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Message 559 - Robert Harrison | rwharrison~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
Just a word of thanks to Brian Scollen, for his time and effort in
showing us and explaining all the work and effort in bringing back
the George Elmy to Seaham. Those of us who lived in Seaham
on that fatefull day will never forget the disaster.
3 /November /2013----18 :31 :10 - Heathfield East Sussex.

Message 558 - jim hebden | mary~DOT~hebden~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
i am trying to do my family tree my mothers name was alice lincoln and she lived in seventh street horden she had a bother named fred his father was allso called fred and her mother was called sarah. so if any body called lincoln and think they maybe some relation i would love to here from you.all the best. jim hebden.
31 /October /2013----20 :57 :11 - whitby north yorkshire

Comment:   Jim I Have a number of People on another site who live in Horden so I have put a request out for information .You may also like to go to this group page where there are at least two people of the name LIncoln who lived in Horden :-https://www.facebook.com/groups/37053937468/members/?order=default&query=lincoln

Message 557 - Jean Thirtle Searson | jeanexbrit~AT~aol~DOT~com
I was born in Seaham Harbour in 1941, my parents were John Dixon Thirtle and Georgina Johnston Thirtle. I know I have relatives still there but have lost touch with them. My fathers brother was George Thirtle of Dawdon Colliery and his wife's name was Hannah, they had two daughters, Audrey and Olive, if anyone knows their whereabouts, please contact me, would love to hear either about them or from them.
22 /September /2013----17 :38 :54 - Simpsonville, SC, USA

Message 556 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple
I have not yet found the photo I would love to see it myself I am also on the Seaham Harbour guestbook I found out off someone off there and my mam confirmed it, I have been searching on google and other sources would be amazing to find it.
Thank you so much for all your help I really appreciate it
22 /September /2013----07 :24 :19 - Peterlee

Message 555 - Ruth | blonde~DOT~roots~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Interesting to see so many messages on here from people who are descended from George Scott b1806 and Elizabeth Halliday b1808. They are my great great great grandparents too as my family line comes through their daughter Elizabeth Scott b1834 who married Thomas Partis Haswell.

20 /September /2013----19 :24 :05 - Nottingham

Message 554 - Chris Temple | divechris~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Michelle, I have asked a old friend at the dive club to ask old members if they were friends of your dad or uncle Ian and to look on this site . If I get any contacts I will let you know. Where did you find photo ? I would like to see it. regards Chris
20 /September /2013----18 :10 :51 - Scotland

Message 553 - Colin Shaw | shawsyftm73~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hello Dave at east durham history. this site is a credit to you,and all who help in it. just wondering if you would be intrested in my grandfathers and his brothers fight records for your sporting section. They were all boxers from Seaham, and had write ups in the sunderland echo. they were the Devlin brothers. Andy was my Grand father. if you would be intrested please contact me by email. thanks again. and keep up the good work.
15 /September /2013----07 :55 :32 - Seaham

Comment:   Thanks Colin, I knew one of the Devlin brothers and his wife years ago, really nice people. They were very friendly with my father too.
I will contact you by email.

Message 552 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple

Hi Chris I have recently found out that my uncle Ian was in the newspapers, he had been diving and came across an old cargo ship he found a really old Newcastle brown ale bottle and was photographed with it but his face was covered but his name was mentioned. If you have any info on this please get back to me.
11 /September /2013----12 :16 :14 - Peterlee

Message 551 - Brian Slee | brian~DOT~slee1~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Keith, this Luddite (as you called me!) is now liking it, I've come off the fence! Thank you.
8 /September /2013----01 :00 :19 - Seaham

Message 550 - Seaham lass | f~DOT~burgin~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
How neat the side bar looks much easier to use brill.
18 /August /2013----17 :30 :59 - Houghton-le-Spring

Message 549 - Jack Barrow | jackbarrow54~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I prefer the New Navigation much better to find what you want ,every thing is at hand . click on a menu and pick form the list easy

