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The Common Room / question about laminating old documents?
« on: Saturday 24 April 21 09:40 BST (UK)  »
I have just received some old documents from my uncles estate. They include his baptism certificate (1920) which is in really poor condition. Every time you touch it another piece falls off.

I tried to feed it into an acid free document but more came off - it is not very strong and already in about 10 pieces.

I think the only hope of preservation is to laminate it.  I would do that straight away but just wondered if there was an obvious reason why one shouldn't.

So to laminate or not, that is the question?

Australia / John and Sarah French emigrated to Australia
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 12:10 GMT (UK)  »
I know John and Sarah (nee Mingay) emigrated sometime between 1871 and 1881 census to Australia but do not know on when. They should have had two children with them: Caroline Elizabeth (b1866) and Daniel (b1868)

I believe John died 1883 and Sarah remarried but cannot find where I got this information from. recommend if you move house, don't let anyone else pack up your family record folders as they seem to be half missing!

I am wondering whether to upgrade my family treemaker 2014.1 to the (what I think is the newest) 2019 version.

How has anyone got on with it?
Does it give you enough new features? - (I am not linked to Ancestry)
is it worth the extra money?
I see I could get it for a 'mere' 50 as I am already a registered user of 2014.

All comments would be gratefully received.

Technical Help / Trouble signing into IGI
« on: Wednesday 02 December 20 14:47 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone else having trouble signing into their IGI aka FamilySearch account?

I have tried over the last couple of weeks and each time I start get told username or password are incorrect. (I know they are not) but still went through the reset user name and password, to be immediate told it was incorrect (again).  I had cut and pasted the new bits to make sure no typo errors.

Still can't get in so any ideas?

The Common Room / What does M'37 mean?
« on: Wednesday 11 November 20 15:15 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking at the BMD index for Herbert AK Keene born 1920, died 1976 and wondered what the comment ' see M'37 ' means as a page reference.

Not met this before.

The Common Room / problems on newspaper searches
« on: Sunday 26 July 20 14:16 BST (UK)  »
Using findmypast, I searched by entering the county of Suffolk and surname 'Alston' and found lots of wonderful stories about my ancestors.

So trying for other branches of the family eg surnames 'French' or 'Bacon' - oh dear, it is amusing what comes up but they are not linked to people.

Is there anyway I can persuade the search engine to only show me people?

The Common Room / Were Prisoners in Census Records?
« on: Wednesday 10 June 20 12:20 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for a Henry Bacon (born 1834 Ardleigh) and Henry Merchant (b1826 Ardleigh) in the 1861 Census.

I now both are in prison at this time but cannot find them or the prison in the records.  According to the Millbank prison records  they were in 'Medingly' (?) Prison from 15th May 1857 until 23 Oct 1861. 

 what or where is Medingly?

The Common Room / Hilda Hawes on the Middy
« on: Monday 17 February 20 14:12 GMT (UK)  »
Can Anyone help please?
We are interested in Hilda Hawes who worked on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway (Middy) during WW2.
We have a photo of her and a few other details but no birth.
1939 she is described as Eva H Hawes (Withers) dob 5.5.1915 Mrs. 
She married Samuel E Withers in Q1 1964 in Wood Green.
Her probate as Eva Hilda Withers is dated 2015.

Samuel married in 1929 originally but was a widow by 1943.

Questions: where was Hilda born and what was her surname?
                 Who did she marry first time to get the name Hawes?

The Common Room / Late birth registration
« on: Monday 12 August 19 18:01 BST (UK)  »
I have just found one of my 'persons of interest' who was born on 21.June 1914 but his birth not registered until 28 Sept 1927 with a note under the 'when registered' column of his birth certificate 'on the authority of the register general'.

My question - why was he 13 when the birth was registered? what would have triggered the late registration?

Cecil Edmund Bloom 1927 Sept 04a 1503 Hartismere.

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