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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Donald and Colin McKenzie: occupations?
« on: Sunday 09 September 18 16:29 BST (UK)  »
I'm in the process of eliminating a few Mckenzie possibilities and would like some assistance with the handwriting on the attached 1855 death certificate please.

I'd like confirmation of Donald McK's occupation and also an idea of the occupation of his father Colin Mckenzie.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / 1923 Hello Mr Rabbit
« on: Sunday 02 September 18 14:27 BST (UK)  »
I had a smallish photo album page of six family photos emailed to me well over a decade ago from my late cousin when copying machines were not at their best.  At the time I took some individual photocopy prints off them but they weren't a success. They were taken c1923 when two sisters travelled down from Scotland to visit their younger sibling brothers in Yorkshire.

Could anyone enhance this one of brother Steenie showing a rabbit to his baby nephew Gordon being held by his mother Belle.  Thank you. Rena

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Scotland / Scotlandspeople website Query
« on: Wednesday 29 August 18 15:05 BST (UK)  »
Has anyone else found they've been asked to pay to see an image that they'd already paid to view?

My Yorkshire and Scottish genes hate to open my purse for something I've already bought.  :(

I used to use scotlandspeople regularly, including the Wills/Probate site that eventually amalgamated with scotlandspeople and had umpteen downloads and even more searches which this newly organised website doesn't appear to reflect.

I don't like the new website but as I'm returning to a blank wall I needed to view a previously downloaded image.  It took me ages to discover it wasn't in my viewed images and I've been asked to pay more credits to view. :-\

To save my blood pressure climbing ever higher, and to save the lives of my offspring, I request no charitable rootschatter suggest that I should have made backups and/or hard copies.

  tsk - just the slightest thought of all the ills that have befallen my hard endeavours crouched over a computer for thousands of hours and spending hard earned cash for nought requires me to go lay down in a dark calm space.

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The Common Room / Mackenzie nut cracked: It's not Who they knew but What they knew
« on: Monday 06 August 18 04:44 BST (UK)  »
I've been hugging myself all weekend wanting to tell the world that I've solved the puzzle of where Kenneth Mackenzie son of my blacksmith gg g/father Donald Mckenzie (b1775-76 in Urray, R&C) raised the money to become a coalmaster.

In the Old Monkland 1841 census, Donald and his sons Kenneth and Duncan were listed as blacksmiths living in Clyde Ironworks.  Older son John Mackenzie was living in Dundyvan Cottage, listed as manager of Dundyvan Ironworks.

By 1851, 31 year old Duncan M'kenzie had moved out of the family home and was listed as the manager of an Iron Foundry at Gartsherrie (owned by J Baird).

It was puzzling to see in the 1861 Census that Kenneth had moved from Clyde Ironworks, Lanarkshire and was living in New Cumnock, Ayrshire and his occupation had changed to Coalmaster of the Bank Coal Company employing several men and boys.   At the time, I didn't realise he owned the coal mining rights and thought he was employed by the estate owner who had coal under his land.  I realised that was a mistake when I eventually found and read the background story on this webpage:-
https://newcumnockhistory.com/2014/11/27/seaforth-house-whats-in-a-name/

There didn't seem to be a newspaper advert asking for a coal master, so how did Ken (and his brother, and partner, John) find out about the coal mine in another county and where/how did they raise the money to buy the rights to mine for coal?

Either Lady Luck was smiling down at me , or maybe my ancestors had a hand in it, but I found mention that J Baird had sent a Mr Duncan M'Kenzie from their Gartsherrie works up to their Muirhead Iron Works, Ayrshire - not far from New Cumnock  Then, lo and behold in the OS, I found that the railway line had been extended and there was an instruction that only Mr Mckenzie could sign for deliveries at the Muirkirk station.

Records Ordnance Survey Name Books Ayrshire OS Name Books, 1855-1857 Ayrshire volume 48 OS1/3/48/87.   GLASGOW AND SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY (Muirkirk Branch)
J Nelson-Station master Muirk. [Muirkirk]
Duncan McKenzie Manager Muirkirk Iron Works
A. Aird Esq. Crossflat
Situation:  030
A branch railway line extending from Auchinleck to Muirkirk, constructed by the Glasgow and South Western Company for the conveyance of passengers, coal and iron ore.

AHA !  Duncan had obviously discussed the pros and cons of organising coal from Lanarkshire up to Ayrshire with his brothers.  He must also have had knowledge that there was an unsuccessful Bank Coal Company at New Cumnock.  I can imagine the conversation - Duncan probably knew the local seam of coal would be suitable for burning in the Muirkirk Iron foundry, but as the previous coalmaster had been unsuccessful, could the coal be extracted profitably.   Judging by the fact that Ken built himself a lovely house (as seen on above webpage) it seems that he could extract coal profitably.
But where did John and Ken get their money from to buy the coal mining rights?

I hadn't really bothered researching John's life.  He was a bachelor and every census until 1881 showed he never moved from Dundyvan Cottage which was reserved for the manager of Dundyvan Ironworks but as I occasionally came upon mention of him I got the impression that he had ambitions in life 'cos I knew he had a partnership in an Iron Merchant business plus he'd gained membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers plus the Mining Institute.

As is often the case; I was looking for something else in the Edinburgh Gazette, I didn't find what I was looking for so idly entered other keywords from my family tree to see if anything new came to light.  Before I closed down for the session, it popped into my mind that maybe I might have a bit of luck with John's Dundyvan connection. 

Search:   "Dundyvan"

Oh Joy !!  I found the MONEY.

John had sold his shares in the Iron Merchant Company


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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1939 Key Worker?
« on: Monday 09 July 18 03:47 BST (UK)  »
Can someone decipher the second line for me please?  These two words were written against three other men on the same page.

It's written against my father's name on the 1939 register.  He was the assistant foreman (chargehand) in the machine shop of a company (Priestman Bros Ltd of Hull) that made the excavators used by the land army girls to dig ditches.  He was also in the Homeguard but I doubt that's relevant.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Decipher Please: Henry Smith & Mary Norman
« on: Wednesday 16 August 17 19:09 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone decipher the names of the witnesses and the Vicar?

Thanks in advance

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It's obvious from many postings that chatters are surprised when their DNA result shows that there's an unexpected percentage of genes from far flung places. The main gene base of the UK is normally associated with neighbouring European Tribes, such as Scandinavian Vikings, Jutes, Angles, Saxons, Barbarians and Norman French.

It's easy to think of the enormous Roman Empire being policed by soldiers from Rome but the truth is that during their two periods of rule over Britain; (the first being Julius Ceasar before Christ was born and then again from 43AD), , their Armies consisted of Legions of soldiers raised from all over their Empire.  Additionally they traded with sources outside of their Empire and, as is the norm today, it was also the case that Merchants would have their own representative inside the Roman Empire where inter marriage might have taken place, which could explain any ancient Asian genes.

I thought chatters might like to view the list of countries where the Roman Empire formed its military units which could give them more of an insight of their ancestry.  I was more than surprised to see that the Roman Army that fought Boudica leader of the Celtic English Icene tribe was raised in Wales

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Roman_legions


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Attached is a very faded 1918 photo taken in Salonika of my Aunt Belle's hubby Charles Armit Masson.  I'd appreciate it if somebody could resurrect him. I don't know what the gear is but do know he was a doctor in the RAMC Thank you.

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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Henry and Jack Ellers c1907
« on: Thursday 27 April 17 02:02 BST (UK)  »
I'd be obliged if somebody could give Henry and Jack a clean up of spots and scratches please

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