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The Common Room / Heraldry links to family history
« on: Tuesday 16 November 21 19:57 GMT (UK)  »
I am currently doing some research about the village in which I live, In the 1950s, the vicar decided to do some restoration on a chapel in our church concentrating in particular on its heraldry. Some of the heraldric devices are divided into over 30 individual shields. None of the original paintwork on these devices was still in existence so it appears the vicar was more interested in filling in the paintwork rather than getting their colours correct.

Surely there are people who have a certain obsession on heraldry in much the same way as we focus on genealogy so I am asking if anyone can direct me towards something where I might be able to ask a few questions to give me something to get me started on the topic. I am not worried about the size of the challenge as I have a (hopefully) long retirement ahead of me.

Many thanks

The Common Room / Suggestions needed
« on: Sunday 03 January 16 17:03 GMT (UK)  »
Happy New Year one and all. Can anyone suggest how I can help my mum, who  is 93, discover what happened to her cousin who has not sent her a Christmas card for the second year running? Mum fears she may well have died and her family not have known about mum to let her know what happened. The cousin would also be well into her 90s - married name is fairly uncommon. Cousin lives in Dalbeattie and I have her name and address (William Street). Further information available should anyone have any bright ideas on how to settle this query.

Thanks in anticipation and apologies if this is an inappropriate use of this board.

Yorkshire (North Riding) / Born Thirsk 1785
« on: Monday 13 June 11 08:36 BST (UK)  »
Am keen for local knowledge to be brought to bear here. If somebody (in a census) described herself as having been born in Thirsk in 1785, which parishes would this cover? She was living in York in 1841, so Thirsk wouldn't be the other end of the world to the census enumerator (I presume). This has been the most troublesome bottleneck I have ever encountered - I cannot find this woman's maiden name or place of marriage, but as the two daughters I know she had were both born in her 30s, she may have borne them to a second husband. Any 'out of the box' suggestions most welcome.

The Common Room / How to trace a mutiny?
« on: Wednesday 28 July 10 19:06 BST (UK)  »
Facts as known - James Carver was a sailor (presume merchant navy, but not known for sure) born in 1857. There was a mutiny on the ship he was on (name unknown) and the crew were banged up in Jamaica before trial. At the trial, the crew were acquitted because James, the only one who could read or write, had kept a diary detailing the cruelty of the captain.

This is the information I got from a newly discovered relative and I am now (unsurprisingly) trying to find out more details about what was said to have happened. All the info is word of mouth from one of James' daughters. Can anybody suggest where to start looking?

The Common Room / Who's got sharp eyes?
« on: Monday 05 July 10 21:00 BST (UK)  »
Just trying to post an image. If anyone can see the image, can you make out the age of Esther Maltby, the last entry? I have always taken it as 65, but since using that age makes it impossible to find anything else out about her and given the enumerator has her down as Caster, anything might be the case

The Common Room / WWI veteran - help needed
« on: Sunday 13 June 10 21:08 BST (UK)  »
I'm sure many people will be aware of the splendid Roll of Honour website which seeks to remember all those who died in the service of their country. I have tried (as a sideline to my main research) to fill in gaps and help wherever possible with the names on my village memorial (Isleham in Cambs). One poor chap by the name of Frederick Webber has "no information known" against his entry on the list and I would dearly love to change that. What got me thinking outside the box was a note in the church visitor's book by someone who came to look at the place because their great uncle was on the list and I am trying to investigate the possibility that Frederick was born somewhere out of the area and just happened to be living locally when he joined up. I noted one possibility in the 1911 census for Newmarket with an 11yo Frederick, who would have been old enough to have joined up and lost his life towards the end of the conflict. I cannot match that entry to a BMD record of his birth. The Commonwealth War Graves website has no record of him. Would be immensely grateful if the collective wisdom of the board could come up with any ideas to shed light on this situation.

The Common Room / The testimony of Patience Kershaw
« on: Monday 01 March 10 12:43 GMT (UK)  »
Sometimes you hear things that you are sure others would want to know about but doubt that they might ever come across the same information. In these cases, posting it on a message board, perhaps to be found by a researcher in the months or even years to come is probably the best thing to do.

I was listening to Mike Harding's programme on BBC Radio 2 last Wednesday when he played a song of Frank Higgins recorded by the Unthanks called 'The testimony of Patience Kershaw". This is based on the evidence of a 17 year old girl who worked down the mines and who was interviewed in 1842 for a commission investigating the work of women and children in the mines. It is deeply moving and reveals just how hard they worked in those days.

Of course, being a family history buff, I immediately went to Familysearch and discovered that Patience was born in Northowram, Halifax in 1826 to John Kershaw and his wife the former Elizabeth Haigh. There were 7 other siblings as well. I was first intrigued because I have Kershaws in my family tree, but I doubt there is any link - one of my rellies became Lord Mayor of Bradford.

So if you are intersted in this, listen to it on BBC iplayer (only available until 3rd March) or check out the lyrics. If this is of use to anybody, then it was certainly worth posting. I hope other people might consider doing the same if they come across things they feel might be of use to others.

Technical Help / Reassurance needed
« on: Thursday 11 February 10 09:31 GMT (UK)  »
I am about to load Office 2007 onto my computer. Have been using an earlier version hitherto. I know that I SHOULD be able to load this without all the saved e-mails I want to keep being lost, as with the many contacts I have in my address book, but what I would welcome is to hear from someone else who has done this and can reassure me that I won't have to lose data. I know it makes sense to back up the data, but am not sure how to do so for this upgrade. Anything stored in My Documents is just fine, but it's the addresses and mail that I an less than fully confident about.

Many thanks

Technical Help / New screen - advice requested
« on: Sunday 27 December 09 11:08 GMT (UK)  »
My Christmas pressie was a brand new screen for my PC as the old one had developed terminal malfunctions. This one is a 'wide' screen and the manual says the optimal setting is 1268x768 (may not be 100% correct in this, but I am sure you get the picture). Other settings lead to rather odd shaped pictures/icons etc. The problem about which I would like advice is that the RHS of the screen is outside the display, so the scroll bar and the close button are not visible. Any tips on how to resolve this?

Many thanks

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