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I think I may have asked this before, and I'm sure it's simple but

I have a message from an Ancestry user who has requested access to one of my trees.

When I go through the process of 'sharing' access to a tree, I can invite someone by email, USER NAME or shareable link.

But the name showing as the sender on the message isn't what Ancestry calls a USER NAME so the invitation fails.

If I click on that person, it shows me their profile, but again not a USER NAME.

What on earth am I doing wrong here?

The Lighter Side / How many years.....
« on: Sunday 31 January 21 20:59 GMT (UK)  »
I'm just about to move house (if the contracts ever get signed) and this means I have to finally sort out all my books. 

They have been stored for some years in floor to ceiling bookcases covering two complete walls in a room which has been used by my stepson as his art studio.  This means that he more or less completely blocked access to them by stacking canvases many layers deep against them, erecting easels, setting up a trestle table covered with art equipment etc etc etc.

I could see the top couple of shelves but couldn't get to them.....

Anyhow, his detritus, sorry, equipment has now been taken into storage and I have now been given access to the books I've not seen since c 2013 (when the ceiling fell down in the room and I had to carry them somewhere else for the duration, though that's another story.  Nobody injured I should add, perhaps).

And how many books and other memorabilia have I found!

Lots of history books, unread for years, OH's chess books, sheet music of every genre, postcards, photographs, concert programmes, a certificate recording my climb of the Great Wall of China and - just now - the book I knew existed which records my Gx3 Grandfather's death at sea off Brightlingsea in 1823 when he was on his way home from a rescue.

This has of course taken me back to my tree, and thence to all the information I'd attached to him, and thence to my email files where I discover all the remote relatives on this line I have been in touch with over - now - 20 years  :o

And links to old RC queries where helpful people, many of whom are still here, researching and posting, whose answers I'm amazed to read - because I can't even remember posting the queries.

Somewhat of a long story to share that, in this particular 'hobby', years fly by and you can't believe it's been 8 years/10 years and more since you were last in touch with cousins who you feel a vague affinity/fondness for, even though you've not thought about them or written for aeons.

And some of them don't reply to your mails and you fear that sadly they may now be no longer with us, and you can't share that exciting discovery you've just made on a line you had loads of mails about way back when.  Which you KNOW they'll be interested in.

It never ends, does it?

Thanks to all of you who've helped over the years.  I've not finished yet, either  :) :)

PS added:  and I was able to find, and share with my son, more details about my Gx3 Grandfather's experience as a Private in the Royal Marines on HMS Belleisle at the Battle of Trafalgar, and wonder yet again at the miracle of the resilience and chance of survival in desperate circumstances of our ancestor which enabled me and him to actually even be here.

The Common Room / Difficulty opening Messages on Ancestry?
« on: Monday 25 January 21 12:13 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone noticing a huge delay on opening Messages on Ancestry?

I tried opening on Firefox rather than Safari, but still unable to open - irritating a) to have to watch the circle endlessly circling and b) when I've just been alerted there's a message waiting...... :( :o

I wonder whether the lack of response sometimes from sent messages is owing to people getting a mail to say there's a message, come across this road block, and stop bothering to try to read it?

London and Middlesex / Moses Abraham Colliss c1783 City of London
« on: Friday 22 January 21 10:53 GMT (UK)  »
On behalf of a distant cousin, I've been trying to research her very interesting London family.

She advises that her grandmother, during WWII, spoke of her concern, that there was Jewish heritage in the family, and is interested to find out whether this is true.

I have traced her family back to Moses (sometimes Moss) Abraham Colliss, for whom there are a number of easily accessible records on Ancestry, born c 1783 in the City of London.  He was apprenticed in the early 19th Century and operated as a Glass Cutter in Saffron Hill in London.

He was married to Hannah, and had a number of children, including Jemima (my cousin's ancestor) c1830, who married James Cripps in St James Shoreditch in 1864.  Just to say there are a number of interesting records, including a divorce, for Jemima, which I've already found.

So - in summary

I cannot find more details about Hannah (c1786, Holborn, London), wife of Moses Abraham Collis - was she from a Jewish family?

