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    Re Ancestry searches - I recently read that...

    Re Ancestry searches - I recently read that others have been finding them behaving rather oddly. I can't remember the exact details, but I think they said they got better results by putting some...
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    Thank you.

    Thank you.
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    Under new ownership

    I've waited a few days to see if there was going to be any kind of announcement about this on the forum, but as there hasn't been I thought it might now be time to ask a question.

    Last week Clever...
  4. As well as what Pam says, I found some will...

    As well as what Pam says, I found some will transcripts on the sugar bakers website. These are linked to from the main surname index. I don't think the two I looked at were directly relevant to your...
  5. The link to the Sugarbakers site starts with http...

    The link to the Sugarbakers site starts with http rather than https, but the forum software seems to be converting it automatically to https.

    There are two ways round this:
    (a) use the link as...
  6. That's interesting - there were a lot of people...

    That's interesting - there were a lot of people with German origins working as sugar bakers in London. You can read about them here:

    https://www.mawer.clara.net/intro.html

    From a quick look at...
  7. Using FamilySearch I found the marriage of Alice...

    Using FamilySearch I found the marriage of Alice BOTFIELD to John GRAWENN (signature looks like GRAWAN) at Christ Church Spitalfields on 26 Jul 1818. The image can be seen there in Film #007906288,...
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    There are a few things to bear in mind: When...

    There are a few things to bear in mind:

    When ordering a death certificate you can specify extra information that should be checked, such as residence or occupation, and they won't issue the...
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    For 1.50 and a wait of a week or so it might be...

    For 1.50 and a wait of a week or so it might be worth ordering a copy of the will to see whether any family members are named. The entry refers to assets of over 14,000 in England - quite a...
  10. Thread: Accepted Child

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    Having just read Megan's post, another thought...

    Having just read Megan's post, another thought came to me, that the head/family did actually know what adoption was. It wasn't on an official basis then, but I suspect that sometimes there might have...
  11. Thread: Accepted Child

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    Are there any Welsh speakers reading this? The...

    Are there any Welsh speakers reading this? The final column of the 1911 entry indicates that three of the household spoke Welsh, and only the head was bilingual.

    The form looks to have been...
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    The 'w' is of a kind often seen where the first...

    The 'w' is of a kind often seen where the first two minims (uprights) are joined at the top rather than the bottom, which would seem normal to us. There are plenty of other examples here, such as...
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    The black dots have occurred where the pen is...

    The black dots have occurred where the pen is lifted off the page in order to move to the next letter, and can be seen in both upper and lower case 's', as well as several other letters. Where the...
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    One of the best ways to find data sets at...

    One of the best ways to find data sets at FindMyPast is to Click Search at the top, then All Record Sets (top right in the dropdown menu).

    Use a Where or When filter on the left if it might help,...
  15. Thread: GRO broken?

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    This link works for me too, and I'm using the...

    This link works for me too, and I'm using the latest version of Firefox (85.0) in Windows.

    If you can get to that page, you might spot a note which is cunningly placed in the bottom of a red box...
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    Scribe Fraser, the Wood Hut Scribe, was a...

    Scribe Fraser, the Wood Hut Scribe, was a journalist on the Blyth News. His column - a compendium of local news items and comment - appears on page 7 of the issue you mention. The report of the...
  17. Thread: infant burials

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    One of the oldest and largest municipal...

    One of the oldest and largest municipal cemeteries in England is Beckett Street, in Leeds. Their Friends organisation has published a guide to the kinds of graves found there, and much of this would...
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    The marriage indexes at West Midlands BMD...

    The marriage indexes at West Midlands BMD (https://www.westmidlandsbmd.org.uk/index.php) tell you exactly who married whom, and that 1840 marriage was between William Amos and Rachael Whitehouse....
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    The William that Pam has found in 1871 looks very...

    The William that Pam has found in 1871 looks very much like the one who is with Eliza in earlier censuses. I have a couple who separated, and one census has them in different places with the husband...
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    Sticky: Don't forget Durham Records Online, which has...

    Don't forget Durham Records Online, which has lots of register and other transcripts. It's growing all the time, so worth checking back later if they don't have what you're looking for. Basic search...
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    Because of the East India Company connection,...

    Because of the East India Company connection, some St Helena people and events can be found in the databases on the Families in British India Society's website:

    https://www.fibis.org/
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    I've sometimes found that local register offices...

    I've sometimes found that local register offices offer a more personalised service than the GRO - one that I've dealt with was happy to discuss on the phone details such as an occupation or a...
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    Some photo/imaging software can convert multiple...

    Some photo/imaging software can convert multiple JPEG files to a single PDF. I've just tried it in the ones I use most - FastStone Image Viewer and IrfanView.

    In each case there's a menu item for...
  24. Thread: Grandad

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    In the 1950s there weren't as many crematoria as...

    In the 1950s there weren't as many crematoria as there are now, and councils may have operated them jointly - if they had them at all. Based on my own family it wouldn't have been thought odd to have...
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    I thought it looked more like as nothing of...

    I thought it looked more like

    as nothing of the kind took place
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