Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

The sad lady on the right is my great great aunt, Alice Micklewright. The photograph was taken when she was in 1906 aged 35 admitted to Lancashire County Asylum, now Prestwich Hospital Manchester). I knew that she died in the asylum, though not until 1913 from tuberculosis, from her death certificate. That led me to the asylum records and the photograph. I do not yet have the full records as they are closed until 100 years from her death. I do have a note in my diary to apply for her full records in February 2013 to find her story. Return here to find out about my quest and what I have learned about her.

One of the most exciting stories starting with a Death Certificate

I have ever heard  was that of my friend and fellow genealogist Rosemary Morgan. I'm sending you to her website not because I want you to leave mine, I'd like you to come back. Go to Rosemary's blogspot , and Discovering my Convict Ancestor in Old Bailey and Prisoner records to read how knowledge of a place of death obtained from a death certificate helped her uncover the amazing story of her ancestor.

How missing Martha was found by a marriage certificate

My grandfather's cousin, Martha Endley, was born in 1871 in High Hatton, Shropshire. For some years my last view of her was as a servant working  for a wealthy widow in Bury, Lancashire in 1891. No further sign of her;  no trace of her having died, married or emigrated. 

As part of my own family research I obtained the marriage certificate of my grandfather's sister in 1901 to find one of the witnesses was Pattie (a diminutive of Martha) Endley Armed with the knowledge of Martha's change of name I was able to follow her again. She married using the name of Pattie but thereafter reverted to Martha, went to live in Alderly Edge Cheshire with her joiner husband and was widowed at a relatively young age. The research into her life and untimely widowhood is an ongoing project.





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