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Latest research – Frederick Arthur White

From information from other family members, Lois Olive Russell was married to Squadron Leader Frederick White, before marrying Percy Bernard (the Earl of Bandon) in 1946.  Today, I decided to see if I could find a record for this marriage to Frederick Arthur White.

I first tried Ancestry.com.au, but there seemed to be no sign of the marriage.  I then decided to try Trove, and I decided to look for articles for “Frederick Arthur White”, and I found an article that appeared to be about their marriage:

London Engagement
London Engagement. (1924, June 22). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), p. 16. Retrieved November 16, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128143776

Since I hadn’t been able to find the marriage at Ancestry, I decided to try the FreeBDM website.  I selected Marriages, Surname White Spouse surname Russell Date range Mar 1924 to Dec 1924.  The marriage was in the September quarter in 1924:

White Frederick A Spouse surname Russell St Geo H Sq vol 1a page 1161

I then clicked on the page number, and confirmed that the spouse was Lois Russell.

I then decided to see why I hadn’t been able to find the marriage at Ancestry.  This time, I decided to look for the marriage of a Frederick White in 1924, in the UK and Ireland collections.  The reason I hadn’t been able to find the marriage was because Lois was indexed on Ancestry as Lis Russell.  I checked the image of the index, and the name is clearly Lois Russell, so I have submitted the correction.

After I had found the marriage entry, I found a Public Member Tree at Ancestry that showed that Frederick and Lois had married 7 July 1924.  This family tree had shown that Frederick had died about 1951 in Nairobi, Kenya, so I decided to search for any more information I could find for him.

The first record I found was in the England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976 collection:

Frederick Arthur White Newspaper Index Card
Ancestry.com, “England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976,” database and images, Ancestry.com Operations.Inc (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 16 Nov 2016); Frederick Arthur White, death date 9 Feb 1953.

There was also an entry for Frederick in the  England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995 collection:

Name:  Frederick Arthur White
Death Date:      9 Feb 1953
Death Place:     Kenya
Probate Date:   21 May 1954
Registry:          Nairobi, Kenya

Now that I had an approximate birth year (1901), and a residence (Chislehurst, Kent) for him, I was able to find more records for him. The first record provided a date of birth

Frederick Arthur White Royal Aero Club

Ancestry.com, “Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950,” database and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 16 Nov 2016); Frederick Arthur White, birth date 7 July 1901, birth place Chislehurst, Kent.

Ancestry.com, “Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950,” database and images, Ancestry.com Operations Inc (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 16 Nov 2016); Frederick Arthur White, birth date 7 July 1901, birth place Chislehurst, Kent.

The next record was from the England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530-1980 collection:

Name:  Frederick Arthur White
Gender: Male
Christening Date:         27 Oct 1901
Christening Place:        Chislehurst, Kent, England
Father: Arthur Frederick White
Mother: Helen

The final record I looked for was the 1911 census, which showed that Frederick was living with his mother Helen at Cookham Dene, Manor Park, Chislehurst.  Also in the household were his sisters Agnes A White, age 12, Julia M White age 10, and Katherine White age 5, and 5 servants. The census shows that Helen was a widow.  (1911 census of England, Cookham Dene, Chislehurst, Frederick A. White, son, age 9; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 16 Nov 2016); citing  RG 78 PN 3706, RG 14, registration district (RD) Bromley, sub district (SD) Chislehurst, enumeration district (ED) 2, schedule number (SN) 104)

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