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Sarah Ann LUCAS / COSTER / WHITLEY - Edmonton, England

Hi All,

I'm having trouble tracking down Sarah Ann COSTER (nee LUCAS) in the 1881 census.

Sarah Ann LUCAS was born about 1853 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. However, each census on which she appears has a different birthplace (1861 -Birmingham, 1871 - Newbold, Warwickshire, 1881 - not located yet, 1891 - Bretby Estate, Derbyshire and 1901, Cornwall).

On 2 April, 1871 I believe that Sarah Ann is resident in the Union Lane Workhouse, Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire, England. Listed with her is a 1 month old called Charles LUCAS. She is unmarried, a pauper whose previous profession is listed as General Domestic Servant. At this time, her parents and siblings are listed as living at East Barnet. This proximity leads me to believe that I've got the right Sarah Ann LUCAS.

On 20 Jul 1873, in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, she married Henry COSTER and had three children, George Henry COSTER, Alfred John COSTER and James COSTER. Their first son was born in New Barnet, but the last two were born in Southgate, London, indicating that the family had moved during this period. In Sep 1877 Henry COSTER died.

I've been unable to find Sarah Ann LUCAS on the 1881 census. However, I have found a Charles COSTA (10 yrs), George COSTA (6 yrs) and Alfred COSTA (4 yrs) who are resident in the Edmonton Union School. All of this would seem to indicate that Sarah and her young family fell on hard times after the death of Henry and that the children were placed in the Union School while Sarah and her youngest son resided somewhere else, possibly her working in service somewhere.

In 1891 and 1901 she is living in Edmonton.

I've tried everything I can to track her down and would appreciate any assistance anyone can give me!


Canet Family - London


I'm interested in the Canet Family based around London. The root person in Zacharias Theophile Canet and his wife, Margaret Turnbull. If you are related to this family, please join us at:

I am descended from their son Robert, as are most Canet's found in Australia. But I would love to hear from any Canet's still in the UK.

Information on Robert and other members of the family can be found at:


Rann and Baker Familys - Edmonton and Waltham Abbey - Website

Hi There,

If you are a member of the Rann or Baker Families based around Edmonton or Waltham Abbey or Waltham Cross areas, you might be interested in joining a website:

This site allows people researching this family to get in contact with each other and to share research and information.

My interest is in William Edward Rann and his wife May Baker and there many children, including my great grandmother, Emily Eliza Margaret "Midge" Rann.


Hamilton Lewis O'Donnell - Tyrone to Australia

Hi All,

Now that some of the Irish records are Online, I've been able to get some confirmation on a few things.

Hamilton Lewis O'Donnell married Emma Jane Todd - no change

Children - addition of one son (Irwin) and changes to birth years.

Richard Willis O'Donnell, born 1837 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland; died 1907 in Shepparton, Vic, Australia.

Annie Jane O'Donnell, born 1840 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland; died 1915 in Shepparton, Vic, Australia; married George McMaster; born in County Tyrone, Ireland.

Thomas O'Donnell, born 1842 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland; died 01 Sep 1910 in Shepparton, Vic, Australia.

Irwin O'Donnell, born 06 Apr 1845 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland; married Margaret Jane Brien.

Hamilton Lewis O'Donnell, born 13 Oct 1847 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland; died 08 Mar 1920 in Shepparton, Vic, Australia; married Annie Brown 11 Mar 1872 in Geelong, Vic, Australia.

John James O'Donnell, born 1854 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland; died 1920 in Boort, Vic, Australia.

Irwin is still in Ireland in 1874 but I can find no death record for him there.

All the above birth years have been confirmed.


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Photo Collection - Uni of Newcastle, Aus

Cultural Collections incorporates the University of Newcastle, Australia's Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections. It is the home of the historical and cultural memory of the University and its regional context.

Our role is to protect and safeguard the documentary history of the University and its regional context for current research and for future generations.

Lots of great images of Newcastle and surrounding areas as well as places visited by locals.

Uni of Newcastle Photo Collection

BOSWELL, Stephen of Ware, Hertford, England

I'm after details of the Boswell Family from Ware, Hertford, England. I have Stephen BOSWELL b. 1824, mother named Mary. No father/husband listed on the 1841 Census. Stephen married Sarah, also of Ware. I believe her maiden name may have been Brooks/Brookes. One possible connection is that on the night of the 1851 census they were listed as "visitors". The family in the house next door were Brooks. By 1861 Stephen and Sarah were in Edmonton, London. Love to hear from anyone with a connection.

RANN Sisters - Edmonton, England to Australia

Ranns in Australia

All daughters of William Edward Rann (b Waltham Abbey, Essex, England) and May Baker b 1879 Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England):

Emily Eliza Rann (b 03 Jan 1899,Edmonton, Middlesex, England d. 30 Jul 1971 Maidstone, Vic, Australia) married to John Whitley on 08 Jun 1920 in Edmonton, England. They left England in Dec 1930 for Melbourne.

Two of her sisters also came out Elsie and Rosa. Both were also based in the Melbourne area.


Ryerson Index - Aus Newspaper Obits Online

The Ryerson Index is an index to death notices appearing in current Australian newspapers. It also includes some funeral notices, probate notices and obituaries.

It does cover some historical dates and it covers many regional papers. Good for people born in the 1900's onwards.

1911 Dublin, Ireland Census Available Online - More To Come

The full census returns for Dublin 1911 Census are available free at:

You access pages as adobe files.

The records for 1911 are being digitised first, then those for 1901. The order in which counties will be made available, starting in December 2007, with 1911, is:

* Dublin
* Kerry
* Antrim & Down
* Donegal
* Cork
* Wexford
* Galway
* King?s County (Offaly)
* Limerick
* Mayo
* Waterford
* Armagh
* Carlow
* Cavan
* Clare
* Fermanagh
* Kildare
* Kilkenny
* Leitrim
* Londonderry (Derry)
* Longford
* Louth
* Meath
* Monaghan
* Queen?s County (Laois)
* Roscommon
* Sligo
* Tipperary
* Tyrone
* Westmeath
* Wicklow


Australia - Old Newspapers Wanted - National Library Project

WANTED: The nation's missing newspapers

If you have a pile of old newspapers under your bed or in a stack out in the shed, we want to hear from you. As part of the nation-wide Australian Newspaper Plan, libraries across the country want to find, collect and preserve the nation's missing newspapers. Newspapers did more than just report the news. They told stories of their time, through ads, photographs and even their design - stories we want to preserve for all Australians.

For a full list of 'wanted' newspapers, go to