Ps Great Site Thank you
16 /August /2013----18 :37 :40 - SEAHAM

Message 548 - mick maratty | m~DOT~maratty~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
any photos of pupils from st mags or st josephs from 1950 onwards , thanks
15 /August /2013----15 :39 :05 - brighton

Comment:   If you click the (search this site Link at the left then type in GW 096 it will take you to a photogragh of pupils from ST Josephs from that era

Message 547 - Patricia claughlin | Margeret800~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Any photo,s of st cutch rest seaham
14 /August /2013----21 :01 :16 - Hemel Hempstead

Comment:   I am sorry but I do not know what you are referring to. Can you be more specific please

Message 546 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Love the new Format especially the (Search this site) Good work Keith .This should be a great help to those who are new to the site and looking for a particular family, they can type name in and if there is anything recorded under that name they can easily find.
14 /August /2013----09 :35 :49 - Seaham

Message 545 - Dave Angus | dave~AT~east-durham~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Thanks Mick but nothing to do with me really, it's Keith dragging me kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
13 /August /2013----22 :14 :42

Message 544 - Mick Smith | mick~AT~homecookedrecords~DOT~com | homecookedrecords.com
Like the new sidebar Dave. Good work!
13 /August /2013----20 :52 :20 - France

Message 543 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
This guest book is not for ADVERTISERS of any kind,If any get posted they will be deleted.
11 /August /2013----13 :23 :33 - Seaham

Message 542 - Lisa Thompson | thomplt21~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I am trying to find my dad and uncles family. Had some success few years back but seems Internet connection failed us.

My dad is Alan Thompson age 53 and my Uncle Gary Thompson age 56 ish.
There parents were Thomas Thompson and Mary Skir. Both deceased now which is why I would like to find some family. Both were born in Seaham. My Grandad Thomas worked until my dad (Alan) was 5 in the mines.

If they could be any relation pls contact me.
4 /August /2013----16 :29 :42 - Cambridge

Message 541 - Jean Armfield [nee Wilkinson] | jean~DOT~armfield~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just seen this message Avril. Are you OK?
I have been trying to get in touch with you for ages!!!!!
Where are you???
I sent lots of e-mails to your friend but no replies.
Please get in touch. Love Jeanxxx
2 /August /2013----09 :14 :57 - London

Message 540 - Avril Stacey (maiden name Ritson) | avril1943~AT~outlook~DOT~com
Hello my name is Avril daughter of Billy and Greta Ritson and sister of Kath. I was born in 1943 and went to school at the grammar school in the 1950's. It would be nice to hear from any of my friends from this time if you remember me?
23 /July /2013----14 :12 :41 - Shepshed, Leicestershire

Message 539 - Edith Smithyman ne Wright | alex~DOT~smithyman~AT~sky~DOT~com
would love to here from anyone who remembers my sister Audrey and I, Born in seaham fathers name Samual Wright he had a sister Maggie Macintosh and brother dick who lived at the hall lodge for many years Myself and audrey went to school in ryhope , lived with granny hannah craike formely Mordecai have cousins in ryhope and seaham , visited seaham often to see aunt ivy and uncle tom peel in Grants Crescent and magalene court , still in touch with all my cousins there
Wonderful childhood memories.
23 /July /2013----12 :14 :14 - Maltby Rotherham

Message 538 - Margaret Kent née Donnelly | Bobnmarg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Does anyone know any Donnellys from Seaham or Deneside...
20 /July /2013----12 :50 :23 - Australia

Message 537 - Ray Curtis | raycurtis70~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Message for Ian Paul,Just read your 485 etc,My Fathers parents were also from Norfolk.What may be of interest to you is the 1871 census shows my GreatGrandfather also from Norfolk, was lodging in Back NorthrailwaySt Seaham,with his sister Hannah and her husband Charles Paul.Also there were two children Mary and Alice.Charles birth address is in Norfolk,but icannot make out the village could be Bigate?
15 /July /2013----15 :46 :45 - Seaham

Comment:   Charles was born in Bradfield, Norfolk.

Message 536 - Lisa Vickers | lisavickers1108~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi I am trying to find any family connections in the Easington area, if anyone knew of my father Gordon Vickers, any information would be very much appreciated.

