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Rather late in finding this but thanks to all. My Docherty (born in Ireland) & Wilson ancestors lived there in the 1881 census before moving to Paisley.

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Scotland / Re: What is Minnie short for??
« on: Sunday 02 June 19 12:02 BST (UK)  »
Spotted this older posting and wanted to add my family experience to it.  My aunt (born 1924) was named Mina and it wasn’t short for Mary as that was my mother’s name. With a grandfather called William, it was assumed to be short for Williamina. NOT SO!  She was called after his sister great-aunt Minnie, great-grandmother was named Minna, the generations before it was recorded as Mannie, Menie and Marie - adhering to the Scottish naming pattern,  it was easy to trace back. In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, they were of German extraction, likely had an accent and perhaps illiterate - officials would have recorded the name as it sounded. My aunt Mina’s name has now been handed down as a middle name, no more Minnie’s etc.

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Lanarkshire / Re: Brownlees in Headlesscross, Cambusnethan *completed thank you*
« on: Wednesday 29 May 19 05:34 BST (UK)  »
Thoughthis post is old, l though l would comment.  l am not related to the Brownlees of Cambusnethan, but the posts have been very interesting as my great grandmother Sarah Docherty was listed as a servant in the household of John and Martha Brownlee in the 1881 census for Headless Cross. She was 19 years old and was born in Wishaw. You have all done a marvellous job of recording your records from Australia, Canada, U.K. and U.S.A.  I was born very near Cambusnethan but now live in Canada.  So far, l have not been very lucky at finding long-lost relatives who are interested in my research even a DNA test only revealed 4th and 5th cousins, so no close matches. My children, who are first-generation Canadians, have no interest either but l will plod on for the benefit of generations to come.

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The Common Room / Re: beyond a joke
« on: Tuesday 26 March 19 20:03 GMT (UK)  »
Children were ages 3 months or 6 months or 6 or 8 years old -  even in early 19th century surely there had to be an adult or even an older sibling. Who provided the information? I have many census records with “no head” but none with only young children.

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The Common Room / Re: beyond a joke
« on: Tuesday 26 March 19 18:15 GMT (UK)  »
A surname search in FindMyPast in a 1834 census for Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, produced several with households of only children, no adults! Their response? Blame lies with the 3rd party transcription service, l should contact them!!! What is my high annual fee for if not an accurate transcription. The lunatics are running the asylum.

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The Common Room / Re: beyond a joke
« on: Saturday 23 March 19 05:21 GMT (UK)  »
Blasted hints! According to FindMyPast, my gtgrandfather was alive in the 1901 census when he died in 1889 (verified with an actual death certificate), death transcribed correctly in FindMyPast too.Even though l checked ‘reject’, this hint keeps popping up. Another site insists in notifying me of potential connections to new entries when they are my own entries. They sure don’t recruit Silicon Valley graduates to write their algorithms, even l (an elderly non-geek) could write an “if this, then that or if not, then this” or  a simple “<this or >this” formula into a spreadsheet. One fee-paying site has my grandfather as dead and another brother with my grandfather’s middle name but, as a non-member (fees are extortionate), l can’t contact the ‘owner’ that l have all the relevant documents to prove otherwise. Is this why not many real cousins have contacted me? Garbage in, garbage out!

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Wiltshire / Re: Zachariah GILES
« on: Tuesday 31 October 17 23:22 GMT (UK)  »
Sorry l didn’t respond further, forgot to check after getting involved in other family lines. I would be very pleased to find out more details on the deported bad boy, John. As we are heading back down under next year, no doubt there are convict archives which can be researched. The previous postings provided wonderful information.

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Wiltshire / Re: Zachariah GILES
« on: Monday 11 July 16 03:55 BST (UK)  »
What an amazing link, thank you so much for that.

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Wiltshire / Re: Zachariah GILES
« on: Sunday 10 July 16 19:29 BST (UK)  »
Australians today try desperately to prove their ancestors were transported, wish l had known this when we went to Port Arthur and Botany Bay a few years ago, can't wait to boast to my Sydney brother-in-law and Tasmanian friends. Thanks for the post. Do you have any details on his transportation?

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