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Technical Help / Findmy past problem
« on: Saturday 31 January 15 18:38 GMT (UK)  »
    When I have more than one Findmypast screen in use at the same time, I find that they seem to align themselves so they both show the same info. I have just lost a census screen, which has changed to match the BMD one I was also using. Any suggestions please?

Armed Forces / Grenadier Guards
« on: Saturday 22 November 14 22:10 GMT (UK)  »
     I am trying to find out about a man who is said to have served in the Grenadier Guards between 1901 and 1911. He did not go on to fight in WW1. I cannot find his name in the military sections of FindMyPast or Ancestry. Will I need to try the Guards HQ?

The Common Room / Muddled on-line trees
« on: Tuesday 24 June 14 21:19 BST (UK)  »
    I know this is an old problem, but I need to let off steam >:(
   I have just taken a low price offer on that website beginning with A, which I have never used before, and every tree I have looked at, for various branches of my ancestry, is a complete mess. People are shoehorned into families they obviously do not belong to, and two different families are joined together. Gr gr grandfather had 12 neatly spaced children, but in some trees he has 18, born alternately in 2 different places.   
    I won't go on - I know there is no point in trying to get these things changed, and quite honestly. I wouldn't know where to start.
    Rant over!

Armed Forces / Army service numbers
« on: Sunday 27 April 14 22:34 BST (UK)  »
   I am trying to find something about a relative in the army (Sidney Smith!). He joined The Buffs in 1905 with the number 7625, and served to 1927, I believe. He also seems to have been in the Royal Engineers and was a signaller, possibly WW1. But then he had a longer number, which is hard to read, but looks like 2308703. Can any of the experts read anything into these numbers? With that name any detail might help.

World War One / Query about medal cards
« on: Friday 25 April 14 19:35 BST (UK)  »
     I have my grandfather's medal ribbon (the standard one I think), but no medal. I suspect he never claimed the medal, if that was what had to happen, and does not seem to be in the medal cards index. What was the procedure - how did he get the ribbon, but no medal? I know he served in the Army Service Corps, but there are no pictures, no official record and it is almost as if he was never there.

Australia / Bishopsbourne, Tasmania
« on: Saturday 05 April 14 13:25 BST (UK)  »
    I have just discovered this small settlement in Tasmania. I was intrigued because I live very close to the original (as far as I know the only) Bishopsbourne, which is in Kent, England. It too is a very small place. Assuming that the village in Tasmania was named by someone from here in Kent, I wonder if anyone knows the history of it, and names of early settlers?

World War One / Canadian Soldier
« on: Wednesday 12 March 14 20:32 GMT (UK)  »
   I am looking at a list of Canadian soldiers returning home in 1918, mostly medically unfit I think. The soldier in question is listed with his unit as 1st. CORD, original unit 15th, category B. I am wondering what the "CORD" means and the cat. B? I suspect he may have been a POW.

Kent / Hothfield baptism
« on: Wednesday 26 February 14 21:59 GMT (UK)  »
   Does anyone have access to the registers of Hothfield? I have found a baptism in Findmypast of John Tong on 27th Feb 1731, but the original is not available to view. I am hoping this means Feb. 1731, old style, as the likely parents were married 25th May 1731!

The Common Room / WDYTYA Live - any tips?
« on: Tuesday 18 February 14 13:20 GMT (UK)  »
    I am going to WDYTYA on Friday. I have never been to Olympia and wondered if any of you people have any tips. I know how I am getting there, and have looked at the rather vague plans on the Olympia website. I hope to be able to leave some clothing in a cloakroom? How is the catering? Anything else I should know?

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