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I had never heard anything about my grandfather until I obtained my father's birth certificate (after my father died). All my mother had known was that he had died when my father was very young. My father was William George Carr born in 1917 in Lambeth. My grandfather William John Carr also lived in Lambeth, was married to someone else, and was a lighterman.
Through Docklands Family History site, I discovered that William John Carr was apprenticed in 1891 and completed his apprenticeship in 1898. I am now awaiting the details of his Apprenticeship Affidavit from the DFS. This will give me his date and place of birth and his parents names. Then I can search the census.
The occupation of lighterman seems to run in families, so hopefully I will be able to go back further.
I have traced my family tree back to john Bailey circa 1811 (great-great-grandfather), using census, birth, marriage and deaths records. I believe parish records and apprenticeship records are the next step. I found John and his wife Ann Turner in the censuses from 1841 plus their children. I obtained the relevent parish record listings for Awliscombe from Devon Family History but no luck with John and Ann, although their eldest children are in the records. I guess I shall have to try the village of Gittisham, as Ann was born there.
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