Whilst researching my paternal great grandparents, John Marshall and Jane Jarrett, I had thought I was doing well. I found their marriage certificate, the births and baptisms of their children and I found them onĀ each census following their marriage, from 1891 until 1911, I found John’s World War 1 records and their deaths and burials. I have had no problems following Jane and her family from Denbighshire to Amlwch on Anglesey and on to Caernarfon (in spite of the multiple ways of spelling their surname – Garrard, Jarrard, Gerrard, Jarad, Garret… the list goes on).

It was all going so well, until I tried to trace John before his marriage and there was no trace of him anywhere.

John worked as a sailor for L&NWR, sailing out of Holyhead. The RMS Hibernia is one of the ships he would have sailed on.

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