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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. 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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    13-05-2018, 1:24 AM Go to last post
  2. 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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    06-05-2018, 7:45 PM Go to last post
  3. 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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    05-05-2018, 8:13 PM Go to last post
  4. 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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    03-05-2018, 6:59 AM Go to last post
  5. 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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    24-03-2018, 10:12 AM Go to last post
  6. 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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    25-02-2018, 6:36 AM Go to last post
  7. 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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  8. How to drive a family historian nuts ....

    I have spent a large portion of today gaily adding school records to a number of folk in my tree from the "National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914" collection held by Findmypast, and finding it very useful with all sorts of little gems in it, such actual birth dates, the reason...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 18-02-2018 10:00 PM
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    19-02-2018, 8:07 PM Go to last post
  9. 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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  10. Bridgewick, anyone?

    Iím putting this in General Chatter because itís not Genealogy, but I canít think of a better collection of people with knowledge of obscure UK places. Iíve been given a couple of 19th century geological samples to play with. One is labeled London, England (which Iíve found :wink5:), but the other...

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 11-02-2018 2:28 PM
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    11-02-2018, 7:49 PM Go to last post
  11. Straight talking .....

    I was scanning thru the microfilms of Baptism Registers at my Local Studies Library and came accross this one - tucked into the register from 1902 is an invite/ticket for a class on a Sunday afternoon - Straight Talks with Men - A Homely, Healthy, Happy Meeting for Men. It was obviously left...

    Started by emmteeyess‎, 23-01-2018 4:25 PM
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    24-01-2018, 8:52 AM Go to last post
  12. Free online genealogy course - 29 January

    I know there is a thread from when the course was offered before, but I'll be blowed if I can find it. :smash::banghead: #notahappybunny Anyway, it's being repeated, beginning on 3 July 2017. https://www. futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy It is completely free, unless you want to get a...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 27-06-2017 4:17 PM
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    24-01-2018, 5:26 AM Go to last post
  13. FamilySearch scanned document images

    I don't know whether this is a new thing or just something I have never noticed before. I had always assumed that unless there was that little camera icon next to a record in FamilySearch then no scanned image was available for that record - but that doesn't appear to be the case. Even...

    Started by wimsey‎, 15-01-2018 7:29 AM
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  14. Child labour

    No doubt we are all familiar with stories of young boys being used as chimney sweeps, but the one below brought a big grin to my face. I was checking one of the families related to my g-g-g-g-grandfather and on an 1871 census for Lancashire (on FamilySearch but probably uplifted from findmypast)...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 15-01-2018 4:18 AM
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  15. A House Through Time

    Have just watched te first episode which I recorded last night (Thursday) on BBC2. I thought it a fascinating programme, tracing the first three owners of a house in Falkner Street, Liverpool. Well worth watching on iPlayer if you missed it.

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 05-01-2018 11:09 PM
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  16. Person unable to register

    I received this message today from a contact I have advised to register here for help! I have suggested she clears her cache and tries again. Is there a known issue? Can I send her email address by PM to an Admin? I tried three times to register at and was given the message that I omitted a...

    Started by Clarinetguy‎, 02-01-2018 9:51 AM
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  17. Happy New Year!

    Happy 2018 everyone. May all your ancestral discoveries be correct!

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 01-01-2018 9:11 AM
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  18. how to find recent death

    I am trying to find out if an aunt has died recently and I simply can't think how to do it. A Christmas card has been returned to me with "Addressee gone away" on it so either she has died or gone into a home. Her son disowned the family forty years ago so he won't reply - he could have died too ...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 10-12-2017 1:00 PM
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    11-12-2017, 11:55 AM Go to last post
  19. Photograph

    Hello Can anyone help me out with this please? I have a photograph that is needed to put on an 'Order of Service' but there is a date stamp and other things that could do with being taken out of the photograph. Would anyone be able to do this for me. Many thanks Ewan

    Started by ewan‎, 09-11-2017 3:16 PM
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  20. strange names

    one does come across some odd names on the way to somewhere else how about Winter Cuppage Poole 1794-1861 ?

    Started by wimsey‎, 29-10-2017 10:00 AM
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    30-10-2017, 8:15 AM Go to last post

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