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Hertfordshire / Re: High Elms in Hitchen, 1939?
« on: Friday 17 September 21 21:24 BST (UK)  »
I live in Hitchin and the footpath between Fishponds Road and Bedford Road is called Elmside Walk.

The Common Room / Re: Ancestor possibly using an assumed name?
« on: Monday 05 July 21 19:44 BST (UK)  »
I have some instances of name changes in my ex's tree.

He has an Irish branch, who started off as McCarthy.  His great grandfather's birth was registered as McCarthy in 1866 but on 1871 census they are recorded as Carter.  I was able to verify this as some of their children, including one who was blind, so easier to identify, stayed as McCarthy and Charles' parents reverted to McCarthy on their death certs.
I don't know WHY they changed their names, but in 1868 there was a Fenian (fore runners of the IRA) attempt to free a prisoner which involved an explosion near the prison resulting in the deaths of some bystanders.  Public anti-Irish sentiment was running high.

Norfolk / Re: School records
« on: Tuesday 01 June 21 11:50 BST (UK)  »
I can't see anything on the Norfolk Records Office website.  I'd suggest you contact the school.

The Common Room / Re: Census remarks
« on: Tuesday 01 June 21 11:15 BST (UK)  »
One poor relative of mine has "bastard" recorded in the occupation column!  Several decades later, the enumerator has kindly described a few-weeks-old baby as a "love child" - but the love child was not my great-great grandfather's, but his daughter's.  (She married the father later).

I also have various people called "feeble minded" or "weak-minded". 

Very un-PC by today's standards!

The Common Room / Re: Cousin Marriages
« on: Sunday 17 January 21 17:09 GMT (UK)  »
Very common.  In my tree I have several instances of sets of siblings marrying cousins and then their children marrying eachother.  In many cases it was a way of keeping assets in the family.

I also discovered a distant cousin marriage but I don't know if the couple concerned knew they were related.

The royal families of Europe, especially the Habsburgs, made cousin marriages a policy.

The Common Room / Re: An epidemic maybe?
« on: Tuesday 15 December 20 19:22 GMT (UK)  »
I found an instance in the 1800s of a family of 5 siblings and their 7 cousins all dying of "summer diarrhoea" in a small hamlet in Gloucestershire.  I've assumed it was cholera.  But the fact that the children were all of the same family, one generation, and obviously known to all the villagers, struck me as really sad.

The Common Room / Re: How to refer to the same place over time.
« on: Sunday 13 December 20 10:27 GMT (UK)  »
It has always irked me that my brother was born at Broadway Close, Sanderstead, Surrey and he died at that address, but when I registered it, it had to be recorded as Broadway Close, South Croydon, Surrey.  South Croydon and Sanderstead are separate and have their own railway stations. 

Kent / Re: Did Sarah marry her sisters husband
« on: Thursday 10 December 20 10:45 GMT (UK)  »
I've several examples of women marrying their sister's husbands.  In one case in my ex's tree, two sisters married two brothers and then the widow of one marriage married the widower in the second.  They clearly believed in a tiny gene pool!

I've also found discrepancies on marriage certs regarding fathers' occupations so I wouldn't rule anything out because they didn't match.  In one case I found a man described as a tanner on his son's marriage cert but in all other documents, censuses, etc he's described as a labourer.  Similarly I have a man described as a "provisions merchant" on his son's marriage cert, when he was a milk carrier.

Cornwall / Re: Great News - Cornwall Online Parish Clerks
« on: Thursday 10 December 20 10:35 GMT (UK)  »
Many years ago, when I started my family tree I sent an inquiring email to the OPC for the Cornish parish where my gt grandmother was born.  I got back 4 pages of genealogy going back to the 1700s!  A huge help in the early days, especially when I had no opportunity to go to Cornwall to research myself and so little was online.

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