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Extracts from the Grahamstown Journal for January - March 1858 can now be viewed at
I have also updated the file of Thomas BERRINGTON, having found his baptism and the marriage of his parents
FamilySearch has Methodist marriages until 1972 and then from 1995. Cory
museum confirm this gap.
I am seeking a church marriage record from 1974 - Manning Road Methodist
church, Durban at that time.
Any help greatly appreciated.
When I started transcribing the GTJ from issues held at the British Library, I had to omit 1857-1863 inclusive because the library does not have original copies for these years. However, through my BL library card I can now access some digital scans, and I am gradually trying to fill in the missing years. This will take some time, as the quality of the scans is not always good for these early years - the newsprint was very small and on soft paper, prone to smudging and bleed-through, and I am totally unable to read the articles. The scans cover complete pages, whereas when I have photographed extracts I have zoomed in with a macro setting on a particular entry, making it much easier to transcribe. However, I can make a good stab at the BMDs and some adverts using the scans, but it takes time as I am having to check names and dates where possible against NAAIRS, eGGSA parish register transcriptions, 1820settlers.com etc. Even then I have often had to put a name or an age in square brackets, to indicate uncertainty. However, I think what I have been able to extract should be useful.
I have reverted to quarterly files, as the paper was only twice weekly at that time. I cannot guarantee that I have not missed something, as some editions were simply impossible to read. So far I have completed 1857, and the rest will follow in due course - please be patient, as to preserve my eyes and sanity I am going to reward myself by continuing with monthly extracts from 1888 in between the earlier editions.
Go to https://www.eggsa.org/newspapers/index.php/grahamstown-journal/1604-gr... the first quarter of 1857 and then click on Next at the bottom of the page for the subsequent issues.Or if that is too much scrolling, the new names should now appear via the Search Box.
I have been able to update some of the Settler Extra Information pages as a result. In particular I have added a lot of information on Elizabeth Webb PINNOCK (nee SMITH) athttps://www.eggsa.org/1820-settlers/index.php/additional-information/p-...