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Hi & welcome to Rootschat

To my knowledge there are no specific rules preventing you from adding information to an old post, and by doing so the original contributors should receive an email notification alerting them to your post. 

Alternatively you may want to message the OP directly, which should also generate an email, although you need to have made three forum posts before the PM system will become active for you.

However, you may want to check their profile first to see when they were last active.

The Common Room / Re: GRO downloads
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 11:54 GMT (UK)  »
Great that you also posted this earlier. Sorry hadn't seen it

I hadn't posted it on here, it was feedback to the GRO.   On each email telling you the PDF is ready there's a link to a feedback survey, and one of the questions is whether you have any suggestions for improving the service.

Glamorganshire / Re: Margaret Ann DAVIES
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 11:47 GMT (UK)  »
I'm not 100% sure if it's Pontypridd or Merthyr T for Blaenrhondda, but Ferndale is Pontypridd so I'll take a guess!

I'm not 100% either, although I think Pontypridd is the more likely.  The one I was after was for an Aberdare birth and was originally registered at Merthyr Tydfil, but as the districts had changed over time the register is now held at Pontypridd.

The Common Room / Re: GRO downloads
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 03:21 GMT (UK)  »
This was one of my feedback comments after the original trial, although I always log my orders onto a spreadsheet and also keep the confirmation email as a back-up, as these do include the full references.

If you have the COL number, can't you search your emails to find the confirmation?    I don't know about others, but with Outlook I can search & recover items even if I've emptied them out of the 'deleted' folder.

Glamorganshire / Re: Margaret Ann DAVIES
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 02:39 GMT (UK)  »
I had a similar problem trying to track down one of my Davies from Glamorgan and wrote to Pontypridd Register Office giving them all the details I had (including father's occupation) and enclosing a 10 cheque and SAE.   I included my telephone & email details, and they came up trumps within a day.   

Very impressive considering I didn't know the year of birth (it varied on different documents), and the day & month of birth I had were also wrong (I had 2nd March but she was actually born 29 Feb).

The Lighter Side / Re: Early Assumptions
« on: Sunday 21 January 18 01:56 GMT (UK)  »
Believing that all I had to do was type in my name and date of birth, then follow the little green leaves......

The Common Room / Re: One of the worst FH things
« on: Saturday 20 January 18 12:54 GMT (UK)  »
Sorry to hear of your loss.  I hope you find comfort in knowing that that she passed peacefully and that you were with her to the end.

Updating the FH with these details is always hard - it was more than a year before I could face it. 

It sounds as though you had a lovely bond, and those memories will always be with you.

There are that many workhouse records for them it's hard to keep track, but there is a admission dated 20 Oct 1870 for Edward & the boys (transcribed as Iris) in the Cleveland Street Workhouse, Westminster:

Edward 38 discharged 3 Mar 1871 Own Request
John 14 discharged 29 Oct 1870 to Edmonton
Edward 9 discharged 3 Nov 1870 to Edmonton
William 9 discharged 29 Oct 1870 to Edmonton
Robert 6 discharged 1 Dec 1870 to Edmonton
James 1 1/2 discharged 3 Mar 1871 with Father

Hannah Ivis aged 35 and James Ivis aged 9 months were admitted to the same workhouse on 9 Aug 1869 and discharged on 14th Aug.   The age of 9 months would tie in with the James Ives birth you mentioned, registered December quarter 1868, mmn Clockus.   

An earlier admission (9 Apr 1868) is for the boys only, plus a 15 year old Hannah Ivis - presumably their sister.  This seems to be her birth registration:

GRO Reference: 1853  M Quarter in SAINT MARTIN IN THE FIELDS  Volume 01A  Page 269

In 1881 think James is in the Home for Working & Destitute Lads (Dr Barnardo's Home), Stepney Causeway, aged 10 & born Wylde Street, Covent Garden.

The Common Room / Re: Tithe Maps & Census comparison
« on: Wednesday 17 January 18 16:29 GMT (UK)  »
I've just been doing the very same thing using the tithe maps for Wales, which are freely available online. 

Fortunately the address I was searching was a row of houses in a semi-rural location with very little immediately surrounding them, and so easily identified on the tithe map.  I had also found reference to a lease document that said there were 16 houses in the row, which matched exactly with the 1841 & 1851 census.  Better still, I also found a photograph taken before they were demolished and was also able to identify the row on a map published in 1901, which confirmed their location in relation to some major landmarks that were present on both the tithe and the later map.  It wasn't 100% accurate, but close enough.

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