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How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Surname interests
« on: Monday 27 June 16 21:49 BST (UK)  »
    When I look at the surname interest tables, I find a list of people, but cannot work out how to get in touch with them. Should I be able to?

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The Common Room / Marriage by Registrar Certificate
« on: Sunday 22 May 16 16:39 BST (UK)  »
    I have recently come across 2 marriages "by superintendent registrar's certificate", rather than banns. I wondered if the first one was because she was marrying under her "official" name (her mother's as she was illegitimate) rather than the name she was brought up with, and did not want to publicize the fact.
    There is no similar reason in the second case, but I have slight grounds for thinking the groom might be non-conformist. This was in 1863. Could this be the reason?
   

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The Common Room / AncestorCloud
« on: Tuesday 03 May 16 21:40 BST (UK)  »
    I have just received an email from someone at AncestorCloud re research. It means nothing to me and I have not opened it. Is this site familiar to anyone else please?

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The Lighter Side / American censuses
« on: Monday 04 April 16 19:49 BST (UK)  »
    I have been following up some family members who went to America in 1839, tracking them through the censuses, and I have been charmed to see that the wives are nearly always entered as "keeping house" rather than the blank left in most English censuses. And keeping house in the mid-west in 1870 would have been a full time job.
    I have suddenly developed an interest in the settlement of the West - one of those tangents we all go off on.

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The Lighter Side / The Secret History of my Family
« on: Monday 29 February 16 09:56 GMT (UK)  »
    Just heard about this programme on a radio discussion. It sounds interesting. Scheduled to start on 10th March on BBC2.

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Armed Forces / Royal Navy background reading.
« on: Friday 26 February 16 14:54 GMT (UK)  »
    My gr. grandfather began his naval career in 1854, going to Australia on the sailing ship Juno. I would like to find out a bit more about life aboard such a ship. Can anyone recommend some background reading, please? Fiction or non-fiction, though it would probably not be my usual type of fiction!

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Devon / Met. Police at Devonport?
« on: Friday 05 February 16 17:49 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just found someone I was looking for in the police section house at Keyham. There were dozens of police constables listed, all metropolitan police. Would they have been there for training of some sort?

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Census and Resource Discussion / Findmypast sub.
« on: Saturday 09 January 16 21:54 GMT (UK)  »
    My subscription to FindMyPast expired today, without any notice, and it seems they no longer have an option of 6 months. As a 12 month sub would make a big hole in my income, I am going to have to think what to do. Has this happened to other people?

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Wiltshire / Staples of Imber
« on: Thursday 31 December 15 21:04 GMT (UK)  »
    I am trying to tidy up the information I have on my Staples family, and am a little stuck on John Staples born about 1793. There are two possible baptisms, one in Great Cheverell, 8th July 1794, and one in Imber 25th Oct. 1794. Both have parents John and Mary, but the Imber baptism is a little confusing. I only have access to the transcription and it gives a birth year of 1794, but a birth date of 6th April 1793. I suspect the two baptims may be the same child?
   I have just had another look at the Imber baptism transcripts and it got worse! Elizabeth Staples, parents John and Mary, was also baptised 25th oct 1794, but she has been given a query birthdate in July 94. Does anyone have access to the original records please, in case they help at all?
    The presumed mother of this child, Mary, nee Wastfield, was the daughter of Thomas Wastfield. I have seen references to Thomas Wastfield, possibly her brother, who was a well known travelling preacher. Any further information on him would be interesting.

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