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Not sure if this is the right board so feel free to move it if need be.

If you order a recent (1982) birth certificate from the GRO as well as the usual GRO references it asks for the following mandatory information

Date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)*
Place of birth *
Fatherís/Parentís surname *
Fatherís/Parentís forename(s) *
Mother's maiden surname *
Mother's surname at time of the birth
Mother's forename(s) *

However some commercial sites (although charging much more) do not ask for this mandatory information eg Ancestry only asks for the persons name and the GRO reference numbers

(Local registrars seem to fall somewhere between the two depending which one you approach).

My question is: Can these commercial sites really supply the birth certificates without asking for all the mandatory information (and if so what is the point of the GRO asking for it if there is such an easy way to get around it)

Thank you

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / DNA Trees on Ancestry
« on: Thursday 29 March 18 19:33 BST (UK)  »
Could someone who has taken an Ancestry DNA test tell me how the trees in the DNA section of the site are organised. I understand there are private and public trees just as on the main part of the Ancestry site. Can you do a search on the public DNA trees getting a list of matches or near matches and then explore the resulting trees just as on the main part of the Ancestry site.

And connected, has anyone ever had an explanation from Ancestry why they are running two sets of trees, one on the main website and the other in the DNA subsection of the site.

Thank you

Census and Resource Discussion / Army census 1881
« on: Friday 02 March 18 15:18 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know where would people in the Army in 1881 be enumerated. I did look at the links given above and did find this

Information on the enumeration of institutions, the army, navy and merchant vessels can be found on the GENDOCS website for 1841-1901. 

from one link.

I did get the Gendocs site to open but could not get anything from their link for census information.

What I am hoping is the Army overseas just like navy and merchant ships are enumerated into their own section. Is this so? If it is I am trying to find where a soldier in Belfast in 1881 (from the 2nd Yorkshire Regiment) would be enumerated. I am aware that there was a separate Irish census in 1881 but I assume they would not be recorded in thee, and anyway those papers were destroyed a long time ago.

Thank you.

The Common Room / Word definition help (1787 Will)
« on: Sunday 25 February 18 19:20 GMT (UK)  »
Could someone come up with some definitions found in old wills. I am not having much luck searching for a reasonable definition. The words are

Sequels - I know this relates to people who succeed others in duties for example in carrying out an executor duties.

Messengers - I know this is a measurement of land, but what exactly.

Trenements - Again this is an area of land but in what sense.

Thank you.

Northumberland / Richard Oliver 1747, High Green, Poll book entry.
« on: Monday 19 February 18 08:49 GMT (UK)  »
There is an entry in the 1747 poll book for a Richard Oliver at High Green. Please see attachments.

What I would like to know is how to find out more about this person. I am trying to establish if he is the same person as

Richard Oliver who married Mary Hedley 31 Oct 1741 at Chollerton and had children
Dorothy 1743, Birtley.
John 1746, High Green.
Andrew 1748, High Green.

What I do not know is
When Richard was born or where
When Richard died or where
If he had any more children
What his occupation was
There is no will for him on the NEI site (although if he lived in one of the Northumberland peculiars at the time of death any such will could be filed in a different jusisdiction).

Thank you

Kent / Wingham Baptism
« on: Saturday 10 February 18 16:43 GMT (UK)  »
There is a baptism of a Harriett Page to John and Mary Page at Wingham on 18 August 1805. If anyone has access to a copy of the registers could they have a look to see if there is any extra information such as occupation or abode.

(There is also a baptism of a probable brother Richard on 26 November 1809 at Wingham).

Thank you.

Durham / 1841 Census Thomas Smith
« on: Saturday 09 September 17 21:19 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for this family in 1841

Thomas Smith, joiner, born 1796 Tanfield
Mary Smith, born 1795 Stamfordham, Northumberland
Thomas Smith, born 1827 Tanfield (probably an apprentice joiner in 1841)

In 1851 and 1861 they are living in Burnopfield, Tanfield. In 1839 they are recorded living at Bryans Leap (Burnopfield) so I would expect them to be there in 1841 too but cannot find them.

The Thomas and Mary at Houghton Le Spring is not them in my view (wrong occupation and wife born in wrong county).

Grateful for any help. Thank you.

Northumberland / Marriage Bond 1761 Stamfordham
« on: Sunday 03 September 17 17:44 BST (UK)  »
There is a marriage between William Mains and Mary Suddon at Stamfordham in 1761. The calendar of marriage bonds and allegations has two dates. 20 June and 25 June     (253 of 410)

what is the significance of these dates?

I know there are more papers for the marriage licence but it is not on findmypast or ancestry. There use to be another section on familysearch where you could browse the marriage licences but I cannot find it now. Does anyone know what happened to it please.

Technical Help / Adobe help please
« on: Thursday 27 April 17 14:35 BST (UK)  »
Its a long time since I have used Adobe but now I don't appear to be able to do anything.

I have a tree someone sent me as a PDF. I can open it but the problem is it is just one page and really to be able to read it, it needs to be about 6 pages tall and 1 wide. I cannot seem to do anything to let me alter the size so it will print over 6 pages. I am using Acrobat reader 5.0

(I tried Acrobat Reader DC but that appears to be a professional users software and requires a subscription to use it)

Any suggestions how to resolve this please

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