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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Need help with signature on painting
« on: Saturday 08 December 18 12:30 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everybody,

Normally I try and help other people in this section, but today I have a question of my own.  ;D

In 1985, my then husband and I bought a painting from a gallery in Rayleigh, Essex. There were a number of similar paintings from the same artist in the gallery, mainly masses of blue with old ships.  :) It's a matter of taste, but I really liked the painting.

It came with me into my second marriage, but we haven't seen it hanging for a few years - it's been up on top of a wardrobe for a long time.

Just recently I took it down and looked at it. For the first time, it occurred to me that I have no idea who painted it. So I googled what I thought I could see and came up with...zilch. OK, a photographer, and an artist who produces works which are very different from "my ships".

I have looked on the Internet and can't find a gallery on the main road through Rayleigh. OK, it was 33 years ago...  :o So I can't call them.  ???

Here is the signature:







What I see is Hohing. Which is a pretty unusual name. The name definitely ends in "g". After the "g", there is a little dot/flourish on the canvas - it is not another letter. I thought I'd better point that out, as the photos are not brilliant and it might look as though there is another letter after the "g".

From experience I know that Google & Co. can function differently in different countries, so maybe I'm not getting all the possibilities showing here.
 
Any ideas?  :)

I look forward to your replies & suggestions!

Best regards,
Karen



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Yorkshire (West Riding) / sheffieldhistory.co.uk
« on: Sunday 05 November 17 12:17 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

Is anybody here on sheffieldhistory.co.uk?

I have been trying to register there in the hope of finding something which might help in my "Rose Peck" search.

However, the website tells me that my application must be approved. This was several days ago and I have not received a reply. I tried writing to the website, but again, no answer.

There are new threads and answers on the website, so it is definitely still active.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thanks,
Karen

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Family History Beginners Board / Looking for Rose Peck and/or descendants
« on: Thursday 14 September 17 14:09 BST (UK)  »
Hello and sorry that this is VERY vague..!   ::)

I am trying to find a PECK family who had a farm during the Second World War on which at least one German prisoner of war was given work. Mrs Peck's first name was ROSE.

The POW in question was Emil Lautenbach, born in 1913 in Hamburg.
He was taken prisoner in France, seriously wounded with bullet wounds to the chest/stomach. He was later transported to England, where he worked on a farm owned by the Peck family.

The family treated him extremely well. They even insisted on having his much younger brother Gustav (the lad was around 12 years old) sent to them after the war, so that they could care for him for a while and provide him with enough to eat.

The Lautenbach family were so grateful to the Pecks that Emil and his wife named their daughter Birgit Rose, born 1948, in honour of Mrs Peck.
They even pronounce "Rose" in the English way, instead of the German "Rosa".

I have lived in Germany for 30 years. We moved last year and Birgit is now our landlady - and an absolutely wonderful person. I don't know if it is the fact that she now has a Brit living next door ;D, but she would love to find out more about the Peck family.

Her father and uncle are both deceased and no family records, photos, etc. exist from that time. Birgit does not know how to start looking, so I suggested that I try to help.

I realise that our "information" is extremely sparse, but maybe it rings a bell with someone. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt (hope dies last), as the Germans say.

I would be extremely grateful for any information whatsoever, however insignificant it may seem.

Many thanks in advance,
Karen

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Technical Help / Computer is (sometimes) so sloooowwww...
« on: Friday 01 September 06 10:21 BST (UK)  »
Hi everybody.

We've got a 'pooter problem...   :'(

We have broadband (DSL), use Win XP Home, and have always had Norton Anti-Virus installed. I installed the 2006 software a couple of months ago, and everything was running fine.

In the last 10 days or so, however, the computer seems to become suddenly much slower once it has been running for a while. My hubby wanted to bid for something on eBay last night. He had surfed for about an hour, then left the computer on (we have flat-rate) whilst waiting for the article to approach its end, about another hour. When he went back to bid, the computer was burbling away as if it were downloading updates. It was so slow, that it took several minutes top respond to each mouseclick, and Christian was unable to bid. Not a happy bunny.

The 'pooter has done this a lot recently. It always seems to happen when it has been running for a couple of hours or more. I don't surf for that long during the day, so I don't know if it's an evening thing.

Does anyone have any ideas? I suspect Norton may have something to do with it, but I have very little idea about these things.

If we power the computer down (takes a while, too!) then start it up again, it's fine, back to its normal quick self.

I don't understand...   :( :( :(

Any suggestions welcome!

Regards from Braunschweig,
Karen

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Aberdeenshire Lookup Requests / Marriage in Aberdeen, McDonald / Slesser
« on: Wednesday 22 February 06 09:47 GMT (UK)  »
I'm stuck!   :-[ Can anybody point me in the right direction?!!!

My GGGG-Grandmother was Elizabeth Slesser (sometimes written Slessor), born about 1791, died 1874 in St. Nicholas, Aberdeen.

Elizabeth married John McDonald and they had at least 2 kiddies, George (abt. 1830) and Margret.

