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The Common Room / Re: Another Ancestry Feature?
« on: Friday 18 January 19 13:15 GMT (UK)  »
Westminster being Middlesex or London is not relevant to this issue, as both refer to the right place.  More to the point  is that even if you accept Ancestry is American owned and run, given that there are more than one Westminster even in the US, the algorithm should not default to one in Adams county just presumably because it's the first in the alphabet.  This would surely annoy Americans just as much.

I'm not convinced that any of what you've written here is anywhere near a "crime" .  Hester and Hettie, Robert and Bobby, Jonson and Johnstone etc is no difference at all.  Giving an age wrong by 10 years, well probably that was knowingly incorrect at the time, especially if it was that person themselves completing the census.  They didn't do it to make your life more difficult 12 decades later, certainly not to hide from the authorities, just they had better things to do.

Your list of questions at the beginning is very interesting, much more than someone who is just satisfied if they know the names of their 32 GGGgparents and doesn't need to know how they lived and died or any other facts.  So do keep at it.

Technical Help / Re: Ancestry from a public library
« on: Monday 14 January 19 17:02 GMT (UK)  »
KG and Edward, thank you.

Until I realised I had some unidentified Electoral Roll documents I was doing alright, until I realised that they are undated.


Yes I have the same problem when I am in the library even though I save to a USB stick.  I save the baptism image and forget to make a note of the parish and year, both of which sometimes don't appear on the page.  Even some census pages where the enumerator has not completed any of the fields  on the top of every page.

Technical Help / Re: Ancestry from a public library
« on: Monday 14 January 19 16:57 GMT (UK)  »
Dropbox is cloud storage so that's covered.

To be frank I'm surprised that someone who's familiar with IT would rely on a link to a specific online resource would still be valid a year or more later - given that the link wasn't provided with long term availability in mind. 

If you went back 2-3 years on Rootschat, and found a link someone had posted to an A**y document, I wouldn't be at all surprised that you got a 404 error meaning that the URL structure had changed or similar.

they did a lot of server work last October is probably relevant.

The Common Room / Re: Too many possible ancestors
« on: Sunday 13 January 19 10:25 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, few more details please?

Don't need more details. I read the question as a general ask for suggested techniques. 

The fact is that when you get back before registration you are reliant on what details can be found in church documents, plus other useful sources.  As Kevwood says, if you have two (to take your example) William Hunt born around the same time, you presumably have their fathers' (and mothers'?) names, then if you find a William Hunt son of X getting married that may well be the same one.  If that's not the marrriage of your ancestor, it increases the chances that the other Willliam is yours.
Next you might find some wills. Either a will of one of these characters, or someone else who mentions the target person perhpas as a beneficiary.  That record might give his parent or sibling's name(s) which helps narrow down the options.
And as you have already tried, someone born in the 1790s might still be living in 1851 (or somewhat less useful 1841) and be listed in the census with family members.  Or if not they might have a burial record although many of these don't give age, parentage or anything else useful.

Others will no doubt mention some other techniques.

The fact is, you are much less likely to ever be certain of the parentage of a William Hunt (or a Mary Smith) than an ancestor called Josiah Wiveliscombe or whatever.

The Lighter Side / Re: Why do we say Uncle, rather than Uncle-in-law?
« on: Monday 07 January 19 16:01 GMT (UK)  »

so what do you mean by " they wouldn't be able to grasp the difference between gran & grandad (the relationship) on either side" sorry?

Some languages e.g Swedish  distinguish morfar= mother's father from farfar= father's father.  English doesn't which is the difference I assume is being referred to. 

But in a family they might be called "gran and grandpa" and "nanna and poppa" or any other way of differentiation.

Technical Help / Re: Can the smilies have their festive SANTA hats please Trystan?
« on: Monday 07 January 19 08:20 GMT (UK)  »
It's now the 7th, isn't it bad luck to keep decorations after the 6th???  ::)

World War One / Re: 6 I.B.D
« on: Thursday 03 January 19 00:08 GMT (UK)  »
Perhaps JohninSussex should acknowledge the deduction of points from his score?
Yes that is fair.  The situation moved from a guess to very compelling evidence. As the source says, "The abbreviation IBD appears in virtually every infantrymanís service record, yet little is documented about them. This section of the Long, Long Trail will help anyone trying to find out more."

World War One / Re: 6 I.B.D
« on: Wednesday 02 January 19 18:55 GMT (UK)  »
You usually get points deducted for guessing.  "Joined I.B.D." obviously makes it a unit and a "depot" is a place.   More likely something Division?

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