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Messages - Mike in Cumbria

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Once I start on these things I'm like a terrier and don't want to let go until I get a result.  ;)

That's a good trait!


The auction house in Rayleigh wrote to say that they don't know the artist and that such works are/were often mass-produced on the continent for the tourist trade. The artists are often unknown.

Bill in Albuquerque replied again, saying that, as he had mentioned in his first reply, he purchased his Hohings at a "starving artists sale". These sales usually offer paintings from all over the place,  but in Bill's experience, many of the artists were based in California. They were the kind of artists that you see coming, mostly, out of China today. They paint similar subjects over and over, and the "starving artists sale" retailers stock their exhibitions with them.

This sounds highly likely. I know you like the picture, which is what matters above all, but it really is a very generic piece of marine art. Loads of people paint (and painted) this type of scene and it has none of the majesty and originality that can be seen when really good artists tackle similar subject matter.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Is laziness in YOUR DNA?
« on: Monday 10 December 18 17:04 GMT (UK)  »
Dail Fail. "Is laziness in your DNA?"    Hmmm.

You must have come across Betteridges's law of headlines before.

Technical Help / Re: any ideas of a stuff up
« on: Monday 10 December 18 16:59 GMT (UK)  »
Ive just stuffed up...

I was looking for a few names in ancestry, and also had in my mind someone elses tree that I was helping with... anyhow.. I then after talkign to them... looked back at my tree and saw some names I didnt recognise (as they were knew lines I was searching) and.. i thought i must have added My friends names in by accident... so deleted them...

then realised no, these were names from my tree that id put in a few days ago...

Now ive lost them anc cant track back how they are connected to my tree!!!

Im soooo annoyed with myself... any ideas?

I don't understand, really. When you researched these people, you must have had some notes, census records or even certificates. Can't you just use these to put the people back on the tree?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Name deciphering on passenger list
« on: Monday 10 December 18 11:09 GMT (UK)  »
Looks for all the world like Podasts but I can't find that as a name anywhere.

The other names are not English, of course.

The Lighter Side / Re: Rutherford & Fry on DNA testing
« on: Wednesday 28 November 18 15:56 GMT (UK)  »
I also enjoy "The Life Scientific", which has another great presenter and some fascinating stories.

The Lighter Side / Re: Rutherford & Fry on DNA testing
« on: Wednesday 28 November 18 15:54 GMT (UK)  »
"Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry" is an excellent popular science series, with two very intelligent and personable presenters.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: 1st cousins and 3rd cousins
« on: Wednesday 28 November 18 12:22 GMT (UK)  »
If I understand correctly, this is what you are asking.

You have a married couple, one of whom appears to be an ancestor of yours, but you aren't sure due to lack of paper evidence.
This person appears to be a first and/or third cousin of their spouse.
Does the fact of being a cousin make it more likely that this person is who you believe it to be?

I don't see why it would make it any more (or less) likely.

I suppose that, in the case of a first cousin, it increases the chance that they know each other, so there is an existing link there. I doubt whether many people know who their third cousins are, and in a small community, being a third cousin of your neighbour wouldn't be at all unusual.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: 1st cousins and 3rd cousins
« on: Tuesday 27 November 18 18:28 GMT (UK)  »
What do you mean by "add weight"?

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