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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. Is this a first?

    In over fourteen years I think this is the first time I've ever seen the forum without a single query. Hopefully it means that all your brickwalls have been demolished. :smile5: I would then say 'so you'll be able to enjoy the Bank Holiday weather'. But as usually BH weather in the UK leaves...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 24-05-2019 8:48 PM
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    25-05-2019, 8:57 AM Go to last post
  2. Trees on Ancestry - I'm not impressed!

    I was hoping that the free weekend on Ancestry might extend to viewing Public Member trees - unfortunately it didn't. I'm looking at Dorothy May Hobbs, who is enumerated in the 1911 census as the 3-year-old adopted daughter of John Henry Beacham Purnell and his wife Grace (nee Bright, previous...

    Started by Squaredancer‎, 22-04-2019 6:46 PM
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  3. idle thought

    too much time on my hands when a bride signs the marriage register she has already been pronounced wife of Mr X - so why does she sign with her maiden name ?

    Started by wimsey‎, 13-05-2019 5:06 AM
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  4. Invictus Games

    Nothing to do with genealogy, but a nod towards our hosts, FWR. If anyone is/was hoping to volunteer to help at the 2020 Invictus Games in the Hague, I've just found by accident that the volunteering list is open already. It's being handled by a professional volunteers management company. The...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 10-05-2019 1:12 PM
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  5. A very tall tale

    From the Morning Chronicle 9 April 1830: Could this have been a belated April's Fool joke? For those without a handy calculator to hand they are claiming height of "exalted offspring" to be 49 feet 3 inches :stuart: :confused5: :sorcerer: :no:

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 08-04-2019 9:52 AM
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  6. A very Shaky hint!

    I am sure that all of us who have Ancestry trees have occasionally rolled our eyes at some of the bizarre hints that their software suggests to us might relate to one of our ancestors, but tonight I found a corker! For my 3 x great grandfather, Henry John, 1773-1855 from Pembrokeshire I was...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 25-03-2019 9:27 PM
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    26-03-2019, 1:30 AM Go to last post
  7. Quinns Sq. Buildings, Waterloo Rd, Southwark

    Does anyone out there have any memories of Quinns Buildings before they were demolished? Or any other memories of that area? Pauline

    Started by paulineshelley‎, 08-03-2010 10:22 AM
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  8. E-names

    this couple must have had a sense of humour Edgar Eldred married Helen Hutchinson in 1886 they named their children Edgar, Ernest, Edythe, Eleanor, Esme Elizabeth, Edna, Evelyn and Ethel :smile5:

    Started by wimsey‎, 24-02-2019 7:11 AM
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  9. An update to my family tree - I didn't want

    A few days ago I made an entry into my family tree that I hope and pray I will never have to do again. Our 7-year old grandson, Logan, was paddling in the sea at a Raglan beach when he stumbled, was swept out to sea by a rip tide, and drowned. His elder sister and our son (his father) tried...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 28-01-2019 4:35 AM
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  10. 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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  11. ... when you first started ....

    a general chit-chat question when you first started out researching either your or someone else's family tree did you set yourself any limits as to how many people you would include in the tree ? The reason I'm asking this is that a while back I noticed one or two public trees on Ancestry...

    Started by wimsey‎, 28-12-2018 6:53 AM
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  12. Merry Christmas

    With builders at work in the flat downstairs on this Christmas Eve morning, I'm up and at my pc early enough to be the first to wish everyone a Happy Christmas. Thanks to all of our very helpful members for making BG such a friendly and useful "club" to belong to. Many of you go above and beyond...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 24-12-2018 7:28 AM
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    25-12-2018, 12:16 PM Go to last post
  13. 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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    06-12-2018, 8:40 AM Go to last post
  14. (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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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    29-08-2018, 3:12 PM Go to last post

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