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The Common Room / Carnegie Library
« on: Sunday 28 October 18 20:58 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just found a reference to a Carnegie Library being set up in a local village in 1923. Books "may be obtained free every Monday evening". I have not heard of this before, and looking on line only brings up big city libraries. Any thoughts please?

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Hard to read will
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 20:09 BST (UK)  »
   I downloaded this will from the PRO. It dates from the 1850s, and there are pages of it! Is this a style of writing used for this type of will at that time? I rather doubt that I shall ever be able to plough through it all, which is a pity.

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Armed Forces / Royal Engineers? Date please
« on: Monday 03 September 18 22:33 BST (UK)  »
   This is a section of a bigger picture with the caption "Royal Engineers outside pub". I would like to know when it was taken. WW1 or earlier?


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The Common Room / Parochiae exemptae
« on: Sunday 26 August 18 22:33 BST (UK)  »
   I am looking again at some notes I made years ago about the 1676 Compton census. Several of the parishes are listed under the above heading. Can anyone tell me what they were exempt from please?

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The Common Room / Dress of a Georgian farmer
« on: Monday 23 July 18 16:30 BST (UK)  »
   Not sure if this should be on one of the other boards?
   I am putting together a piece for a history presentation about a wealthy tenant farmer in the area. He was here from about 1805 to 1840, and I thought I would include a picture of such a man, but have not found anything so far on line, or in any of my books. I don't want a nasty 18th century cartoon, of which there are many, but there must be portraits - I can almost see him. Any suggestions welcome.

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The Common Room / O.S. maps
« on: Sunday 08 July 18 22:27 BST (UK)  »
   I am looking at a 25in map, 1896(?) of this area, and wondering why every field and fair sized plot has a number? Acreages of each area also appear. I can see very little logic in the numbering, but I am sure it is there.

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The Lighter Side / Odd find in 1939 register
« on: Tuesday 19 June 18 19:30 BST (UK)  »
   I decided last night to check my grandfather's cousins in 1939, and found a rather surprising entry.
 I already had a suspicion that one of his female cousins might have been in a mental hospital in 1911, (I could not find her, but there were pointers) then she had another child in 1915, so I thought all was well. However, I found her in 1939 in the city mental hospital, listed with 3 others of the same name, 2 of her daughters, aged 32 and 33, and a spinster of 62, probably the husband's cousin.
    Has any one come across anything similar? Are records likely to be available, or would they still be closed? (If they exist)

   I meant to post this in the Common room, but I suppose it is OK here!

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Kent / Help with Edmund File please
« on: Thursday 07 June 18 22:14 BST (UK)  »
   I am trying to track down the origins of Edmund File, born about 1790. He claims in 1851 to have been born in Elmsted, but I can find no likely baptism. His name is open to various interpretations, but I think I have tried most of them. I suppose he may not have been baptised or they may have been non-conformists. Any ideas gratefully received.

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The Common Room / 1851 civil marriage
« on: Friday 04 May 18 23:25 BST (UK)  »
   I have a couple who married in 1851. There is a civil record of the marriage, but no church record. The civil record is for the (rural) district which covers the village where I would have expected to find the marriage. I am slightly baffled as I am wondering what such a couple would have had to do at that time if they did not want a church wedding?

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