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The Common Room / Re: Paying to search the current electoral register
« on: Wednesday 01 September 21 23:06 BST (UK)  »
Phone books are much thinnier than they used to be. I expect that's because more people go XD.
I think it's mostly because people have gone mobile !

The Common Room / Re: Google Maps For Graves.
« on: Wednesday 01 September 21 23:01 BST (UK)  »
I hope they do Irish churchyards, as there are very few records of Irish ancestors otherwise.
I don't suppose 'they' will do Irish churchyards, but as I mentioned above, some Irish churchyards have been 'done'.  One is the CofI church in Dungarvan on the south coast, where I found my gg-grandparents' gravestone, photographed and (inaccurately) transcribed.

The Common Room / Re: Google Maps For Graves.
« on: Wednesday 01 September 21 09:25 BST (UK)  »
Looking at the picture of the man surveying, I wonder how many of those stones are legible. The more I think about it, the more dubious I become. 
Quite.  I have done few graveyard searches, and with limited success.  But I have traced an Irish relative on a website designed for searchers like us.  Luckily there can be no question of correct identification, but the transcribed dates are woefully inaccurate, by 10 or 20 years, mainly due to lichen coverage.

The Common Room / Re: surmane quandary.
« on: Tuesday 31 August 21 09:41 BST (UK)  »
Please remember - spelling was an art-form; not a science!

It is a mistake to imagine that there is one 'correct' spelling for a surname - or any other name for that matter.  Everyday spellings only settled down after dictionaries were compiled (late C18?) and education slowly spread during C19.  By then families had chosen, or been shown by clerics, what their surnames should look like, and they became attached to them like a badge.

Some variants diverged so far that it can be difficult to persuade their owners of a common ancestry.  Some examples that spring to mind are Birkinshaw, Smirthwaite and Wolstenholme (Yorkshire): an MP has settled on Brokenshire (!), a businessman on Smurfit, and the golfer on Woosnam.

So you can suit yourself which version to choose; maybe best pick the one that occurs most often.

The Common Room / Re: When is a widow/widower not a widow/widower
« on: Thursday 19 August 21 12:58 BST (UK)  »
It wasn't realised that most paints contained poisonous lead.  In fact when I was younger the paint on babies cots contained lead and considering how young toddlers stood up in their cots and chewed the railing of their cots when teething it's a wonder that most survived being fatally poisoned.

Just to clarify - your first statement is untrue.  What was not realised was how lead could be ingested or absorbed.  Lead had been a well-known poison for centuries, which was why smelters in the lead-mining areas in north England had enormous flues leading uphill for up to a mile, to vent the gases well away from the workers.  After some time had passed, some lucky people went up the flue to collect any lead condensate ....

And much later, petrol makers could no longer use lead tetra-ethyl as anti-knock because lead emerged in the exhaust, affecting air quality in urban areas.

The Common Room / Re: When is a widow/widower not a widow/widower
« on: Wednesday 18 August 21 12:35 BST (UK)  »
Be Flexible in Research and never use 21st Century Accuracy Eyes

I think there may be reasons for '21st century accuracy' and reasons against.  People's existence is recorded in many more data systems today than 100 years ago, but on the other hand people then lived in more tightly-knit communities where they were known to many, if not all.  Perhaps the only chance they had of telling porkies was when giving details to registrars ?

I'm quite sure many couples married young - perhaps under pressure - and drifted apart, personally or geographically.  When one spouse left the district, the remaining one had to assume a changed identity somehow.  Divorce was out of the question for most.

I would take it at face value - it means exactly what it says. 
I don't think that helps the OP, who clearly doesn't think it means anything exact  >:(

The Common Room / Re: Burial vs. cremation
« on: Sunday 15 August 21 23:16 BST (UK)  »
I read an amusing tale recently in the journal of the Manchester FHS.  After a cremation in 1912 (IIRC) the ashes were placed in an engraved urn and disposed of in the Irish Sea, where a trawler fished them up again about 6 weeks later.  It wasn't reported what happened next, although the identities were investigated.

The Common Room / Re: Got to be a mistake or what does it mean?
« on: Thursday 12 August 21 09:27 BST (UK)  »
What was Charles Brookshaw's father's name was that also Charles?
The photo shows part of the inscription could the part referring to Late Crimea be referring to his father?
I didn't think the R-N was doing anything in the Crimea in the 1830s ? I doubt it would be the name of a ship either ?

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