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The Lighter Side / Family History Surprises
« on: Sunday 23 April 23 22:39 BST (UK)  »
What was the most surprising thing you've discovered from your research into your family's history?   There are so many pieces to fit into the jigsaw.  But what did you discover that really took your breath away and made you look at your roots in a different light?  Mine was discovering that my 4 x great-grandparents were Norwegian.  My Norwegian 4x gt grandfather, born Ytteroy, and a mariner,  died in the Greenwich Hospital for Seamen in 1849 but this Scandinavian connection seemed to have been totally forgotten by the time my father was born in 1911.

I'd love to hear what surprises other researchers have discovered.

I know many of us have people in our FTs who worked on the British railways.  This free course, from Strathclyde University,  commences online today, and deals with the people who worked on the railways, rather than the history of the railways.  I've signed up and am looking forward to four interesting weeks, and finding out a lot more about what my ancestors did in their working lives on the railways.

The Stay Safe Board / And so, what happens when you find you've been infected...
« on: Thursday 22 October 20 22:52 BST (UK)  »
It seems likely that when my daughter was seriously ill in hospital in Feb/March she contracted the virus and I, in turn, picked it up when she came home, but at that time I was too busy coping with her illness to worry about what was happening to me.   However, we were isolating so not in contact with anyone else for most of the time.  But because of lung capacity problems, went  to GPs yesterday for bloods and to hospital today for chest x-ray & it seems that there were many cases on the ward where my daughter was.  So now a new and different adventure.  What a strange world we are living in currently.  Stay safe everyone x


The Common Room / 'Meteor' - ship working out of South Wales
« on: Sunday 04 October 20 22:00 BST (UK)  »
A friend of mine has a pair of  lamps - port and starboard - which he bought from a chandler in Penarth, South Wales in the late 1990s.  He knows that the name of the boat or ship they came from was Meteor and he thinks it might have been a tug but isn't sure. He's assuming the vessel was working out of one of the south Wales ports such as Newport, Penarth, Cardiff or Barry. Has anyone got any bright ideas where he would be likely to find details of vessels sailing out of these ports?


This post is on FB from Ipswich War Memorial & Cenotaph.  If anyone has a connection, they would be pleased to hear from you: 

"  We are seeking relatives of BASIL RAF GROOM a Second Lieutenant of the 2nd Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regiment.

Killed in action in 1942 while fighting the Japanese.

Residence: 165, Valley Road, Ipswich.
Employed: R. & W. Paul Ltd., Ipswich.

A member of the Old Grammarians Football Club, and of the Greyhound Cricket Club, and the Y.M.C.A.

Father: Frank Benjamin Joseph Groom, born May 1883, Kensington, Middlesex.
Mother: Blanche Beatrice Groom (nee Barker), born August 1887, Ipswich.

please share."

The Common Room / Millers and Millwrights
« on: Sunday 12 July 20 11:54 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone tell us the difference between a Miller and a Millwright?   Jan Groom and I are researching the history of a Welsh water mill, and we're trying to establish how old it might be, and who were the millers who lived and worked there.  The current buildings are thought to date from the late 18th/early 19th century, although we have found evidence that there has been a mill there, or nearby, since at least 1308.

In the 1841 census we have Jonathan Williams, born about 1781, Breconshire and he is shown as being a Millwright. We know he was there in 1815 as he gives the Mill as his address for the baptism of his son.   He died in 1851 and the 1861 census shows a William Moore there, and he is a Miller.  We have also found other people shown as Millers or Millwrights in the village at various times who have not lived at the mill itself - although there were two other mills fairly close by.

So, would anyone like to explain to us the difference between a Miller and a Millwright - and would a Millwright live at a mill and run it, or would he be likely to employ a Miller as well?  Also, later on it seemed that millers sometimes advertised themselves as 'miller & engine driver' so we'd be interested to know what kind of engine that would be, and how the two are connected.

We'd be interested to hear from people who know more than we do about milling!

The Stay Safe Board / Guardian article on how people cope with lockdown
« on: Wednesday 29 April 20 10:10 BST (UK)  »
Funny old world isn't it?  Here I am self-isolating with my daughter and I end up featuring in an article in today's Guardian (final para).   I do all sorts of stuff in my 'normal' life and remain fairly invisible; I stay at home and get featured in the national press.   ;D

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / A rather sad little entry in Non-Com Records
« on: Thursday 30 January 20 19:26 GMT (UK)  »
I found this rather sad little piece in the Non-Conformist Register for the area of Wales in which I live.  Presumably it was written by whoever had had charge of the records; I really feel for the poor man.  I can't read it all so any help with filling in the gaps would be appreciated.  So far I've got:

I ......... 
being sickly indolent and forgetfull am ........
sorry yt I have neglected to ........
Register ye names of those yt were .....
added to ye Church and were Buried
yn their proper order -
and I desire my
successor to follow ye example of my (good?)
predecessor therein.

The Common Room / 'Brecknocks'
« on: Wednesday 01 January 20 18:41 GMT (UK)  »
Okay you clever lot - does anyone know what a 'brecknock' was?  I am researching the history of Talgarth Mill in Powys (formerly Brecknock/Breconshire).  The Cadw site says that it is thought to have originally been a weaving mill for the production of 'brecknocks' (their quotes).  Elsewhere it is recorded as having been a fulling mill at some point in its history.  So, what was a brecknock?  I have tried googling but have been unable to find anything.


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