My name is Javier Perez Pont and I live in Barcelona, Spain.
I am writing you to ask for help on a topic. I would appreciate a lot it if you agree to answer a question I have.
Is a person who traveled in January 1914 from Germany to Britain. If his intention was to take the British nationality in this country, should have declared his intention to adopt the nationality when entering in the country? If the answer is positive, should be found in the National Archives in “Record for UK, Aliens Entry Books, 1794-1921”?. Because I found nothing on him.
Thank you for your attention,
Javier Pérez Pont
I would think that if his intention was to take British nationality, then he should have declared this on entering Britain (but he may not have said anything at that time). I would also have expected there to be some correspondence about it in the Aliens Entry Books.
You could try looking at The National Archives’ (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) research guide to Immigrants (Domestic Records Information 50). I see they have some interesting-sounding books that you can buy from them.
This is a first for me!! I have been surfing this morning and by chance came across a comment that your wife Linda is part of the Walsham le Willows Hawes family and that she has, sometime in the past, been aware of the family through Jim McNeil. Since he and I are related , (we share the same great great grandfather, Daniel Hawes) I was immediately interested. My account and that of Jim’s are largely the same but we disagree on several points that makes genealogy so fascinating. He has largely retired from active research which is a great pity while I have pushed on, taking the Hawes family in many other directions. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to exchange thoughts with both you and your wife on the subject and determine how we are related!!
Linda’s GGG-grandmother in the direct female line was Emma Pollard (c.1824-1880), who was born in Walsham le Willows. Emma married John Bennett in the nearby parish of Thelnetham in 1847 and moved there. From there, her descendants married and moved to Garboldisham in south Norfolk, back to Thelnetham, then the neighbouring parish of Hinderclay, and then Diss in south Norfolk. Linda herself was born in High Wycombe, Bucks. and is now married to me and living in Wootton outside Bedford.
Back to Emma Pollard, whose GG-grandparents were Thomas Pollard (b. c.1684) and his wife Elizabeth Kidd (1686-1727), who married in Walsham in 1712. Thomas’s mother was Jane Hawes (b. c.1657, daughter of James Hawes and his wife Elizabeth). The GGG-grandfather of Jane Hawes was John Hawes “of West Street” (1470-1528), who was married to Katherine Holmes. The line runs from John Hawes “of West Street”, through Steven Hawes, a second Steven Hawes, a third Steven Hawes, and James Hawes to Jane Hawes.
Elizabeth Kidd’s mother was Elizabeth Hawes (1656-1708), daughter of Thomas Hawes and his wife Sarah Quarry, who married in 1649 in Badwell Ash, next to Walsham. John Hawes “of West Street” was the GGGG-grandfather of Elizabeth Hawes through two lines of descent. One of these was an all-Hawes line from John Hawes “of West Street”, through John Hawes “the tailor”, John Hawes “in the Bushes”, Andrew Hawes, Thomas Hawes, and a second Thomas Hawes to Elizabeth Hawes. The other line runs from John Hawes “of West Street”, through Steven Hawes, Catherine Hawes, Thomazin Vincent, Anne Page, and the second Thomas Hawes to Elizabeth Hawes. This makes Elizabeth Kidd the fourth cousin once removed of Thomas Pollard.
Linda and I have CDs (the Walsham le Willows parish register and Walsham wills) and books (including Who Lived in Your House? by Audrey McLaughlin) that we bought from the Walsham History Group. In addition, when we were at the Norwich Heritage Centre this summer, I photocopied the Hawes family tree in the book East Anglian Pedigrees.
Linda got her tree information from a woman named Jenna Twyford-Jones, who says she got it from someone called Peter Ellis. The tree quotes Jim McNeil and East Anglian Pedigrees as the source for the early information and mainly the Walsham church records as the source for the later information. Linda and I have also read Jim McNeil’s two articles on the Walsham le Willows website.
I hope this helps you place Linda on the Hawes family tree.
I am researching an unusual family name – Muehlig – I know that my Grandfather was Georg Muehlig b. 1915 and his mother was Malie Muehlig. When Georg married in 1950 (to Mary E Kent in Surrey) there is a double entry for him as Georg Muchlig and Georg Milton. My father was born out of wedlock prior to this marriage and we believe Georg and Mary had a doughter (Susan) born in 1953 (circa) but we can find nothing out about her – how do we trace a possible living relative? Thanks,
I am trying to find where my ancestor Emma Cochrane is buried. The death was registered in Finchley London in 1961. I’ve tried various websites, including LMA, without much success. Any suggestions.
For many years I have been unsuccessful in tracing the wedding of my great grandparents, who I believe were either Non-conformists or Quakers, their names are Walter Graham and Sydney Jones (female), the details on their daughters birth certificate was that they were married in Manchester on 28th July 1873. I have looked on the usual records but cannot trace the marriage, regards
Alan their daughter (my grandmother) was born at 11pm on the 27th of December 1873 at 32 Mill Lane, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. her name was Ann Eleanor GRAHAM. on her birth certificate it states her parents as married on the 28th July 1873 in Manchester,
I’m afraid I haven’t been able to find the marriage of Walter and Sydney, but I did find the birth and death of a second child in Kilmarnock. William Graham was born on 27th July 1875 and died on 8th August 1875. Unfortunately, the parents’ marriage information is almost exactly the same as on Ann Eleanor’s birth record. The date is given as 20th July 1873, and looking at Ann Eleanor’s record, that could be 20th July too. I’ll send you a copy of the birth and death records for William by email.
With regard to the paragraph below, I bed to draw your attention to the fact that it is incorrect. These records are NOT FREE TO ACCESS from Findmypast. This is a subscription based website which gathers information from amateur genealogical websites and forums. In turn they charge others for information that is freely available from personal researchers. Do you think it is proper to list such an organisation on your pages as a FREE source? I would welcome your comments on this.
Findmypast says: “This is the first free-to-access launch resulting from an innovative partnership between findmypast, the National Archives of Ireland, and FamilySearch.org. Millions more essential family history records will be released in the coming months under the terms of the partnership, which represents a fruitful collaboration between a national cultural institution and private sector genealogy suppliers. The partnership allows people in Ireland and abroad to have free access to records relating to their Irish roots, which were not previously available online.
The records in question were the surviving 1821-1851 Irish census returns. While they’re not free-to-access at Findmypast, they are at the National Archives of Ireland’s census website (together with the 1901 and 1911 censuses of Ireland).