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   This picture is in our local collection. It may be a Womens Institute outing. Could it be from 1947? I had thought earlier, but have found something in the records which points to 1947.

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Kent / Dover area WW2
« on: Sunday 30 December 18 16:37 GMT (UK)  »
    I am sure someone here will know the answer to this - my searches on-line have been fruitless!
  I am trying to find out about the restricted area round Dover and probably much of East Kent in WW2. I have a reference in a local document that there was a checkpoint near the village of Bridge, and my mother told a tale about being stopped by a soldier at Snowdown station, because she was entering a restricted area. (She was a WAAF coming home, and I think she told him where to go!). I would like to know what area was covered by this and what it meant for the locals.

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East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) / Peter White marriage
« on: Saturday 08 December 18 20:12 GMT (UK)  »
   I am trying to tidy up my Scottish ancestry, and I am hoping someone can find this marriage. Peter White and Margaret Wilson had 3 children baptised 1806/08/11, two in Spott and one in Innerwick, but I can't find the marriage.
   I have little experience of Scottish records and have only checked free sites, except FindMyPast.
   Thank you

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The Common Room / Poor Law "pass"
« on: Wednesday 28 November 18 21:59 GMT (UK)  »
   I have a reference in a churchwardens accounts for 1818 - "Relieved 2 sailors with a pass". Would I be right in assuming this is something to do with the Poor Law and vagrancy? A pass to allow them to reach home?

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The Common Room / Carnegie Library
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 20:58 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just found a reference to a Carnegie Library being set up in a local village in 1923. Books "may be obtained free every Monday evening". I have not heard of this before, and looking on line only brings up big city libraries. Any thoughts please?

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Hard to read will
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 20:09 BST (UK)  »
   I downloaded this will from the PRO. It dates from the 1850s, and there are pages of it! Is this a style of writing used for this type of will at that time? I rather doubt that I shall ever be able to plough through it all, which is a pity.

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Armed Forces / Royal Engineers? Date please
« on: Monday 03 September 18 22:33 BST (UK)  »
   This is a section of a bigger picture with the caption "Royal Engineers outside pub". I would like to know when it was taken. WW1 or earlier?


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The Common Room / Parochiae exemptae
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 22:33 BST (UK)  »
   I am looking again at some notes I made years ago about the 1676 Compton census. Several of the parishes are listed under the above heading. Can anyone tell me what they were exempt from please?

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The Common Room / Dress of a Georgian farmer
« on: Monday 23 July 18 16:30 BST (UK)  »
   Not sure if this should be on one of the other boards?
   I am putting together a piece for a history presentation about a wealthy tenant farmer in the area. He was here from about 1805 to 1840, and I thought I would include a picture of such a man, but have not found anything so far on line, or in any of my books. I don't want a nasty 18th century cartoon, of which there are many, but there must be portraits - I can almost see him. Any suggestions welcome.

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