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The Common Room / Re: Old will - 1729 - Easy to decipher?
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 05:30 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you very much for your most comprehensive reply.  In particular, the notion of asking questions of the RO.  I had not thought of that.

I am now more confidant about ordering the will, with some expectation of what it may or may not contain. Or that I had might miss something in my ignorance.  Or in the worse case scenario, the will is no more than some tangible proof of a possible ancestor.

Thank you again for your thoughts and the the time taken.  Happy 2018!  Gazania

The Common Room / Old will - 1729 - Easy to decipher?
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 00:12 GMT (UK)  »
I have identified on a will index, a will for a possible ancestor.  The will is dated 1729 and the person is described as a yeoman.   How easy will it be to decipher a will of this date?  (I have poor eyesight)  And will a will of this date have much information?  I have to purchase the will through an Archives office.  Thanks Gazania

The Common Room / Re: GRO Indexes - which to believe?
« on: Thursday 30 November 17 23:55 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you for all your replies.  I agree with all opinions expressed.  Take nothing for granted in this game and be curious about the differences.  Gazania

The Common Room / GRO Indexes - which to believe?
« on: Thursday 30 November 17 05:25 GMT (UK)  »
At the risk of sounding pedantic:

A christian name  is spelt: "Cattell" on the "old" GRO birth index.

On the digitised "new" index it is spelt "Cattill".
(Reference:  Sep qtr 1875  for Thomas Catte(i)ll Bromwich CLAYTON)

This difference is no big deal in the scheme of things,but may have implications for the research of surnames. I am not likely to buy the certificate which may show the recorded spelling.  How accurate are both indexes anyway?  Gazania

Technical Help / Re: Display size increased.
« on: Friday 24 November 17 04:56 GMT (UK)  »
I had the same problem, yesterday. No 1 son was visiting so we tried changing the Display with some success with reducing the large size.  But did no more about the elongation until No 2, the IT son, comes.  Regards, Gazania

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: First cousin marriage and DNA
« on: Wednesday 08 November 17 05:14 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you for the explanations. Much appreciated.  Gazania (aka JayNQ)

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / First cousin marriage and DNA
« on: Tuesday 07 November 17 10:43 GMT (UK)  »
I am pretty new to understanding my DNA results.  I understand the randomness of inheriting DNA from parents, grandparents etc.  However, according to all documentary proof, my gggrandparents were first cousins.  is it reasonable to expect that a first cousin marriage would affect the degree of inherited DNA?  Has anyone had any experience of interpreting the matches from a first cousin marriage?  Thank you. Gazania

The Lighter Side / Re: Questions to ask Grandparents and Great-Grandparents
« on: Tuesday 08 August 17 00:50 BST (UK)  »
From my experience, it is not a good idea to ask direct questions like "where did you go to school?". (Some older people are a bit shy about admitting they only went to a bush school till they were 13  or they were very unhappy at school) 

Instead it may be useful to discuss in general about schools eg present day with computers.  Then ask leading but very open questions about schools in the past.  Some older people are more chatty than others.

I see myself as a chatty Grandma and I have to be careful I don't bore my grand children with tales of the past.  My father was a chatter box but my Mum was more reticent hence we know more about my father's side of the family than my mother's although her side had interesting stories.

Best wishes, Gazania

World War One / Re: Cheshire Regiment in India
« on: Wednesday 14 June 17 00:46 BST (UK)  »
Hi MaxD,

Sorry to hijack this thread.  But thanks for the advice, re AG Wareham. Best regards, Gazania

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