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Fireman Ancestor

James George Fleming was born on 5th February 1819, the youngest child of John and Mary Fleming. He came from a family of watermen – his father and grandfather had worked on the Thames, as had his uncles. On 13th February 1834, he was apprenticed to James...

Finding Smiths

When I first began looking for my ancestors, my dad wasn’t really interested and didn’t give me much information to go on. His father and mother were born in 1905 and 1906 respectively, so obviously didn’t appear on the 1901 census. I was lucky with my grandma, as she...

Awarded the DSO

George Hillis Nelson was born on 14th September 1876 at 62 Mersey Road, Widnes, the illegitimate son of Lydia Nelson. Lydia was the widow of James Wilkin Nelson, an engineer, who had died in 1871. The identity of George’s father is unknown, although the use of the...