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The Lighter Side / Genetic genealogists trace foundling's roots
« on: Wednesday 20 June 18 09:22 BST (UK)  »
Apologies if already posted somewhere, but I just found this to be a fascinating story about a stolen child, a foundling who turns out not to be that child, and the part that genetic genealogists have played in pursuing the truth:

Technical Help / Internet access to RootsChat cut
« on: Friday 08 June 18 02:53 BST (UK)  »
For a while now I have been losing access to RootsChat quite regularly around 02:00 - 02:45 am, it simply stops, I then get a 'time out' when I try to access it and sites like 'isitup ' tell me that the website is down.  None of my other internet services are affected, just access to RootsChat. 

I don't imagine that the RootsChat website is actually down, otherwise more folk would have noticed it and raised it as an issue by now.  The problem seems to resolve itself on every occasion after a short while.  But I'm just curious, can anyone offer up a suggestion as to what is happening?  Could it be something like a proxy server that I'm routed through somewhere in the WWW regularly going offline for updating / maintenance? 

Ireland / SeŠn/Sean and Sťamus/Seamus
« on: Saturday 27 January 18 15:04 GMT (UK)  »
Might seem a silly question, but in case someone already knows the answer and can avoid nugatory effort on my part...

The forename SeŠn/Sean appeared only 150 times in the 1911 Ireland census, almost exclusively with Irish surnames.  And searching for the same forename brings back no 'hits' in the 1901 Ireland census. And yes, there were a few 'Shauns' and 'Shawns', but the number isn't material.

Likewise the forename Sťamus/Seamus appeared only 330 times in the 1911 Ireland census, with a mere 7 'hits' in 1901.

I'm surprised how few occurrences there were in 1911 and baffled by the 1901 results. Am I doing something wrong in my search?  If not, my next question is...  Why? 

I could find no ready answer on the internet. I could start tracking back the 1911 folk to 1901 to see what they're called, but as I said, I'm hoping someone already has an answer...

Ireland / Irish Civil Records Available To View
« on: Thursday 08 September 16 09:19 BST (UK)  »
Is it just me or have they jumped the gun by a few hours?

I've been able to view the digitised images this morning, a fantastic new resource.

Ireland / Belfast Street Directories - 1924, 1951, and 1960
« on: Wednesday 15 April 15 19:26 BST (UK)  »
Just to mention that Mary Lennon has added scans of Belfast street directories for 1924, 1951, and 1960 to the extensive material on her excellent "Lennon Wylie" website,  towns and counties sections and transcriptions to follow later:

A database of records from the burial register of Milltown Cemetery in Belfast from 1869 to 1895,  containing over 27,000 names, has been added to the membership section of the Ulster Historical Foundation website:
Milltown Cemetery opened in 1869 on the Falls Road in Belfast and is the main Catholic cemetery in Belfast.  The database contains the name, age and address of the deceased as well as the date of burial.
Also available to members is a database of over 1,600 names and addresses of those who purchased burial plots in Milltown Cemetery from 1924 and 1931.

Technical Help / Is it just me affected..?
« on: Saturday 28 June 14 10:12 BST (UK)  »
Saturday 28 June, 10:09 in the morning, in Ireland.

Is it just me or is anyone else having problems accessing sites like FamilySearch and Ancestry, I use Chrome and I'm getting the "Oops! Google Chrome could not find..." message. Even the Ireland Census won't play ball for me at the moment.  :(

Antrim / PRONI Photographs of Belfast 1910s
« on: Sunday 07 July 13 10:39 BST (UK)  »
Has anyone seen these photos of Belfast, in the 1910s on the PRONI Flickr page? These came as a surprise to me.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / 1928 Baby
« on: Friday 14 June 13 15:07 BST (UK)  »
Part #1

OK, here's a wee story in 2 parts...

Like many families, we had a drawer stuffed with family photos, including old ones that we as children never thought to ask our parents about. 

Fast forward a few decades, our parents inevitably passed on and given that family photos can get mislaid over time, we decided to scan them all in so all of us children could have a copy.

Amongst the many photos was one clearly marked as our father.  We know everything about him -  that he was born in Connecticut in February 1928 (my grandparents left Northern Ireland to try their luck for a while in the USA - they returned home in 1933).

Anyway, here's the photo:

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