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Italian POW/ancestry

Hello all. Just a general enquiry if I may please. I am currently trying to find information about the various war graves in my local town cemetery and am collating info on the people along with a photo of the graves. One of the graves is for an Italian chap. I live in north Norfolk where there were a lot of POW camps so my assumption is he may well have been POW from ww2. ...
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Czech family history

Can anyone help ? I have done the English side of my family history (mothers) and recently decided to Do my Czech side (fathers) , this has proved very interesting however very difficult . I have found out about the Czech legion of which my grandfather was involved with links to the Tsar,he also attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Czech army, my father was in the Czech underground and I have attained ...
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Malinda Beesley

B 1823 in Norwich with a brother called Arthur. D 1864. I am trying to find details regarding her parents but am struggling & have little information on her brother b 1824 other than him being in prison in 1840. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Unavailable websites

Is anyone having trouble with trying to access websites which are continually 'temporarily unavailable'? For the past week I've had these ongoing problems with, Family Search and Find My Past - this one particularly frustrating as I had only a few days left on a special month fee which has now expired.
I'm wondering whether these sites are either overloaded for pre-Christmas search enthusiasm, or they are taken down in the middle of their ...
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Henry c hookins

I seem a little confused. My mums great grandfather was henry c hookins. On his marriage records I found out that his father had the same name. So he would be my 3x great grandfather, his wife was called Elizabeth. But what confused me was I've no maiden name for her, also I found a daughter called Caroline but from another relationship. Also Elizabeth who was born in 1838 was married to a man called ...
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Have a massive brick wall

I've been researching my mum's side since about 2003-2004 then I started on my dad's side where I then came across I think 3x great grandfather named William breynard I've posted on a South Australian genealogy group on Facebook and one of the admin had posted 2 listings on biographical indexes for William breynard one in upper Canada and the other black lake, NY, USA 1819-1820 he came to South Australia in 1840 from Greenock, ...
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Private Thomas Metcalf GS/15432 WW1

I am researching the war records of my great grandmother's husband, Thomas Metcalf of Atherstone, Warwickshire. He has an entry on the 'Lives of the First World War' website, but I'm prevented, as a new user, from putting a complete link to that entry on this post (.../record?id=GBM/MCI/3020625, if that helps!).

On Ancestry, in the 'UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919' data set, Thomas has an entry (no documents available) with comments of ...
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Interesting Electoral roll. Thoughts?

The atttached image is from the 1939 Electoral roll of Willesden East, page 367, available on ancestry. Can anyone shed light on the meaning of the blue lines? The first page (p264) containing the blue writing, says "Commence 1940". I'm thinking these are houses destroyed by bombing as it gives the date. However, the websight "Bombsight" only gives 1940/41 bomb damage.

Has anyone come across this before? What could the initials ccc mean?

Thank you ...
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6th and 7th great gparents Palmer

Hi, This is my first post on this forum.
I have for around 20 years been tracing details of my maternal family tree ancestors from a handed down family list. I have details for the eldest going back to 1520s, and the youngest from me to 1780, but I am stuck tracing my 6th and 7th great grandparents. What I have is Phillip Palmer 1687-1767 m.16 Dec 1714 Rebecah Barlow 1693-??. They had a son ...
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Suicide in GRO??

I have an ancestor who on good advice from the immediate family took his own life mid 1940s, however I can find no record in GRO bmd.
Am I not looking in the right places or could it be recorded in a different place altogether?
James Baxter b 1895 Wisbech Cambs , died approx 1945 Cambridge.
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