The Family History website 'FOOTNOTE' has FREE access in December for 'referred' searchers. Most of the data is from the USA, but even if you don't know any ancestors who emigrated, it's worth having a free look around and running a search. I knew there would be a handful of Gurds and managed to pick them all up, as far back as the US 1860 Census,You can only gain access to the site via a recommendation by me, as I subscribe to it. Let me know if you'd like me to send you the link. Dot
I suppose there's a chance that Bessie might have been missed. I have a couple of relatives who are doing a good job of being invisible too. I must check if our library has free 1911 census as it's expensive to make all but the essential records. Dot
Thanks for inviting me to join the group. I am interested in anything that can help increase my knowledge of our ancestors.
If anyone has any information on the descendents of George Frederick Gurd born 1867 at Lytchett Matravers, nr Poole, Dorset I would love to hear from you. He was the son of George Gurd born 1839 and Amelia Caines. George was my great grandfather and was one of 5 children. Anne
I have looked extensively at the 1911 census and cannot find any trace of Bessie Kate Gurd (1890). Our local record office is one of those where you can access the 1911 census for free so I intend having a further look next time I am there. Melanie
I was looking at the Gurd ancestor page as my Gurd ancestor Mary married James Harris in Donhead St Mary on 25th Sept 1799 taken from the Donhead marriage register at Swindon and Wiltshire History Centre. James and Mary are the parents of my 4X greatgrandfather John Harris born in 1805 in Donhead St Mary. He married Hannah Blandford in Donhead St Mary on the 2nd August 1831, they then moved to Chicklade and then off to Codford.
I am a little confused because on the Gurd Ancestors page there is a Mary Gurd bn about 1756 who married James Harris on 25 Sept 1779. If this is the same two people then this would have made Mary about 50 when John Harris was born.
I have Mary Gurd daughter of Joseph Gurd and Hannah Bell born in 1779/80 as the Mary Gurd who married James Harris. As far as I can tell they had children Job 1799, James 1802, John 1805, Harry 1810 and Sarah 1815. I believe Mary died in Donhead St Mary in 1849 at the age of 80.
I wondered if you could have a look and shed any light on this.
I don't have any Gurds (yet) but I was just in Donhead and Semley looking for my ancestors in the area. They also came from both parishes, apparently living near the border, on Barker's Hill. Maybe our ancestors were neighbors?