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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. 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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  2. 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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    11-08-2018, 6:30 PM Go to last post
  3. 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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    10-08-2018, 7:49 PM Go to last post
  4. 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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    17-07-2018, 8:46 AM Go to last post
  5. 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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  6. Free Access to ancestry 6 to 10 July

    Ancestry - "FREE ACCESS TO ALL UK AND IRISH RECORDS 6 ‑ 9 JULY - includes 1939 Register"

    Started by wimsey‎, 05-07-2018 7:08 AM
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  7. Offers on subscriptions to Findmypast

    Find My Past have a current offer for 30% off a 12 month Pro Package. Here The offer ends 15th July. I think I'm right that the FMP Pro Package used to be FMP World, amd the full price is £156. so the discounted price is £109.20

    Started by almach‎, 04-07-2018 9:57 PM
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  8. 40% off at Ancestry - ends 4 July

    Just type Ancestry dot com into your browser. It says for new subscribers, and not for continuing a current subscription. Offer is for six months sub, not a year. $119 for 'All access', i.e. Ancestry, Fold3, and newspapers.com $89 for World explorer

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 03-07-2018 2:39 PM
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  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Fun chasing non-relatives

    As a result of a "work swap" deal with a group who are going to help identify the boxes of obscure microscope parts in the museum I manage in return for help with their english language website, I have been chasing assorted microscope makers around the 18th and 19th centuries. This week's main...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 08-06-2018 2:34 PM
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  14. I really must ..............................

    For the past couple of weeks I have been researching differing ancestral branches of my family, both paternal and maternal. I find records in the census returns, then go to FamilySearch to try to go back past civil registration and census. And this is where I am getting a little carried away. I...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 12-02-2018 4:26 AM
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  15. Anybody else getting this blocked message?

    I tried to get onto irishgenealogy.ie from my desktop icon this morning and got this message "You have been blocked because of a suspicious activity. We are aware of that." So I went in to google and searched for irish Genealogy and tried to enter the site from there. Got the same message. Is it...

    Started by christanel‎, 05-05-2018 9:46 PM
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  16. Smile

    Whilst looking through the 1851 census for someone I came across the Owens family living in Llanllyfni, Caernarvonshire (Piece 2515 Folio 130 Page 10), whose 26 year old daughter is called "Happy". I thought to myself that's not very Welsh! So I went backwards and had a look in the 1841 census...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 05-05-2018 10:40 AM
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  17. Certificate envy

    I've just seen online a copy of the latest Royal birth certificate and as I've had no reason to see a modern day birth certificate I am full of envy for the family historians of the future. Why? They are typewritten so no more struggling with poor or cramped or faded handwriting. They include...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 02-05-2018 7:28 AM
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  18. interesting name

    I just felt compelled to share this, you know how you come across interesting things on the way to somewhere else look up the marriage of Isabel Alice Wrigley on 1 February 1877 at All Hallows, Allerton, Lancashire - on Ancestry if you have it

    Started by wimsey‎, 23-03-2018 7:47 AM
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  19. Record Family Baptisms?

    I've just noticed on the most recent update to the excellent tinstaafl site: http://tinstaafl.co.uk/nbp/Church_Pages/hackford_bapt.htm that 14, yes 14, children of John & Mary OAKFORD were baptised in a single day - the 23rd January 1837. They were aged between 9 & 29 years. Is that a record...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 24-02-2018 10:21 PM
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  20. London Postal Museum

    Yesterday my husband and I took a day trip on the train to London to visit the Postal Museum. As far as my other half was concerned the main reason was to travel on Mail Rail, the underground railway system that until 2003 used to shift mail bags quickly between London sorting offices, and has...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 21-02-2018 5:21 PM
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