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Death certificate of Ann GEERING

24 Mar

The next of the three death certificates ordered this month is for Ann GEERING who I believe to be the sister of my 5x great-grandfather James GEERING.

Ann GEERING died in Hailsham, Sussex on the 2nd March 1864 aged 81 years. Her occupation is given as chemist, which is consistent with her census entries in 1841, 1851 and 1861. Her cause of death is given as enteritis (24 hours). Her death was registered on the 5th March 1864 by Sophia Roberts, who was present at the death.

I don’t know who Sophia Roberts is, whether she is related to the GEERING family or not, so I need to add her to my list of people in Hailsham to research.

There is a Sophia Roberts living in Hailsham in 1861, with her husband Charles and eight children. In the 1851 census Charles and Sophia Roberts are in Hailsham and his occupation is given as orange and nut dealer.

So another possible lead. Is there any significance in the name of informant on this (or James’) death certificate. Only time (and more research) will tell.

Death certificate of James GEERING

23 Mar

The earliest of the three death certificates I ordered this month was for James GEERING, who I believe to be my 5x great-grandfather.

James died on the 15th January 1850 in Hailsham, Sussex aged 73. His occupation was given as chemist, which agrees with the occupation given in the 1841 census. His cause of death was Chronic Bronchitis (3 years) and Influenza (3 days). His death was registered on the 19th January 1850 by James Martin of Hailsham who was present at the death.

I was hoping that the name of the informant would give me some evidence of a connection with the GEERING family in Lewes, Sussex. Unfortunately I have no James Martin in my family tree yet, but there are a couple of Martins living in Lewes with some of my relations in 1861, one of whom is identified as a grand-daughter.

The 1851 census shows 30 year old James Martin and his wife Martha living in Hailsham. He is shown as a master shoemaker and was born in Hailsham, and Martha was from Bermondsey, Surrey.

It is clear that I need to add this Martin family to my research as well now, another step towards building a community history rather than just my personal family history.

March GRO certificate order

15 Mar

I was a bit slow placing an order for this month’s ration of birth, marriage and death certificates from the GRO.

This month my three certificates are all going to be death certificates, all for GEERINGs and all from Hailsham Registration District. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, because I have no hard proof yet that these people are my relations (or in one case my ancestor).

The three certificates I have ordered are:

  • DEATH – James GEERING (Q1 1850)

James GEERING is probably my 5x great-grandfather, I am hoping that something on the certificate will link him to his known children in Lewes, Sussex. My hopes are not high for finding a link, more than likely the informant on the certificate will be his sister Ann or (possible) daughter Jane, both living in Hailsham at the time.

  • DEATH – Ann GEERING (Q1 1864)

Ann GEERING is probably my 6x great-aunt and sister of James GEERING above. I am not expecting to find much new information from her death certificate, the informant will probably be her niece Jane.

  • DEATH – Jane GEERING (Q3 1874)

Jane GEERING is probably my 5x great-aunt, the daughter of James GEERING and niece of Ann GEERING. As she appears to be the last of this particular branch of the GEERING family in Hailsham I am hoping that the informant might be another family member from somewhere else, but I fear that it will be one of the couple with whom she is living in the 1871 census.

So I am not very optimistic that any of these certificates will actually help with my research, but as clues are very few and far between, I need to make the most of any lead I have.

GRO certificate price rise

2 Mar

I suppose it had to happen, I have always thought that £7 a certificate was remarkable value, in fact too good to true.

As has already been noted by various bloggers and on mailing lists, the GRO have announced a restructuring of their charges. This has simplified the range of price options, but also means a price increase in most cases.

Instead of spending £7 per certificate it will now cost me £9.25 and I suppose that is still quite good value, but no one likes having to pay more for the same service, myself included.

I can’t help wondering if we are going to be paying for the failure of the digitisation project, and I wonder whether if the project had been completed on time and within budget, this increase might not have been necessary.

I have to be realistic though and accept that as the press release says "GRO certificate services are self-financing and costs must be recovered to ensure taxpayers do not subsidise them". As a taxpayer I feel that I am certainly getting my money’s worth by making use of libraries and archives.

So, what will this mean to me?

I don’t think I will be rushing to get any extra orders in before the 6th April 2010. What will probably happen however is that instead of limiting myself to three certificates a month, I shall probably limit myself to two certificates a month after April.

I am in the fortunate situation that at the moment that I don’t think there are any certificates I actually need. Recently the certificates I have been ordering have been solving specific problems with relations rather than direct ancestors.

Also I am fortunate that I don’t feel the need to find exact birth, marriage and death dates for all my ancestors. I know that before 1837 I am probably not going to get an exact date anyway.

What effect will this price rise have on your research? Will you try and get your orders in before the 6th April? Will you order fewer certificates or carry on as normal?

Jane TROWER’s death certificate

15 Feb

The second of the three GRO certificates that I ordered was the death certificate of Jane TROWER, my 3x great-aunt. I was hoping this certificate would give me a clue as to what Jane was up to between the 1881 census and her death in 1922.

I had mixed results with this one, nothing really conclusive about her past life, but some quite interesting information nevertheless.

Jane died on the 16th December 1922, aged 60 years, at Hill View, Partridge Green in the parish of West Grinstead, Sussex. The cause of death was “cardiac failure resulting from fibro cystic growth in neck”.

It is nice to have a specific address on a certificate, especially one with which I am already familiar. Hill View was where Jane’s sister Sarah TROWER had a lodging house.

Sarah TROWER appears in several county directories between 1909 and 1922 as running (possibly owning) apartments. She is living there in the 1911 census, on her own (business was obviously not going very well).

Interestingly Sarah’s departure from Hill View, or at least when she stopped advertising, coincides with the death of Jane. This makes me wonder if they were in business together.

So Jane wasn’t living with Sarah in 1911 and I still don’t know where she was in 1891 or 1901 either. The only other clue is in her name.

Her death is registered under the name Jane Kate TROWER, this is the only record I have with Jane featuring a middle name. Perhaps Jane is “hiding” under the name Kate in the census.

There is a possible match in the 1891 census, the age is not quite right but the place of birth is probably a mangled spelling of Henfield, Sussex. The death certificate gives Jane’s occupation as “spinster formerly Housekeeper (Domestic)” which is not really going to help in her location and identification.

So really this certificate hasn’t progressed my research a great deal, but it did contain some interesting information.

All I can do now is carry on searching the census and try and verify whether Kate TROWER in the 1891 census is actually Jane. I will also check the probate indexes to see if Jane left a will, that might take me back a few years before her death if one exists.

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