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Census and Resource Discussion / Ancestry heading for meltdown?
« on: Friday 26 February 10 14:26 GMT (UK)  »
Certainly seems like, with the problems over the last few days/weeks/months,
you read all the blogs and seems like the whole of USA is up in arms about "improvements"
and they are expecting an upsurge with the WDTYA due soon on USA tv,
a number have lost their their trees, plenty are complaining about a new merge feature that is supposed to allow
a whole tree to be easily grabbed?

Some are saying you can see your own tree (couldnt for 24 hours) but no longer search public trees,
wrong amounts being taken from bank accounts and YOU need to notice it to get refunded,
a victim of their own success or a few to many lets see what this button does merchants?

OOPS sorry for posting in wrong place, could have sworn i had lol

Devon / Convent In Torquay
« on: Thursday 11 February 10 15:11 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, wonder if any older residents of Torquay have any recollections of a convent?
i have a death certificate of a relative who went missing as a child in London,
we had rumours that after the parents died the older brother was caring for the rest of the family,
then somehow the church became involved, and i as i say i RECENTLY found this death certificate,
it states she was a Religious sister and place of death was St Mary's Convent, St Marychurch Torquay,

I have looked and can't find any info' about this convent, i have also emailed a Catholic Church in Torquay but no reply, i have this relative on the 1911 census aged 4 living with parents and siblings, the parents both died in 1911 shortly after the census, and until i found the death (1973) that was the last record we have of her,
i assume by the lack of info' of this convent it must have closed many years ago,
lastly the person who registered the death was Marie Van Eyken, present at the death so i assume another Sister etc
Thanks for any help ;)

Census and Resource Discussion / Findmypast Free trial
« on: Thursday 03 December 09 17:21 GMT (UK)  »
apology if you already know this, but at last FindMyPast are offering a free 14 trial for new users (EXCLUDING the 1911)
and also make clear the fair usage policy

Fair Usage limits – we have dramatically increased the monthly Fair Usage Limit for subscribers and simplified how we calculate it. The new limit is a huge 5000 record views per month and we will send a warning email if you start to get close to this limit. We will also be introducing a counter on the website soon to let you see how close to the limit you are getting.

Continuous membership for subscribers – we have clarified your options to cancel continuous membership from the "My account" area of the website. Your loyalty discount of 20% is automatically applied when you renew using continuous membership.

Free trial – a 14 day free trial is now available to new users of the site. There is a lower Fair Usage Limit of 400 record views during a Free Trial. The Free Trial does not include access to the 1911 census.

Lookups – we have made it clearer that providing "lookups" for other people is not allowed.

Company name changes – Find My Past Limited has changed its name to brightsolid online publishing limited. This is simply a name change – we are still owned by the same company (brightsolid online innovation limited) and this name change does not affect your use of the website in any way.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Mum as child (COMPLETED WITH THANKS)
« on: Thursday 24 September 09 17:47 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if you clever people can weave your magic on this?
it is the only photo i have of my Mum as a child, :( then next is in her 20s
and it has been scanned from a photo someone else had so sorry i have not got the original,
so hope it is ok?
thanks :)

The Lighter Side / Helping others
« on: Saturday 05 September 09 21:34 BST (UK)  »
Am i the only one who gets the hump?, when after doing some searching for people or helping in some way, they never even make an acknowledgement that it has helped or solved their problem,

i must admit it doesn't bother me so much when they don't reply to mine as i just make a mental note not to bother again, but it probably annoys me more reading through posts i see other Roots members spending a lot of time and their own subscriptions and people cannot be bothered to put the same amount of effort into replying as they have done posting in the first place, sadly its not only new members who are guilty,
i think i have mentioned it before people who go into the photo restoration forum and use the talents of those clever people wouldn't dream of not saying thanks etc would they?

or as i say is it just me being picky?

Census Lookup and Resource Requests / 1901 census missing people
« on: Wednesday 19 August 09 00:46 BST (UK)  »
i cannot seem to find in the 1901 census Fanny Hatton born 1884
i have her in all the other census including 1911
she married in 1904,
The strange thing is i cannot find her Mother either, Dinah Hatton born c1850
BUT found her father (Dinahs husband) Robert Hatton c1844 living with a son and his wife
RG13; Piece: 45; Folio: 54; Page: 34.
the mother Dinah is deffo alive as she died in 1912, and i also have her
in the 1911 living with daughter Fanny and her family, as i say i have Fanny in every census
and can track her life until she died in 1971, this missing few years is bugging me
for her and Dinah (spelt a few different ways on census )
i was hoping i maybe missing something really simple and someone may see the missing bit,
all the census they are living in the Middlesex/Brentford/Hounslow areas
there are LOADS of other siblings the married ones i have found, the two younger than
Fanny are Elizabeth 1889 and Frank 1887, also no sign,
as i say i do have them in ALL the other census, as i don't want anyone wasting there time,
its just this elusive 1901,
even if the results are the same THANKS for the effort. ;)

London and Middlesex / Plaistow West Ham
« on: Thursday 23 July 09 01:40 BST (UK)  »
i wonder if anyone can help who may live close to Emma Road, on Google street view it is described as newham E13, Firstly i will tell you the story,

My Mum and most of her siblings were born at Emma road, and my Nan had told us a story that she was on her way home one day, stopped to pick something up or tie laces etc and a doodle bug came over and hit the houses, and if they hadn't stopped would most likely have died, my Nan wasn't one to tell lies
but did embelish on things mostly to make out things were not as bad as they were,
as i say i looked on google street view and you get to number 72 older houses, and then there are "newer" houses set slightly back and they start at 32, so its as if the numbers that were bombed were not used again, although i can't understand why 32 is next door to 72, as i would have THOUGHT 32 was already used,

sorry for the prattling, but wondered if anyone lives close enough to check, or the unlikelyhood someone knows the story? i will also try and check with the local council etc to see if they have any information, i live the other end of the country now so can't check myself
thanks for reading and i hope i didn't bore the pants off you ;)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / repair (COMPLETED WITH THANKS)
« on: Monday 22 June 09 18:57 BST (UK)  »
i have this photo of my grandad from 1920's and his first wife who died shortly after,
and only photo we have of both of them, wonder of anyone could tidy it up a bit,
apology for low res' i went to my cousins and scanned a load of photos, and later realised they had been scanned pretty low, so if to low don't worry, next time i go there i will get them done again
TIA :)

Census and Resource Discussion / 1911 census new info'
« on: Friday 19 June 09 21:24 BST (UK)  »
for those who may not see the post in the Common forum

the whole census now shows the Enumerators pages (where available)
ive just checked some of the pages/records i had already paid for, and one of the pages actually shows the head of the household of each address of the whole street, so find any relatives quickly that live next door etc, the other pages i checked also showed on one census a description of the area, so the 1911 is looking even better now  ;)

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