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Sussex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Help! 1841
« on: Sunday 03 September 17 10:23 BST (UK)  »
Possibly got this Stephen in my tree but I don't have a marriage for him.  I have him as baptised on 10 November 1821 at Cuckfield to James Vincent and Sarah Agate.  (See my post on page 1 of this thread)

Is this the one?


The Common Room / Re: England in the time of Richard III - free course
« on: Wednesday 23 August 17 15:28 BST (UK)  »
Hi Groom

I've done that one amongst a whole host of historical courses and enjoyed it immensely.  Also enjoyed the Royal Food and Feasting course, especially the cooking and eating and the Agincourt one.  Quite enjoyed the Empire course except for the discussions which got a bit heated and a bit nasty.  People continually telling me as an English person I should apologise for slavery.  Sorry I don't agree, I wasn't there, and come to that, whilst my ancestors weren't slaves, english ag labs didn't have much more freedom, money or better lives.

In September I am going to do one about Bonnie Prince Charles and the Jacobites which sounded interesting.

Kerry  :)

The Common Room / Re: Working as a Genealogist
« on: Tuesday 18 July 17 15:09 BST (UK)  »
Hi Katie

I am a part time part time genealogist, in other words, I work part time in Admin for a charity organisation and on the side I do some professional paid genealogy.  I set up two years ago and quickly realised that it is extremely hard these days to make a good living out of genealogy for all the reasons already mentioned by others. 

So yes you need something else to bring in money, whether that is related to genealogy or otherwise and I agree your charges are too low.  I charge an hourly fee and I keep being told that I'm too cheap, but I have problems with the morals of charging 50 or above an hour, but I guess if I wanted to make a sole living from genealogy I would have to.

I studied the Post grad degree course with the University of Strathclyde which gives you a professional qualification, I don't know how old you are, but if able to I would advise you to do a get a qualification.  Not only does it give you more of a professional standing but the learning on my course was brilliant and went beyond the knowledge I had gained through years of doing my own tree. 

As well as how to research, they teach you about business planning, finances and how to deal with the minefield that is copyright.  Basically in that case you should not be sharing copyrighted images with clients, but you can transcribe them for reports.  You can get into all sorts of problems. 

The Strathcylde course has 3 components, certificate, diploma and the last year is a dissertation which I found excellent because it revealed to me, an area of interest which became my 'usp', an interest in local history of Sussex which is why I advertise locally and concentrating on Sussex history.  However so far most of my clients seem to want to get me researching in Scotland, but hey I don't limit myself!

Anyway I wish you luck, I love doing research for other people and can see you feel the same.


Sussex Lookup Requests / Re: James Carey married Phoebe Boys 1803
« on: Friday 28 April 17 10:18 BST (UK)  »
Hi Caroline

No weirdly if you search for Elizabeth it doesn't come up but I searched for William Carey, marriage place - Sevenoaks, Kent 1767-1769 and then below the marriages it was amongst a number of baptisms. 

The citation for the record is "England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 December 2015), William Carey in entry for Elizabeth, 21 Feb 1768; citing Christening, Sevenoaks, Kent, England, Kent Archives Office, Maidstone; FHL microfilm 1,473,691.


Sussex Lookup Requests / Re: James Carey married Phoebe Boys 1803
« on: Wednesday 26 April 17 14:49 BST (UK)  »
Found the marriage on FindMyPast.

Did you know that there is a child Elizabeth baptised at Sevenoaks to William Carey on 21 February 1768, found that on  I wonder if that is a first child for William and Mary?


Sussex Lookup Requests / Re: James Carey married Phoebe Boys 1803
« on: Wednesday 26 April 17 14:34 BST (UK)  »
Brilliant Caroline, thank you, I'll check that marriage in Sevenoaks out. 

So William father of James is the brother of John who is my direct ancestor. 

Totally agree with you about copying trees on Ancestry and it seems to be getting worse.  I can't understand why anyone would want to research their family tree and not do it properly and check everything.  But maybe its just because I have very high standards for myself!!

Now if only we could find proof of who Thomas Carey was!


Sussex Lookup Requests / Re: James Carey married Phoebe Boys 1803
« on: Monday 24 April 17 16:41 BST (UK)  »
Hi Raeleen and Carol

I have since I started this thread back in 2008, found that James is not in my direct line so haven't done any more research on him.

However I am pretty sure that the trees on Ancestry are all complete %(((  He was not the son of John and Mary Badcock. 

On the Sussex Family History Group (very worth joining if you have family in Sussex and very cheap) database there is a James Carey baptised 29 July 1781 to William and Mary Carey.

It could be that this William is the same William I have on my tree baptised in Hooe in 1739, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Wenham.  However Careys are quite common in Sussex.  Also baptised in Buxted to William and Mary are:
Sarah 26 December 1769
Mary 27 October 1771
William 25 May 1774
Mary 25 May 1774
John 23 June 1776
Thomas 26 March 1779

The Sussex Marriage Index doesn't have a marriage between a William and a Mary in the right timeframe  :-\

Sorry I can't be of any more help than this


Technical Help / Re: Confused by an array of PC adaptors!
« on: Friday 31 March 17 19:53 BST (UK)  »
Just to end this thread and thank you for all your help.

Got my cable.  The funny bit of the story.  The lead that came with the monitor  with the DVI-D single link fitting on both ends and that fitting doesn't go into my laptop.  Hence this thread. 

However in a moment of clarity I suddenly realised that rather than finding an adaptor to go on that lead and go into my laptop, what I needed was a new lead to go from the monitor - DVI-D to my laptop - HDMI.  Doh!!!!!!

So happy end, bought a lead with the right fittings on both ends and it works, I can now use the monitor.

Thanks guys.  Just blame it on the fact I am a bear of very little brain!  ;D


Technical Help / Re: Confused by an array of PC adaptors!
« on: Wednesday 08 March 17 14:35 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you guys for your help.

Thank you Tomkin for the useful page of images, now why didn't I think of that?

Have found the Hdmi port on my laptop and thanks to Nick's advice and links now know exactly what I am looking for.  I am just going to check tomorrow when I am next in the office that there isn't any other port on the monitor.  I'm pretty sure there wasn't but worth checking.   ;D


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