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Technical Help / Rootschat hacked??
« on: Friday 31 August 18 09:28 BST (UK)  »
23 emails in my in box this morning all with the standard start, New Topic....A new topic... but with Chinese (?) characters in the detail.  My anti virus etc system says all is OK with my computer - could it be your end??

My immediate action of course has been to delete the messages straight from the inbox


Technical Help / Is it my computer or the site I am looking at??
« on: Thursday 02 August 18 14:28 BST (UK)  »
What happens:
I find a (usually) multi page military record on FindMyPast.  I read page 1, "turn" the page only to get the little circle arrows whizzing round against a black page that sometimes will not produce the page at all. The various page identifiers are at top and bottom of the screen, just no detailed page.   I try the same record on Ancestry, no problem, pages come up obediently.  Where the record only exists on FindMyPast, I go back to it and next time all is well (sometimes).

Is it my computer or is it FindMyPast and if the latter, is it worth complaining?


London and Middlesex / Johnson and Johnson marriage Lambeth?
« on: Tuesday 15 May 18 10:35 BST (UK)  »
John Johnson whip maker and Mary Johnson (maiden name) were the parents of, among others, Ellen Johnson born 1845 for whom we have the birth certificate.

With the great help of folk on an earlier thread we have their first census appearance 1841 in Union Street Lambeth with children William Johnson 10 Henry Johnson  10 John Johnson 8 Richard Johnson 1.  Subsequent 1851 and 1861 appearances are in Lambeth.
He is born 1807 ish Lancashire, she (who may be Mary M) is 1804 ish various places given but are all essentially Lambeth.

Maiden Stone has floated the thought that Ann Henrietta (1851 census but not 1841) who is the only child born away from Lambeth may be from a different relationship?

Quest now is to find the John Johnson/Mary (M) Johnson marriage 1830ish??


Armed Forces Resources / Guards regiments service records transfer to Glasgow
« on: Saturday 05 May 18 17:01 BST (UK)  »
The Grenadier Guards archivist has advised that the service records heretofore held by the Guards regiments, with the exception of the Scots Guards, have been transferred to APC Glasgow and are currently being catalogued etc.  Gloom.


Afternote - doubt has been thrown on this by someone close to the action - I'll update as soon as poss.

The Common Room / There are no asterisks in Ancestry
« on: Sunday 04 March 18 19:49 GMT (UK)  »
As title - no response required!


How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Notifications - not a rant
« on: Thursday 18 January 18 15:58 GMT (UK)  »
The subject of folk not returning to their threads to acknowledge answers has been brought up in many a "rant" thread.  This is not one more but rather an query/suggestion.

I have currently 7 threads to which I have put a lot of work and time into and given answers and to which reaction has come there none!  5 of the seven are queries by newbies who have not visited the site since posting the query.  I understand that this may be because they haven't set up their notifications properly on joining.
Query - should I perhaps send a PM or post again a polite "why the sam hill haven't you replied"  - which works best?
Suggestion, why not make Notify the default?  Do people really post and not want to be notified?

Only asking.


World War One / Happy New Year
« on: Monday 01 January 18 12:02 GMT (UK)  »
To all those friends to whom 57CNE2 E12 b 6 3 is as readable as their own post code, who have cracked the mysteries of Ancestry's cataloguing of war diaries and who know what the little x with four dots means on a medal card and who, more importantly are happy to spread their knowledge of matters military as their own small tribute to those who fell, and came back, from the dreadful wars of the 20th century -  Happy New Year.


Derbyshire / Seeking family of Henry George Arthur Ottewell born 1914
« on: Wednesday 13 September 17 17:31 BST (UK)  »
Some letters from Henry George Arthur Ottewell serving in the Royal Artillery in 1944 to his family have turned up.  They were written just before and just after D Day.  He is believd to have passed away in 1993.  He was married to Constance.  There were at least two children who may still be living.  The person who has the letters would like to return them to the family.  Would anyone who can help please PM me.


Armed Forces / For our successors to note - Army good conduct badges
« on: Wednesday 13 September 17 16:15 BST (UK)  »
Those who take a interest in such arcane matters may wish to note for future reference that army good conduct badges, which ceased to be worn on parade forms of dress in 1962, are to be re-introduced for Corporals (and equivalent) and below.  Stripes will be worn on the lower left arm, point uppermost, two and a half years for one stripe, a further two and a half for the next, a further 5 years for the third and then one stripe for each successive year after that.


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