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Technical Help / Ancestry
« on: Wednesday 25 August 10 00:14 BST (UK)  »
Am I the only one to be experiencing problems with Ancestry at the moment?

No matter how many details I provide for census enquiries, I keep getting 'Zero Good Matches' messages.  ???

Technical Help / BT Yahoo Browser
« on: Wednesday 11 August 10 21:59 BST (UK)  »
I am a BT Broadband customer, and have recently received a number of messages informing me that the BT Yahoo browser will be winding down from 1st September 2010, together with instructions relating to uninstalling the browser.

As things stand, although the whole BT set up is installed on my desktop computer, I rarely use it for Internet browsing, preferring instead to use my laptop and wireless connection, on which I access my BT Yahoo Email page via IE8.

Will I still be able to do this after the above date, if I don't follow the rigmarole of uninstalling the browser on my desktop?

If I do access the Internet on my desktop, I rarely if ever use the browser in any case, preferring to use Firefox instead.

Apologies for what may seem a stupid question, but I am a complete an utter ignoramus where technology is concerned!  ???

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Replies to Posts
« on: Friday 11 June 10 21:08 BST (UK)  »
Is there any way members can 'unsubscribe' from posts they have replied to, so they do not appear on the 'Show new replies to your posts' link?

I am thinking of threads/topics where a member may have provided information, but has no reason to follow the progress of the same.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Forgotten Images
« on: Friday 26 February 10 00:35 GMT (UK)  »
Whilst rummaging in an Antique shop in Ormskirk yesterday, I came across a boxful of developed glass photographic plates.

I bought them in the hope there may have been some local scenes among them, but so far they have only yielded family portraits, dating, to my uneducated eye, to the Edwardian/pre Great War period.

I have posted a link below, where the ones I have converted to positive image can be viewed, on the offchance someone may recognise the subjects. Lost ancestors anyone?

The Lighter Side / The Usefulness Of Contemporary Fiction
« on: Sunday 31 January 10 17:36 GMT (UK)  »
I am sure the majority of us regard our ancestors as more than a name and a couple of dates filling a corner of a genealogical chart. We want to know of their lives, their work, and their families, and what ‘made them tick’, and some idea can often be gained by reading contemporary novels.

Whilst we are familiar with Dickens, Thackeray and co., there are many other authors not so frequently read these days, who paint an interesting picture of Victorian life, and do, I think, allow us to get ‘under the skin’ of our ancestors, and give us some idea of how they dressed, spoke, and thought. Below are a few of my favourites:-

R.S. (Robert Smith) Surtees
Surtees wrote mainly of the “huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ set in his Jorrocks novels and other works, but covered a wide spectrum, describing everyone from Dukes to racecourse touts and beggars, giving a remarkable insight into how they dressed and spoke; all of his works are littered with the popular slang and catchphrases of the day.

George & Weedon Grossmith
In The Diary Of A Nobody; the supposed journal of Charles Pooter, the Grossmiths, apart from providing a classic work of humour, give us a fascinating picture of the life of a late 19th century London clerk, and of his aspirations, pastimes, and “keeping up with the Joneses”.

Jerome K. Jerome
Best known nowadays for Three Men in a Boat and Three Men On The Bummel, Jerome also wrote dozens of humorous essays on subjects such as being hard up and pawning your watch, babies, and public transport, all of which give a flavour of Victorian life and manners.

Barry Pain
Pain’s Eliza Stories are supposedly the journal of an anonymous (and extremely self important) clerk, and describe both his home life with his down to earth wife Eliza, and his life at work, with irascible boss Mr Bagshawe. Apart from the fact they provide an excellent insight into late Victorian/early Edwardian life, they are also very very funny!

Those are just a few of my favourites. Would anyone like to add to the list?


Unwanted Certificates & Artefacts / Useful? Documents
« on: Friday 22 January 10 20:52 GMT (UK)  »
I’ve been having a sort out, and have turned up the following documents and papers which I have picked up at one time or the other. If you think any of them might help with your research please let me know, and I will gladly send you a scanned copy, or a transcript, if scanning is not practicable.

1. Letter book containing approx 1500 ‘office copies’ of correspondence by Richard Sharples, Solicitor, Accrington, between March and November 1890.
He conducted business over a wide area of South Lancashire, and there are many different surnames listed in the index.

2. Short pedigree outlining descendants of Thomas Molyneux, of Liverpool.
Not dated (possibly early 19th c.). Associated surnames: Critchley, Phythian, Fleetwood.

3. Last will and testament, (original doc. ) William Henry Collinson, of Salesbury, Blackburn, Lancs. Probate 16th July 1828.

4. Indenture relating to release of land for construction of Factory Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, by Thomas Livesey, of Blackburn, Lancashire.
Dated 7th May 1840.

5. Last will and testament, (original doc. )  Thomas Livesey, Crabtree House, Brindle, Lancashire. Died 24th July 1847.

6. Schedule of Deeds relating to property held by James Livesey, of Blackburn, Lancashire, in Brindle, Blackburn, Liskeard and Wallasey.
Dated March 1867.

7. Last will and testament (original doc. ) Mary Bancroft, Bolton, Lancashire. Beneficiaries/Executors Siffrid Nevil Bancroft and Robert Nevil Bancroft.
Died 9th December 1875.

8. Letter to Mrs Christian Kerrish, Dreanskall(?), Haughold, Isle of Man, from Minnie Kerrish, Abingdon, Illinois, U.S.A. Dated August 23rd 1885.

9.Contract/Indenture relating to Timothy and Sarah Cooperthon (sic) of Skipton in Craven, Yorkshire, 1713.

10. Number of scrapbooks (early 1930s) relating to Thompson family, of 75 Silverdale Road, Rock Ferry, Cheshire.

Please contact me if any of the above will assist you in your research.

Lancashire Lookup Offers / Manchester Grammar School
« on: Thursday 21 January 10 01:17 GMT (UK)  »
I have a register of Manchester Grammar School Old Boys and Masters, covering the period 1876 to 1951. In many cases it includes a short biography of the person in question; their subsequent career, etc.

Please contact me if you require a 'look up'. By pm please, if there is a possibility the person in question may still be alive.

Moderator Comment: thanks for the offer Finbar Resartus -  if anyone would like a lookup, please post request on the Lancashire Lookup Requests Board and send a PM to the poster

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