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    Hi everyone,

    What a great site!!! I've only found it by chance whilst researching my family history, and wondered if any of your members might be able to help me.

    I've discovered that my family, whose surname was Liedbetter (changing to Leadbetter in the 1800's), originated in the Speke and Halewood areas, and I've found online records showing my earliest ancestors John Rice, and John Goodall, going back to the late 1600's at Speke. If anyone knows how I could get info on these people before that, I'd be very grateful!!

    Another question is to do with the reason I started all this in the first place. My Nan always used to tell us that we had part-Spanish ancestry, which came from a Spanish sea-captain marrying our ancestor's daughter. Her father was supposedly a groundsman for the Earl of Sefton, but I can't be sure that this wasn't just a romantic tale my Nan cooked-up for the grandkids!! But I have found a possible link with this story in the family of Robert Liedbetter, baptised in St Mary's RC Church, Woolton, who married a Helen b.1744, whose daughters were named Marie and Petoria, which don't sound like typically Liverpuddlian names to me!
    If anyone has any suggestions on how I can find out more about Helen and her parents, or workers at the Sefton estate, or even Spanish ships docking in Liverpool, it would be a big help.

    Apologies for the length of this post, but I thought I should give as much info as possible. But even if you can't help, I hope you've found it an interesting story!!


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    Anna

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    Hello Anna

    Welcome to the site -- glad you are enjoying your time here so far. Good luck in your quest to get information on your family history. You might check out the following site which has information on the graves at Speke and other information about the parish records:

    http://speke.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/index.html

    Incidentally, if you don't know it, birth, marriage, and death records before 1837 in England are only available through parish records. It was then that civil registration was introduced in England and Wales on July 1, 1837, which meant that from then on records were centrally kept at Somerset House and more recently St. Catherine's House in London.

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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your message!
    I've left a post in the Speke site's Guestbook after spotting lots of Leadbetter gravestones at All Saints Church.
    I knew about the Parish records for BMD's before 1837, but as I live in Cornwall, visiting to check them myself would be a bit of a problem. Hoping there may be some local genealogists or historians reading this thread who may be willing to help!!
    Thanks again,
    Anna

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    Welcome
    You could try
    http://genchatfriends.proboards39.com/index.cgi

    http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index...081&board=21.0

    The rootschat page is for Lancashire as Liverpool was in Lancashire so looking for old info you will always have to look at Lancs pages

    You could try and find ancestors on
    http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

    See how you get on there are a number of people who have an interest in family history or live near / have links with Speke/Halewood.

    I think info gets harder to find before 1600 as you are having to deal with parish records and not census record which started later.

    Hope this helps John

    There was a lot of info on a thread called Family tree in the The Lounge, double click on the blue The Lounge and you will find topics Family tree is in there
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    Pixie, where abouts in Cornwall are you? I have an old girlfriend that lives in St. Mabyn.

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    Hi John,

    I've left a post in Merseyside Forum, which seems to fit in with their discussions, and am about to register with rootschat too!! Big thank you's for taking the time to post those links for me - much appreciated!!

    BobbyMac - St Mabyn's up near Wadebridge on the edge of Bodmin Moor, whereas I live down near Land's End. Both are a long way from Liverpool and Canada!!!

    Best wishes,
    Anna

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