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Here's that marriage license.  No parents listed.

There are literally dozens of people in the 1910 census named Margaret O'Rourke who were born in Ireland between 1850 and 1865.  It simply isn't feasible to go through them all to figure out their maiden names and 'prove' that none was named McAnulty.

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Re: Notifications - not a rant
« on: Thursday 18 January 18 17:42 GMT (UK)  »
"Do people really post and not want to be notified?"

You bet they do.  It's much easier to just look at 'New Replies' at the top of the page.

The Lighter Side / Re: Unpleasant Deaths
« on: Wednesday 17 January 18 03:49 GMT (UK)  »
One of mine was shot in the neck and pistol whipped to death, then buried in a shallow grave beneath an avocado tree in the back yard by a notorious serial murderess, Louise Peete.  This was Mrs. Peete's last crime and she died in the gas chamber for it in 1947.

Here is the website for the Nevada County, Arkansas Genweb.  I took a hasty look around but I don't see any early birth records.  There is a contact address for the person who manages the site and she might be able to answer your question.

The Common Room / Re: 33 generation tree
« on: Sunday 07 January 18 00:16 GMT (UK)  »
It doesn't make much difference either way, whether 's' or 'z,' since both are equally intelligible.  I never notice which spelling is used.  I read hundreds of letters from my English mother over the years but which spelling did she use?   Was she tainted by her years in the United States or did she stick to her roots?  I have no idea.

The Common Room / Re: 33 generation tree
« on: Saturday 06 January 18 23:12 GMT (UK)  »
There’s a widespread belief that these spellings belong only to American English, and that British English should use the ‘-ise’ forms instead, i.e. realise, finalise, and organise.

In fact, the ‘-ize’ forms have been in use in English spelling since the 15th century: they didn’t originate in American use, even though they are now standard in US English.  The first example for the verb organize in the Oxford English Dictionary is from around 1425, from an English translation of a treatise on surgery written by the French physician Guy de Chauliac:

The brayne after ţe lengţ haţ 3 ventriclez, And euery uentricle haţ 3 parties & in euery partie is organized [L. organizatur] one vertue.

The OED’s earliest example for realize dates from 1611: it’s taken from a definition in A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues, a bilingual dictionary written by Randle Cotgrave:

Realiser, to realize, to make of a reall condition, estate, or propertie; to make reall.

The first recorded use of the verb with an ‘-ise’ spelling  in the OED is not until 1755 – over a century later!

The use of ‘-ize’ spellings is part of the house style at Oxford University Press. It reflects the style adopted in the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (which was published in parts from 1884 to 1928) and in the first editions of Hart’s Rules (1904) and the Authors’ and Printers’ Dictionary (1905). These early works chose the ‘-ize’ spellings as their preferred forms for etymological  reasons: the -ize ending corresponds to the Greek verb endings -izo and –izein.

The Common Room / Re: 33 generation tree
« on: Saturday 06 January 18 22:31 GMT (UK)  »
Why?  The Oxford Dictionary favors 'realize.'

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Unidentified country house
« on: Friday 05 January 18 17:02 GMT (UK)  »
Well I've been looking at piers for half an hour with no luck. It is quite a small pier and perhaps no longer exists.

If it is Hastings, it definitely isn't there now.

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