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The Lighter Side / Re: Census 2021
« on: Today at 08:19 »
A census is a snapshot of who was where on a particular date.

So, your return isn't out-of-date - it still shows accurately where you were on the date in question.

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Essex / Re: Who was Cissie's mysterious husband?
« on: Yesterday at 15:39 »
I suspect that the marriage certificate will say something like:
Walter C Ponting, otherwise known as George E Jackson.

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Essex / Re: Who was Cissie's mysterious husband?
« on: Yesterday at 14:18 »
FreeBMD has a comment against Cissie's marriage in 1946:
#COMMENT Spouse name reads as Jackson or Ponting

Entries for that reference are:
Jackson    George E    Stubbs    Essex S.W.    4a   557     Scan available - click to view
Ponting    Walter C    Stubbs    Essex S.W.    4a   557     Scan available - click to view
Stubbs    Cissie    Jackson    Essex S.W.    4a   557     Scan available - click to view Additional information available - click to view (Icon is a red question mark)
Stubbs    Cissie    Ponting    Essex S.W.    4a   557     Scan available - click to view Additional information available - click to view (Icon is a red question mark)

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The concept of correct spelling or misspelling is a relatively recent phenomenon. Nowadays, we have a heavily engrained sense of "correct spelling" drilled into us from our own education amongst other things, but in the past there wasn't necessarily such a thing as a misspelled word or name. We're talking about societies predominantly using oral communication where "the masses" couldn't read or write (well).

Seems that in modern society, spelling is becoming less important ;D
(Judging by post on various forums)

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Let me get this right. Even with different spelling of the surname the family are the same.

Correct ;D

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But that doesn't answer why did the actual name change for it to be on the gravestone. I can understand spelling mistakes on documents but not for them to actually be carved in stone. The same with marriage certificates.

But which variant is the "real" name?
Who decides what the "correct" spelling is?

Take my own name - Garrad.
Many RC'ers call me Garrard!
I get post all the time addressed to Garrod, Garrett, Garrard, Goddard, even Gadd!

I will repeat my earlier assertion:
Spelling is an art-form; not a science ;D

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Don't get hung up on spellings ;D

In the days of semi-illiteracy, many people didn't know how to spell their names.
I have seen documents where there are variations of the same surname within the document :D

It's the sound of the surname that was important - not the spelling.

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Spelling is an art form, not a science!

On most documents the names are written by somebody else - registrar, vicar, priest, etc.
They tended to write what they heard.

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Other Countries / Re: Bengal East Indies
« on: Sunday 13 June 21 07:09 BST (UK)  »
"East Indies" generally refers to the islands to the east of the Indian sub-continent.
E.G. Indonesia, the Phillippines, and other islands.

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