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  1. Tony J

    Llandudno 2019

    I like Llandudno too, am told the main reason it has kept its character is that Mostyn estates own the freehold on most of the seafront properties and don't allow them to change much. Also its the last place i saw my dad alive, he had gone for a day out unbeknown to me and vice versa, we went for a drink in the Grand and the week after I got a phone call to say he had died at home, so glad I bumped into him that day.
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    Under One Roof on Atlas St

    A friend of mine went for an interview and one of the questions he was asked was how did he cope with change, he replied absolutely fine, as he had worked on the buses, needless to say he didn't get the job. i agree with Devon Boy though, a lot of those houses were falling down and the demolition had started before you and i were born. I remember the house my gt aunts lived in, no inside toilet and getting washed in the kitchen sink, think i would rather have change than that.
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    Under One Roof on Atlas St

    What a far cry from the houses around their that my gt gt grandparents lived in from 1861 onwards.
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    Ancestry, message replies

    Haha, well we will see, though i think a couple of relatives who might have known the full story about my Donlan's are now dead. Fingers crossed someone gets a a DNA kit for Christmas who is connected and interested in helping put it all together.
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    Ancestry, message replies

    My gt grandmother Kelly was married twice, her fist husband died aged 46 leaving her and 6 children. She then married a bloke called Peter Rigby, according to my gt aunts, the wicked stepfather who never stopped drinking. Anyway when gt gran died the inscription on the gravestone read, Timothy Kelly died......... then Ellen, the wife of Peter Rigby died ..... My gt aunt got some compensation when her house was demolished and though i had asked her not to, spent half of it on a new gravestone which now reads Timothy Kelly and his beloved wife Ellen, Peter Rigby being obliterated from history. On various family certificates and censuses gt gt grandfather John Donlan is alternatively dead then alive, people don't always tell the truth which makes it even harder for us researching.
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    Ancestry, message replies

    I did write again but he didn't even answer the second message, as a new kit probably sick of being contacted by folks. Plan B is working through other shared matches but the disappointment is that this person has twice the matching DNA of any of the other shared matches but I ain't giving up!
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    Ancestry, message replies

    Message I sent last week to a person who might have given me a clue as to the Donlan line and could see all my family names on my tree. Hi, You have come up as a good match and I wondered who you are and how we are connected, also do the shared matches mean anything to you? Reply I got sorry it's all lost on me,as understand very little of it all.. cheers Steve It makes you wonder why they bother joining genealogy sites and paying for DNA tests
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    Ancestry, message replies

    @woodsman Yes I have tried and particularly with regard to my gt gt grandfather John Donlan who vanished from St Helens in the mid 1890's have found other second and third cousins all asking the same questions. I suspect my aunt who died in 2005 knew a bit bit chose not to tell. The family story had always been that the Donlan's came from Blackburn, I checked this with another younger aunt in Australia. Not long before my aunt in St Helens died I asked her once again about the Donlan's coming from Blackburn, but she said no, she though they came from Parr or Sutton, I just put it down to the illness at the time, but eventually realised she knew with the research I was doing I would find out about this lie which had been kept up for over 100 years. it is all to do with him being twice my gt gt grans age and getting her pregnant at 16 and them being forced by her employer where she was in service to marry in a register office in 1878 and him just generally being a drunkard etc. My gt gt grandfather Thomas Hignett in Liverpool also seemed to disappear, he isn't on the census in 1861 when my gt grandfather was one but I haven't found anyone connected so far, but am not giving up hope. The third mystery is my gt grandfather Stephen Prescott, in the last few years I found out he was adopted and was down in 1871 as Stephen Barker, but they just changes his name to Prescott by 1881. Anyway, might make a breakthrough soon as more and more is coming online!
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    Ancestry, message replies

    @woodsman Yes I am on those sites and Gedmatch in particular is good at finding shared matches which do not show up on Ancestry. What I am short of at the moment is a few closer matches to help tie in the more distant ones.
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    Ancestry, message replies

    At the moment am a bit fed up with lack of replies re Ancestry and other sites but I am looking a lot farther away than first cousins as I know all mine and think most of my second cousins too, needs to be 3-4th cousins to give me the information i need regarding my mysterious gt gt grandfathers.
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    The last week of WW1

    I just find it odd it was never talked about, no medals etc, he died in 1944 and when my gt gran became ill she lived with my grandparents so I inherited all the bits and pieces.
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    The last week of WW1

    My dad's dad was in the St Helens Pals, my other grandad was too young but I only found out recently his father was in the Royal Garrison Artillery, found him in the absent voters list. he must have signed up with his next door neighbour who had been his best man and was a lifelong friend as they had consecutive regimental numbers. The odd bit is they were 36 and 37 when they joined up. Records are a bit difficult to find though, found them through the regimental numbers on FMP and Ancestry but all I can fine is medal cards.
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    Suggestions please.

    @FRANK I have Kelly's in my tree to and even with doing DNA I haven't got very far. I was lucky in that one census in St Helens the enumerator actually put down Westmeath, Ireland so that is helping narrow it down a bit. One thing I would look for is any of her children or siblings if known that went to the USA as over there on death records they put parents names and places of birth http://www.rootsireland.ie/ is a good site but it is hit and miss over areas covered
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    Mirror Tree query

    One of the best things about US records is listing parents names and places of birth on death certs, it can get you back 100 years or more.
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    Celebrity Bowling 2018 at Ruskin

    It reminds me of the Pilkington's Gala days before the town show started.

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