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The Lighter Side / Music Halls: Frank Melvin
« on: Today at 09:32 »
Someone has sent me an autographed photograph of a music hall star by the name of Frank Melvin.  The photo is dated June 1912, when he appeared at the Palace Theatre, Halifax.

I have put the photo on-line at

Have I read his name correctly?  Does anyone know anything about the man? 

Any information would be appreciated

Here's a larger section of the original 1881 census at Stainland for comparison

I agree that Stan's response - tilloter - is most likely.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Anyone recognise the job of a Tillifer?
« on: Wednesday 01 May 19 10:14 BST (UK)  »
By one of those strange coincidences, within a few days I have come across people working as what looks like a tillifer.  The example here came from the 1881 census for a family living in Stainland, near Halifax.

Any alternative readings or suggestions for what the work entails would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA
« on: Monday 08 April 19 08:15 BST (UK)  »
Thank you, Melba.  That's exactly the sort of answer(s) that I was hoping for.

Much appreciated.

Malcolm Bull

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA
« on: Saturday 06 April 19 11:56 BST (UK)  »
Thanks to all who responded.

It looks like I shall have to take a crash course to find out the meaning and significance of autosomal DNA, Y-DNA haplogroup and mtDNA haplogroup, before I take the plunge and buy the DNA kits.  I am sure it will all make sense in time.

I am doing this for my older family members, and was hoping that I might get simple non-technical answers such as "you get charts of geographical areas where your ancestors came from" which they might understand.

Many thanks again


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA - what do you get?
« on: Thursday 04 April 19 15:41 BST (UK)  »
I don't know if this is the correct board for this question.  My apologies if it's not.

I have looked at the Findmypast / Living DNA offer of DNA testing for British & Irish DNA.  The application gives details fo prices and add-ons, but nowhere can I find details of what I get for when I buy my

(1) family ancestry percentage breakdown and 14-day Findmypast subscription, or my

(2) full Living DNA 3-in-1 experience by adding your deep ancestry upgrade seeing your ancestor's migration histories (mtDNA/YDNA).

Does anyone know where I can find explanations of these?

Technical Help / Re: Popup box in HTML
« on: Saturday 30 March 19 15:08 GMT (UK)  »
I looked around a bit and finally settled on the code

<input type="image" src="ggg.gif" onclick="confirm('xxxxxx');"

which allows me to display an icon (instead of the message button) and it appears to work well.

Thanks again to everyone for their help.


Technical Help / Re: Popup box in HTML *COMPLETED*
« on: Saturday 30 March 19 09:07 GMT (UK)  »
Ray's answer seems to fit the bill, thanks Ray.

The reason I needed such a solution was that actions such as "hover over a link" (which use the ACRONYM tag to display a brief text) don't work when someone is viewing my website on an Ipad or an Iphone.

Best wishes and thanks to all responded

Malcolm Bull

Technical Help / Popup box in HTML
« on: Friday 29 March 19 17:37 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone have the HTML code or a website where I can find such code to allow the website-user to click a link which will display a popup window with a simple piece of text and then (having read the text) allow the user to dismiss the popup window? 

I don't want to have to delve into the black arts of CSS or Javascript.  A simple cut-and-paste piece of HTML code would be ideal.

I have searched for a video and all the ones I have viewed are either incomprehensible or overly  technical.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Malcolm BUll

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