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    My Living DNA test also had me as 100% British...

    My Living DNA test also had me as 100% British and Irish - it's supposed to go back for 10 generations, or about 250 years, which in my case is further back than I've managed to get with any of my...
  2. Thread: DNA advice

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    I don't know which test you used, but the Living...

    I don't know which test you used, but the Living DNA one, which is the one I went with, is based on the similarity of segments of your DNA to other regional groups in the last 10 generations (250...
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    Emergency Hospitals were set up during World War...

    Emergency Hospitals were set up during World War Two in the UK, but didn't deal only with casualties resulting from enemy action as the name might suggest - my paternal grandfather died of heart...
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    Not that it's probably of much help, but my...

    Not that it's probably of much help, but my grandfather Frederick Kendall was at Aldershot with the Royal Engineers just prior to the outbreak of WW1. He was a driver, so also worked with horses. I...
  5. Thread: Land Tax Records

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    Land Tax Records

    I've been studying entries in the Surrey, England, Land Tax Records, 1780-1832 database on Ancestry and have noted some entries that under 'Names of Occupiers" appear to say "inmates" following the...
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    There's no way of proving "on the sea", as it was...

    There's no way of proving "on the sea", as it was before the National Archives records begin in 1854, and he doesn't appear on the parish records for Brushford. I'm not happy about it, but I think...
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    Other possible reasons might include genuinely...

    Other possible reasons might include genuinely not knowing their place of birth, or forgetting with age. One of my illiterate Somerset ancestors gives his place of birth on three successive censuses...
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    Just to update and thank those members who helped...

    Just to update and thank those members who helped - GRO have been unsuccessful in finding anything for Ruth James. They only have details for deaths on board British registered ships, so I imagine...
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    Thank you - that's close enough! I'll await the...

    Thank you - that's close enough! I'll await the GRO's response as to whether or not a death certificate was issued. I imagine that something must have been documented, even if Ruth was buried at sea.
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    The Caroline that was carrying Ruth was...

    The Caroline that was carrying Ruth was definitely the one captained by Davidson, and Messrs Black and Cruise were indeed witnesses to the will. What I cannot establish (I've tried searching the...
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    Thanks, I've sent in a request to GRO after...

    Thanks, I've sent in a request to GRO after following Peter Goodey's link further up this thread.
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    The reason I believe Ruth made the will when she...

    The reason I believe Ruth made the will when she knew she was close to death (and in fact died later that same day) is the declaration of John Barlow the ship's mate on November 14th at the will's...
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    Yes. that's the correct one - for some reason you...

    Yes. that's the correct one - for some reason you can only find the will on Ancestry by searching for Ruth Rogers - the search engine doesn't find it under Ruth James, but then Ancestry's search...
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    I do have a record from the Sydney Morning Herald...

    I do have a record from the Sydney Morning Herald of the Caroline's departure for London on May 12th 1843, and a Mrs James is listed as one of the passengers. This is why I assume they were nearly at...
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    Good grief - I'd forgotten all about that! :-(

    Good grief - I'd forgotten all about that! :-(
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    Just curious as to cause of death, really - I'm a...

    Just curious as to cause of death, really - I'm a retired medical librarian and can't shake the fascination with morbidity and mortality!
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    Sorry, I posted that before seeing your link - It...

    Sorry, I posted that before seeing your link - It looks as though I should be searching "Births, marriages and deaths on Royal Navy and merchant ships (1794-1972)", so I'll try that next!

    Edit to...
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    I've searched the GRO Death Index and there are...

    I've searched the GRO Death Index and there are two records for a Ruth James in 1843 - one in Chard (Somerset), the other in Newcastle Emlyn (Wales). Both "S" (presumably Summer?) quarter, which...
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    Death record for burial at sea?

    The last will and testament of my x4 great-grandmother Ruth James (formerly Rogers) shows that she died on board the brig "Caroline" on September 12th 1843, in the final stages of a voyage from...
  20. Thread: Burning Effigies

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    Lewes in Sussex has probably the longest and...

    Lewes in Sussex has probably the longest and best-known tradition of effigy burning in the UK (which still continues every year), but maybe this wasn't the sort of thing you were after?

    "From...
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    Yes, this was a common punishment in the days of...

    Yes, this was a common punishment in the days of sail. The offender usually had his hands tied and his feet secured to the deck and was often left exposed to the elements in this position for 8 hours...
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    I've now got the administration record from the...

    I've now got the administration record from the LMA, and it does refer to a Charles Rogers who was a crew member on the Prince Regent that was captained by a man called Graham. Unfortunately, it's...
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    Post Operative Under Observation, perhaps?

    Post Operative Under Observation, perhaps?
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    It's unclear which Prince Regent is referred to...

    It's unclear which Prince Regent is referred to in the National Archives listing: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4127522

    They also have a separate listing for the East...
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    The copy of the 1819 administration for Charles...

    The copy of the 1819 administration for Charles Rogers I'm after was from the London Commissary Court, the records of which are held at the London Metropolitan Archive. But when I tried to drill down...
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