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Ask the Expert – lost at sea ›

29 September, 2011

Our resident expert Stephen Rigden, pictured below, answers your queries. From Linda Durr: ‘I wonder if you could help me please. On Saturday April 17 1938 there appeared an article in the Lowestoft Journal about an engineer, Sidney Howe, who mysteriously disappeared while the fishing vessel was returning from the fishing grounds off Morecambe Bay Lightship in the West Coast.… Read more ›

Olympics baby found in birth records ›

27 July, 2011

The London 2012 Olympics are now exactly one year away, with the opening ceremony taking place on 27th July 2012. In celebration of this, we’ve had a look through our birth records and have found one British child born with the surname Olympics. Michael Olympics was born – quite fittingly – in Athens, Greece. Athens was the host of the… Read more ›

Ask the Expert – missing family ›

26 April, 2011

Our resident expert Stephen Rigden, pictured below, answers your queries. From Helen Conway-Blake in Denmark: ‘I hope you can help. My husband’s mother was born around 1907. She died on 8 April 1951 and we have her death certificate, which says that she was 44 when she died. Her name was Vera Nellie May Slater. When she died, she was… Read more ›

Ask the Expert – mystery military marriages ›

26 April, 2011

Our resident military expert Paul Nixon, pictured below, answers your queries. From Mary Doubleday: ‘I have two military marriages I am having trouble finding and wonder if you can help me. 1. My great grandparents: Col. Sgt. John Mallon was born in 1823 in Loughall, Charlemont, Armagh. His regt. no. was 1942, 34th (Border Regt.). He enlisted in 1841 in… Read more ›

New charges for ordering certificates ›

1 March, 2010

The General Register Office has just introduced new charges for ordering birth, marriage and death certificates which will take effect from Tuesday 6th April 2010. For more information view the GRO’s press release.

Ask the expert – lost in World War One ›

30 November, 2009

Our expert Stephen Rigden answers your questions: ‘My great uncle Tommy Venables was a private in the Cheshire regiment in the First World War. It was stated that he was ‘killed at home’ in November 1916, but no explanation is given, although we believe he drowned. Where can we go to clarify what happened?’ Irene Hartless Steve says: “Soldiers Died… Read more ›