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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Use Accepted Genealogy Methodology to Prove Relationships

Dorothy asked
My brick wall is on the Bradshaw part of my tree. I have information back to Joseph Cecil Bradshaw (Artist) b.1856 Manchester. Marries Emily Jane Slinger b. 1858 Scarborough. Have the birth cert.of their son Joseph Cecil(Artist/Photographer) and his marriage certificate .Joseph and Emily are in the 1881 census living at 2 St.Johns Rd. Manchester. Other researchers and I, think there should be a connection to the Bagnall/Champion Bradshaws from the pottery area of Cheshire as they were all artists. Joseph Cecil's siblings were Arthur,George Herbert,Ada Lillian. Has anyone any clues?

OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Hello Dorothy. You have found out some good information on your Joseph Bradshaw. You haven't mentioned what census records or vital statistics you have for him.

My suggestion is that if you do not yet have him in the 1861 and 1871 census, you look for that information. Finding him in the 1861 census should provide his parents'
names. Failing that, look for his birth record. You can try Free BMD which is a searchable index of vitals. If you find Joseph, you can then order the full certificate which will provide both parents' names, plus mother's maiden name and a few other details.

See How to Use the National Archives UK Website to Obtain Ancestor Documents for help ordering a certificate.

The way to learn if a branch of one family is connected to another branch is to follow accepted genealogy methods - start going backwards, one generation at a time. Prove each generation as you go until you find the common link! IF it exists.

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