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QUESTION: How can you help me with my Family History research?
ANSWER: (from Barbara Nightingale):

As Research Co-ordinator I am building up a database of various kinds of information on Entwistles - Census entries, Parish Records, Wills, Memorial Inscriptions, etc. which have been extracted either by myself or other members. Our current project is the extraction of all Entwistle entries from the St Catherine's Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths, which will eventually be searchable by members on our Website, which we hope to have operational within the next couple of months.

With the aid of all this information, which obviously is growing all the time, I endeavour to help anyone with their Entwistle research. If I already have the information to hand it obviously makes things very easy - I have been able to give two people census information regarding their ancestors this week (28 August 01), and have put two other people sharing a common ancestor in contact with each other. For overseas members I am also prepared to order copies of certificates.

QUESTION:  I live in America and have an Entwistle in my family history.  I would love to know more about my Entwistles.  Can you help me, please?

ANSWER: (From Barbara Nightingale):

Do you have any documentation to show when and where your ancestor first entered the United States?  Did he later take up American citizenship?  Do you have any census details for him after he arrived in the US?  Any of these documents will hopefully give details of his age, place of birth, occupation, possibly his fatherís name and occupation.

The last British Census which is available to the public is that of 1891, so if we can place him somewhere in 1891 we can then work back through the censuses every 10 years to 1841. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in July 1837.  Before that date we have to consult Parish registers to trace families back.

If you were starting from scratch, without knowing anything at all, I would say to you:

(1)           You know your fatherís name and your motherís maiden name.  You should be able to  look in the records to find where they were married and then obtain a copy of their marriage certificate (which in England would give the names and occupations of both brideís and groomís fathers and where they were living at the time of marriage). 

(2)            Knowing where they were living at the time of their marriage, take a look on the nearest census to that date to find out where they were born, and the names of their mothers.  The ages given on the census should enable you to work out an approximate date of birth. 

(3)            Look on the birth index to find where the birth was listed.  Apply for a copy of the birth certificate.  This will give you the motherís maiden name.  You are now in a position to repeat the process and gradually work backwards.

Does this give you an idea of what to do next?

You may also like to consider joining the Entwistle Family History Association, as we are sometimes able to undertake research for members, and may even be able to put you in touch with someone researching the same family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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