Mary (aged 9 months, my great grandmother) are living 23 Victoria Grove, South Hornsey, whilst Sarah Maria's son Robert W M Burton (aged 5) appears with his grandparents Robert and Elizabeth Burton at 3 Albert Cottages, South Street, Colchester. Read more>

George Flowers

Missing people - don't you just hate it when someone goes missing? My Great Grandfather Thomas Flowers had a younger brother, George, who was married to Ellen Woodford in 1880 and can be found on the 1881 census living with his wife and her parents in the village of Billingborough, Lincolnshire.


But in 1891 he was lodging in Great Gaddesden, Hertfordshire described as single and as a groom. The village of Great Gaddesden abuts the Ashridge Estate and my Great Grandfather worked there for the Brownlow family so the appearance of his brother in the village could be explained, but not the fact that he was now described as single.

Also in 1891 his wife Ellen, with husband James Breakspear, was living in Liverpool. Their marriage had taken place in Liverpool earlier that year.

My problem is that George then disappears, no sign of him in later census records at all. Anyone out there have him or his wife in their family or can explain what happened?

Yvonne Parker, via 'Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine group' on Facebook