Thank You
1 /July /2013----10 :44 :14 - Peterlee

Message 535 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris Temple

My dad passed away back in 1994 I was 7, now that I am older I want to find out more about him and family in Seaham.

Thank you so much, definitly going to look into it.

29 /June /2013----20 :01 :13 - Peterlee

Message 534 - Chris Temple | rosemountbb~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I knew of Geoff as a friend of my brother I knew Ian better and I went to school with Janette .I remember them both as really good guys , both were members of Seaham sub aqua club they may be able to help you more.
29 /June /2013----18 :21 :39 - Scotland

Message 533 - Michelle Thornton | michellethornton1789~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi i am trying to find out more about my dad Geoffrey Thornton son of Maurice and Joan Thornton, he lived at Longnewton street Dawdon Seaham, had a brother Ian now deceased and a sister Janette.
He went to Camden Square Garden School during or ending 1974.
If anyone new him or my family please contact me
29 /June /2013----11 :17 :21 - Peterlee

Message 532 - Norma Taylor | norstay~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Wear Water Cottage, was occupied or owned by the Davison fam' 1880s
but I can't find them in 1881 census, I was told that my ancestors lived here then, it sold herbal beer & people would sail up the river in the summer, to have tea in thier gardens
25 /June /2013----23 :28 :14 - Castletown, Sundreland

Message 531 - keith | www.east-durham.co.uk/seaham/lifeboats/George%20Elmy%20returns%20to%20Seaham/index.html
george elmy gallery
25 /June /2013----02 :03 :36

Message 530 - keith
George Elmy gallery

25 /June /2013----01 :56 :03 - seaham

Message 529 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Today is the day for George Elmy to come home .He should arrive sometime between 12 noon and 2pm
23 /June /2013----09 :20 :24 - Seaham

Message 528 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Weather permitting The George Elmy Lifeboat will sail into Seaham on June23rd 2013 between 12 noon and 2 pm. If weather not good then it will sail the following week on the 30th June
7 /June /2013----07 :28 :14 - Seaham

Message 527 - Joanne Galley | jogalley57~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi I've just come across your site. I am trying to trace my fathers (Galley) maternal side of the family (Early), they lived at 12 Railway Terrace, Hetton le Hole at the 1911 census. Have old post card photos but putting dates to some of them is difficult, wondered if it would be worth putting on the site? My great grandfather James Early worked in the colliery, my grandmother Winifred looks to be about 3 so it must be around 1899. Other photos maybe 1920's?
2 /June /2013----08 :12 :57 - Adelaide South Australia

Comment:   Hello Joanne, sorry I missed your post back in June, I can't help with your Hetton ancestors but maybe someone from the area will contact you.
Re your postcards and photographs, any scans would be very welcome and could maybe turn up some info for you.
Thanks, Dave

Message 526 - Eric Braley | ricebarley1~AT~bigpond~DOT~com
WOW! What a great website and so many memories of the Lifeboat disaster. I was admitted to Seaham Hall Hospital about mid day with a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) after leaving my ship in an emergency in Manchester the day before to travel home to Sunderland by myself. Although I was in poor shape and barely conscious I vividly remember the rockets lighting up the dark afternoon sky and all hell breaking loose at the hospital as the staff and local patients realised that maybe their friends and kin were in terrible strife on a foul and unforgettable day. I was at the hospital for about 3 weeks after emergency surgery that evening. Thankfully I made a full recovery all due to the wonderful devoted and talented staff. I have lived in Australia for the past 45 years but still think of that terrible day and am very pleased to have found this site so I can see what really happened.
1 /June /2013----06 :50 :15 - Drysdale Victoria Australia

Message 525 - Simon Chapman | simon~DOT~chapman1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Please check your captions of Dalton/North Dalton pumping stations. These were two separate places only a short distance apart but the captions are mixed up. Dalton is the big Victorian station currently in a slow process of repair and part-conversion to housing. North Dalton is of much later date and still in use as a water pumping station.
29 /May /2013----21 :13 :21 - Cleveland

