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Staffordshire / Re: Disappearing Henry
« on: Tuesday 18 September 18 18:58 BST (UK)  »
It's only eight years since I originally posted this (still unsolved) question. Bumping it in the hope that a RootsChat supremo will come to my aid! :D

Thank you Bookbox, that's a great help.

Edit: The place-name is Coven.

Can someone translate this please - I've can make sense of some of it but a proper translation would help greatly :D

Staffordshire / Re: Conditions in 19th century West Bromwich
« on: Friday 25 May 18 18:23 BST (UK)  »
The terraced housing still standing around Church Vale is late 19th/early 20th century. That area was always seen as one of the better off places when I lived in West Bromwich in the 1960s onward. That said, I think some of the properties in nearby Tenscore Street were rather more down-market! The Ring o' Bells as you'll no doubt discover was the pub "where beer is sold by the pound" (that is, it was next to an old animal pound/pinfold).

If you look back at the start of the century, the area around Parsonage Street was very sparsely populated - the 'centre' of West Brom was at nearby Lyndon but of course All Saints has been in existence for at least a millennium. This photograph shows a range of cottages adjacent to the church and no doubt many houses in the area in the first half of the 19th c. were very similar.

Technical Help / Re: Access file deactivated
« on: Friday 25 May 18 17:50 BST (UK)  »
Just for info... you can save the file locally then use an online service to take the risk and open it for you, for example: (unless you think the file contains sensitive info and you don't want to expose it of course).

Technical Help / Re: Looking for a spreadsheet that accepts ged
« on: Wednesday 23 May 18 11:51 BST (UK)  »
A *.ged file is a simple text file, nothing exciting :D. If you rename it with a '.txt' extension you can open it directly in LibreOffice[1].

You can play with the import options when opening it; if you choose the 'fixed width' option, all your data will be listed in column A (you might need to resize the column to see it all).


If you just need sharing with a limited number of people why not encrypt to a single file, upload to Drive or wherever and give them the password? My family history data and around 1600 images takes about 20 seconds to compress into a password protected archive totalling around 0.6GB and uploads to Dropbox quickly enough.

Depending upon your set up and technical ability you could have belt and braces automatic cloud back up - there are lots of ways to do this. For example, install Dropbox and create a Drive account. Write a small batch file (or shell script on Linux) which runs at start up on your main computer. Have the script compress your data into a password protected archive, copy it to your Dropbox folder and a sync'ed Drive folder (and maybe elsewhere on your hard disk for safety). You now have two cloud back-ups encrypted and accessible from anywhere with the password. If your pc breaks you have two back ups. If either or both cloud accounts are compromised the files are encrypted.

The Common Room / Re: 1924 Council Elections - Party?
« on: Tuesday 01 May 18 19:15 BST (UK)  »
Thanks. The other candidates have either (Lib.) (Lab.) or (Ind.) - it's in a newspaper report rather than an official document.

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