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The Common Room / Re: The long and the short of it
« on: Monday 18 January 21 15:21 GMT (UK)  »
I've got a digital copy of a will that's 180 pages in length.

It's from ScotlandsPeople, so there are two pages per .jpg, which means I only had to download 90 individual .jpgs. (The ScotlandsPeople system isn't able to provide .pdfs of long wills.)

In my experience, the longer wills from Scotland are mostly filled with descriptions of boundaries for plots of land. The more land a person owned, the longer the will.

I'm not an expert, but I think the whole point of wills (and inheritance law) was to ensure that property, etc., stayed in the family.

A lot of men who owned rental properties (including working farms) left their various holdings to one or more sons, with provisions that their widow should be provided for in specific ways (often stating that the money will stop if she remarries). It was similar for daughters and other female legatees, with clauses that kept their funding separate from payment of taxes or debt, etc. The intention seems to have been for the man's various income streams to continue to provide for his family after his death. But that's in the case of a man having more than one small farm to pass on to his eldest son.

I've seen clauses to the effect that, even though the heir or legatee is a woman, such-and-such rules shouldn't apply to this money. I haven't looked into it, so I don't know what that was all about.

But, yeah, most of it is overflowing with verbiage that makes me think they got paid by the word.

Nowadays -- in Canada, at least -- you can write whatever you want in your will, but it can be  contested and overturned after your death, in favour of adult offspring or other relatives you specifically stated would not receive anything from your estate.


Scotland / Re: Scottish Marriage Records
« on: Sunday 03 January 21 17:33 GMT (UK)  »
In my experience, the names of the bride's and/or groom's parents were mentioned if they had some kind of social standing (they owned property, or had "important" jobs, or were/had been the heads of guilds). With this type of people, sometimes the cautioner's relationship to the bride and/or groom was also given.

However, as someone else has pointed out, it could also depend on the minister, so parish registers for some places during some time frames might include more detailed information regardless of social status.

I think it's always worth the six credits to purchase the document in question, just in case. You might be disappointed but you won't know until you see it. And you can't tell from the index whether or not that extra information is included in the register.

Have you checked for newspaper notices of the marriage? Sometimes they'll list the father's names.


Roxburghshire / Re: Hawick Cemetery Lookup - Jane Graham died 1806
« on: Sunday 03 January 21 15:32 GMT (UK)  »
FindaGrave has Jane Graham died 6 Jul 1806, buried St Marys in Hawick.
However I can't find this death in ScotlandsPeople, despite Hawick having OPR deaths for that time. Even looking for 1806 deaths for Jane & Jean with no surname doesn't turn up a likely death. I wonder if the FindaGrave transcription has the wrong year. Could someone with access to Hawick Monumental Inscriptions please doublecheck this transcription for me? Thank you.

I followed the link, and it says her burial was "recorded at St. Mary's & St. Cuthbert's Churchyards, Hawick," which doesn't make sense to me. Is/was there a St. Cuthbert's Church in Hawick? I think there's one in Edinburgh, isn't there?

The wording is confusing to me but might make sense to someone else. I'm mentioning this in case the information might be found elsewhere.


Family History Beginners Board / Re: Unusual middle names. Any ideas of why?
« on: Tuesday 29 December 20 17:04 GMT (UK)  »
My grandmother's first and middle names were the first and last names of her parents' first landlady in Canada (they had emigrated from Scotland). I can imagine someone in the future spending a lot of time trying (and failing) to find an ancestor with those names.

My great-grandmother gave one of her sons an unusual middle name. It turned out to be her aunt's married surname. I later learned that my great-grandmother's son's first and middle names were the first and last names of her aunt's son who died in early childhood. He must have been a favoured cousin of my great-grandmother. I only learned of this when I visited the cemetery where the aunt, etc., were buried and saw the inscription for her son.

Someone in my tree had three unusual given names; this full string of names was used in two different generations of the family. I only discovered where the names came from after I was able to push this family line back three generations, learned of another family surname, and tracked the various branches of that family as far as I could.


Europe / Re: Where to look for Prisoner records from Ravensbrück ?
« on: Monday 14 December 20 21:29 GMT (UK)  »
It might be helpful for you to list any other places you have already checked so people don't spend time duplicating what's already been done.


Europe / Re: Where to look for Prisoner records from Ravensbrück ?
« on: Monday 14 December 20 21:03 GMT (UK)  »
Have  you checked with the Bad Arolsen archive:


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Possible Names N. K ?
« on: Sunday 06 December 20 15:16 GMT (UK)  »
I remember being stuck on the surname "Unk" until I made the same realization.


The Common Room / Re: Ikey Solomon relatives
« on: Sunday 29 November 20 12:54 GMT (UK)  »
Have you checked the Trove website?

For example, there's an obit on that site for a Henry Harris (publisher of The Hebrew Standard) who died in 1923 and it includes a photo. Is that your grandfather?

Perhaps if you included some dates and place names someone might be able to make some other suggestions?


The Common Room / Re: Ikey Solomon relatives
« on: Sunday 29 November 20 12:44 GMT (UK)  »
I know that name but I'm not related. Is it this Ikey Solomon?

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