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Watters Family History - Dead End

Watters Family History - Dead End

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I am trying to trace the ancestors of Andrew Watters, born 1881 in Belfast/Antrim. He left and the next record was 1901 UK Census he was in the Royal Navy, at Sea. I live in Australia, so it is fun trying to do this research. I have a Peter and Mary (nee White) as his parents, but not confident about that. Anyone got any ideas.
I have tried all the pages suggested - but cannot verify if Andrew's parents are correct.  Census Records show Andrew was born in Belfast, but the one I have a birth certificate for was born in Rathdown, Wicklow 10 Feb 1881.

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Kevin Perry ESM
Posted Wed 5 Dec 2018 11:05 PM
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Hi Kevin,

Many thanks for joining us on our Community forum, we will indeed see if we can help with your search for information!

There is definitely a conflict of information on Andrew, one born in Belfast/Antrim and the other in County Wicklow. Is he a relation of yours that you can trace back through other birth, marriage or death certificates to be sure you have the correct one?

Which genealogy sites have you already tried?

Our industry partners and fellow members may be able to help further, hang in there we will do our best!

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Posted Thu 6 Dec 2018 10:39 AM
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Hi Kevin

A search of civil birth records at www.irishgenealogy.ie (which is free of charge) reveals the birth of an Andrew Watters at 23 Lough View Street, Belfast on 2 June 1883 to parents James Watters, a fireman and Martha Mitchell.

Furthermore, a search of birth indexes at www.rootsireland.ie with father's name Peter Watters and mother's surname White reveals 3 births:
Peter Waters born 1873 in County Wicklow
James Waters born 1875 in County Dublin
Margaret Waters born 1878 in County Wicklow


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Thank you Brian.

I had researched the Ireland site and found some of that info.  I have info that Andrew was in the UK and have his burial place.
Will chase his death certificate as that should/could solve which one.
I will get back and let you know how that pans out.
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Hi Kevin, 

We can't wait to see what you're able to find out via Brian's suggestions! :)

Keep us posted, and we're always here if there's anything else you need. 

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Posted Fri 7 Dec 2018 11:53 AM
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G'day Brian and Melin,
Found an error in birthdate of Andrew.  It is 1883 as he was 44 when he died - born 1923, so the first one you mentioned sounds like the one I need to chase up.  Trying to find death certificate in UK has been bit hard, but will succeed.  My partner is Andrew's grand-daughter and she is currently in the UK (arrived last week) with planned visits to Scotland (her Mum's home place) and to Ireland.  I have been trying to 'find' her a distant relation in Ireland, but not working as yet.
I did find some in Scotland and she will visit them in a week's time.

Appreciate the help and support - I will keep on chasing.

Kind Regards,

Kevin Perry ESM
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That's great, Kevin! Hopefully this lead will bring you a little bit closer to finding distant relatives in Ireland. 

Fingers crossed! :)
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Oops. Made mistake in previous. Born 1883 and died 1927.  Do not know how I put born 1923 in there. Can only plead old age😁
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Hi Kevin, I hope your partner is having a wonderful trip.

If she is planning a trip to Belfast, I had a quick look to see if there are any other records for this couple James and Martha Watters, the parents of an Andrew Watters whose baptismal recod Brian Mitchell had located. I know we don't know for certain at this stage whether this is the correct family but it does look likely. 

James Watters and Martha Mitchell married in Donegall Street Congregational Church in Belfast in 1877. The building is still there and is currently being occupied by Redeemer Central Church. 

Martha died in 1933 and James in 1939, they and a Joseph Henry Watters (who is likely to be a son) are buried at Belfast City Cemetery plot A1 624.

If you would like us to carry out any research into the Watters family we would be delighted to do so. You can find out more about our research services here: www.ancestryireland.com/research-services/

Best wishes, 

Gillian
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