Elizabeth and John married in 1818/1819, but we can't find their marriage!  ???

My brother has managed to obtain a copy of the document recording the 1st. reading of the Banns. It is a copy from the Old Parochial Register, Parish of Tyrie, County of Aberdeen.

The Banns were read on November 8th., 1818. ("Proclaimed John McDonald in the parish of Fraserburgh and Elizabeth Slesser in this parish for the 1st. time.")

I believe that Liz' parents were John Slesser/Slessor and Elizabeth Simpson, born abt. 1770, but I'm not 100% sure.

If anybody could help me further, I would be extremely grateful!

Many thanks from chilly Germany,
Karen McD.


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Hi all. Hope nobody minds me putting this under both London and Essex... ::)

Anybody out there have these Hagons in their tree?!

William Hagon, blacksmith, born ca. 1817 in Chelmsford
and his wife
Mary Ann Hagon, born Mitchell ca. 1815 in Cornwall.

Mary was my 4G-Grandmother. She married James McGregor, a Scot who was a policeman in Kent, in Islington in 1846. James died around the mid-1850's and Mary married William Hagon in Chelmsford in 1857.

In the 1871 census they were living in Enfield.

I am trying to find the birth details for Mary, but there were a lot of Mary Mitchells in Cornwall at that time! The census entries all say just Cornwall, with the exception of one, which shows a town name which nobody can 100% decipher...! (Already tried the Cornwall board.)

If I could find her death records, maybe I could solve the mystery. I have found a death entry for Poplar in 1892 for a Mary Hagon aged 76, which would tie in. There is also a death record for a William Hagon in Poplar in 1903, aged 87, which is also a good possibility.

Beofre I start chasing red herrings, I'd love to hear from anyone who has Hagons in their tree. It's not the most common of names, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Regards from Germany,
Karen
 
 

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England / HAGON families in Chelmsford and Poplar
« on: Friday 06 January 06 18:16 GMT (UK)  »
Anybody out there have these Hagons in their tree?!

William Hagon, blacksmith, born ca. 1817 in Chelmsford
and his wife
Mary Ann Hagon, born Mitchell ca. 1815 in Cornwall.

Mary was my 4G-Grandmother. She married James McGregor, a Scot who was a policeman in Kent, in Islington in 1846. James died around the mid-1850's and Mary married William Hagon in Chelmsford in 1857.

In the 1871 census they were living in Enfield.

I am trying to find the birth details for Mary, but there were a lot of Mary Mitchells in Cornwall at that time! The census entries all say just Cornwall, with the exception of one, which shows a town name which nobody can 100% decipher...! (Already tried the Cornwall board.)

If I could find her death records, maybe I could solve the mystery. I have found a death entry for Poplar in 1892 for a Mary Hagon aged 76, which would tie in. There is also a death record for a William Hagon in Poplar in 1903, aged 87, which is also a good possibility.

Beofre I start chasing red herrings, I'd love to hear from anyone who has Hagons in their tree. It's not the most common of names, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Regards from Germany,
Karen

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The Common Room / "The mark X..." on marriage cert
« on: Tuesday 29 November 05 08:34 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all.

This has probably been asked a thousand times before, but I'd be grateful to know the answer...

The marriage cert for my GGG-Grandmother's second marriage arrived yesterday. Next to "This marriage was solemnized between us," is

William Hagon
The mark X of Mary Ann McGregor


Does this mean that she literally placed an X in the register, i.e. she couldn't write? Or does it have another meaning? It's the same for one of the witnesses.

Thanks,
Karen

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Technical Help / Background photo disappears...
« on: Wednesday 16 November 05 09:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hi. This problem has nothing to do with RC, but maybe someone can help. I would certainly be very grateful...

I save our own photos, plus piccies from the web, to use as desktop backgrounds and I change them almost daily.

Yesterday, I changed the pic and all was OK. Then I turned the PC off. A couple of hours later, I turned it on again and the picture was gone.

To cut a long story short, I've tried everything I can think of, but nothing works. When I open the system control side (I have a German system - don't know what everything is called in English!) and go to the part where backgrounds, screensaver, etc. are, the little diagram of the screen shows the picture which I have installed, but the desktop itself has no picture, only the icons!  ???

When I turn the PC off, it goes through its usual blah-blah and, shortly before the screen gets powered off, the desktop picture, which I have installed,  flashes up for a second or two.

I have the feeling, my 'pooter is taking the mickey out of me...

One suggestion I received was to go into the desktop settings and save it as "no picture", then install the required picture and save it. This I did and could actually see the photo on the desktop! Yippee!, I thought. Then I turned the 'pooter off...  Of course, the next time I powered it up, the picture was not there, only the icons.

We have Norton Live Update and Firewalls and all the safety stuff. I have done a complete Norton system check and nothing comes up, so I am hoping that we are virus-free.

I have also tried installing older photos which I had as desktops a long time ago, but they don't work, either...

Does anyone have any ideas?!
We have XP Home, BTW.

Thanks,
Karen

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