Saturday, April 16, 2011

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Reza is a foster carer and is encouraging other ethnic minority families to consider fostering                              Picture by Habibur Rahman

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Helping people to locate friends or family they’ve lost contact with

BIRCH. I am researching my family tree and wondered if anyone has come across Joseph Birch, born Chelsea, London, c.1862, a blacksmith in 1900 living at 14 Byerley Road, Kingston, Portsmouth with his Irish wife, Sarah.

In the 1901 census RG13-986-109-25 their children are Edith, aged one; Charles (Victor), three; Henry (Joseph), eight and John, six.

Joseph Birch, who was in the Royal Navy, had three brothers. John (c.1866-?) and Henry (1868-1942) were both in the army. The youngest, Thomas, died aged two in 1873. Henry (Joseph) married an Elizabeth Lily Smith in 1915 and one of their children was a Henry Joshua. Any help would be greatly appreciated in finding relatives.

Andrew Birch

Email

andrew_birch_cai@hotmail.com

DAVIS: I am trying to find Jeremy Davis, who I knew when we both went to Swanmore Secondary School in the early 1970s.

The last time I saw him was about 25 years ago when he was living in the North End area of Portsmouth. I would like to get in contact with him again.

Jeremy Martin

Beaulieu, Station Road, Soberton SO32 3QU

Tel: (01489) 877385

HELLYER: I am looking for the Hellyer ship’s figurehead carving family. They lived in Sultan Road and George Road, Portsmouth, 1840s-1860s. Also Southsea and Horndean. Any descendants?

E Walker

45 Montgomery Road,

Bridgemary,

Gosport

PO13 0UZ

(01329) 286386

Jones: Seeking Leslie Jones, until recently at 45, Jubilee Road, Southsea. Our fathers both served aboard HMS Scylla in WWII.

David Slade

(01903) 715745

david@dslade.co.uk

CARSON: I am trying to find my father who was living in Portsmouth in 2002-2003.

His name is David John Carson. He married my mother Helen Elizabeth Duke in 1969.

I was born on August 31 in 1970 in Newton Abbott in Devon. My father was married to Sandra Carson who lived or still lives in Portsmouth. One of his sons is called Mark Antony Carson. I met my father when I was living on Hayling Island in 1997 then I moved to London and lost his address. I would dearly love to find him so he could see his beautiful grandchildren.

Margaret Hills

hillsmargaret@rocketmail.com