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The Common Room / A notorious chain dropper!
« on: Sunday 24 December 17 19:47 GMT (UK)  »
I've just come across this appellation for the first time; does anyone know what it means?

Caledonian Mercury
Sat., Aug. 5, 1843

"CHAIN DROPPING. -- Yesterday, Alexander Muir, brother of a notorious chain dropper, who was a few days ago convicted here, was brought from Glasgow by the police on a charge of having practised his nefarious trade recently in Broughton Street."

This particular Muir doesn't belong in my tree (as far as I know), so I'm not tracking him or anything; I'm just curious about the charge.

It seems to have had something to do with gambling, per the 1869 Prevention of Gaming Act in Scotland.

Merry Christmas! Keep those chains in your pocket or Santa won't visit your house tonight!



Other Countries - Resources / "Homeward Mail from India, China and the East"
« on: Friday 10 March 17 16:24 GMT (UK)  »
There's a publication called Homeward Mail from India, China and the East that I've just discovered on The British Newspaper Archive . (It's called Homeward Mail in the index.)

The website has a large number of issues from the mid-1800s to some time in the 1900s.

I've found some interesting information on some members of my distant family who worked in India. On one person, I've found information about his work in Punjab, and mentions of when he and his wife  travelled to and from home in England by ship (these ship lists aren't available online elsewhere as far as I can tell). I found a lovely, information obit for another person. He worked in India prior to the coverage offered online but luckily they wrote about him when he died, so I lucked out in that way.

I don't have any affiliation with the website; I just wanted to mention the publication as a great potential resource.


The Lighter Side / "A Genealogical Puzzle" from 1872
« on: Sunday 05 February 17 21:30 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, All:

I thought you might enjoy this. It was published in the Pittsburgh Daily Gazette on Christmas Day 1872 (transcribed by me).

"A Genealogical Puzzle.

A wedding there was and a dance there must be,
And who should be first? Thus all did agree
First, grandsire and grandame should lead the dance down;
Two fathers, two mothers should step the same ground.
Two daughters stood up and danced with their sires
(The room was so warm they wanted no fires);
And also two sons, who danced with their mothers.
Two sisters there were, who danced with their brothers;
Two uncles vouchsafed with nieces to dance,
With nephews to jig it pleased two aunts.
Three husbands would dance with none but their wives
(As bent so to do for the rest of their lives).
The grand-daughter chose the jolly grandson.
And bride she would dance with bridegroom or none.
A company choice! Their number to fix,
I told them all over, and found them but six!


Hi, All:

A while ago, I meant to unsubscribe from email alerts on one particular thread, but accidentally clicked on the option to stop all emails from Rootschat forever, and now I can't figure out how to change it back!

I've tried reading the 'How to Use Rootschat' forum but none of the suggestions I've seen have worked.

I know I can check the title bar at the top of this page for Hi Josephine! [Unread Posts] [New Replies] but I'd rather get email alerts.

In >> Profile of Josephine >> Email Notifications, I have:
- checked the box for "Receive forum newsletters, announcements and important notifications by email"
- checked the box for "Turn email notification on when you post or reply to a topic"
- "For topics and boards I've requested email notifications on, notify me" = "Instantly - but only for the first unread reply"
- "For topics and boards I've requested email notification on, notify me of" = "Replies and moderation"
- and saved/updated the changes (on more than one occasion)

At the bottom of that page, it says:
"Current Board Email Notifications    
You aren't receiving email notifications on any boards right now.
To request email notifications from a specific board, click the 'notify' button in the index of that board."

But when I look at a thread that I've posted on (for example, this one:, I don't see a "notify" button at the top. It only says: REPLY; UNNOTIFY; MARK UNREAD and PRINT.

Help! What should I do?

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!

Best regards,

Canada / Rootschat Mentioned in Toronto Star Article re. Home Children Graves
« on: Saturday 27 February 16 19:23 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, All:

In case you haven't seen it, Rootschat is mentioned in one of the pop-up photos boxes in this story: .

The box title is "Repairing broken cords" and the cutline under the photo starts out: "Wilson stumbled on his long-lost family through a thread more than three years old on Rootschat, an online genealogy forum."

Best regards,

The Common Room / Infidel?
« on: Wednesday 13 January 16 01:06 GMT (UK)  »
I was looking at the 1861 census of Canada (specifically North Dumfries, Waterloo, Canada West) in search of distant relatives when I came across the word "Infidel" in the Religion column. It's there for the families of James Brown and Thomas Cleghorn.

Has anyone else ever come across this designation?

I'm certain it says Infidel. I've included the location column to the right so you can see the backwards f in N. Dumfries for comparison. It's listed again in the tally at the bottom of the column.



Dumfriesshire / Lived in Milntown, buried in ??? Mystery now solved
« on: Monday 14 December 15 21:56 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, All:

If a family lived in Milntown, which cemetery(ies) might they have been buried in? (I've tried but can't figure it out myself through online searches.)

Thank you,

The Common Room / Sharing the less-than-glorious facts about ancestors
« on: Sunday 05 July 15 19:44 BST (UK)  »
I've accepted that I come from a long line of 'black sheep' and therefore don't mind discovering that 2nd, 3rd or 4th great-grandparents did prison time; on the contrary, I am fascinated and want to learn everything I can about the circumstances of their lives and crimes, etc.

Members of my close family tend to react the same way when I share the info with them. It was 100 or more years ago and we don't feel that it reflects badly on us as individuals to have ancestors who were a far cry from criminal masterminds.

Not everyone feels that way, however, and I'm wondering how Rootschatters (or your relatives) have reacted to such news. Even if it was a century or more ago, are there some things you would rather not know about your ancestors?

Best regards,

The Common Room / "A Coulthard!" by Alfred J. Coulthard - Look-up Request, Please
« on: Thursday 02 July 15 17:53 BST (UK)  »

Does anyone have a copy of Alfred J. Coulthard's book, A Coulthard! The History of a Surname and, if so, would you be willing to do a look-up for me?

I'd like to know if the book contains any info on any Coulthards in Roxburghshire, Scotland; particularly in Roberton and Hawick.

Thank you,

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