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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Seeking to date 19th C Napier picture
« on: Tuesday 30 November 21 03:44 GMT (UK)  »
I would like to know if there is enough information in this picture  (I'm not sure if it is a portrait or a photograph) to give it an approximate date. The alternatives are a man born in 1789 d. 1853 or his son, born 1836 d. 1903.

Thank you.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Reading London Land Tax records 1797
« on: Friday 05 November 21 09:52 GMT (UK)  »
Attached is a screenshot from a land tax record. Can anyone tell me what the word which looks like Teny after the name Mary Brookes means?
Apologies if this is posted in the wrong category.

Also, is there any way of finding out who may have owned a property at a specific address from that time?

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Family History Beginners Board / Interpretation of BDM & B records
« on: Wednesday 25 August 21 06:13 BST (UK)  »
Novice question!  Can anyone tell me what the phrase "carried into visitation" on a baptism record actually means?  Does it mean the baby died and is believed to have joined the angels?  There must have been some reason for using that phrase rather than just "Deceased".

Thank you.

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For Sale / Wanted / Events / Wanted: Book "Henry Ashore" by Prisciila Napier.
« on: Monday 20 January 20 04:10 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for a copy of the above book for my research. It is Part 2 of a biography of Henry Edward Napier R.N.  I have been able to buy Part 1, "Henry at Sea", but Part 2 is out of print and unavailable through all the usual sources online e.g. Amazon, Stella Books, World of Books, etc.  Some outlets e.g. W.H. Smith do not ship to Australia, even if they had the book in stock.  I am wondering if RootsChat members have any other suggestions? Thank you.

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Census Lookup and Resource Requests / Before 1841 UK census
« on: Tuesday 03 December 19 06:44 GMT (UK)  »
I have a puzzle which would be greatly assisted by Census like data from before 1840. I realise that the first true UK census was in 1841. Is there any other record available to the ordinary person that might contain lists of people (servants most probably) who lived in certain aristocratic households in London between 1820 and 1840?  And if so, would they be on the internet or would I have to travel to the UK to do further research?  I have hints from biographies but no official facts!

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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Henry Edward Brookes b. c 1820
« on: Wednesday 11 September 19 13:03 BST (UK)  »
This is a photograph of Henry Edward Brookes taken in South Australia in 1872.  Also a drawing of a man who may or may not be related to him, date unknown, possibly c. 1815.  I am looking for opinions as to whether people think these two men could be related, based on facial features. Facial hair does not help, but no other pictures are available.  An opinion from an expert would be invaluable, but opinions from anyone who has one would also be most welcome.

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Family History Beginners Board / Comparing faces in 19th century drawings
« on: Sunday 25 August 19 13:14 BST (UK)  »
I have photos of 19th century drawings of two men who may or may not have been related. Does anyone know of someone who is qualified and would be able to study the drawings and give an opinion as to whether the two men concerned might have been related?  Or failing that, is there a way to do it myself online (some sort of facial matching?)  I am a novice in this area but if this were possible it would help solve a very long-standing and stubborn puzzle.

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Gloucestershire / Mary Davis gave birth on a steam packet in the Bristol Channel
« on: Sunday 25 August 19 12:17 BST (UK)  »
I have read an account of a woman called Mary Davis who gave birth to a child aboard a Bristol channel steam packet (name unknown) sometime before October 1827. I would like to find out more about this birth and Mary herself. I don't know when exactly the birth occurred. An overseer named John Curry from Walcot,Bath was enquiring about the birth trying to determine the exact location. (This information is from a Ph.D. thesis by Jan Chivers of Bath Spa University.  I am attempting to contact her.)

If this Mary Davis is the one I am researching, she was an unmarried young woman who would have been travelling from Bath to Usk or Abergavenny or vice-versa. By the way, I do realise how common the name Mary Davis was and that we do not have much information to go on. Any information or advice would be very much appreciated.

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I am looking for information about this family. I have a lot of information about some family members, e.g. Michael Davis 1773-1847, but almost none about most of his siblings. In particular I would like to know more about his brother Thomas Davis b. circa 1780.  He may have had a daughter named Mary. Any information or direction would be much appreciated.  Thank you.

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