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The Common Room / Ancestry UK Offers
« on: Sunday 03 May 20 15:20 BST (UK)  »
I've cancelled the renewal of my subscription for the 26th of May, primarily because I can't afford 180. I wonder if anyone has a code for a cheap deal? Thank you in anticipation.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / What is his first name
« on: Saturday 01 February 20 14:37 GMT (UK)  »
I was rather hoping that Mr. Coomber's first name would be Jethro but I can't get any sensible name from this. Any help would be appreciated

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Who is his mother?
« on: Tuesday 14 January 20 17:15 GMT (UK)  »
Patrick Smart born in 1742 to James Smart and Janet ?. Can anybody read her name please?

Technical Help / What you can do on Ancestry.
« on: Friday 10 January 20 10:18 GMT (UK)  »
I have a rather large tree on Ancestry and I'd like to start a second more linear tree to run in parallel.
Ancestry do have a facillity to move a person from one tree to another but I'm not sure if you can share a person with another tree, together with all the bits and pieces. I'm afraid I'm not brave enough to attempt this without a certainty that it will work.

The Common Room / Ancestry Discount Codes
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 09:57 BST (UK)  »
I gave up my Ancestry World subscription about six months ago, primarily for the cost and a slowing in the gathering of data. Since then I have been contacted by three reasonably close family members from all over the place and must now consider rejoining, but not at 180. Does anyone know of a good discount code please. If not Ancestry then Findmypast.

« on: Friday 06 July 18 06:47 BST (UK)  »
Ancestry sent me an email telling me that free access was available from the the 6th to the 9th of July. I've just tried to look at a few things but keep getting sent to the subscription page. Anyone else having better luck?

South Africa / David Rennie Malcolm Scrimgeour, Born Transvaal 1894
« on: Friday 23 September 16 14:55 BST (UK)  »
My maternal grandfather was born in the Transvaal in 1894 according to all the following UK census and his WW1 Army Records. Consequently I have no record of his date of birth and would appreciate any suggestions of where to look. His parents and siblings are shown in the 1891 and 1901(including him) census as living in Dundee. I suspect the family went to Johannesburg to earn their fortune before being frightened off by the war. I have attempted this question in the past with no luck.

The Common Room / Given Names
« on: Sunday 08 November 15 07:08 GMT (UK)  »
I went to the cremation of a neighbour, of 25 years, on Friday whom I've always known as John, but nearly walked away because he was listed as Victor. Talking to the family later I learned that none of them had known him as anything other than John. Likewise, I decided that my given name of David was not to my liking at the age of 18 and now only officialdom knows me by that name with friends and family calling me Sam. I wonder how much confusion this is going to cause anyone doing research in the future and how many more there are like John and I.

Devon / I'm Doubting My Grandmother's Line
« on: Tuesday 23 December 14 10:30 GMT (UK)  »
In 1882 Jethro Coomber (RN Gunner) married Elizabeth Anne Cocks in Devonport having three children, James W (1883), Annie Eliza (1886), and Charles J P (1889).
In 1890 the birth of Edith Mary Cocks was registered by the mother Elizabeth Anne Cocks (formerly Coomber) naming the father as Charles Cocks, a dockyard labourer.
The 1891 Census shows Annie Cocks living with her parents James and Jane Cocks, the son in law Jethro Coomber, the three Coomber Children and Edith Mary Cocks aged 4/12.
By the 1901 Census Jethro is a lodger in Cuckfield, Sussex. Annie Coomber is still living with her parents and children, including Edith "Coomber" in Devonport.
The 1911 Census sees Jethro still in Cuckfield and Elizabeth Ann now called Russell and living in Cornwall with Joseph Edward Russell and her deaf and dumb son Charles John Coomber and Edith Coomber living with her grandmother and brother William in Devonport .
Edith then went on to have three children, including my father between 1912 and 1916 in Devonport without fathers shown on the birth certificates.
After this the only reference I can find is an Edith Mary Coomber marrying John Donoghue (RN Stoker) on the 4/11/1920 supposedly aged 24 with a father called Frank Coomber (deceased RN pensioner).
I cannot quite believe that there could be two Edith Mary Coomber's in Devonport, but on the other
hand think she must be a very lucky girl to find a 22 year old groom in the years after WW1 with three kids in tow.
I can't find a Naval Record for either John Donoghue or father Frank Coomber, nor can I find any thing later.
I'm now questioning  whether I'm following the same person throughout

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