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Missing Friends 1886
Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London England) Long Lost Relatives, 1886In their April 25, 1886 issue, Lloyd's began publishing a “Long-Lost Relatives” column. This became a weekly column, listing missing people who had gone abroad, or left their homes in England and had not been heard of by their relatives for years. Most of the inquiries dealt with family who immigrated to Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada but some were for individuals who had left one area of UK for another or had gone further abroad - to China or India or elsewhere. Lloyd's describes this as "... the ernest desire of many anxious parents to hear from sons and daughters scattered abroad..."
By the May 16th issue, the newspaper noted that "letters continue to pour in upon us from correspondents asking the aid of Lloyd's to discover relatives of whom all trace has been lost for many years." Lloyd's went on to add that preference in publication would be given to "mothers seeking their children" The weekly column listed individuals who were being sought but also contained information that arrived regarding earlier requests for information. Missing Friends Project is also abstracting published responses that pertain to earlier requests for family who had sailed to America or Canada.
By July the paper began printing the occassional letters from individuals in America seeking relatives in England. While these are also of genealogical value, a decision was made to focus on those requests from those in England who were looking for relatives who immigrated to America or Canada.
The July 18th issue stated "It is necessary to repeat that we cannot deal with any cases in which property is supposed to be in Chancery, nor with runaway husbands"
Examples of requests: "James Crowe, bootmaker, Wellington Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, went to America in 1875 but his sister has heard nothing of him since" July 25, 1886
Some requests gave the name of the ship and date the individual sailed from England. "James Sutler left London on board the merchant ship Marchant, for Quebec, on July 19, 1862. His mother, 80 years of age, would be most happy to hear news of him" August 15, 1886.
Some were known to have aliases: "James Briggs alias Muller, of Bermondsey, left England in 1866, and was last heard of from Ottawa Canada in 1869, when he was serving in the 1st Ontario Bat. [Batallion] Rifle Brigade" Sisters Seeking Brothers. Dec. 26, 1886
The following issues of Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London England) published their Long Lost Relatives column in 1886, starting on April 25.
Look for your ancestors who sailed to Canada in 1886 Surnames A-C; 1886 Surnames D-H; 1886 Surnames I-N; 1886 Surnames O-Z
Look for your ancestors who sailed to America in 1886 Surnames A-B; 1886 Surnames C-D; 1886 Surnames E-H; 1886 Surnames I-M; 1886 Surnames N-R; 1886 Surnames S-T; 1886 Surnames U-Z
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