Saturday, August 16, 2008

Descendants of George & Annie Pask of Camberwell, London

This information relates to Chart 41 - James PASK, who lived in Finsbury, London c1758.

Earlier this year we were in contact with Michael Pask whose grandparents were Robert John & Phoebe Pask née Coode. This has been one of the most challenging bits of research we have done. With Michael's perservation, I think we have finally resolved the mystery.

Registered names, and names used in the census do not always tie up. In the case of Michael's ancestors George & Annie were found easily in the 1891 and 1901 census. However we drew a complete blank with the 1881-1861 censuses. Similarily with George's birth, death, and marriage registrations.

Michael purchased three certificates relating to children listed in the 1891 & 1901 censuses. Unfortunately none of them had the father's name of George, or mother's name of Annie.

In the 1891 census, Annie was listed as Mary Ann. Fortunately her place of birth was Wantage in both censuses. Persuing this line, we researched all the Annie, or Mary Ann's born in Wantage, and this paid off as we found that Mary Ann Stroud married an Edwin Pask in 1876 in Wandsworth registration district.

Knowing this, we immediately identified Edwin who was already in our database - we last did some preliminary research on this family in December 2003, when online records were very limited. We then did another search of the 1851-71 censuses, and found he was in fact called Edward, and was the son of John & Isabella Pask née Gollan.

I think this is a prime example of how difficult research can be at times, and how rewarding it is when you finally solve the mystery.

This information, together with George & Annie's descendants will be included in the next website update.