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Yorkshire (East Riding & York) / Re: Skirlaugh
« on: Wednesday 19 August 20 17:30 BST (UK)  »
I know what you mean about FB but I find if I just use it sensibly there are a lot of groups on there which I belong to - history groups etc. Also on FB there is quite a good group named Ancestry DNA but I find that there are so many members who belong to it from all around the world that if you answer a post you can never find it again when you return the next day. Although I love to read what 'experts' advice is there are times when there are too many experts and all with opposing views. Still it is possible to learn something which you didn't know before. If I need specific help I find this site to be really the best and it has the most helpful and knowledgeable members.

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Yorkshire (East Riding & York) / Re: Skirlaugh
« on: Wednesday 19 August 20 10:53 BST (UK)  »
Thank you so much chempat, that was really interesting to read. I shall also follow up on the first link  as that might be really useful. I have to admit that it didn't occur to me to try FB, I just didn't, for a second, think that there would be a page with that title. I shall have to open my mind a bit more. Thanks you again.

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Yorkshire (East Riding & York) / Skirlaugh
« on: Monday 17 August 20 15:57 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to see if I can find an image of The Carpenters Arms in Skirlaugh during the 1850s and 1860s. I have an ancestors who was the landlord there during this time. His name was Josiah Johnson, I would love to be in touch with anyone else who is also descended from this chap. The Johnsons are a difficult family to research. How big is this village? It seems to have been almost totally populated by Johnsons.  :D

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Bedfordshire / Re: Missing person Vera Harrison
« on: Thursday 06 August 20 16:56 BST (UK)  »
Well, this is true but as far as officialdom was concerned I didn't think that they would count a 'partner' back in those days LM.

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Bedfordshire / Re: Missing person Vera Harrison
« on: Thursday 06 August 20 16:07 BST (UK)  »
Thank you LH for your help. I haven't read back thru everything either, I have to admit  :-[. I know that I should have and I think that that will be my task first thing tomorrow morning. If I remember I do think that Nicholas Harrison's mmn was Cook. The witness names were a family name and  pne other which I do not recognise - J. Chambers.

I have to say though that I am still bewildered by the name Foster which shows against Vera's name on the 1939 register ie - Vera Foster/Harrison/Owen which would tend to suggest that she married a Foster after her divorce in 1947 but there are so many Foster marriages and it could be anywhere in Britain. I did find a Vera Foster who died in Bridlington in 1978 but it's a long shot.

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Bedfordshire / Re: Missing person Vera Harrison
« on: Thursday 06 August 20 12:16 BST (UK)  »
The marriage certificate between Vera Owen and Nicholas Harrison has arrived - at last. It's been over 6 weeks but then these are trying times we live in. Anyway, It doesn't help a lot. It shows Nicholas as living at 187, Cartmell Road, Sheffield. This is quite close to where my dad and his family, including Vera, lived in 1939. When I look it up o the 19939 he is only lodging there. It shows his occupation as Railway Fireman. His father was Frederick Harrison and he was a bricklayer. Vera is shown as a spinster. Btw I was wrong originally her dob was 27th August 1918. On the 1939 Register she is shown as Vera Foster/Harrison/Owen. Owen being her maiden name and Harrison her married name. I have tried to look for a marriage between a Vera Owen or a Vera Harrison to someone named Foster from 1947 onwards but without any luck.
I had hoped to find Nicholas' family home so that I could trace his family with some degree of certainty but think I'll just have to wing it and hope that I stay on track. At 11 per certificate and a 6 week wait to get it I would prefer not to have to buy too many for now.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 :D 

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Help with theory
« on: Monday 06 July 20 20:28 BST (UK)  »
I can't think who else I can ask. I shall put my thinking cap on. Would one of my children (not children any more of course) be ok or should it ne someone on my line ie. cousin?
I'm really pleased for you that you managed to find all that out. I've been watching a u-tube video about understanding cousins. I watch it and I'm understanding all that's being explained to me and he carries on and I'm with him all the way and then suddenly my brain just lets go of it. Like it's a step too far. I shall keep watching it in the hope that I will hopefully retain a little more each time I watch it.  :-[

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Bedfordshire / Re: Missing person Vera Harrison
« on: Saturday 04 July 20 18:26 BST (UK)  »
It still hasn't arrived. When is the cut of point between waiting patiently for it's arrival and getting in touch and complaining. Last year it was possible to download certificates. It would have made sense to bring that in again during the last few months.

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Help with theory
« on: Saturday 04 July 20 18:22 BST (UK)  »
It still hasn't arrived. When is the cut off point from being patient and waiting and getting in touch to complain it hasn't arrived? Last year it was possible to download certificates. It would have made sense to have brought that back again during the last few months.

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