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The Common Room / WW1 RFA Shoeing Smith
« on: Sunday 11 November 18 22:30 GMT (UK)  »

I don't suppose any of you would like to have a shot at finding information on one of my soldiers? No service record found and with the additional complication of very common name.
(If so I will start a new thread or ask a mod to split this one)  ;)  :)

Technical Help / Rootschat "Home" page problem
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 10:00 GMT (UK)  »
Is it just me?

On the rootschat "home" page I don't have a header, just a list of the usual headings eg Home, Forum, Help etc down the left and side of the page in blue font. There are over 35 current genealogy topics when I am sure there used to be a lot fewer.

I found the same on my ipad earlier and thought it might be my old ipad, but it is the same on my desktop.

Is anyone else experiencing the same thing?

The Common Room / Changes to FIND MY PAST "My Records"
« on: Wednesday 29 August 18 23:21 BST (UK)  »
I have two accounts with Find My Past and just received the following email:

We’re getting in touch to let you know about some upcoming changes to your account. From September, your previously viewed records in 'My records' will only be accessible with a valid subscription.

We’ll update you on the exact date this change is planned for closer to the time.

- You’ll need a valid subscription to view all records* stored in ‘My records’, including those previously viewed via free trial or free access promotion.
- If you choose to subscribe, you'll have access only to the records included in your subscription. You may need to upgrade to view others. 
- The history of the records you searched will be retained in your account, so you won’t lose track of your progress and previously viewed records.

I don't think I'm very happy about that.

I am not a regular FindMyPast user. I have purchased a couple of single month subscriptions in the past and taken advantage of the odd free or £1 offer, and I have no intention or desire to purchase a full subscription. I find that I just don't get on very well with FindMyPast for many reasons and find them a bit "sneaky" and this is reinforced by the above. It is fair enough to have these restrictions for new members (so they know what you are signing up for), but for current members or members who have let their subscriptions lapse, possibly after many years, I think it unfair.

They also say this change is happening in September. Tomorrow is the last day of August. That doesn't leave much time for people to extract any of their (hundreds? thousands? of) previous saved searches and images before they no longer have access to them. They claim they will give an exact date for the change closer to the time. I wonder how much notice they will give?

Now I will have to try to remember my passwords and try to extract the images or information before my access is denied. I have not looked yet, but can anyone give a simple to follow step by step instructions on how to save images which you have already viewed and have in "My Records"? I have pages of them. Do I need to go through them one by one and save the relevant images?  ::)

Added: I did look to see if there was already a thread on this subject but could not see one. If I missed it, please merge or remove this one. Thanks.  :)

Australia / Passenger List - Sultana 1866 - London to Qld
« on: Saturday 25 August 18 13:54 BST (UK)  »
I would appreciate some assistance with locating a passenger list for the Sultana which docked in Wide Bay Qld in 1866.

Does anyone have a copy of "They Came Direct: Sultana 1866" by Eileen Johnson, which I presume contains the names of passengers?

I am looking for the Allbon (various spelling) family who, according to one source, arrived on the Sultana. Names are Samuel John Barltrop Allbon and his wife Elizabeth Jane, and I am hoping for a child or two as well.

I can't see them on Ancestry's Qld passenger list or on the Qld State Archives Assisted Immigrants list.


Bedfordshire Lookup Requests / Arlsey/Arlesley Parish Records
« on: Friday 17 August 18 13:40 BST (UK)  »
If anyone has access to Arlsey Parish Records I would be very grateful for a lookup please.

Baptism for Elizabeth Jane Coleman about 1829/1830.
Father should be John (a farmer) according to her marriage.
1861 and 1851 censuses give her place of birth as Arlsey Bedfordshire.

Thanks for any help.  :)

Cambridgeshire Lookup Requests / Gamlingay and Barrington baptisms 1832/3
« on: Thursday 16 August 18 02:53 BST (UK)  »
Genuki tells me that baptisms for 1832/1833 for both Gamlingay and Barrington are at Cambridgeshire Archives.

Does anyone know if they are available elsewhere, or does anyone have any transcripts or CDs which contain these baptisms?

I am looking for Samuel John Barltrop Allbon - 20 Feb 1833 - Gamlingay
Elizabeth Jane Coleman - 24 Dec 1832 - Barrington

This couple married in Islington in 1857. His father is George, a grocer. Her father is John, a farmer.

Information is from a tree on Familysearch so unsure of accuracy. I do not know if the dates given are for births or baptisms.

Any help is much appreciated. Thank you.

Australia / Help with shipping record - "Bounty" immigrants to NSW - 1842
« on: Wednesday 08 August 18 23:47 BST (UK)  »
I'm sure this will be an easy one for someone knowledgeable about immigration to NSW.

I have a family emigrating to Sydney in 1842. Looking at the image of the passenger list shows the usual headings "religion", "calling", native place" etc. Then there is a column headed "Bounty". I can see that it relates to payment as the £ bounty is tallied and carried forward.

Under "Bounty" there are two columns headed H and F. My question is - what do the H and F stand for?

The 33 year old parents have the number 19 under the H column, two sons aged 9 and 7 have the number 10 under the H column and the 9 month old daughter has the number 58 under the F column.

Am I right in thinking that the Bounty was paid by the Government to the "importer" of the immigrants?

Can anyone help please? Thanks.  :)

Ross & Cromarty / McLEAN & ROSE in Knockbain
« on: Tuesday 07 August 18 04:44 BST (UK)  »
I would be grateful for some help with my McLeans please.

From SP OPRs:

Marriage 28 Nov 1789 Rosskeen
William McLean from Knockbain and Christian Rose of "this parish".

Children born to William and Christian from SP OPR index:
Elizabeth 1794 Knockbain
Margaret 1799 Knockbain
Annie 1802 Knockbain

On SP OPRs I have found a La(u)chlan McLean born and baptized Nov 8 1807 Knockbain. i thought he was mine, however his mother is Annie Rose! His father William McLean is a Smith. I can't find a Lachlan McLean with mother Christian.

"My" Lachlan, his wife and and children immigrated to Australia in 1842 and his immigration record named his parents as William McLean and Christian Rose. (In some later records Rose has been morphed into Ross). His Australian death record names his mother as Christina Ross (which I think is close enough to be the same Lachlan).

I would appreciate some assistance to find further children born to William McLean and Christian Rose, especially earlier ones which may help me identify their parents via the Scottish naming pattern. Can anyone spot them having a son called Lachlan?

OR ...

am I looking at the wrong family? Are there two William McLeans, both Smiths, in Knockbain/Munlochy - one with wife Christian Rose, and one with a wife Annie Rose?

Children for William McLean and Anne Rose are:

Lauchlan 1804 Knockbain
Lauchlan 1807 Knockbain
William 1810 Knockbain
John 1812 Knockbain

The children with mother Christian and mother Annie all seem to slot quite neatly in date wise, so could Christian and Annie be one and the same?

Slight niggle (which I would generally dismiss) ... On his 1842 immigration record Lachlan says he is 33 which means a birth around 1809 rather than 1807. He is able to read and write.

I hope all of that is not too confusing.

Thanks for any help anyone can give with this puzzle.  :)

Added: I have found a marriage in 1798 for a William McLean and an Ann Ross in Kilmuir Easter.  :-\

« on: Sunday 08 July 18 07:06 BST (UK)  »
Is the Rootschat header lighter and brighter in colour or is it my eyes, my imagination, or my monitor?  ;D

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