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The Common Room / Descendancy Research - How far do you go?
« on: Monday 07 May 18 22:24 BST (UK)  »
Do you try and find all or most of the descendants of your ancestors, other than the ones in your direct line?

Last year I made it my mission to find the descendants of all my ancestors but as my database quickly approached 9000 individuals after having only researched a few lines, I realised I needed to discriminate a bit more. Frankly, I don't care about some of my ancestral families as I do others.

It gets overwhelming very quickly, and for this reason I stick to finding ancestors/ancestors siblings/1st cousin x removed for most of my lines unless I consider it particularly important to me.

How far do you go?

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Just received my results.

Overall, I am satisfied with the experience as I immediately received a message from a match, which has the possibility of shedding light on the paternity of my illegitimate great-grandmother.

My biggest frustration is, as I was warned, the sheer number of matches who don't have any trees.

But the actual service is good.

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Why would a DNA test be useful to me?
« on: Thursday 26 April 18 20:20 BST (UK)  »
I have heard a few cases of people with Irish ancestry being able to crack some long-standing brick walls through DNA, so I have sent my test off and I'm currently waiting for my results.

If it's been given to you as a gift, then I see no reason why not to take advantage of it.

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The Common Room / Re: Is there a family resemblance? a curiosity thread
« on: Thursday 26 April 18 20:11 BST (UK)  »
A couple of years ago I stopped an elderly man in the street because of his shocking resemblance to a photo of my great-great-great grandfather and sure enough, it was his grandson.

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The Common Room / Re: adding an illegitimater child to a family tree
« on: Thursday 26 April 18 20:07 BST (UK)  »
It's not the fact that a couple had a child that indicates a marriage, it is the marriage event itself. So you just add the two people as parents of an individual without adding a marriage fact. There is nothing misleading about that. Perhaps people will assume they got married but you can't really control people's assumptions.

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The Common Room / Re: Names of people deleted from the censuses
« on: Friday 13 April 18 18:31 BST (UK)  »
My great-great-great grandmother has been crossed out in the 1911 census, her name is not indexed so you have to look at the image to see it.

However, it is just her name, no other information such as age or place of birth has been filled in. The total number of people in the household was written as six, whereas if she was there it would be seven. I haven't found her living elsewhere in the census.

While I agree that some effort should be made to record the fact her name was written, it doesn't seem correct to list her as being a member of the household on the night of April 2, 1911.

I myself have left a comment mentioning this on the record listing in Ancestry.

As it is the 1911 census are you sure she was not 'making a statement' by the lack of information and the line drawn through her name??  Just a thought....  ;)
https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/suffragettes-in-the-1911-census-1406301945.html

I have considered this, yes :) What would the likelihood be of a middle-aged farm labourer's wife in a rural village being a suffragette? It's possible.

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The Common Room / Re: Names of people deleted from the censuses
« on: Thursday 12 April 18 15:30 BST (UK)  »
My great-great-great grandmother has been crossed out in the 1911 census, her name is not indexed so you have to look at the image to see it.

However, it is just her name, no other information such as age or place of birth has been filled in. The total number of people in the household was written as six, whereas if she was there it would be seven. I haven't found her living elsewhere in the census.

While I agree that some effort should be made to record the fact her name was written, it doesn't seem correct to list her as being a member of the household on the night of April 2, 1911.

I myself have left a comment mentioning this on the record listing in Ancestry.

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The Common Room / Re: Unusual names.
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 21:28 BST (UK)  »
My experience with unusual names, and how I "solved" where they came from.

The most common reason is that the name is a surname from elsewhere in the family, such as a mother, grandmother or even great grandmother's maiden name. I have examples of all of these in my tree.

One relative was recorded as "Malta" in all censuses and on his marriage and death certificates. I couldn't find his birth for the longest time, until I found out he was born as "Maltster" as in a person who makes malt. Still have no idea why he was named this, as the family were all farm labourers, but maybe they had aspirations for him?

My 3x grand uncle was a Healy Thomas Knighton, and then I found out his cousin, a child of Ruth Knighton, was called Healy Thomas as well. I couldn't find a 'Healy' relative in the Knighton family. Then I found Ruth Knighton in the 1851 census as a domestic servant for a Healy Thomas Chapman. He wasn't a relative, but must have made an impression on the Knighton family. I learned that "Healey" was his great-grandmother's maiden name. Healy is still a name passed down in some branches of the Knighton family.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Plethora of same names
« on: Thursday 22 March 18 22:55 GMT (UK)  »
I have one family who have lived in the same small village since at least 1600, who had lots of children with the same names, some very unusual. It's actually a lot of fun to untangle them all and find out who belongs to who. I consider it a family tree project all on it's own and I spend a lot of time on it even though my relation to them is relatively distant (4x great grandmother).

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