With great respect to professional researchers, who would almost certainly be able to find
on your man but with a little time, thought and a little digging I suspect you could as
And frankly where is the fun in paying someone to have a dig which you could enjoy doing
It sounds like your man may be mentioned in the newspapers for example, have you tried
them as yet ?
It looks like you are in the UK, have you checked your County Library they may have a
to the Newspapers databases
You know where he was born and presumably raised? have you tried to find his school and or
record there? he sounds like someone who might have done well at sports at school, might
played and won any matches, scored perhaps?
Where did he work, check out the occupation of FWK , was he employed by someone?
Sports clubs, Churches attended/involved with, was he a gardener, many were and
competition was hot
and often reported in the local papers
Was he a bird fancier ? dogs ?
Was he a Club member, sporting, social or otherwise ?
Cycling was in its heyday in the latter decades of the 19th Century was he involved?
Personally I would rather spend a year digging around, perhaps coming back to it now and
rather than pay someone to do it for me
If you get stuck for a particular thing or are short on time thats another matter of
But wheres the fun in someone putting it on a plate for you and at a cost
Nivard Ovington in Cornwall (UK)
Let me elaborate a little. I have a man born in Nottingham in 1869. I have
his birth certificate, he doesn't appear to have married and I have his
I have copies of the all the census records during his life (i.e. 1871,
1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911) and he died in 1916.
He was a framework knitter who also played football - and I have details of
his football career.
I seem to know nothing of him as a person - and I am a novice at genealogy.
Would a professional researcher be able to put 'flesh on the bones' as it
were by looking in places I would not know about - or is the above
information as good as it gets?
I would value all comments - as I would hate to waste my money!