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I'm struggling to locate the family that Edith Linda Greene came from, despite finding a birth listing in NSW, and marriage and death in Victoria. Not to mention some Trove articles which have further narrowed my search. I also have already gotten records of her cremation from Altoona Cemetery. Her parents seem to be William Greene, and Caroline (unknown), and she should have at least one sibling, as noted below, but having searched each state, I don't seem to be able to find any sources for her parents and siblings, which is what I would really like.

Ideally, I would love someone to be able to step forward with an immediate connection with a Greene family living in Major's Creek, N.S.W. in 1900. But if anyone can in the family can find another clue, it would be most appreciated.

Obviously the possibility of the surname being Green, instead of Greene, is there, but all of her records seem to point toward Greene.

If you are interested in helping, please have a quick read through her profile, so you're not finding things that are already found.

I spent all day yesterday chasing a theory that she was the daughter of a William Greene, who was a stage actor in Australia from about 1912-1922, but I don't believe he was in Australia early enough, because a Trove article says that he was playing theatres in England before coming to Australia.

There are other Edith Greene's on Trove, with different middle names, so not to cause confusion. Ideally, I would like to find who the sibling is who reported Edith as missing, a couple of years before she married in Melbourne.

Edith doesn't appear to have had any children, although I guess I haven't ruled out any out of wedlock when she was much younger. According to my family, her family was well to do.

So, if you can help with any further information, thank you.
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in Genealogy Help by Ben Molesworth G2G6 Mach 4 (43.3k points)

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I found these on findmypast, I also checked 10 years either side for sister in NSW. Unless they were in another state or the father had more than one wife.

First name(s) Edith L

Last name Greene

Birth year 1899

Registration year 1899

Denomination -

Registration district Braidwood

State New South Wales

Country Australia

Father's first name(s) William

Mother's first name(s) Caroline

Registration number 28884

Record set New South Wales Births

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Births

Collections from Australasia

© Brightsolid Online Records International

First name(s) Edith Linda

Last name Greene

Sex Female

Marriage year 1941

Spouse's first name(s) Rich David

Spouse's last name Leahy

State Victoria

Country Australia

Record set Victoria Marriages 1836-1942

Registration number 10291

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Marriage & Divorce

Collections from Australasia

© Findmypast

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Ben Molesworth

Here are three possible marriages for father, found on findmypast 

First name(s) William P

Last name Green

Denomination -

Marriage year 1893

Registration year 1893

Registration district Yass

State New South Wales

Country Australia

Spouse's first name(s) Caroline

Spouse's last name Sheldrick

Registration number 7681

Volume reference -

Cross reference -

Record set New South Wales Marriages 1788-1945

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Marriage & Divorce

Collections from Australasia

© Brightsolid Online Records International

First name(s) William

Last name Green

Denomination -

Marriage year 1879

Registration year 1879

Registration district Sydney

State New South Wales

Country Australia

Spouse's first name(s) Caroline R

Spouse's last name Kerr

Registration number 1090

Volume reference -

Cross reference -

Record set New South Wales Marriages 1788-1945

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Marriage & Divorce

Collections from Australasia

© Brightsolid Online Records International

First name(s) William

Last name Green

Sex Male

Marriage year 1881

Spouse's first name(s) Caroline

Spouse's last name Fordham

State Victoria

Country Australia

Record set Victoria Marriages 1836-1942

Registration number 4022

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Marriage & Divorce

Collections from Australasia

© Findmypast

Thank you. The birth and marriage and death that you have found are correct. I'll follow up with the potential father's marriages, and see what children I can find from those couples.

I've just returned to Trove for another search through every Greene. There only seems to be about 5 or 6 William Greene's, and yet no obvious connection, because the wives are different.
There was a child of William and Bridget, but I forget the date. It was in NSW.
I may have found my first clue, finally. Trove article 100622619. I would post a link, but you can't paste into these comments; at least, I haven't worked out how. I'll copy a link into her profile. At the bottom of her profile under sources.
It is the wedding of John Hilton Mackay to Fanny Mildred Greene. Her father is William Henry Greene, and one of the bridesmaids is 'tiny picturesque children, Lilian Greene. I don't know why, but Edith Linda, was known in the family as Lilian. So, I am guessing, that William Henry Greene must have had a son William, who is the father of Lilian. This marriage was in Melbourne, so we might have to search between the two BDM's.
Well, my hopeful finding seems to be a dead end. I'll have a look at the ones you've put above.
I'll probably have to buy this marriage certificate as well.
Marriage Certificate reveals. ..........Drum roll please..........

Parents, William Patrick Greene, Caroline Sheldrick.

Yeah. One more step back.

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