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Hi I am Maurice and I am seeking relatives of my wife Mary

Especially in SOUTH SHIELDS - details of her father Michael COLBY born there in 1910 and married Margaret Wallace (born 1914) there also in 1936-37 - they both died young in COVENTRY and had 3 children Anthony, Anne and Mary (my wife) all resident Coventry... but know body knows much about the familiy history...

Michael had it is thought 7-9 brothers/sisters Margaret who went to Australia and Agnes(deceased) for sure are the only ones know.

Would welcome any leads
 

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Hi Maurice,

Welcome to the forum.

I would start with Michaels marriage certificate this will give you the fathers name and occupation and his birth certificate will shown fathers name occ and mothers name and maiden name. This will be a start.

Birth

Michael Colby
Year of registration 1910
District South Shields
Oct/Nov/Dec 1/4
County Durham, Tyne and Wear
Vol 10a
Page 787

Marriage

1936

Michael Colby
District S. Shields
Jul/Aug/Sept 1/4
Vol 10a
Page 1941
Spouse Wallace

You can order the certificates from the online ordering service see link below and follow the instructions. Certificates cost are £7.00 per certificate.

http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/
 
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Thanks juliejtp

This is great being a newbie to tracing family I welcome the tips and this will kick start my research.

My wife is keen to revisit the South Shields area and look at Church Records as it is belived the family lived for many years there (St Bedes RC and St Peters and Pauls RC) and maybe other ancestors lived there.

Any tips for tracing Church records?

A think census records are also a route, but is this after 100 yrs? and of course you would need to know the ADDRESS - how can one trace the addresses of people? is there any council tax (or whatever tax was levied) records you can track?

Thanks again - a really great intro to the forum. I'm hooked.

Maurice (updating my profile next)
 
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Re: Hi - seeking Colbyn --- more...

Found out my wifes Grandfather was named Thomas Colby who married in September 1908 in Darlingto district but his wifes name is not known.

Other than getting the actual marraige certificate is there anyway you can find exact date of marraige and name of his wife?

Some "hearsay" suggests her maiden name was "champney" but can find no listings other than a "district" by this name around SOUTH SHIELDS

My wifes parents both died you so info is vague.....

I have an address for them at 570 and 572 John Williamson St, Tyne Dock, South Shields and have tried the 1901 census records which allow me to view on 300 records and stops at no 523 JW St, so do we know where I can VIEW all records? consused

Maurice
 

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Re: Hi - seeking Colbyn --- more...

Hi Maurice,

1908

District Lanchester
July/Aug/Sept 1/4
Thomas Colby
Frances Jane Champney
Vol 10a
Page 561

There is another groom Thomas Hanley the other bride has been missed off the indexing, so giving that you have the name Champney assume they did marry.

You would need the marriage certificate for fathers names and date of marriage. You can trace back through the census, but still advise on the marriage cetificate.
 

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Re: Hi - seeking Colbyn --- more...

Ancestry have a 14 day trial. Findmypast is a pay per view site. Family history online is also a pay per view site. Theres also freebmd.

http://landing.ancestry.co.uk/offers/uk/learn/trial.aspx?o_iid=36135&o_lid=36135&offerid=0:21166:0

http://www.findmypast.com/home.jsp

http://www.familyhistoryonline.net/login/logout.pl

http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

Also a link to Durham Mining Museum interesting even if you havnt any links to the mining community.

http://www.dmm.org.uk/educate/mineocc.htm#t
 
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Hi, this is really super help thanks.

I did find that the name Champney was "changed" to Chapney by error or intent in one listing and have traced so far 10 children of which my wifes father Michael was one. Several of these died young (the male ones by the way)

I have come up against a brickwall with searching for Mary Colby who was know to have become a nun (Sister Mary Joseph) the best "hit so far is

1913 Born Mary Holroyd
Mother Champney
District Holbeck 9b 998

I have tried search variations on Champney and Chapney as mother in South Shields and all areas of England with no success. The surname Holroyd means nothing to anyone and makes no sense, and Holbeck I think is Leeds area so is also off target. I think I might contact the Poor Clares Convent to see if they might help bridge the gap!!!!

Still trying with accessing ALL the census records of John Williamson St any tips or good sites for this I have used http://www.1901censusonline.com

Thanks again...clearly you have done a "little" of this before!!!!!

Maurice
 
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Re: Hi - seeking Colby - Irish roots

I have managed to get back a bit further and found

Champney is apprarently a regional name for people from the Champagne district in France, Mary my wife had always thought her family had French connections and this seems to be from her Grandmothers side. A useful link outlines that family history
http://www.ancestry.com/facts/champney-family-history-uk.ashx in shows the dominance of the NorthEast for that family, and I may well get to research that side later ..... this is an addictive task.....

Great Grandfather is now traced as James Colby born circa 1859 in Ireland so, since I am tracing the male Colby line this is where my enquiries will now focus... I think official records could be somewhat vague so any advice on searches in Ireland would be helpful.
 
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Julie

Thanks (again!), I am still searching and trying to get a "break" into Ireland, these sites have also proved useful and may help other forum members looking into Ireland - the Irish forum could be useful so I have posted my quest there and also in the English one as a cross reference....

http://www.EmeraldAncestors.com

http://www.myheritage.com own family tree creator and free

http://www.censusfinder.com free

http://www.goireland.com/genealogy.htm

http://ancestorsatrest.com/ireland_genealogy.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Irish_Famine 1845 - 1852

http://genforum.genealogy.com/ireland/

http://genforum.genealogy.com/englandcountry/

Cheers

Maurice
 
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