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I am researching my family tree and have recently started on my late husband's family and there is very little information to go on. My husband's grandfather was William Harold Cooke, supposedly born in Sydney in 1878.

He married Matilda Anne Crump in Hobart Tas. They lived in Sydney, and he died in Sydney in 1942.

Family members say his father was called William Henry Kingston Cooke. He was married to Catherine Matila ?.

Does anyone have any info. The family believes that they came from England.


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on 2006-12-07 19:14:18

acooke , from Brisbane, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Dec 2006. is researching the following names: COOKE, CRUMP, CARTWRIGHT and 11 other(s).

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by allycat on 2006-12-07 21:48:52

Dear A.Cooke, Hi there. Q.Do you have the Death Certificate of your late husband's grandfather? If not, this will certainly state how long he was in the Australian Colonies and where he was born.

Then you can check the 1871 Census for England via [url=]RootsChat - FREE genealogy research]. Just sign up and become a free member, then post an 1871 Census Lookup Request for your COOKE family.

If you click on COOKE with your mouse, you will be taken to a surname wiki page that I created for COOKE Family Tree and Genealogy Research. This is a page full of links regarding the surname within Australia and throughout the world.

Have fun looking through all the sites, 99% are free, with the only one costing any money being GenesReunited. But at least you can do a free search I believe.

Also, if you click on my username, goto my profile, then find category for Australia and read my journals on genealogy within each State of Australia ... lots of links to browse through.

Good luck,
Alison from QLD Australia.

by allycat on 2006-12-07 21:50:06

Oops, here is link again, this time clickable...RootsChat

by acooke on 2006-12-08 02:19:50

Thanks Allison, did not expect a reply so quickly. I am also a Queenslander.

I am waiting for the death certificate to arrive.

Will follow your leads, though have been in and out of so many sites my head reels. I am also researching other branches of the family at the same time.


by acooke on 2006-12-24 16:18:20

Hi Allison

Merry Christmas!! Up early, I notice that Santa Claus has been, but my 28 year old baby is still asleep.

Anyway, just to let you know, I got William Harold Cooke's death certificate and it states that he was born in Sydney, as it does in the Tasmanian Colonial Links, where there is a record of his marriage to Matilda Ann Crump.

He does not show up on NSW BMD and neither does his father William Henry (Kingston) Cooke.

His death certificate did give his mother's name as Catherine M McMinn, and I find that she was the daughter of George Washington McMinn (apparently a solicitor) and Phoebe Gee from Hobart.

There were two John Walter Crumps, and the Walter John Crump was one of them. The person born in 1848, was the son of convicts Thomas Crump and Lydia Johnson.

My husband's father was born in Launceston and would seem to be the last child born in Tasmania before they came (or returned) to NSW.

So you can see that I got a fair way with your suggestion about RootsChat, but the two Cooke men are very elusive. I keep thinking they have covered their tracks somehow, and for some reason.

I have looked in the English census and there is a possible but I have no reason to connect them to this record.

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.



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