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The Lighter Side / Re: What has Rootschat done for you?
« on: Monday 15 October 18 16:21 BST (UK)  »
   I have put some information about websites I use with my will. Now all the children have to do is find it!

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: comparison please for My mason
« on: Wednesday 26 September 18 21:39 BST (UK)  »
   If I have understood right, the white-haired man was born in 1830, so if it is him the masonic picture was taken 1860/70? Does his dress and general appearance tally with that date?

  I know Edwardian women wore large hats, but there is something rather odd about these. At least three are quite similar and look like the sort worn now by some graduates. It feels to me like a school or college group - some form of graduation? I know women did not get degrees at that time.

The Common Room / Re: Abbreviations on old maps
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 14:36 BST (UK)  »
   I went to find that hedge when I was in Scotland a few years ago, only to discover it was along a main road and not easy to get a good look at it.

The Lighter Side / Re: What has Rootschat done for you?
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 14:31 BST (UK)  »
   I see I joined in 2011, at the recommendation of IgorStrav, while we were corresponding about our joint ancestry. As others have said, it feels like a group of friends, especially on the TOT boards, and there are experts on so many subjects, always there to share their knowledge.

The Common Room / Re: wishing for ancestors who had imagination when naming children
« on: Friday 21 September 18 22:27 BST (UK)  »
  I read somewhere that the period we are mostly working in - 18th and early 19th centuries - had the lowest number of names in use. Before that there were more different names and, as we know, many new ones appeared in the later 19th C.

The Lighter Side / Re: Ancestry tree rubbish
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 22:55 BST (UK)  »
   I don't use Ancestry, but Findmypast have started putting up "Is this the same person" suggestions, to which the answer is mainly "No".

The Lighter Side / Re: Ethnicity changed
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 14:21 BST (UK)  »
   Worrying, isn't it? Though I don't see where it could be wrong, unless there is some human behaviour to contend with! Is the lady in Canada in your matches?

The Lighter Side / Re: Ethnicity changed
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 13:02 BST (UK)  »
   My top match was classed as 1st-2nd cousin. In fact we are half-1st cousins, so that was accurate. The only person on the list that I already know is 4th-6th cousin, which is about right. (Shared gr-grandfather, through different wives, and a couple of generations removed.) I haven't gone any further yet.

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