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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 / 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?

The Common Room / Finding records relating to someone deported TO the UK
« on: Thursday 17 September 20 10:07 BST (UK)  »
My grandfather was deported from the USA back to England in 1929. I've recently discovered the nature of the offence, which was a bit of a shock. He was sentenced in late 1927.

While I've got irons in the fire on the USA side, I was wondering what sort of records would exist here for him?

All I have at the minute is an incoming passenger record with "DEPORTS" written over the top.

The Common Room / Recognizance
« on: Sunday 28 June 20 12:18 BST (UK)  »
On a previous visit to the Lancashire Archives I took a picture of this document as I wondered if the George Houghton and John Raby mentioned were my relatives, but I've not investigated it further. (My 3x GGF was Robert Houghton and 3x GGM Margaret Raby, so although neither name is uncommon it seems a juicy coincidence otherwise.)

Reading the document it seems to be that the court is essentially saying to three witnesses that unless they appear and testify against Houghton/Raby they'll be liable for a hefty fine.

Have I got that right?

And is there anyway I can find out about the trial itself while the archives are closed?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Is Fidiman a name?!
« on: Sunday 14 June 20 16:36 BST (UK)  »
Trying to decipher the name of this chap's daughter. The rest of his will is written in a very legible hand. It looks like someone else has written his first daughter's name. Any thoughts?

Armed Forces / Deciphering Grandad's WW2 record
« on: Friday 29 May 20 12:30 BST (UK)  »
I've recently been scanning my grandmother's old photos, which include a lot from grandfather's tour of duty. There are photos of Iraq, Palestine, Sicily and Italy, which matches what his record says.

My dad doesn't remember any stories he was told, and we were left nothing in writing, so I'm hoping to piece a story together from his movements.

I think in late 1943 he's transferred to the 12th Light Anti Aircraft regiment of the Royal Artillery, and their movements do seem to correlate strongly with the photographs and what's in his records.

But before that it looks like 226th and 35th LAA regiments, neither of which Google can point me to!

I'd also love to understand what his rank was. I think he started as a Gunner and finished as a Wing Bombardier but there's a "Gnr V/C", a "V/A/L Bd" and a "P/L/Bd" in between, none of which I can decode.

Any help would be much appreciated!

The Common Room / 1921 Census progress
« on: Friday 29 May 20 11:42 BST (UK)  »
I've been trying to find a blog or something about how the 1921 census is progressing, but I can't find anything.

Does anyone here have an ear to the ground?

I wonder how badly it's affected by the current encumbrance and whether the Jan 2022 release date is in jeopardy.

The Common Room / FTM sync with Ancestry
« on: Wednesday 12 February 20 10:14 GMT (UK)  »
Ancestry are wanting to renew my subscription at more than 200 so I'm up for this trick of cancelling my renewal and seeing what they offer BUT I'm very nervous about what I'm going to lose. I can't find the recent thread that was discussing this, so forgive me if I go over old territory, but as I understand it, you lose all your linked documents etc.?

I'm interested in getting Family Tree Maker because of its ability to sync with Ancestry, which should save a lot of work when I finally get round to re-doing my tree properly, but my question is this - would it pull down all the attached media that I have linked to my tree, e.g. census images etc.? And could I then upload them back to Ancestry if I renewed my subscription?

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