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I WOULD LIKE TO DEAL WITH XXXXX XXXXXPH AGAIN, PLEASE Dear XXXXXn, back in August you helped me in tracing my great grandfather Henry Gough, as above. You checked the admiralty records and informed me that he was born on 28 November 1850 in Southampton, Hants. I accessed the BMD records, but could find no trace of him. So I ordered the birth certificate from GRO, stating that I did not have details of the quarter in which he was born, but asking them to search from 1849 to 1851 inclusive (obviously, I gave them Southampton as his birthplace). They came back to me with the following: "We have searched the indexes for events registered in England & Wales during the years specified (1849-1851). We have been unable to find any entry with the details you provided". I checked the 1871 census, and sure enough Henry Gough (age 20. born Southampton) is listed as a crew member of the HMS Duke of Wellington, in Portsmouth harbour. Where on earth do I go from here in locating g-granddad's birth record, so that I can order his birth certificate? Please help! Thanks and regards, XXXXX XXXXX PS Addtl info: I tried to "think outside the box" by checking BMD records for years slightly beyond 1850. I found a Henry Gough born in 1852 in Hants, so I speculated that he may have lied to the Navy about his age so that he could join up! I ordered the birth certificate, only to find that it's not him - it's someone born in Berkshire (apparently Berks and Hants were grouped together in birth records)
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