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I am not sure that this msg got posted last week, so I am resending.
You are so right to stress the potential for ignoring (rather than pursuing any potential) unrecognised family members, when the whole essence of the problem in this kind of chase is that one knows absolutely zilch about the extended family!
Sometimes of course these invaluable people pop up as witnesses for wills as well as for marriages and also as bondsmen for marriage licence bonds, various affidavits, and administration bonds. I am especially fond of the paperwork that is produced when the original named executors have died or renounced etc, and similarly when the most obvious candidate for administrator decides to renounce.
I hope you approved of my own contribution on this Dorset/Kent theme last week ?
Some of you will be aware that Ancestry have just released a first
(very small) tranche of the WW1 pensions records held by the Western
Front Association. See URL
Some of you will also be aware that "Ancestry have just released" is
not the whole truth. The indexes are on Ancestry but the images are on
Fold3, which although it's owned by the same lot, is not accessible by
a normal Ancestry subs. I have an Ancestry Worldwide subs, for
instance - but this doesn't cover Fold3.
Up to now, this hasn't mattered - Fold3 is a load of American military
stuff in which I have no interest, plus American newspapers. The UK
military stuff is mostly on FindMyPast or via TNA Documents Online.
The one exception is this new WFA pensions records collection(s). In
logical and cash terms, there is zero reason for me to buy a subs to
I understand that LDS FHCs have Fold3 access. Does SoG have Fold3
access by any chance? (I'm not suggesting that because FHCs have it
SoG should, by the way - that's 2 different organisations).
I am currently trying to link a family member to her parents in the tiny
village of Pilsdon in Dorset.
Elizabeth Parker married a George Peall (baptised 1791 in Thanet), in
Rochester Kent on 29 Oct 1811. George dies in 1842 in Stepney Middlesex.
In the 1841 census she is 'not born in same county' age 50, 1851 census
born Bridport, Dorset age 62, (proprietor of houses Stepney Middlesex),
1861 census born Pilsdon Dorset age 71 (Householder/freeholder, Mile End
Old Town Middlesex).
She died 13 Apr 1870 in Tower Hamlets age 80.
There is a family of Parkers in Pilsdon with an Elizabeth baptised 19
Sep 1773, and a Betty baptised 8 July 1787. There are also other
families named Parker in the surrounding villages.
Any thoughts on how I might find parents names for Elizabeth?
Online parish clerk has no details of records other than BMDs, and the
Dorset Record Office catalogue has over 200 documents for Pilsdon but
none that would appear relevant.
The other question, (perhaps only a side issue) is how or why did she
get from a tiny village in Dorset to a major port in Kent?