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The Common Room / Findmypast behaving badly
« on: Thursday 04 July 19 14:22 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,
Anybody else having problems using Findmypast?  The last few days their website has been behaving very badly for me (keeps spinning without ever moving from search page to actual results), and I was wondering if my life is long enough to make a phone call, or if you'all have better suggestions?
Thanks in advance,

World War One / William Ewart Stanley ROBERTS, medal roll help please
« on: Sunday 04 November 18 12:13 GMT (UK)  »
Hi All, I'm looking into William Ewart Stanley ROBERTS on behalf of someone else and I need a bit of help interpreting his medal roll.
There are a couple of numbers quoted on the medal card:
Certif. or Dis. A. 358940 and RS2 No 359791
Do either of these numbers help find his military record number?  Although his full name should be helpful, when reduced to William E is it very hard to find his death cert/details (family tale is he died in WWI).
Many thanks, FionaO

The Common Room / Real name of Bunny?
« on: Sunday 01 October 17 12:10 BST (UK)  »
As ever, I'm hoping for inspiration from Rootsters!

Verbal history says 'Bunny went to Australia'.  Can't work out who Bunny is, so apart from Bryan Adams giving his daughter the middle name of Bunny after the Easter Bunny (so it says...), I'm looking for examples of people with the nickname of Bunny, and why (if known).

in hope, Fionaowhatwashethinking

London and Middlesex / Blown up with twins
« on: Sunday 10 September 17 15:51 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

During a recent family gathering I heard a tale in connection with a family member and I'm trying to find out if it is true or not.
What I know to be true is that Violet Ivy OAKLEY was killed on 29 Nov 1940 as a result of injuries sustained when one of her sons brought home an unexploded bomb he'd found while out playing.  It then promptly blew up in his mothers hands! (Said child survived but lost half of one hand, part of his stomach and had to live with what he had done.)
Her death is included in the list of civilian casualties during WWII, so all appears to tie up.

Now I have been told there were also twins present when said mother died but I can't find any record of their births and have not previously heard of their deaths. Having looked on FindMyPast I can't see any press reports of this tragedy in the nationals about that date.

So my query is which local newspaper would cover a death in North Road, Streatham, London, November 1940? Or an inquest which would have been held?  And further, where can these papers/fiche be viewed?  And finally, if anybody is able and willing to have a look for me?

Hopeful as ever,

The Common Room / The Times - online
« on: Sunday 02 July 17 11:58 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,
Feeling like I'm going round and round in circles and heading towards madness so thought I'd try asking the Rootsters of all knowledge about finding The Times online.

I have some credits left on BNA but they don't include The Times in their list of papers.

I've searched for The Times online and can easily find the following:
subscribe to current news (which I don't want)
buy an old copy (which I don't want)

I'm currently looking for news for April 1958 but have fairly regularly wanted other dates (predominately 1920-1990).  I can get this info elsewhere, but I'm after a website, (even if it means paying, gulp!) where I can reliably access specific dates, etc.

I know it must be out there, and I'm probably just being very dense, but can someone please let know where I can find The Times online.

Ta, muchly

Huntingdonshire / Tale of 2 Harriets, or maybe only 1?
« on: Saturday 11 March 17 16:47 GMT (UK)  »
Here’s hoping someone can help me please.

I have one GRO birth:
Harriet SABEY, 1845 QJ, Huntingdon Union, Vol 14. Mother: FLOWERS

I have two census:
1851 Census*:  Clara H SABEY, dau of Thomas & Ann, aged  6 (1845), born Godmanchester
1861 Census*: Harriet SABEY, dau of Ann, Widow, aged 16 (1845), born Godmanchester
* Same family as other names and dates are consistent.  I also have censuses with George Edward  SMITH from 1871 to 1901, always Clara H or Clara Harriet, always b 1845 Godmanchester.

Then things get conflicting:
I have a couple of baptisms:
Clara Harriet SABY, bapt 25 Apr 1848 dau of Thomas & Ann, Godmanchester, item 6 page 77; DOB noted 23 Mar 1848
Harriet SABEY, bapt 19 Jan 1847 dau of Thomas & Ann, Godmanchester, item 6 page 69.

And then a couple of marriages:
Clara Harriet SABY marr George Edward SMITH, 1869 Godmanchester
Harriet SABEY marr George MILLS, 1873 St Neots Hunt’shire

Ideally I’d only like one of each – I can’t seem to find any images online to check and so was wondering if any Rootster can do a lookup or otherwise as abode and or occupation may help to tell whether there are 2 different peeps or whether the transcriptions were tricky.

The Common Room / Registrar open on a Sunday in 1901?
« on: Wednesday 08 February 17 14:27 GMT (UK)  »
Hi All,

I have just received a birth cert with the DOB as 8 July 1901 but the registered date is 18 August 1901.  That's about 41 days by my reckoning and just out of curiosity I checked the days and 8 July is Monday but 18 August is Sunday so now I'm curious if a Registrar would be open on a Sunday?

I know that nowadays, you can't book an appointment to register a B M or D but can get an emergency register if you need documentation say within 24 hours for religious reasons but it's not common and I believe it is discouraged.

Any idea how it was dealt with in 1901?  This family is a bit tricky and it wouldn't be the first time the date on a cert seemed a bit odd when compared to other info but in this instance it all looks very clear, is a certified copy from GRO, etc.


The Common Room / What documents needed for a passport? Smith Saga
« on: Tuesday 31 January 17 16:04 GMT (UK)  »
Part of my Smith Struggle is trying to find a Great Aunt who from family tales emigrated to New Zealand.  Unfortunately her name was Elsie SMITH and her parents renowned for their flexibility about facts.  I have however, just found out her birth name was actually Elsie Smith SULLIVAN which puts a different slant on things.

So, I was wondering whether she would have needed to have a copy of her birth certificate in order to obtain a passport?  The only known facts are that she was born in Doncaster in Q3 1901 (cert on order); left the UK and lived in NZ;  came back to the UK, prob in 1978 having sold her doll collection to pay the fare, but didn't like it here so went back early to NZ.

If she married, or when she left the UK is not know.

Any ideas?

Occupation Interests / Boiler Maker to Engine Tender - progress or regress?
« on: Sunday 04 December 16 14:31 GMT (UK)  »
I have a birth cert of 1841 giving father's profession as Boiler Maker.  I then have another in 1848 where he's an Engine Tender.  So I'm wondering whether his lot has improved or otherwise.

Any ideas?

P.S. His father was a butcher and his children became Miners/Hewers, etc., in the Shropshire/Staffs area.

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