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  One thought that crossed my mind was that the wealthy ones spent more time indoors, but I realised that would not apply to a farmer's sons, even if it did to the daughters.

The Lighter Side / Re: This family is one of the sad ones.
« on: Friday 16 November 18 22:15 GMT (UK)  »
   In the course of my local history work, I looked at a wealthy farmer, who had 11 children. All except one died at ages ranging from 1 year to 24 years. This was early 19th century, too early for death certificates, so I can only guess at childhood diseases, T.B. and accidents. I did a comparison of a labouring family who had 9 children at the same time in the same village and 8 of those lived to late middle age or old age. I suspect the son who survived was probably a bitter and difficult man - his wife left him in middle age, having a well-off family to return to.
    This sort of death rate was not common in this rural area - my great grandfather was one of 12, none died in infancy, 2 girls at about 20, and the rest carried on. He died at 87 in 1923.


The Common Room / Re: What did you do on Armistice Centenary Day?
« on: Monday 12 November 18 13:16 GMT (UK)  »
   I went to the service in the village church, as I do every year.

The Common Room / Re: Civil War B/M/D
« on: Sunday 04 November 18 23:01 GMT (UK)  »
   One of the parishes I have an interest in nominated the Rector to be their Register, so the records are just carried on, maybe not quite complete. Whereas, a few miles down the road, the Commonwealth gap prevents me linking back to the family I want to belong to!

The Lighter Side / Re: Ancestry tree rubbish
« on: Friday 02 November 18 14:34 GMT (UK)  »
   That's odd - so am I!

The Lighter Side / Re: Ancestry tree rubbish
« on: Tuesday 30 October 18 22:42 GMT (UK)  »
   I have only just taken out a short sub to Ancestry, and only because I did a DNA test. I have already found several of these nonsenses. Before I closed it in disgust, I was looking at a collateral branch in Australia. They had lots of children, alternating between Australia and random places in Kent.
   But as Xin said, there is a little voice saying "Have I got it right, though"!

Census and Resource Discussion / Re: census returns
« on: Tuesday 30 October 18 12:06 GMT (UK)  »
   I never noticed that! Thanks Rosie, I shall be investigating.

The Common Room / Re: Carnegie Library
« on: Monday 29 October 18 13:46 GMT (UK)  »
    I have just trawled the local papers for the 1920s, and have come to the conclusion that this was a joint operation between County Councils and the Carnegie trust, which was later taken over here by Kent Education Committee. Under the earlier scheme, the village had to apply to become part of it, and the County supplied a box of books. Presumably Carnegie funded it.

The Common Room / Carnegie Library
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 20:58 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just found a reference to a Carnegie Library being set up in a local village in 1923. Books "may be obtained free every Monday evening". I have not heard of this before, and looking on line only brings up big city libraries. Any thoughts please?

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