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The Common Room / Re: Back to back housing
« on: Yesterday at 11:29 »
  I had thought about mentioning the Tyneside flats, but the original post was about Leicester. There was a row of them in suburban South Shields, opposite my mother's house, but looking on streetview, they all have separate numbers now.

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The Common Room / Re: Where do you keep your tree?
« on: Saturday 22 January 22 20:08 GMT (UK)  »
  Family Historian on my computer - nothing on line.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Brushing up on merchant seamen ancestors.
« on: Friday 21 January 22 15:08 GMT (UK)  »
  I had a lovely time a few years ago researching a branch of the family who left Kent for Norfolk in the early 1820s. The husband was in the Coast Guard/Preventive Service, and they lived in Caistor. Most of the sons became fishermen or merchant sailors of various types, which was a nice change from the ag. labs. I learned about the beachmen who had watchtowers to look for ships in distress and operated as an early form of lifeboat service (as well as claiming salvage!) Then there was the son who captained a barque carrying coal from Wales to South America, which was another thing I didn't know about.
   I told someone today that I spend too much time at the computer, but this hobby keeps the brain active, and it is no worse than sitting in front of the telly!

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The Lighter Side / Re: Load 'em up, Frank!
« on: Wednesday 19 January 22 22:59 GMT (UK)  »
  A cousin of my gr grandfather went to America in the 1830s, and several of his sons fought in the Civil War. When I was researching them I found an obituary which included this wonderful line;-
  "Yet young Asher was the fifth one of her noble sons on whose patriotic brow she had implanted a loving mother's farewell kiss, and said: "Go! my boy. 'God bless you! Abe Lincoln needs you."

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The Common Room / Re: Stump windmill
« on: Thursday 13 January 22 17:52 GMT (UK)  »
  I don't think this refers to any sort of brick building. I have just ploughed through a list of Kent windmills and there were very few tower mills, nearly all wooden post mills or smock mills. Which probably explains why so many of them burnt down or blew down!
   I will put it down to an obscure bit of Kent dialect.

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The Common Room / Stump windmill
« on: Wednesday 12 January 22 16:44 GMT (UK)  »
   I have just come across this term, which I have never heard before. The press cutting from 1930 relates to "the old stump windmill", (which was demolished about 1868), and says that the "stump was a very old one".
  I suspect it is another term for a post mill, but has anyone come across the term? All I found online were references to something rather different in Ireland; this one was in East Kent.

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  2 of my great grandfathers were born in 1836 and 1838. My mother only died in 2008, and she had great grandparents born in the 1790s.

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The Common Room / Re: 1921 Census Missing People
« on: Friday 07 January 22 10:19 GMT (UK)  »
  And do any of your corrections get dealt with? Many of mine never are, and I do know the rules for transcribing. If I can see an entry is dubious, I don't send it in.

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Kent / Re: I didn't think I had any mysteries to resolve in the 1921.....
« on: Thursday 06 January 22 21:22 GMT (UK)  »
  I made myself stop at 2 entries for now - my grandfather and his sister.
   I knew where they would be, but I was interested in their occupations at that time. Grandad was, as I thought, working at the local pit, as a carpenter, but was "out of work". A bit of investigation showed that the miners went out on 1st April and went back (on much less money) 3 months later, so the census came just at that point.
   His brother-in-law was a bit of a surprise - age 38 - civil servant pensioner. (I have just remembered he was a postman earlier in life, so that would explain civil servant, but pensioner?) By 1923 he was a motor engineer and dealing in cars and motorbikes, much more the man I remember.

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