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    Circus resources

    I have come across further information at the weekend which suggests it was Circus Ginnet that he joined, so it is entirely possible that he made contact through his deceased mothers family.
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    Circus resources

    I found the article really useful. I had been wondering how he had joined a Circus as a young lad because today that couldn't possibly happen, but it seems there was nothing unusual about this in the late 19th century. This is the sort of thing I was hoping to find when I started researching my...
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    Circus resources

    Thanks for that. I think I have most of his other War Documents, including Call Up & Demob. I found it quite chilling to read the Call Up paper and imagined how I would feel if I received it, although, thankfully he did come home. I also have letters written by my grandfather to my father when...
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    Circus resources

    Once again, thank you for your assistance in this, which I am working through. As you have put so much work in, you may be interested to know what information my father gave me when he was alive. The following is an extract from some notes he gave me:- "Joseph Collingbourne (artist) married...
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    Introducing myself.

    And to compound the problem, my wife is a Thomas 😠. Weddings in South Wales can be confusing, especially when the photographer puts out the call for Mrs Jones or Mrs Thomas & half the guests turn up. :)
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    Circus resources

    Thank you both for your help. Much of the information is new to me, but I notice there is a miss spelling of the surname & that could be why I have missed some of it. It looks as though I have a busy weekend following this up.
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    Circus resources

    Thanks Duckweed, I think the links you have given me will help me in further researching my grandfather. Thanks for your input as well DaveLambert. I have not yet applied for my Grandparents marriage certificate but it is on my list of things to do and you have identified the correct marriage...
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    Circus resources

    Hi, My grandfather worked as a contortionist in a Circus, probably around 1900. I know he left the Circus when it was at Merthyr Tydfil. I have no idea which circus he was with and I believe there were numerous small touring circuses in those days. Does anyone know how I go about researching...
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    Introducing myself.

    Hi, I've just joined the site and look forward to possibly getting some help. Because I have an unusual surname I had anticipated at least one side of my family would be easy, but it turns out that the family had a tendancy not to complete Census forms. I always knew the other side would be...
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