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October 30, 2006

My great–great–grandparents

Writing about web page http://gov-certificates.co.uk/

I finally gave up on waiting for the birth certificate from gov-certificates.co.uk of my great-grandmother, so I contacted the government records office instead. I’m not sure how I ended up with the gov-cert webpage to start with (probably through a Google search) but there’s a link that I hadn’t spotted before from the genealogy website to the GRO webpage. Instead of 22 days (gov-cert), GRO will send the certificates in 5 days, and instead of charging £22 they charge £7. And they actually send them, rather than keeping you hanging around for five months with promises. So, a word of advice if you’re going to take up researching your family history. Gov-certificates.co.uk is a complete rip-off.

Anyway, now I’ve got that off my chest.

The birth certificate gave me my great-great-grandparents’ names, (Thomas Walker and Elizabeth Nelson) and looking them up on the censuses revealed something interesting. My great-great-grandfather Thomas Walker, was born in the East Indies. I’m 1/16 Indian. although I guess with a name like Thomas he was British-born, which is a slight disappointment. I can’t work out from the censuses where exactly in the East Indies he was born – they’re so illegible that the name’s variously transcribed as Froshonapply and Trickonspley!!

Checking back on marriages of Eleanor Nelsons in Norfolk in the 1850s I found there was one married at the same time as a Thomas Walker (that’s probably them). But also at the same time, a Martin Walker got married. Maybe a great-great-grand-uncle who got married in a double wedding?? Anyway, the plot thickens :) I’ve just ordered them, so in about a week I should know about the generation before too.


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