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Robinson - Looking for any help!!

Journal by laxie

Im trying to trace my dads family.
His granddad was from Scotland. He was George or Joseph Robinson.
He was in the Scottish Regiment and went to South Africa during the Boer War ( he was in his 20s)He married a Dutch girl called Anna. We think my dads father- joseph Stephen was their eldest child but we aren't sure! We have no other family who we can ask as my dad is the last one alive-that we know of! He is 60 next year and we would love to be able to tell him something about his family.............
If anyone has any advice/pointers I would really appreciate it.

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by laxie Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2007-07-04 06:02:29

laxie has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jul 2007. is researching the following names: ROBINSON.

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by MsMeridy on 2007-08-03 08:28:13

Hey Laxie,
Alleycat has some great ideas when researching your family history. Start with what you do know and do some searches on those particular names and dates. Google and Yahoo often lead to a family name. Start a journal with your grandad's name and leave it for people to reply to. Using the heading "Looking for any help!!" may not lead a Robinson to you..Name your journal "Joseph Stephen Robinson" and then put your query in.

Write to Alley I am sure she will give you some tips on researching your family tree.

Good luck


by laxie on 2007-08-03 09:26:08

Thanks Meredith!
My dad will be seeing some of his family so hopefully I'll get some more info.

by MsMeridy on 2007-08-03 21:43:19

By the way have a look at some of my journals. Not that I am an expert by any means as I am new to this also. But I wrote journals on the people I knew about and made it like a story. It gives others a chance to see if they fit into your family.
I have really enjoyed doing it and have made a tribalpage on the family. There are many like me who have made a tribalpage and there maybe a few on Robinsons. have a look about.


by rhiang on 2007-08-12 05:09:38

Do you know the full name of the Dutch girl Anna? Were they married in the Netherlands?

If the answer to either of these is yes then there is a Dutch site where you can do free searches of bmd data. The site is of courser in Dutch but if you have a problem using it just leave me a message, I can either do a simple search for you or give you instructions, as I am half Dutch I can understand the site.

by laxie on 2007-08-12 07:18:42

Thanks- I'll ask any of the family what they know about Anna!!

by allycat on 2007-08-12 08:13:45

Dear Laxie, Hi there. I've read this journal and the accompanying comments and all I can think of at present is to start at the beginning and work backwards. Get a video camera, notebook, taperecorder, anything really and have a brainstorming session with your father (and any siblings, cousins etc.) about anything and everything related to his and your ancestry.

You will eventually work through and 'prove' facts from stories. Although stories end up having a ring of truth to them sometimes.

Do as Meredith suggests and build your own family tree for free online at TribalPages. Just read and follow all their instructions. Note you can protect the privacy of the living in this format in a couple of ways: a) living person's name is just displayed as a row of asterix eg ********** or you could have say LIVING Robinson, or just have their full name only and no identifying information such as their full date of birth, location etc.

It is easy to add more names to your tree online just with the click of a button. You can also print it out for your father to see and hold in his hands.

Good luck,

by laxie on 2007-08-12 08:14:42

Thanks Alison!

by allycat on 2007-08-12 08:32:15

Dear Laxie, please click on EDIT THIS JOURNAL and alter the subject heading from Looking for any help!! to ... "ROBINSON family genealogy". That way if anyone is out there on the net searching for ROBINSONs, they will probably see this website with your journals here at familytreecircles just by googling.

Generally, it's better to stick with the facts first. I just didn't want you to go off on a wild goose chase.

When you have done your 'information gathering' with your Dad, you can then goto RootsChat perhaps the Scotland board to find more on your ROBINSONs.

Also - The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.

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ROBINSON Family Genealogy Forum

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RootsWeb Messageboards ROBINSON

by jollyval on 2009-09-08 07:52:51

Hi There

I am trying to find where my grandfather
William Henry Robinson was actually born. On his marriage certificate it says he came from Dublin he was only 22 when he married my grandmother in 1914 thats making him born in 1892, however when he died in 1918 his death cert said he came from Belfast and had been in Australia 5years 4of these married. His parents where John Robinson and Helen Douglas, I have sent my info to Ireland to no avail maybe anyone reading this may be able to help,
Cheers Val

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