|Hello, I have tried to trace my Grandfather William Henry Smith. I really would like to know who his father was (and his mother) if possible.
All we know about him is that he said he was born in Selston 28th May 1872 and when he enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1888 he said he was living at Jacksdale Common, Codnor Park. Although my cousin and his war widowed mother lived with Granny and Grandad we have only scraps of information.
He went down the mine at 12 years old. We think he went with his father, whose name we think was John. (That is the name on Grandad's marriage certificate. Is there any way of tracing which mine they worked in?
My Grandad was small and in the mine he had to couple and uncouple the coal wagons. He hated underground work and joined the Navy as soon as possible. He spent some time at sea and then joined the Coastguard part of the Navy, going all round the coast of Ireland until 1911 when the family came back to Nottingham and stayed for a while with his parents. Grandad then went back into the Navy for the First World War. Whilst in the Coastguard he won 2 lifesaving medals. From what my Dad told me, Grandad had a number of siblings. My cousin now regrets that he did not get more information when Grandad and he were out together. But judging by the glazed look that comes over our grandchildren when I talk about family history maybe that's why!
I hope you don't mind me writing all this to you and thank you for your time.
The only way to find information you seek is to look at the census records for 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911. These should give you much of the information you require....such as names, ages, addresses, occupants, occupations etc. They are invaluable records. You can back track also from 1881 to 1841.
Possibly your relative worked at the New Selston or Pye Hill colliery at Jacksdale.
Trusting this information will help.