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Forum: General Chatter

Just a meeting place on the Brit-Gen forum where people can get away from the more "serious" stuff and have general discussions about topics other than family history.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Campaign to Open Historic Registers

    There is now a petition online at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/62779 Please sign this petition and share the url with your friends and contacts Apathy will destroy any chance of success. These registers are your heritage. They are...

    Started by Guy Etchells‎, 25-03-2014 11:46 AM
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  1. New Genealogy Prog. on Channel4

    For UK members just a little heads up to a new genealogy programme that will be broadcast by Channel4 Starting on December 3rd at 1pm. It is called My Family Secrets Revealed. There are, I believe 15 episodes and it will be daily - weekdays. I am in episode 14, which is due to air on December...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 14-11-2018 2:24 PM
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  2. Who posted the WWI/WW2 group photo?

    Somebody, in approximately the last month, posted a group photo which I thought related to WW1 but it may have been WW2. All I can remember about it is that there were possibly two rows of soldiers seated/standing, with at two soldiers half lying on the ground in front of the group. They were...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 07-12-2018 5:21 AM
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    07-12-2018, 8:31 AM Go to last post
  3. Removal of old 'free access offer' posts

    As you are all (hopefully) aware we now have a specific forum for free access to subscription sites, and once an offer has expired we delete posts associated with that offer. In the preceding years, such offers were posted in various forums, and have been left there, serving no useful purpose. ...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 05-12-2018 7:54 PM
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  4. (Not the) 1901 census

    Talk of the release of 1901 census in another thread reminded of the shambles that it was, and how our lives were brightened by this. https://web.archive.org/web/20060720093718/http://www.staithes.demon.co.uk/census.html Take your time reading the names and occupations of the inhabitants of...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 23-11-2018 6:38 PM
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    24-11-2018, 10:46 AM Go to last post
  5. TheDadsNet https://www.thedadsnet.com

    Very interesting site for Dads that the owners of Brit Gen are trying to help promote. TheDadsNet https://www.thedadsnet.com

    Started by dominichayhoe‎, 13-11-2018 3:51 PM
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  6. Visiting the Society of Genealogists, London

    The ongoing heating problem at the Society is still not resolved, though hopefully it will be within the next two weeks. Therefore the Library will be closed until at least next Tuesday, 27 November although courses and lectures will continue as they will be able to concentrate heat to/in the...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 07-11-2018 12:18 AM
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  7. I wonder what we missed out on

    . . . . in earlier censuses by not being able to see the original household schedules? I remember (some years ago) listening to Meryl Catty and Audrey Gillett pretending to be an enumerator in the 1851 census and revealing some of the weirder entries found. As a subscriber I get newsletters...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 23-10-2018 12:27 AM
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  8. FMP changing 'My records' access

    I expect other forum members have received the same email from FMP that I have, saying "from Sunday 30 September, your previously viewed records in 'My records' will only be accessible with a valid subscription or PayAsYouGo credits" I suppose the current arrangement was always too good to...

    Started by wimsey‎, 07-09-2018 6:17 AM
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    08-09-2018, 2:24 PM Go to last post
  9. So excited about cousins!

    Anyone who has been here longer than five minutes has probably read my many threads about my actor ancestors. Now I am really thrilled because tomorrow I am meeting a cousin I didn't know about. She and her husband are coming here all the way from the eastern USA and they are going to stay with us!...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 05-09-2018 12:51 PM
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  10. A valuable cow

    From the Grahamstown Journal 21 February 1884 I think, if it were my golden wedding, I would be seriously upset if the newspaper, without even mentioning me, marked the occasion by commenting on the loss of my husband's valuable imported cow :biggrin:

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 28-08-2018 1:52 PM
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  11. A need to vent!

    For a while now I have been quietly searching through various censuses on FMP in the parish of LLANLLYFNI, and basically using their search function to bring up all the names beginning with a certain letter in that parish, and then working looking for "missing" family, who may have been...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 27-08-2018 9:28 AM
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  12. The Repair Shop

    Season 3 started this week on BBC2. I didn't realise until this evening (episode 3) but was able to download the first two episodes from the iPlayer. If you have never watched it, it is a programme where experts restore family heirlooms, and it is fascinating to watch the use of old traditional...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 15-08-2018 9:19 PM
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    15-08-2018, 9:47 PM Go to last post
  13. FMP: MMN on England & Wales Births

    I've just noticed this evening that FMP have added Mother's Maiden Name to some birth registrations pre 1912. The two I looked at were for 1870's and the record heading says "Record Transcription: England & Wales Births 1837-2006" I haven't looked into it further to get an idea how many....

    Started by almach‎, 11-08-2018 12:39 AM
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  14. Eileen Beech

    For those of you who remember Eileen, also known as Bee...I just want to let you know that she passed away last Saturday, one week after her 92nd birthday. We "met" on here and enjoyed an email and Facebook friendship for all these years. She was a very helpful and smart lady with a great wit. I...

    Started by susan-y‎, 25-07-2018 7:47 PM
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  15. Home-made 'quicks links' on Ancestry

    After almost posting a plea for help from anyone who could remember how to add a quick link to your home page on Ancestry I had a sudden flash of inspiration and remembered myself. |bowdown| However, I don't seem able to file the new link alphabetically. I thought you could at one time. Or did...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 16-07-2018 6:02 PM
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  16. Archaeology in Flanders

    If you didnít see BBC Breakfast on Fri 13th and you can use the iPlayer (ie in the UK), you might be interested in a feature that starts just after 08:45. Theyíve been digging a site near Ypres which was held at different times by both sides and, when it changed hands it did so fast. Among the...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 13-07-2018 7:58 AM
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  17. Donít just assume that records have survived

    To add to the cautionary tales of recent weeks, if you have lost someone who you’re almost certain was born (or married) in a given place, check and see whether there are any records for others for that place and time. As I found when trying to help fullscott with a hunt for Fred Clayton’s post...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 02-07-2018 7:22 AM
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    03-07-2018, 9:29 AM Go to last post
  18. Time to relaxez-vous

    If it's too hot to do genealogy but you still feel like your brain needs a work-out, try this. (I don't think I've posted it before.) I know there are at least 203 song titles in the following 'story'. Some are obvious. Some are 'hidden' e.g. there could be a song called 'eland' made up from...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 02-07-2018 1:27 PM
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  19. Definitely don't believe everything you read

    While searching for someone in the 1851 census on Ancestry I clicked on a possible person and was somewhat astonished to see that the page was type-written. I was going to comment on how unusual it was, when I became somewhat suspicious because I know the 'how to complete your enumerator...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 02-07-2018 4:35 AM
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  20. Anyone fluent in french?

    My search for historic microscope makers has crossed to Paris and there's a polymath who's leading me a merry dance. His real name was Alexandre FranÁois Gilles, but pretty much everything he did (ranging from microscope lens design to developing shale oil extraction methods and book publishing)...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 30-06-2018 1:34 PM
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    01-07-2018, 9:44 AM Go to last post

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