Comment:   Thanks Simon, I apologise for caption errors, these were pointed out to me over a year ago by Stafford Linsley along with all necessary corrections.
Unfortunately I struggle to find time
these days but I will get around to the corrections eventually. Dave

Message 524 - Ray Curtis | raycurtis70~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
For Lucy Young, Idont know if it helps but the houses where demolished about 1933-35.
17 /May /2013----15 :30 :24 - seaham

Message 523 - Ray Curtis | raycurtis70~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
For Lucy,There was a William St. which ran from Henry St to Back North Trrace.The street was demolished and replaced by the Hawthorn Square development.Maybe this is what you want.
17 /May /2013----14 :09 :42 - Seaham

Message 522 - Lucy Young | lucyoung~AT~msn~DOT~com
Hi I'm look for a Street with the address 29 William St Seaham Harbour County
It's not on google maps, I am just wondering if it changed or has gone?
16 /May /2013----20 :18 :09 - Derbyshire

Comment:   In the Seaham section scroll down to Streets then choose Central Area Index 1928 when page opens click on the photograph that is shown and when it opens look for No 14 that is William street
Lucy Taylor

Message 521 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Gloria Cubillo
This site is a History Site mainly for the East Durham region of the UK therefore I have deleted your post. Although I did not understand most of what you wrote there seemed to be some kind of Advertising within and we do not allow Advertsing of any sort here in the Guestbook
1 /May /2013----07 :33 :11 - Seaham

Message 520 - bob harrison | rwharrison~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
trying to access the Guestbook.
22 /April /2013----20 :02 :32 - East Sussex

Message 519 - Su Thompson | sujata~DOT~thompson~AT~gmail~DOT~com
In request to post 382 dated 15th August 2011, Julie Hall.

I too am researching Bilko Charles Schmiechin, in relation to
Olive Leon Schmiechin who was my husbands grandmother!
All I know so far is information that is online and that at the age of 70
he witnessed Olive's marriage to John Thompson in 1920. Are we related? John Thompsons son, known as Jack is my father-in-law.
5 /April /2013----13 :31 :42 - Northamptonshire

Message 518 - Elizabeth (Liz) Maddock | lizmaddock~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I am giving it another go - trying to sort out my late family.

This is what I think - but I could be confused.

I believe that Bolko Schmiechen was my great grandfather - although I think there were two, one being a son.

His daughter Lucy Ruth (again two in different generations) married William Clark, I think it was a second marriage, and they had a daughter,May, who was my mother.

I think they lived in the Barras Bridge pub/hotel at the time in Newcastle.

I remember visiting great-aunts (hers or mine?) in Whitley Bay called Elizabeth and Bertha.

If you could help me at all I would be grateful, my mother refused to talk about her parents but said that they
were both dead when she was quite young (teens - twenties?).
4 /April /2013----13 :13 :54 - Seville, Spain

Message 517 - Ann Hansen nee Pike | annmackem~AT~optusnet~DOT~com~DOT~au
My final attempt to try and find an old friend called David Stevenson who lived in no 30 The Avenue Deneside, in the 1950s. We were a group of friends all at a Sunday School camp in Marske, Yorkshire about 1952. I have tried for so long to find him, no one even seems to remember him and he must have gone to Deneside School. Hope this is my lucky last time as Ive been trying to find out about him for about 4 years without any luck.
12 /March /2013----04 :32 :13 - Banora Point 2486 Australia

Comment:   I have asked around again but got no response. Sorry Ann but no one on my lists seems to know of him.Lucy

Message 516 - lilian jane | lilianjane~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
looking for anyone who knows me from school sms my maiden name was bell
11 /March /2013----11 :03 :15 - seaham

Message 515 - Seaham Facebook Page | seahamonline~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Love the pictures that you have on here, any chance you could donate some to the Seaham facebook page or you could even contribute them to the site yourself
5 /March /2013----20 :43 :12 - Seaham

Message 514 - Eleanor Swinburn | swinny05~AT~gmail~DOT~com
What a great site, my Great Grandmother, Eleanor Adamson was born South Shields 1840/41. I just love all the photos, to be able to see Photos of places that come up in my research is awesome, as living in Western Australia, I do not know the areas.
My dad Thomas Swinburn came to Western Australia 1923 , he was born Chester-le Street 1897
.Keep up the good work
3 /March /2013----02 :16 :48 - Australia

Message 513 - Fred Addison | banjofred~AT~msn~DOT~com

My family are all from Sunderland - fathers side Monkwearmouth for hundreds of years (and Seaham), mothers side Silksworth.

