>I am researching my ancestor John McCombie who was a Baker and lived
>in London around 1800. His family were apparently originally from
>Scotland, the name McCombie is quite unusual. I will be travelling
>to London to do some research about him and I am wondering about the
>best places to go and things to look up. I have found a number of
>entries in the IGI for a John McCombie in London at St Mary
>Whitechapel Stepney for two of his children Thomas (1822) and
>Elizabeth McCombie (1824). I know he married Martha Corker in 1808
>and was a widower. I also found in the IGI a John McCombie and his
>wife Eleanor having a child Isabella christened in 16 October 1791 at
>St Mary Whitechapel Stepney. Apparently he is not listed in any of
>the Bakers' livery companies. I am reasonably sure he died prior to
>civil registration. I am most interested to trace him back to
>Scotland. What do you suggest?
Start at the London Metropolitan Archives (all parish registers relevant
to your search in London should be there plus lots more old documents).
It is very conveniently placed just around the corner from the Family
Records Centre in Islington which is another useful repository (births,
marriages, deaths, censuses and old wills) and not far from either the
Society of Genealogists (all sorts there but you have to pay if not a
member) and First Avenue House - wills from 1858 onwards).
Elizabeth Jack : ejack@...
Hidden Heritage : http://www.gloster.demon.co.uk
Gloucestershire : http://www.gloster.demon.co.uk/cdindex.html
Glos FHS : http://www.cix.co.uk/~rd/GENUKI/gfhs.htm
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