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The Common Room / 1851 civil marriage
« on: Friday 04 May 18 23:25 BST (UK)  »
   I have a couple who married in 1851. There is a civil record of the marriage, but no church record. The civil record is for the (rural) district which covers the village where I would have expected to find the marriage. I am slightly baffled as I am wondering what such a couple would have had to do at that time if they did not want a church wedding?

The Common Room / Defective weights and measures.
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 21:17 BST (UK)  »
   I am reading a press cutting from 1855, where several local traders were before the Petty Sessions for having defective weights and measures in their possession. The one I am interested in is the blacksmith, who was fined considerably more than the miller, the butcher and the grocers. I am trying to think why a smith would need weights and measures, unless he was making them?
   The answer will probably be obvious when someone tells me.

The Common Room / 1839 death certificate
« on: Tuesday 03 April 18 20:53 BST (UK)  »
   Before I spend out on a certificate for somebody not one of the family, would an 1839 cert have his occupation on it? I know later ones did, but this is so early, I just wondered if they had less information?

Nottinghamshire / Ellen Rickwood
« on: Saturday 10 March 18 22:57 GMT (UK)  »
   I am doing some historical research on a family named Rickwood in a small village in Kent. One of the daughters was apparently (censuses) born in Radford Notts in about 1830, which is rather unusual. Has anyone access to baptisms and could check this for me please?

The Lighter Side / Down the rabbit hole
« on: Sunday 04 March 18 19:47 GMT (UK)  »
   "Disappearing down a rabbit hole" is my daughter's description of those times when we spend ages obsessively tracking someone through the records - often someone with no great relevance, but you still do it. When you come back up, you wonder why you did it.
    I thought it was quite apt. :D

Armed Forces / Identify uniform please
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 20:39 GMT (UK)  »
   Can anyone help with this uniform? This is local history - not a member of my family. He was born in 1889 and is probably about 20 when this was taken. I haven't found an obvious army record for him.

Kent / Tribunal?
« on: Sunday 07 January 18 19:30 GMT (UK)  »
   I believe that at some point during WW2 the local landowner (East Kent) tried to get my grandfather to leave the cottage he had lived in for most of his life. According to my uncle, his sister (my mother) fought this proposal, probably wearing her WAAF uniform, and won.
   Does anyone know where this would have happened? I presume something like a board of agriculture would have been involved.

The Common Room / Cause of death
« on: Thursday 04 January 18 15:51 GMT (UK)  »
  I have just received my first PDF death certificate, for a man who died at the age of 41 in 1872, and all it says is "Paralysis". Not all that helpful, so now I am wondering, polio (unlikely - he was a farm labourer) or injury? He was unmarried and living at home in 1861 and 1871, entered both times as ag. lab. A bit more information would have been nice!

The Common Room / Old maps
« on: Tuesday 26 December 17 19:31 GMT (UK)  »
   On the late 19th century O.S. maps of my ancestral village there is marked "Paling post". It appears to be where the parish boundary crosses a road, but I can't work out quite what it would have been. I have looked at O.S. websites, but presume the term is no longer used.

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