Thursday, 23 February 2017

BLUMBERG family, Vancouver B.C.

Anyone out there in genealogy land with a connection to the BLUMBERG family - especially in Vancouver, B.C.?
Last year, in August, I posted an article about the BLUMBERG, 
O'BRIEN and PERRY Families who are interred in the Kensall Green Cemetery in London. 

Verena who works on the Heritage at Risk Register for Historic England has posted some comments to the article that might be of interest. (Please see the comments in the link to the article above.) She has uncovered a grandchild of Ludwig Alexander and Nellie Jane BLUMBERG - Frederick Thomas BLUMBERG who married Ada Rosalind BARE on 10 August 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I decided to pursue a little investigation.

With the help of Library and Archives Canada, I was able to find Frederick Thomas BLUMBERG on the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Records for the First World War. He notes his wife as next of kin, his date of birth as 5 February 1879, birthplace Ireland and Service No. 116410. They were living at Suite 16, 1679 Cypress St. Vancouver, B.C. as of the date of enlistment 19th March 1915.

I also did a search on Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, but he was not found there so perhaps he returned to Canada or remained in the UK after the war. Searching Vancouver newspapers via Genealogy A La Carte's newspaper links, I didn't have much success with a specific search for the name BLUMBERG.

In the Vancouver City Directory for 1915, Frederick is found at 16, 1619 Cypress St, Vancouver. They are not found in the Vancouver City Directory for 1916. However there is a Robert BLUMBERG listed who is a tailor, Comfort Waist Mfg Co. and he lived at 66 Ave W near BCE Railway. It would be a matter of following Robert through the directories for each year to see if he remained in Vancouver. As well, perhaps searching the BC Archives database for his death.

As Verena pointed out their marriage date I then went to BC Archives database for births, marriages and deaths and the marriage certificate states Frederick's father as William BLUMBERG. The marriage certificate also shows Ada Rosalind BARE as being born in Rock Ferry, England, so perhaps after the war they may have stayed in the UK? Very interestingly, Ada's status is widow on the marriage certiciate and her profession is Nurse. Hmm. . .

Does anyone have a little more information or know the whereabouts of descendants of Ludwig Alexander and Nellie Jane BLUMBERG, son William, grandson Frederick Thomas BLUMBERG?

A post on Canadian Military Graves in Kensall Green Cemetery.

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