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Have you tried to see if the town has a facebook page?

Many towns do have a facebook page where old photographs are shared.  with a bit of luck your ancestors standing in front of their shop and/or the street where they lived will have been photographed.

If there is such a page, there is usually a small magnifying glass which denotes that the webpage can be searched for personal or street names.

Best wishes.

The Common Room / Re: The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away
« on: Friday 09 April 21 23:59 BST (UK)  »
A forward thinking man of many talents RIP -

The Common Room / Re: 1633 Women's clothing & jewellery
« on: Friday 09 April 21 16:23 BST (UK)  »
I agree with Yorky. 

I've still got some lovely borders in my sewing machine cupboard, that each adorned a few garments over a period of years.   My late mother had a couple of etched silver coloured dress adornments that she clipped onto the necks of certain garments.

I remember plush being quite common in my youth.
Here's the official description of plush (n.)
"soft fabric, cloth having a softer and longer nap than that of velvet," 1590s, from French pluche "shag, plush," contraction of peluche "hairy fabric," from Old French peluchier "to pull, to tug, to pluck" (the final process in weaving plush), from Vulgar Latin *piluccare "remove hair" (see pluck (v.)).

The Lighter Side / Re: Ancestry Free Easter Weekend!
« on: Saturday 03 April 21 15:59 BST (UK)  »
There were no new records for me to check.  I discovered it was an exercise of my checking their suggested ancestors against  those in my tree.

I don't have a subscription and throughput the year I have to pay up to check their probable suggestions against my trees

Today I decided to relent and spent several hours ticking off and agreeing to most of the hints they'd been giving me all year.  Until I came to the last few hints pertaining to my gt. grandfather.  Ancestry has definitely employed a newbie, who has diverted from the transcriptions everyone else has given my gg.  The newbie has even found more syllables in gg's surname than any other transcriber.   I've  stated the transcribed family isn't mine even though the image of the document shows it to be my family

The Lighter Side / Re: "A fugitive from church justice"
« on: Saturday 27 March 21 01:05 GMT (UK)  »

I want to go back in time and tell that fugitive woman: "Run, Bessie, run!"


I'm glad you didn't because the only reason I discovered the whereabouts of an errant (pre census) 18th century Yorkshire wife/mother was due to the fact that her name appeared online during a search, which brought up one southern county's records.  She had been accused of fornication and the couple married the next day.

Europe / Re: Kirchmann - Hesse Darnstadt, Germany
« on: Thursday 25 March 21 22:03 GMT (UK)  »
I wondered if you knew about this website..  I found the gedcom = GEDBAS page very useful for researching German connections.  As well as searching just for a surname of just for a given name, you can even search by town name and every surname entered by an am.researcher who has an ancestor in that town is shown in the results.

I realise things have changed since I started and finished my German research, which I did by looking in my local telephone directory to see if there was a "Church of Latter Day Saints" in the area (allied to familysearch) .  A phone call to ask if they could provide a micro-fiche of the parish church I was interested in and would they order a copy for me at a (then) cost of £2.50.   The earliest census was end of the year 1851 and called a "building and people count" , Some parish clergymen only gave the number of people living in his parish, others listed names of well to do people plus the number of "others".  Later end of year "counts" were far more detailed and helpfully giving religions, which saved money when approaching churches and or church archives for family records.

The Ev. Lutheran churches in the UK give far more detail than the usual parish records.  I was lucky and found my grandmother's baptism in Hull, Yorkshire, which listed that she had been named in favour of her German grandmother Sophie Ehlers in Saltzgitter - How exciting was that do you think !!! 

Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be many historical Lutheran records remaining, I think the chief Lutheran church is in Liverpool which could give more information:

"The German congregation in Hull also started its existence as part of the Anglican Church. Founded in 1844 by the Bishop of Hull, it was not until four years later that it became Lutheran in Faith and Practice. Other German congregations established in this period are Manchester (1853), Bradford (1876), London-Sydenham (1875), South Shields (1879), Newcastle (1890), and Middlesbrough (1897).

I was lucky and found my ancester was amongst a handful of Yorkshire Police Archive records of "Alien Registration". It showed he had arrived with a musician uncle when he was 10 years one day old. Although his three sons were on active duty in the Army WWII and he was married to an English woman, he still had to report to the local police station each day during WWI and also WWII until his death aged 86 in 1942.  He obviously suffered from dementia as the final police report stated he couldn't recall the name of his mother (who my own grandmother was named after).

The Common Room / Re: Why is he “heir at law” and why two wills?
« on: Thursday 25 March 21 20:35 GMT (UK)  »
A cousin twice removed, is a cousin two generations older, or two generations younger.

Hard luck sorting that out.  The older generations had children where the oldest and youngest children could be born some thirty years apart!    My own mother was older than one of her aunts.  My mother's maternal grandfather was her aunt's father.

The two spellings are actually the same surname and surfing for origins shows they mean a stranger from Briton.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: What is this age?
« on: Thursday 25 March 21 19:47 GMT (UK)  »
The handwriting has the classic downstrokes = heavy pressure on the pen, and up-strokes =  light pressure on the pen.

P.S. no tutor/teacher ever instructed a pupil to write a number two in that dodgy style.  lol.

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