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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Water-damaged census return
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 20:39 BST (UK)  »
I've been playing around with the image and I agree, definitely looks like Lomas.


Suffolk / Ipswich War Memorial Website
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 19:13 BST (UK)  »
During my fh research, I've recently discovered that my late husband's uncle, James  A P Smith, who was a Royal Marines Musician and who died in the Battle for Crete when HMS Fiji was sunk, had been missed from the Ipswich war memorial.  I contacted the lovely people who run the Ipswich War Memorial website, and they were delighted to have his details and will be making a page in his memory on the site.

So if anyone has family from Ipswich who died in action in WW1 and WW2 and whose names are not on the memorial or who have no page on the website,  you might like to look at  and using their contact page, send details of the omission.  I am so pleased that I did;   I was surprised at how quickly I received a reply, and how friendly and caring the response was.

The Lighter Side / Re: What has Rootschat done for you?
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 08:26 BST (UK)  »
I am really enjoying reading how we all came to RC for the first time and it seems nearly all of us started by googling.... it's a bit like finding a door into another world!

I am so pleased to hear from Jomot that her son is recovered and that his life is looking good; I remember her worry and sadness at that time and I know how isolating illness and worry can be.  And Jomot, as Nanna52 says, the ToT boards are very friendly and inclusive and open to everyone.  I remember the first time I plucked up courage to post on one, and I was astounded to find that I had people replying to my comment and welcoming me.  And as a result of that I made lots of new friends. 

When my daughter was at uni, I ventured 'up north' to a RC get-together to meet some of these new friends.  My daughter was very sceptical and raised an eyebrow, and the conversation went thus:

Daughter:  You say you know these people.  Where did you meet them?
Me:  On the internet.
Daughter:  (sigh)  May I remind you what you've always told me about meeting people you've come across on the internet?
Me:  Oh, but this is different.  They are nice people, we are good friends.
Daughter:  I reckon you'll be met at the other end by an old man in a raincoat.  I worry about you sometimes.

Needless to say, there was no old man in a raincoat, I had a wonderful time and met several people on that day that I'm still in touch with.

The Lighter Side / What has Rootschat done for you?
« on: Saturday 22 September 18 22:11 BST (UK)  »
This evening I was reminded that nearly ten years ago, I was sitting feeling very lonely, and was surfing the internet trying to find something to hold my attention.  My husband was terminally ill, and descending into dementia and I was at my wits' end.  I was working on my family tree, and I had got to my Blomfield family of Woolpit, Suffolk and had hit a brick wall.  So I googled 'Blomfield Woolpit'.  And that's when a door opened in my life because I found a thread on Rootschat about Woolpit and the Blomfield family.  I responded - albeit that the thread was a couple of years old - and amazingly I got a reply - and I so wish I could remember who it was who so kindly welcomed me onto the site and responded to my post.   And thus  I tentatively stepped into the arms of the Rootschat family, without having any idea of what I was letting myself in for.

Almost immediately I found I was making contacts with people, which meant that not only was I building my family tree with the help of all the clever Rootschatters, but because of the ToT boards and the Lighter Side, I was making friends too.  And when my husband died, one of the friends I made on here came to his funeral to represent Rootschat,  the kindness of which still brings tears to my eyes.

And now it's ten years since I joined.  I have met quite a few of the people I have met on here and firm friendships have been established.  And I was thinking, I wonder how many people's lives have been changed by finding Rootschat.  I certainly know that my life has been enhanced immeasurably by this site, not only in terms of FH, but in terms of companionship, friendship, lots of love, lots of laughs and lots of kindness.

So I'd love to hear other people's stories of how they found Rootschat, and what the site means to them.  And at the same time saying a big thanks to Trystan and Sarah and all the mods for all the hard work and for creating and maintaining such a brilliant site.

The Common Room / Re: The suppositions we have of our ancestors.
« on: Saturday 22 September 18 21:51 BST (UK)  »
I was very shocked to find some very devious goings-on in my County Durham family.  In the 19th century William married a woman a few years older than him, and she subsequently had a baby boy.  William's father was the Parish Clerk, and the baptism of the child was noted as "..... the bastard child of ......,  the wife of William S......".  The mother died a few days later, and a week or so later the baby also died and was again referred to in the PR as "the bastard child of .....  wife of William S....".  A month later, William married rather grandly.  Obviously nothing can be proved but to me the whole thing stinks.  First the attempt to disinherit the child, then mother dies, and then the baby.  Did they die naturally, I wonder, or were they helped on their way.  Of course we will never know, but I always shudder when I think of that Parish Clerk and his questionable morals.

I think the female to male impersonations were generally regarded as fun, whereas men had more difficulty getting away with it,  unless they dressed as a pantomime dame or Charley's Aunt.....   ;D

Great photo there, Carol and Gadget!

I think cross-dressing was frowned upon in those days, unless of course they were theatricals!

To be honest, Gadget, I've been wondering the same thing - I am sure shots like this would have been very popular at the sea-side!

Here's the image reversed.  Looks like our motor-cyclists might be wearing trousers, and a long coat.

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