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    Thanks, Ladkyis. I was aware that the thread was...

    Thanks, Ladkyis. I was aware that the thread was an old one, but had assumed that Geoffers was still with us. Apologies if that's not the case.
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    Thanks for that enlightening reply, Geoffers. I...

    Thanks for that enlightening reply, Geoffers. I had wondered why I was unable to turn up brothers George or Samuel Cooper or their parents John and Hannah, who were all very probably on board barges...
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    Waterman John Cooper of Doncaster

    I have recently managed to get a little further back in my late husband's line. His paternal grandfather's mother was descended from John Cooper, who was a waterman in Marsh Gate, Doncaster, in the...
  4. Thread: Odd Names

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    It does conjure up some rather interesting images...

    It does conjure up some rather interesting images in the mind's eye!
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    Here's another batch of 'unusual' first names...

    Here's another batch of 'unusual' first names found while browsing through images on FamilySearch:
    Speciline
    Gleneth
    Lawmary
    Netlam Tory
    Bridella
    Hazilia
    Wendelena
    Perthenia
    Higera
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    I've just had a look at your latest blog posting,...

    I've just had a look at your latest blog posting, Lenore. What a lovely photo! It would be interesting to know whether that was taken on the verandah of St. Paul's Church, a private house, or the...
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    Emigrating ancestors are always a nightmare to...

    Emigrating ancestors are always a nightmare to trace unless you have both ends of the thread, so I sympathise with you, Lenore. One of my ancestors is a Scot who ended up in Durban by chance, when...
  8. Thread: Optician.

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    I would venture to say it's 'opitian': the census...

    I would venture to say it's 'opitian': the census enumerator has quite controlled 'a's on the rest of the entries, and that first letter isn't. Either way, it's most likely to be a mis-spelling or...
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    Thank you, Sue. The bricklayer is intriguing as...

    Thank you, Sue. The bricklayer is intriguing as my lot were also bricklayers. There's a John Ashdown of the right age in the 1841 census, whose dad is a bricklayer, and they're in Rochester, where my...
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    Nicolina, if you think that little girl was...

    Nicolina, if you think that little girl was confused, how about this one?:
    A female child in South Africa was baptised 'Willem Hendrik Johannes Jacobus' because her grandfather insisted that she be...
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    Out of curiosity, I googled for Owens connected...

    Out of curiosity, I googled for Owens connected with Potchefstroom, because sometimes when I'm really stuck, it kicks up useful clues. I came across an old Rootsweb post for a Frederick Owen, born...
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    Susan, it might be worth following Charlotte's...

    Susan, it might be worth following Charlotte's career further, if that's possible. An ancestor of mine was described as an optician in one census, but actually turned out to be a maker of telescope...
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    Lenore I found your Hugh Owen and Emily Frances...

    Lenore
    I found your Hugh Owen and Emily Frances Griffith's marriage on the Family Search site while searching for rellies of mine. They wed on 2 June 1903, in St. Paul's, Durban. I'll PM you the...
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    Hi Sue Would you mind having a peek for John and...

    Hi Sue
    Would you mind having a peek for John and Jane Ashdown and their children who arrived in Durban, Natal some time between 1861 and 1865? (Their last two children may have actually been born in...
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    It's marvellous what baptismal records reveal:...

    It's marvellous what baptismal records reveal:
    Caractacus Reliance Rathbone
    Tweed Ham
    Noble Commons
    and Percy James Lovely-Smith.
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    Garfy, I've pm'ed you my email address, etc.

    Garfy, I've pm'ed you my email address, etc.
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    Geneius Madame Fournier was at least the same...

    Geneius
    Madame Fournier was at least the same generation as Percy, I see, and they definitely both had a thing for butterflies: she did employ him to look after her collection, after all. Elizabeth...
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    Bertie (and anyone else who might find this...

    Bertie (and anyone else who might find this useful)
    I found the best way to pad my story out was to use information from the notes section on my family tree program. I originally started off just...
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    How lovely to be in contact with you at last!...

    How lovely to be in contact with you at last! Michel and I were struggling to find your family's address. (Strangely enough, it is around this time last year that I was contacted by Michel.) My...
  20. Thread: Odd jobs

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    Alas, most of us have ancestors with incredibly...

    Alas, most of us have ancestors with incredibly ordinary occupations, although perhaps mine should have had 'compulsive paper trail destroyers' as theirs!
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    Yes, he's one of the few authors that makes me...

    Yes, he's one of the few authors that makes me laugh out loud, too. That's a benchmark for a good writer, in my book (excuse the pun)! A man who can come up with the idea of a Goddess of Stuck...
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    Typical of my Charles! He's driven me crazy...

    Typical of my Charles! He's driven me crazy trying to pin him down: I know he was a cork cutter in 1841, and would have had to serve an apprenticeship before that, and I know his children were born...
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    Wow, thanks to all of you! It sounds as if George...

    Wow, thanks to all of you! It sounds as if George had a rather more reponsible job than I originally thought. I'm impressed! I thought his job would be a more physical one. George lived at the...
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    Yup, just checked to make sure, and it's 'walker'...

    Yup, just checked to make sure, and it's 'walker' (George R. Tyler born 1827 - indexed as TYLOR on FMP: RG12 piece 151, folio 114, p18). Thanks for clarifying what the 'fancy trade' is, Jan. I wonder...
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    How do I interpret this occupation?

    I have a father-of-the-bride who is described as a 'Warehouse Walker Fancy Trade' in the 1891 census. Firstly would a warehouse walker be the equivalent of a picker and packer today, does anybody...
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