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Oxfordshire / Re: Copying OFHS CDs
« on: Yesterday at 19:16 »
It depends how the CDs are formatted, but presuming they are just collections of files then yes, copying them onto separate folders on a hard drive should work.

I presume that the hard drive is external to your current PC?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Parents of Alexander Robertson
« on: Sunday 17 January 21 19:09 GMT (UK)  »
For mother, it is written as May but may is derivative of a number of names (mainly Mary). See

Interestingly, I can find a marriage between a James Robertson and a Marjory Brown that would fit in terms of date and possibly place.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Parents of Alexander Robertson
« on: Sunday 17 January 21 16:24 GMT (UK)  »
Have just ordered this from Scotland's People. For once, I hit my target first time rather than wasting dozens of credits!

I think it says his father was a blacksmith & joiner, but I'm not sure.

Also, is his mother May or Mary?

Maiden name Brown?

Many thanks in advance.

Wales / Re: Welsh baptisms - maternal grandparents but not paternal
« on: Thursday 14 January 21 09:42 GMT (UK)  »
It's funny how much I rail against the prying eyes of the government and just about every corporation I deal with - "what's you phone number, what's your birth date, what's your mother's maiden name....blah, blah, blah" - and yet spend my time lamenting how little detail our ancestors were asked to give.

It's always interesting to see what communities were required to give what details. My Scottish ancestors gave out so much more information on their civil registrations than my English. My Dutch fiancee started her tree and could quite easily, with free records, get every birth, marriage and death date on all branches. What she was missing was the details - no occupations, no causes of death.

I think the problem genealogists of the future are going to encounter is too much detail, along with far, far greater mobility. (I've lived at least 5 different cities for example.)

Wales / Welsh baptisms - maternal grandparents but not paternal
« on: Tuesday 12 January 21 11:40 GMT (UK)  »
I don't know if this was a practice through all Wales or just in Flintshire, but the baptism records for several of my ancestors contain - very helpfully - the names of the parents of the mother. (See example.)

I was wondering what the logic was for doing this but not including the names of the father's parents?

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Witness at 1842 marriage
« on: Sunday 10 January 21 12:07 GMT (UK)  »
They look like actual signatures rather than registrar entries, so the similarity doesn't really matter.

Looks like James Siptrot to me.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Clap for Carers now under the name CLAP FOR HEROES.......
« on: Friday 08 January 21 09:29 GMT (UK)  »
Despite living with an NHS "hero", I've never done this. I can't give myself to it - how many of those clapping voted for a party that has ravaged the NHS and has mismanaged this crisis so badly that it's brought the country's health service to the brink of collapse? How many of those clapping went to see their families over Christmas to help spread the virus and exacerbate the situation even further? How many of those clapping voted to leave the EU on the premise that the NHS would get 350m a week more and have now conveniently forgotten to press home those promises?

Also, the word "hero" is getting massively overused. If NHS staff are acting heroically it's because chronic under-resourcing has left them dangerously exposed. They are taking risks they shouldn't have to. Clapping on our doorsteps and calling them heroes feels insultingly short of what they deserve.


There has been a suggestion that we should all write, each Thursday, to our MP to ask them to support pay increases for the NHS and key workers, rather than clapping.

I believe this idea was put forward on Twitter by The Bootstrap Cook (Jack Monroe, who has written extensively regarding cooking whilst on a very tight budget)

"Why don't we tweet, email and write to our MPs en masse at 8pm every Thursday to ask them to do their bit to ensure frontline key and essential workers are paid a decent liveable wage instead. Sort of a #ThunderclapForCarers instead."

Anyhow, deal with that suggestion how you will, just information.

... is what we should be doing.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: What crime was committed?
« on: Tuesday 29 December 20 16:04 GMT (UK)  »
D'oh!  :D

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