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The Lighter Side / Re: Do you think you have ancestors who just lied on their forms?
« on: Friday 04 September 20 11:48 BST (UK)  »
I'm sure many people made things up or didn't know for certain. My maternal grandmother lied about her age on her second marriage and my father gave the name of his uncle as his father when he married. As a father wasn't named on his birth certificate he either wanted to keep up appearances or there was a little incest in the family.

The Common Room / Re: Could a lay preacher marry people in the 1880's
« on: Wednesday 29 July 20 15:18 BST (UK)  »
I think that a marriage could only take place in a C of E Church. A ceremony in any other place of worship had to be confirmed at the local Registry Office.

« on: Friday 03 July 20 16:54 BST (UK)  »
There was a Margaret B Henderson born in the first quarter of 1920 in West Derby Lancs where William A Hassett was married in 1914, so perhaps Martha had the child and registered it in her maiden name of Henderson. The only means of finding out would be to get the birth certificate.

When we removed the anaglypta from the panels on the cellar door of our 1903 house we found a pencil inscription from the first occupants giving the date and weather conditions when they moved in. It's still there, despite being stripped in an acid bath.

The Lighter Side / Re: Damned with feint praise?????
« on: Monday 08 June 20 15:21 BST (UK)  »
If I remember correctly you paid a charge for the first few words in the classified section and then by each additional word, so in a similar way to telegrams, people were very often economical with their use of words.

The Common Room / Re: Ancestry UK Offers
« on: Thursday 28 May 20 18:26 BST (UK)  »
Thank you. I used the link today and it's still active. Another year of searching.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: General Discussion on Current Situation 2/
« on: Thursday 28 May 20 17:00 BST (UK)  »
I'm confused. I'm told I must stay two metres from others outwith my household unless I'm a construction worker who can have close contact for fifteen metres with another worker. The track and tracers will only contact me if I've been closer than two metres of a positive tester for more than fifteen minutes. On this basis why can't I just pass someone on the pavement instead of having to dive into the road?

The Stay Safe Board / Re: New Mantra: Stay Alert - Control the Virus
« on: Sunday 10 May 20 12:14 BST (UK)  »

a certain 'panic' 'sensible caution'

I think panic is the right word in certain circumstances, one only has to look at Twitter and Facebook to see the vitriol spit out at anyone admitting to a minor infringement of the rules.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: New Mantra: Stay Alert - Control the Virus
« on: Sunday 10 May 20 11:52 BST (UK)  »
I'm not sure about the two metre rule. If a cyclist or jogger comes past you I think five metres out of their slip stream would be better. If someone does fly past you it is possible to smell their deodorant and I can't believe that scent travels further than damp breath. That said I think a certain panic has set in and it will be very difficult to coax a large proportion out of their homes.

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