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People have kindly sent copies of documents relating to their families. They are often specific to an individual but may be of interest to people with Brentford ancestors. Thank you to the people who have shared these documents.
- Register of Canal Boats entry for 1894 provided by Ann & David Podmore. Ann is a descendant of the Buck family whose boat "Samuel" was registered
- Brentford British School certificate from 1894 provided by Maurice Lockyer. Maurice has provided certificates from his grandmother's schooldays dating 1894, 1895, 1896. On looking into the people who signed the document a story emerged...
- Death Duty Register entry for John Dale, 1809: this is one of the many documents that can be accessed for free at The National Archives, Kew, or can be downloaded for a fee from their web site; death duty records in the period 1796 - 1811 are indexed and online; the abstract is included here to give you an idea of the type of information provided
- Inquest of Frances McCarthy, 1903 provided by Maggie Luscombe & Mike Perry; an account of the inquest into a tragic road accident from the Middlesex Independent
- Janet McNamara provided a charming newspaper account of a 1926 wedding (George Frederick Gower & Lily Violet Holt), each wedding gift and donor scrupulously recorded for posterity
- WW1 Service Records are available at The National Archives, Kew and also through the ancestry.com web site (by subscription); a summary of the service records for my grandfather, who died in WW1, shows the types of records you may find for your ancestor; see also the index of service records for Brentford men and an example of a medal card provided by Trevor Mitchell
- Rob Sutherland has sent a full transcript of an 1806 Indenture relating to a property in the Butts (found at a fleamarket; Rob lives in Canada); the indenture includes names of people (some from Brentford, others from further afield) and relationships between several named people; it also refers to other documents dating back to 1726: a goldmine of information for descendants (March 2010)
- Jane McNamara provided some copies from the Middlesex Independent newspaper:
- A local postwar wedding, Ena Stone to Kenneth Thompson in 1948, thanks to Ena and her sister Lynn Hayter (April 2011)
If you have a document you are willing to share, please scan and email it. Thank you!
Published May 2009; updated June 2011