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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Alternative to Scapple
« on: Saturday 30 October 21 10:48 BST (UK)  »
I have read that this is a very good product for drawing a map connecting your different matches together but it is not free. I wondered if anybody has has had success using a free alternative for connecting 15 to 20 closest matches to yourself and to each other.
Zaph

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The Common Room / Haddo Terrace, Scarborough, 1881
« on: Wednesday 27 October 21 11:03 BST (UK)  »
From the census this is near Albemarle Crescent and Aberdeen Walk, but I can't find it on any old maps or directories.  Help! please!

Zaph

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / MY FTDNA emails have vanished
« on: Wednesday 06 October 21 12:33 BST (UK)  »
I have had emails between me and matches on FTDNA.  Today I can't find where they are.  Has anyone else had this?  I just can't see a suitable link.

Zaph

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / X chromosome DNA match
« on: Wednesday 22 September 21 13:16 BST (UK)  »
For the first time I have found somebody with whom I have have a small 15 cM DNA match on the X chromosome. What does this tell me?

Zaph

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The Common Room / 1939 register redacted entry is blank
« on: Saturday 04 September 21 10:17 BST (UK)  »
I recently heard from a cousin who was trying to find out about her late mother's life in care in the 1940s. My cousin provided her mother's death certificate to findmypast, in order to have a redacted record revealed. Findmypast informed her that the redacted line was actually blank. I wondered if anyone had any comments on this, as it seems odd for there to be a blank line in the middle of a 1939 register page.

Subsequently my cousin found her mother living elsewhere with a carer.

Zaph

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The Common Room / Paying to search the current electoral register
« on: Wednesday 01 September 21 14:50 BST (UK)  »
50 years ago I used to occasionally visit with my parents, somebody who we thought was my cousin but my research has shown that he was actually my uncle due to to what is probably technically an illegal adoption.

I doubt that he can tell me more about those events as he was probably lied to as well, but as he will now be 70 I decided I ought to not leave it any longer before trying to contact him. I have no knowledge of where he might be living or whether he is actually still living. He had a reasonably common English name, no middle name, and so I am wondering about using 192 to search the electoral registers for him.

There are 100 REGISTERED people with his name in the UK, this reduces to 20 when I specify that he is over 65, and only 4 of those have no middle name. I'd be interested before I go ahead and spend 15 and 20, not insignificant to me, I'd like to hear whether other people have done similar things and to what degree of SUCCESS, and any tips.  My plan is to write to these 4 people, and enclose a stamped addressed card for a return contact.

Zaph

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Technical Help / Problem searching https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/
« on: Friday 13 August 21 16:45 BST (UK)  »
If I search on 'Jones' in 1964 I am taken to a page starting with the letter 'G'.  It is page 463.  How can I page forward?

There are many such wrong hits. If I search on 'Johnson' in 1964 I am taken to a page starting with the letter 'M'.  It is page 253.

Zaph

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The Lighter Side / Secrets of a rocking chair
« on: Thursday 12 August 21 09:52 BST (UK)  »
Every afternoon, until the full sun comes around and gets too hot, I sit in a very old rocking chair passed down through the family, reading. When I'm finished, I stand up, pushing down on the arms and everyday I think "I must sand that rough bit". Today, after many years, I had a close look at what this was. It is a black semi-hard area, clearly the epithelial deposits from many generations of the family, where ancestors have pushed down on the arms to stand up. Today I used a plastic scratchy pad to remove it. I know I should preserve it for the day when it can be analysed, but it went straight in the bin.

Zaph

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Living DNA
« on: Wednesday 09 June 21 12:30 BST (UK)  »
Could anyone tell me how to download match data from Living DNA, for local processing?

Zaph

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