I am tracing the other children of Hannah and Moses, and so far have established potential Jewish connections which I am hypothesising from surnames:

-son Joseph Colliss (c1811) married Catherine Jacobs c1830, no marriage yet found.  'Sister' Dinah Jacobs appears with the widowed Joseph in the 1871, in Great Saffron Hill. 
I cannot make out whether Dinah is married or widowed, but there is a large Jacobs family a couple of doors away and I will try and pin this down.

-daughter Abigail Colliss (c1811) married Louis/Lewis Chapman 1844.  Whilst not an overtly Jewish name, Lewis Chapman was a tailor/outfitter and this might have links to the Jewish community.

-son Abraham Colliss (c1821) married Rosetta Solomon(s) 1841, and they emigrated to the US, appearing in the 1850 Philadelphia Census where he is a tobacconist

-daughter Harriet Colliss (c1821) does not appear to have married and died 1886 and maintained close connection with sister Jemima, appearing (unfortunately) in her divorce petition.

I am beginning to think that possibly the Colliss family were Jewish, and had contacts with the Jewish community in the Saffron Hill area of London.

Can anyone help me pin this down more definitely as I am aware I am hypothesising?
Are there any other Jewish focused records which I can consult which would help?

The Common Room / Ancestry Tree Home Person relationships query
« on: Thursday 29 October 20 18:31 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone give me a hint, here, please?

On my own tree on Ancestry, I have myself as the Home Person and Ancestry very helpfully tells me the relationship between anyone on the tree and myself (if there is a relationship of course).

I have another Research tree, with the subject of the research as the Home Person, but the relationships of each of the other people on the tree to her is not shown, despite my having her connected to her parents etc.

I couldn't see, within Ancestry, any way of 'turning on' the relationships?  Am I missing something obvious?

The Common Room / Strange 1845 first name
« on: Wednesday 28 October 20 16:48 GMT (UK)  »
In researching some of the byways of my family tree, I have come across the very strange (at least to me) first name of TIPPOO

I have the image of the registration, which is transcribed by Ancestry as Tippon, but the image is clearly TIPPOO and further censuses and two marriages also confirm this.

I have googled Tippoo, but only produced comments about Tipu Sultan (1750-1799) ruler of Mysore, plus Tippu's Tiger, an automaton produced for the ruler.

Tippoo West was the son of Stephen Norwood West and Elizabeth Morris (my 2nd cousin 4x removed), and had siblings rather more conventionally named.  He was born in deepest Kent in Barham, not far from Canterbury, in the Oct-Dec qtr of 1845 and his father was initially a farm labourer and then became a gamekeeper.

Both baptism and formal reg details are available for him.   I also have him in the 1911 where the census respondents will have written their names themselves, and it's definitely Tippoo although his wife wrote it for him.

I know that sometimes children have surnames as first or middle names (likely his father's Norwood second name is one like this), but Tippoo doesn't seem a likely surname in this case.

Can anyone Google more productively than me to find any history of the name?

The Stay Safe Board / Inside Health BBCR4 Tuesday 13th October 2020
« on: Wednesday 14 October 20 11:16 BST (UK)  »
Recommended listen - especially if you are trying to work out how Test and Trace works,

or doesn't

Europe / Help/advice with research in Germany?
« on: Sunday 27 September 20 16:40 BST (UK)  »

I wonder whether anyone more expert in German research can help with the above fascinating thread, where Hollyrobs was trying to find a relative born in 1910 in Pontypridd, Glamorganshire, who was 'given away' to a childless German couple by her father when she was about 15 months old.

The research (which I've summarised in reply #30), seems to have tracked this baby down to Rostock and (possibly) Paderborn in 1960, but any help with further research I know would be of interest to me and Hedwwch as well as Hollyrobs!   ;D ;D ;D

Europe / German translation of 'occupation', if possible?
« on: Saturday 26 September 20 19:45 BST (UK)  »
In connection with some other research on thread

Could someone tell me what the 'occupation' of the below person is?
Google translate doesn't help!!

Theodora Bornemann
Gender:   weiblich (Female)
Date:   1960
Address:   Friedrich- von-Spee-Straße 19
Place:   Paderborn, Deutschland (Germany)
Occupation:   Verw.-Ang.

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