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The Lighter Side / Re: Did I do something wrong?
« on: Sunday 05 August 18 12:12 BST (UK)  »
... On the internet, however, we are all reduced to a state of autism; and I believe it is this absence of non-verbal prompts which leads to the sudden and unexpected rows-over-nothing for which internet discussion groups are so notorious ...

Isn't that why emoticons/emojis were invented?  ;)

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The Common Room / Re: Old london jewellers and diamond cutters
« on: Saturday 04 August 18 22:28 BST (UK)  »
Teletran,
Glad to hear they're still as helpful as ever. They were a great help to me.

[Ray],
Thanks, but that post was a suggestion to help the original poster, I am not at the moment actively researching.

Mike.

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Technical Help / Re: Jumping text
« on: Thursday 02 August 18 15:17 BST (UK)  »
I haven't read the whole thread, but it might be worth either:

Hoovering the keyboard, tuning the laptop upside down and shaking it, or blasting it with compressed air to check there are no crumbs under the keys.  You might even get a free lunch out of it.

Martin

Anyone following this sound advice should ideally shut down the computer first . . . just to be on the safe side  :o ;D

Mike.

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The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - tiny gripe
« on: Tuesday 31 July 18 22:39 BST (UK)  »
I'm not finding the current series anywhere near as good as the last one but, to my surprise, I found this episode quite interesting and informative. Shirley, who I'd never heard of before, asked some intelligent questions as you'd expect from someone with no experience of genealogy trying to understand the old terms, etc. and there was some interesting social history along the way. Of course she made a few huge assumptions about her ancestors based on little evidence, as most of them do . . . I may even have been guilty of a little of that myself in the early days  :-[  ::)

Mike.

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Technical Help / Re: Is it Rootschat or Chrome/Windows?
« on: Sunday 29 July 18 18:55 BST (UK)  »
Probably Chrome. Anything connected with google is a law unto itself, and getting worse with every update  >:(

The others are still playing catch-up, but we're slowly losing control of our lives as technology becomes 'smarter' . . .

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As I understand it the problem is not with the GEDCOM but with adjusting to the new software after years of happily using the old one, which is often a problem for those of us of a 'certain age'  ;)

Not sure I can help with that but I will say that, having switched to RootsMagic many years ago I have found it suits me better than all the others I tried, including UFT. You might find your time better spent getting used to RM rather than trying all the others in turn, which can be even more confusing.

If you decide to do the latter, most of them have a free version to download and try without spending any money.

Hopefully, somebody with experience of both UFT and FTM can offer a comparison of their features

Mike.

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The Common Room / Re: O.S. maps
« on: Thursday 26 July 18 09:08 BST (UK)  »
The old parcel numbers were specific to each parish whereas the system which replaced them is based on the National Grid, so every field now has a unique number to avoid any possible confusion. The current system locates a point approximately in the centre of the field.

I think the system changed after WW2, but I'm open to correction on that  :-\

Mike.

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The Common Room / Re: reflecting on this one
« on: Wednesday 25 July 18 23:41 BST (UK)  »
Ancestry is an excellent database for researching the original records, but I find most of its other 'features' more trouble than they're worth. Unfortunately the trend seems to be for more and more 'intelligent' software which is anything but . . .  ::) ::) ::)

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The Common Room / Re: Old london jewellers and diamond cutters
« on: Saturday 21 July 18 08:49 BST (UK)  »
It might be worth contacting the Goldsmiths Company, I had an excellent response to my email enquiry a few years ago. A very helpful librarian searched their members' records and provided a list of all the details they had on my relatives who were goldsmiths between 1730 and 1880.

I no longer have the contact details but they have a web site.

Mike.

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