Electoral Rolls & Baptisms - 1917-1925

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    I am in the process of filling in details on the early life of my mother, who passed away in 2002.

    Her parents - William John Golley and Gwendoline Ball - married in Reading in 1916 and had 2 children - Stanley Joseph [1918-1946] and Gwendoline Clara [1921-2002]

    What I am looking for are the baptisms of the 2 children and where the parents lived during their time in Reading. William John was aged 27 when he married. The family lived in Reading until William John - who worked for the Great Western Railway - was transferred to Paddington in 1925/1926 - and stayed with the Railway until his death [from Lung Cancer] on 22 May 1939.

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    Have you tried Swindon Library? They may have details of his employment with GWR, which may have some reference to where he was living.
     
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    Yes, I have had contact with Swindon Library. Apart from a brief notice of his death in their magazines of 1939, they have no record of him.

    Colin
     
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    Shame, it appears the National Archive have the employee records, but they probably will not give you the info that you are looking for either.
     
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    Always wortha try !
     
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    Can you tell me what I might find if I make contact with the National Archive?

    I've tried using their online site, but cannot find the appropriate records - it's a complete mystery to me and causes me 'senior moments' of frustration!!

    Colin
     
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    Another thought, you must have your mum's birth cert. What is the address given on it? that could help find the local church(es).

    Should read your post properly - you do not have an address, sorry.
     
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    I don't have her birth certificate - she had it, but sadly her health deteriorated in the late 1990's and it was one of the items she disposed of.

    I was hoping that by finding the address from Electoral Rolls, I might save some loot.

    Colin
     
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    Colin,

    I think (and someone please correct me if I am wrong) that the earlier Electoral Rolls can only be searched by address, not by name.
     
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    Colin,
    Start here http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/railway-overview.htm

    I too find searching the NA pretty tricky.
     
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    Having spent the last 45 minutes on the site - I gave up in frustration!!!

    Unless I can find something else over the weekend, I'm going to dig deep in my wallet on Monday and order 2 birth certificates and 1 marriage certificate - and then wait until mid-September to get 'em.

    Colin.
     
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    Well, the birth certificate may provide the street address for 29 June 1921 and I'll use that if push comes to shove in order to find out when they moved to Acton as I have a record after 1926

    Colin
     
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    I don't think the NA website is that user friendly. In view of the amount of documents then it is probably not surprising. Have you tried just doing a general search. It is bit trial and error to find anything. Not helpful I know but you are not alone in your frustration with it.
     
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    Have ordered my mum's birth certificate, which will [hopefully] provide her father's occupation and residence address.

    Have also ordered their marriage certificate [1916] which, again [hopefully] will provide his occupation and residence.

    If, and it's abig if, the addresses are one and the same, then I can dispense with brother Stanley's birth cert. and can then request look ups with a little more certainty.

    Now the wait begins.
     
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    Certificates arrived:
    1916 - Marriage Certicates - residence 12 Cardiff Road, Reading - Occupation - Shunter - age 27
    1921 - Mum's Birth Certificate - residence 172 Belmont Road, Reading - Occupation Railway Guard

    I am interested in possible baptisms and Electoral Rolls. The marriage was in the Parish Church in the Parish of Greyfriars

    Colin
     
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    Greyfriars Church can be found on google maps, enter post code RG1 1EH

    Cardiff Road is to the north across the motorway
    Belmont Road is to the east of the church off off Oxford Rd (A329)

    Both streets are not too far from Greyfriars, so it is possible the parents took the children back to the church where they married to have them baptised.
     
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    Anc....has quite a few London baptisms -not sure without looking-the dates covered but happy to check
     
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    Not sure you'll find them in London. They moved from Reading, Berkshire and they are in Acton from 1927 on and I have them thereafter
     
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    That is my thought also. Now to contact the Church. Hopefully, I can find an email address.
     
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    They have a website and 'contact us' facility
    www.
    greyfriars.org.uk/Groups/202351/Greyfriars_Church.aspx

    (Link removed. Deemed commercial as they have a bookshop - Doug)
     

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