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Amazing what is buried, in the archives ...

HO 45/9417/57540 (TNA, Kew)
Date 1876
EXHUMATION (See separate heading for Burials.): Licence granted to open vault and leaden coffin of Reverend John Frederic Dawson (buried in 1870) to discover any will and other legal papers following request from Mrs Alice Eliza Fuller and her brother William Henry Dawson against wishes of Mrs Alice Dawson the widow

Genetic Chimerism

After DNA testing in Benefit and other challanges in the United States, 30 cases in the US have uncovered Chimerism.

It seemed to begin when Lydia Fairchild tried to claim her child benefit for her three children and she was refused. In the US when claiming benefit for children it was necessary for the Claimant and Children to have a DNA Test.

A second DNA test of Lydia and her children also confirmed her three children were not her children, according to DNA testing.

The Case was Appealed.

It has been discovered that when the fetus was in the womb, the development process had begun with twins early on, but the twin's DNA had been absorbed into the other surviving fetus.

The Mother having a DNA test, has the different DNA of her fetus twin (the twin which never developed).

Her children she gave birth to, have other DNA!!

Other cases have been appealed and also made the subject of scientific analysis and investigation and 30 cases in the US have been found of Chimera.


The Common Room / George Turner who Buried 4 Wives & Reputed Father of 47 Children!
« on: Saturday 15 September 18 18:10 BST (UK)  »

Found this in the Stamford Mercury, 28th January 1785

A few days since died, near Maidstone, in the 74th year of his age, Mr George Turner: He had buried four wives, by all of whom he had issue, and was the reputed father of 47 children.

Couldn't have been much of a life for his poor Wives!

He must either have been wealthy or needed several jobs too.


Hello All

1841 Census Onward - Official Specimen Form Instructions - Downloads

This is not posted to discuss the inaccuracy of a particular Census you may have discovered and you have documentary evidence to the contrary.

Official Specimen Instructions exist, regarding the Completion of the England and Wales Census from 1841 onward.

Each Householders Schedule Form
According to these Specimen Instructions, every Householder had their own "Schedule" form in 1841 (Specimen extract attached 1841) which he / she had to complete [or get completed], Sign and also get Witnessed.

Link to Specimen Forms / Instructions
See the link which goes to the various pdf Form downloads and also gives you the 1841 Specimen in full (with Abbreviations and calculation of ages and from the age this applied) and the 1851 specimen Instructions onwards.

1841 Census
"Some 35,000 enumerators (all men) armed with pencils delivered a separate form to each household, recording almost 16 million people in England and Wales. People completed the forms themselves, a real challenge for some since at this time many people could not read or write."

1861 Census
"For the first time, the census in Scotland was conducted under separate legislation by the newly created Registrar General for Scotland."

Kind regards, Mark


John Hood of Scarborough, Mariner, Widower, married Sarah Hammond, Widow, by Licence, [under Camden on Anc.] at St Giles in the Fields, on 18th August 1778.

The nearest surname of the second witness looks like ... Stephens? Perhaps you have other suggestions.

Also wondering about the first witness too, perhaps Jno ?

We got this via our Library, but also wonder if this couple had children baptised at St Giles in the Fields?

The original full size image is poor, but have left the extract of the signatures at full size and MS auto correct has made the lettering slightly bolder.


Thank you, Mark


Hull Packet, 2nd July 1816
Under the Infirmary it has this sentence ...
The late Mr John Jefferson's legacy of ten pounds, has been paid by Mr John Terrington, into the bank of Messrs. Pease and Liddell, for the use of the Infirmary.

If it was a recent Will, I would have thought it should have been under the Will Abstracts (on TNA, website). However, I have only noticed a John Jefferson, 1809, Innkeeper of Thursby, Cumberland.

I would have thought this late John Jefferson with a 10 Legacy, would have died more recently and perhaps local to Kingston upon Hull?

Thank you, Mark

The Common Room / Old Passport Registers
« on: Friday 31 August 18 14:25 BST (UK)  »

Just been reading a newspaper article (Newcastle Courant, 4th March 1786) of an English ship's Captain returning from Algiers, recalling an account of a ship being boarded at Cape St Vincent by an Algerine Corsair, to whom he showed his Passport and every other effort to prove he was a British Ship.

Because they thought he was an American imposter they impounded his ship and goods and took him off to Algiers.

It seems some Indexes of Passport Applications (probably name only?) survives in the FO (Foreign Office) Series.

FO 639/1 Register of British ships entering Barcelona, passes issued, and imports and exports carried.
1786 to 1796

FO 639/2
Entry Book of Certificates, Notes of Protest, Manifests, inventories of ships' stores, details of passports.
1777 to 1803 (Note Oct 1784 to Dec 1795).

FO 610/1
Entry Book of Passports
Within this and the other volumes in the class it has been the practice to start a new numerical series on the appointment of a new Foreign Secretary 1795 to 1822

Apparently, if your Ancestor was a Master Mariner (Captain), Merchant or Diplomat and needed to travel abroad there is a possibility they might have applied for a Passport and their name be listed in a Register?

Has anyone seen these please and what detail do they contain, or are they just names of Passport applicants?

If anyone wants to see these for their own research, they are likely original documents and a Readers Ticket would need to be applied for (with formal proof of your ID and current address). See 'Visit Us' on TNA website.



In the Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 18th February 1812 [published / printed - Canterbury] is ...

 ... Tuesday last, ... Same day, Richard Hood, esq. of Hull.

Any information, relating to this man, including age and burial, much appreciated thank you.


The Common Room / Does the Scotlands People site have all the Registers Online?
« on: Tuesday 21 August 18 12:45 BST (UK)  »

On Family Search, but I can't find this on Scotlands People ...

Christening:   26 January 1707   , BUNKLE AND PRESTON, BERWICK, SCOTLAND
Residence:      Bunkle and Preston, Berwickshire, Scotland
Father Robert Hood

The reason for my interest in Scotland is that at some point, my Hoods are supposed to have come from Scotland, but if Scotlands People website is incomplete, what other Scottish HOOD events might I be missing out on, when searching the site?

Found at the Borthwick - Marriage Bond George Hood & Maudlin Spencer, Scarbro' 1731
George Hood of Scarborough, Mariner was aged 24.

Leith, 29th January 1736 
Arrived the Providence of Scarborough, George Hood, with Lint from Rotterdam.
The Providence was possibly registered or from Scarborough, but when finding this George Hood near Edinburgh in Scotland, with possible Scarborough, Yorkshire links, I was very interested.

If the main Scotlands People website is suspected to be incomplete, not even having full records of Births / Baptisms, it doesn't leave me much confidence in finding all Scottish HOODs and all other events like Marriages (and Burials), to try and work any possibles forward.


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