I am building up my family tree on ancestry (free access look up banjofred11) with pictures of the area and family stories. This site is great.
2 /March /2013----07 :12 :18 - Washington

Message 512 - Mick Mann | mick~DOT~mann~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Just spotted a message after getting back to "normal" from a stroke,
I am not sure if I have had any previous contact with Julie Hall ( Message No 382), but my wife is also Bolko Schmiechen's ggg grand-daughter
24 /February /2013----15 :31 :37 - Maidstone Kent

Message 511 - Steve Cooper | qkayaksoz~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Great work guys, hats off to all the volunteers, the work you have done so far could not have been done without your commitment.

Cheers Steve
15 /February /2013----02 :32 :39 - Sidenee Oztralia

Message 510 - Richard Hinchliffe | hinchliffe84~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
A group called Seaham Business and Resident Link now exisits on LinkedIn and we are having our inaugural meeting at Tonia's on the 1st march at 1300. All budding histroians are welcome as there will be some interesting old artifacts and postcards of seaham for sale. Also, there will be an opportunity to hear from some business experts about how to improve the town. Dave Angus - you are welcome as a historian and as a butcher.
1 /February /2013----12 :19 :54 - Farnborough

Message 509 - Sarah Parish | sarah_parish~AT~sky~DOT~com
Have just come across your wonderful site! Having researched my family tree for some time now, my maternal side originate from Seaham. Can't wait to look at the site in more depth, well done on your hard work!
Kind regards,

Sarah Parish (related to Phalp family)
27 /January /2013----23 :40 :53 - Taunton, Somerset

Message 508 - ROBERT HARRISON | rwharrison~AT~fsmail~DOT~net
Does anyone know why its so difficult to get in touch with ex pupils of Seaham Modern School. Have tried friends re-united and no luck with tracing the old school.I left school in '64 and spent 5years working as an apprentice Hairdresser in Adelaide Row.I look for to renewing old friendships.
21 /January /2013----20 :46 :14 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS KENT.


Message 507 - keith | stiff_knees~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
testing auto email function
21 /January /2013----10 :50 :17 - house

Message 506 - keith | stiff_knees~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
The email system seems to be workin now.after many hours trying different settings
20 /January /2013----18 :40 :21 - in front of pc

Message 505 - Dave
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Message 504 - Lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
20 /January /2013----11 :58 :13 - Seaham

Message 503 - Adam Mills | millzy_adam~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hello, I was just wondering if it would be possible if you could provide me with copies of a number of your photographs, without the east-durham.co.uk water mark so that I could use them in a university project. Any help would be beneficial. Thankyou.
17 /January /2013----11 :48 :04 - Seaham

Message 502 - Brian Scollen | bscollen~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hi Deborah, Have a look at Murton Heritage Site. If you get intouch with them I am sure that they will help you as much as possible. Best Regards Brian
16 /January /2013----21 :32 :59 - Seaham

Message 501 - Deborah Oakley | deboakley1~AT~gmail~DOT~com
My grandfather, Stephen Oakley, emigrated to Marion Illinois from Murton probably around 1907. He was a miner who died shortly before my father, James Stephen Oakley, was born in 1909. I hope to visit Murton next summer while in GB for my daughter's wedding.

Family members once lived 22 Owen (Gwen?) Street. Any Oakleys out there?
15 /January /2013----20 :37 :42 - Houston, Texas

Message 500 - lucy | luc176~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Happy New Year to one and all. Wishing you All the best of Health and Happiness in 2013
31 /December /2012----22 :28 :03 - Seaham

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