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   I have done quite a lot of "sideways" research on descendants of my 3xgreat grandparents. I have not brought it much further forward than 1911, but I do occasionally wonder about the ethics of it. Possibly even more so with local history research - I was tracking a family recently and realised I was poking around in the ancestry of someone I knew. Whereupon I stopped! It feels OK in the 1800s but not more recently.

Kent / Re: Court family of Waltham
« on: Tuesday 13 February 18 22:19 GMT (UK)  »
   Thanks, I can see it now.

Kent / Re: Court family of Waltham
« on: Tuesday 13 February 18 14:15 GMT (UK)  »
  I do have some Petham/Stelling Courts in my ancestry, though not as far back as yours. I can't find your Catherine, b 1669 in the parish registers on FindMyPast?

The Common Room / Re: Seeing for myself
« on: Sunday 11 February 18 15:18 GMT (UK)  »
  Those side-by-side maps are great. I was using one the other day of a rural area near here, and an old chalk pit on one showed up as a crop mark on the other. Also some now unused tracks were still visible on the aerial map.

Kent / Re: Wingham Baptism
« on: Saturday 10 February 18 23:04 GMT (UK)  »
  I am afraid there is nothing more in the register for either baptism.

   I have been back to re-read some of my narrative family histories. The ones of grandfather and gr grandfather are not bad because I have stories I was told as a child, but further back it gets more difficult to avoid the lists of dates. The trouble is that they are a very ordinary bunch of country folk, barely worth writing about really, and imagination is not my strong point! A reference my gr grandfather got during his navy service sums up the family pretty well - "a sober, steady, intelligent and thoroughly trustworthy man."

Hello Michael. You might be better posting this on the Kent board?

Moved to Kent.

The Common Room / Re: 1939 Register
« on: Friday 09 February 18 15:42 GMT (UK)  »
   Most of my use of the 1939 register is in villages, and address searches are difficult, as District Council areas are used. As every village has a "Street" and most have a "Church Lane" it is not very helpful! Am I missing something?

The Common Room / Re: Hannah Hauxwell
« on: Wednesday 07 February 18 21:34 GMT (UK)  »
  I remember the documentary - she was such an interesting woman, and such a hard life. I have just watched a short piece about her 90th birthday, and she was still very "with it".

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