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Staffordshire / Re: Disappearing Henry
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 18:58 BST (UK)  »
It's only eight years since I originally posted this (still unsolved) question. Bumping it in the hope that a RootsChat supremo will come to my aid! :D

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Thank you Bookbox, that's a great help.

Edit: The place-name is Coven.

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Can someone translate this please - I've can make sense of some of it but a proper translation would help greatly :D


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Staffordshire / Re: Conditions in 19th century West Bromwich
« on: Friday 25 May 18 18:23 BST (UK)  »
The terraced housing still standing around Church Vale is late 19th/early 20th century. That area was always seen as one of the better off places when I lived in West Bromwich in the 1960s onward. That said, I think some of the properties in nearby Tenscore Street were rather more down-market! The Ring o' Bells as you'll no doubt discover was the pub "where beer is sold by the pound" (that is, it was next to an old animal pound/pinfold).

If you look back at the start of the century, the area around Parsonage Street was very sparsely populated - the 'centre' of West Brom was at nearby Lyndon but of course All Saints has been in existence for at least a millennium. This photograph shows a range of cottages adjacent to the church and no doubt many houses in the area in the first half of the 19th c. were very similar.

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Technical Help / Re: Access file deactivated
« on: Friday 25 May 18 17:50 BST (UK)  »
Just for info... you can save the file locally then use an online service to take the risk and open it for you, for example: https://www.mdbopener.com/ (unless you think the file contains sensitive info and you don't want to expose it of course).

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Technical Help / Re: Looking for a spreadsheet that accepts ged
« on: Wednesday 23 May 18 11:51 BST (UK)  »
A *.ged file is a simple text file, nothing exciting :D. If you rename it with a '.txt' extension you can open it directly in LibreOffice[1].

You can play with the import options when opening it; if you choose the 'fixed width' option, all your data will be listed in column A (you might need to resize the column to see it all).


[1]https://www.libreoffice.org/

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If you just need sharing with a limited number of people why not encrypt to a single file, upload to Drive or wherever and give them the password? My family history data and around 1600 images takes about 20 seconds to compress into a password protected archive totalling around 0.6GB and uploads to Dropbox quickly enough.

Depending upon your set up and technical ability you could have belt and braces automatic cloud back up - there are lots of ways to do this. For example, install Dropbox and create a Drive account. Write a small batch file (or shell script on Linux) which runs at start up on your main computer. Have the script compress your data into a password protected archive, copy it to your Dropbox folder and a sync'ed Drive folder (and maybe elsewhere on your hard disk for safety). You now have two cloud back-ups encrypted and accessible from anywhere with the password. If your pc breaks you have two back ups. If either or both cloud accounts are compromised the files are encrypted.




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The Common Room / Re: 1924 Council Elections - Party?
« on: Tuesday 01 May 18 19:15 BST (UK)  »
Thanks. The other candidates have either (Lib.) (Lab.) or (Ind.) - it's in a newspaper report rather than an official document.

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