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Messages - mrcakey

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The Common Room / Re: 1921 census
« on: Wednesday 05 January 22 15:18 GMT (UK)  »
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Your last paragraph suggests you do not mind paying for access to government records as long as every other taxpayer in the country pays part of the costs, that says a lot about your principles.
Cheers
Guy
I'm sure it does. The idea that only those who can afford to pay should be able to access them says a lot about yours.  :)

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The Common Room / Re: 1921 census
« on: Wednesday 05 January 22 13:53 GMT (UK)  »
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The records should be free, but our glorious leaders farm them out to private companies (where else are they doing that I wonder?), so those private companies need to recoup their huge costs. I don't begrudge them one bit.

Sorry - I don't understand?
Why should they be free?

I can understand what the poster meant by "The records should be free" but I suggest he/she does not understand the implications of that statement.
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It's a philosophy thing. I'm afraid I'm an old fashioned liberal. I feel very uncomfortable about the idea of my relatives having to pay to find out about me in 100 years time too. My data should belong to me as a matter of principle.

Digitisation, transcription and storage all cost a lot of money, but relative to what's in the exchequer, I doubt it would even trouble 1% of the government's daily budget.

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The Common Room / Re: 1921 census
« on: Tuesday 04 January 22 18:23 GMT (UK)  »
I have 5 households on my "priority" list, which I will definitely order = 15.75 with subscriber discount.

I have another 10 or so that I might order = 31.50.

That would be 47.25 to get all the records I might want. An awful lot cheaper for me than travelling to London or Manchester and an awful lot less hassle in the current climate.

The records should be free, but our glorious leaders farm them out to private companies (where else are they doing that I wonder?), so those private companies need to recoup their huge costs. I don't begrudge them one bit.

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World War One / Re: Which part of the Yorks and Lancester is this?
« on: Wednesday 15 December 21 08:53 GMT (UK)  »
The National Archives hold the war diaries for many regiments. If you're lucky they might have some information on what happened to your ancestor. If you're really lucky they might even name him.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-war-diaries-1914-1922/

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: My GGG-Grandfather, the goose dealer
« on: Monday 29 November 21 16:53 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks both. Seems like an extraordinary chap.

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The Common Room / Re: Newspapers online
« on: Monday 29 November 21 16:12 GMT (UK)  »
British Newspaper Archive for UK. Newspapers.com for US. As other respondents have noted, several countries are spirited enough to digitise newspapers for free.

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / My GGG-Grandfather, the goose dealer
« on: Monday 29 November 21 16:04 GMT (UK)  »
Think he may have been taking the mickey in the 1871 census. All of his other jobs involved coal. I'm curious what is written next to Goose Dealer though. It looks like it's in a different hand but I can't get a grip on it.


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Anyone young or lucky enough to still have grandparents (or anyone from earlier generations) still living, seriously consider getting them tested too.  ;)

Absolutely

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Census and Resource Discussion / Re: 1939 Register - Annotations and What They Mean?
« on: Thursday 25 November 21 12:32 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks. So it's the district where a change was made rather than the individual.

Still extremely odd that he'd cause someone to think he was three months younger. Who knows why. He was somewhat a man of mystery.

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