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Technical Help / Re: Rows and rows of 4s
« on: Saturday 03 November 18 17:26 GMT (UK)  »
Maybe it's my fault for nibbling biscuits as I type!  Actually I do suddenly seem to be free from the 444... printing at the moment.  Perhaps I have somehow freed the key, but I'll look at the various remedies now.  Thank you for the links, Hallmark, and for your suggestions, Ray T.

Technical Help / Rows and rows of 4s
« on: Saturday 03 November 18 16:42 GMT (UK)  »
Help, please!  My laptop seems to have gone mad and is printing an endless stream of 4s. At the moment it is resting and I can type, but I fear this may happen again.  Any suggestions as to how I can stop this?

The Common Room / Re: AncestryProGenealogists
« on: Saturday 20 October 18 10:51 BST (UK)  »
I've never used a professional genealogist, but my adopted brother did after he was able to get hold of his original birth records and didn't know how to proceed further.  The researcher reported that the birth mother had married and emigrated to Australia in the 1940s, but that he hadn't been able get any further back than that.  Actually when my brother and I put our heads together (and with a great deal of help from RootsChat and Rootsweb  :)) we discovered that the mother had not gone to Australia, although admittedly her name was on the ship's passenger list, but had run away from her abusive husband and joined relatives in Canada.  We were able to make contact with a living relative out there, my brother was able to speak to his birth uncle, who fortunately was something of a family history buff himself, and photos and family history were emailed over.

As far as local Record Offices go, I must have been very lucky, having found Huntingdon RO really helpful and not very expensive, though this was in the days before they were swallowed up into Cambridge RO.  They have sent me Parish Register register entries and have sorted out one or two sticking points for me.  Rochdale Local Studies (Touchstones) have been equally helpful and inexpensive.

It sounds as though Ancestry have dreamed up another way of making money after the DNA palaver.  They are unlikely to have access to more information than you have already discovered for yourself.   Don't do it!   

Whilst Isadore is a masculine name, there is also a femine version of it, Isadora, viz the American dancer Isadora Duncan.

The Common Room / Re: Kazimierz Lucjan Smigielski
« on: Thursday 18 October 18 12:15 BST (UK)  »
Was there perhaps a delay of the burial waiting for an inquest and coroner's report?  Local papers might reveal a reason for this.

The Lighter Side / Re: Fashionable elder in 1940/ 1950 s
« on: Saturday 06 October 18 10:27 BST (UK)  »
She always wore a full length underslip too.

I still do! :o


I also remember my mother and grandmother wearing bloomers, aka passion killers or havest knickers (all is safely gathered in)  ;) ;D ;D

Harvest Drawers is what my Grandma called then Too  ;D ;D ;D

I didn't think they still made those full length underslips!!


Look in M & S  ;) ;)

The Lighter Side / Re: Fashionable elder in 1940/ 1950 s
« on: Friday 05 October 18 10:24 BST (UK)  »
She always wore a full length underslip too.

I still do! :o

The Lighter Side / Re: Fashionable elder in 1940/ 1950 s
« on: Thursday 04 October 18 11:44 BST (UK)  »
Clothes rationing was introduced in 1941 and lasted till around 1950, so people were ingenious in their use of clothing.  Home dressmaking was popular and some women used furnishing fabrics, as these weren't rationed at first.  Blackout material was popular (my mother once made me a skirt out of it in the 1950s, trimmed with ric rac braid) and parachute silk was much desired for underwear!  Make do and mend was a popular motto and some women were very clever at recycling material.  Styles were mainly figure-hugging, as this saved material.  Watching old films is a good idea for tips.  Women (and men) nearly always wore hats, too.

In 1947 Christian Dior launched his New Look, creating outfits which hugged the waist but had very full skirts.  This celebrated not only the availability of fabrics, but also the return of feminity, after a period when women had taken on men's work, wearing sturdy work clothes, and had been restricted by rationing.  It took a little while to take on in Britain, particularly as rationing limited the amount of material available.

My grandmother was also a milliner and was a skilled needlewoman (sadly I didn't inherit this skill from her).  She made clothes for herself and her daughter, even in adulthood.   Most women in their 50s in the 1950s were fairly sober in their clothing, as they viewed themselves as approaching old age.  How times have changed!

Maybe you have some old wedding photos from this period showing family groups.  This would show you how older relatives dressed in their finest.  I remember my grandmother had a fur cape for best.  I think it was fox, and the whole body was used, so you could see its face!  Ugh! 

The Common Room / Re: A challenge?
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 11:03 BST (UK)  »
I knew RootsChatters wouldn't be able to resist following up on this story.  I'm sure it won't be long before the whole tale of Miss Harrison (did I really hear the TV reporter call her Ms Harrison?) is brought to light.  But there were other successful female gardeners around at the turn of the century, such as Gertrude Jekyll, 1843-1932, who trained at the Royal College of Art and became well known for her knowledge of plants.

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