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Australia / TROVE under threat
« on: Saturday 14 January 23 02:32 GMT (UK)  »
Just read about this in the Lost Cousins newsletter. Trove under threat due to budget cuts. What a tragedy.

Unsure if it will make a difference because generally once a decision has been made thereís no changing it, but there is a petition to sign. Got to give it a try:

Suspect it may be sold to a subscription site, likely Ancestry, and the deal may already have been done.

London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Details of Edmonton Marriage 1849
« on: Friday 26 August 22 09:31 BST (UK)  »
I think I already know the answer to this question, but as so many records are online these days, I would just like to check.

Apart from ordering a marriage certificate from the GRO or local records office, is there any way to see the information on a marriage certificate from 1849 in Edmonton District? Looking specifically for groomís fatherís name.

This is not my family otherwise I would purchase the certificate.


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / What might Ancestry be up to?
« on: Sunday 17 April 22 06:36 BST (UK)  »
I have tested with FTDNA and uploaded my raw data to My Heritage so only know about Ancestry, from what I have gleaned through reading various threads here on rootschat.

As Ancestry are the only company who wonít share with others, I was considering buying an Ancestry DNA test at Christmas but was put off by some concerns about tests not reaching Ireland due to flight cancelations. There was also apparently some bullying and threats to ban going on by Ancestry on social media when people pointed out the issues with returning test kits from some parts of the world, which pit me off.

Over the past couple of days I have been reconsidering,in the hope that these issues have been resolved.

I do loads of online surveys, and serendipitously just now I completed one about DNA tests, specifically Ancestry. Many of the questions were asking which features I was aware that Ancestry provided, and which of a number of features would make me more likely to take an Ancestry DNA test. It hinted at the new side view by asking if I would be more likely to take a test if results were broken down into maternal and paternal sides.

Very few of the questions related to matching with living relatives, and those that did asked if I wouldnít take a test because I didnít want to be contacted by matches. I donít know how it currently works with Ancestry - are you able to opt in or out of being contacted by anyone you match with? If they donít already offer this, I got the impression this is something they are looking at to prevent all those pesky emails from people claiming that they are related to you.  ::)

Presumably they are testing the waters through this survey, but one set of questions was a bit worrying. It asked if you would be more or less likely to take an ancestry dna test if you need to:
- be a subscriber to do a test
- pay to access new features in the future
- pay more to see updates or changes to your results in the future
- pay a sub to access dna results in the future
Price hikes on the horizon perhaps?

It also asked the maximum price you would be willing to pay to take a test to just see your geographic and ethnic origins. ($50 was the lowest option they provided) Wonder if Ancestry are thinking of doing an ethnicity only test?

They also asked about sharing results with other companies - I presume that means other dna companies, though it wasnít clear.

It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes they make after analyisng the survey replies.

I get the impression they know most of their testees are after the ethnicity results only (as per their advertisements), they arenít interested in doing their own research (another question touched on this), nor do they want to be contacted by anyone who is a dna match.

Not sure that there are any positives in any of this but I thought this might be of interest.

Norfolk Lookup Requests / Please help find family in 1911.
« on: Tuesday 04 January 22 10:19 GMT (UK)  »
I am not requesting a lookup as such, but would be grateful if someone can locate this family in the 1911 census and point me in the right direction please.

George Edward Hovell born 1907
His father George William b 1879
His mother Betsy Louisa b 1877 (she seems to be Betsy rather than Elizabeth on all records)

George and Betsy married in 1905.

The family all hail from Winterton, Norfolk. All were still alive in 1911.

Father George was seafaring so may not have been at home in 1911.

Iíve tried all the usual searching methods without success.

Thank you.  :)

Scotland / Searching for Farrell family after 1911
« on: Saturday 29 August 20 07:21 BST (UK)  »
I would appreciate some assistance with locating members of this family please.

Some background:

1911 census
2 Crawford St, Greenock.
George Farrell head 50 widr bricklayer b Ayrshire, Saltcoats
Sarah Farrell sister 52 W
Peter son 16 S apprentice boat builder b Glasgow
Laurence son 13 b Renfrewshire, Greenock
Samuel son 4 b Greenock

Georgeís wife Maggie died in 1910.

There was an older son, George b 1890 who emigrated to Australia in 1910. I have information about his family and WW1 service. I also have the family in 1891 and 1901, plus some related of birth, death and marriage certificates.

It is specifically George snr and his sons that I am looking to track down after 1911. There are a few possible deaths and marriages on SP but I am hoping for some ideas or help on how to determine which, if any, might be the right people.

I considered that Peter might have joined up but I canít see an exact match on Ancestry for a Peter Farrell serving in WW1.

Thanks for any help.  :)

« on: Tuesday 05 November 19 04:33 GMT (UK)  »
This may be of interest to some, especially those who find that their ethnicity estimates are not what they expected:

The Common Room / ďDr Livingstone, I presumeĒ
« on: Tuesday 15 October 19 23:57 BST (UK)  »
I hope it is OK to pass on this challenge from the latest Lost Cousins newsletter. I havenít looked at this myself but I thought others might be interested.

Please remove if it breaches any rules.  :)

Quote from Peter Calver in the Lost Cousins newsletter:
In search of Stanley
The words "Dr Livingstone, I presume" may never have been spoken by Stanley, but I can remember being told about them at a very early age, possibly at Sunday School. Henry Morton Stanley was commissioned by his editor to find Livingstone - but the task I'm going to set you is to find Stanley!
According to Wikipedia Henry Morton Stanley was born John Rowlands on 28th January 1841 in Denbigh, the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Parry, but brought up in his early years by Moses Parry, his maternal grandfather. Wikipedia and other sources record that his birth certificate referred to him as a bastard, but I've never seen that description on a birth certificate.
I had a quick look for the birth of John Rowlands or John Parry in the GRO birth index, but in the short time available I couldn't find an entry that fitted - nor could I find John in the 1841 Census. I think it's about time that the information on Wikipedia was checked (and updated if necessary), so perhaps the members of the LostCousins Forum can succeed where I failed? If you're not already a member of the forum check to see whether there is an invitation on your My Summary page - please don't write to me direct (this is a challenge for forum members only).
Note: I did find Stanley's autobiography online, but it didnít seem to answer any of my questions.

Australia / Mystery notation on 1907 Qld birth certificate
« on: Sunday 26 May 19 14:46 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know what these mean?

These symbols are on a 1907 Queensland birth certificate which I downloaded today. The bottom image is beside the mother's name, and the other is beside a note written in the border. The baby was illegitimate if that has any bearing. I have googled for possible explanations but found nothing.

Additionally, the birth certificate was not the usual foolscap orientation, rather it was laid out horizontally across two pages. I have not seen one like this before.

Apologies for the blurry images.

Thanks for any suggestions. Fingers crossed that this works*:
*it worked, but image is sideways - sorry.

Cavan / How to pronounce Cavan
« on: Wednesday 17 April 19 05:54 BST (UK)  »
Very quick question for those of you who will know ...

How do you pronounce Cavan?

Ca- Vann?
Like Gavin with an "in" rather than an "an" sound at the end of the word?
or some other way?

This is probably more off topic but I thought putting it here might catch the eye of an Irish expert.

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