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The Common Room / Re: Searching for Patents by name of inventor
« on: Monday 16 August 21 19:18 BST (UK)  »
Hi jack,
thanks for the links, I certainly think the title 'non-refillable bottle' is very strange. For a vicar he certainly had a range of side-lines.

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The Common Room / Searching for Patents by name of inventor
« on: Monday 16 August 21 17:08 BST (UK)  »
Is it possible to search for any patent applications by the name of the person who applied for them rather than the invention?

Looking at John Gilbert Surman I have found he had applied for two patents for 'invention of improved boat for sub-aqueous warfare' (1878) and 'unfillable bottle' (1897) and wondered if he had any other bright ideas apart from being a vicar/holding an army career and sacking his housekeeper for reading his letters from the patent office.

He was born 13.8.1859, died 20.12.1917.

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The Common Room / Re: did she have 54 rooms in her house?
« on: Friday 06 August 21 15:02 BST (UK)  »
thanks for your help, I think that I will record it as 6(?) rooms in my records.

I know she had 6 children - missed out Cecil when I was counting up the children in original post.

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The Common Room / did she have 54 rooms in her house?
« on: Friday 06 August 21 14:29 BST (UK)  »
looking at the 1911 census for Helen Anne Gilby Alston age 62 years, I can't understand the writing showing how many rooms in her house. It looks like 54 or S4 - what does that mean?

Although a widow she has also included the number of children born and living (then crossed out) - that also looks like S4 but I know she had 5.

can anyone help please?
Census ref: RG14PN9856 RG78PN521A RD191 SD2 ED7 SN168

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The Common Room / Re: question about laminating old documents?
« on: Saturday 24 April 21 14:12 BST (UK)  »
many thanks for all your advice. I will photocopy the certificate and then store original in acid free box as suggested.

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The Common Room / question about laminating old documents?
« on: Saturday 24 April 21 09:40 BST (UK)  »
I have just received some old documents from my uncles estate. They include his baptism certificate (1920) which is in really poor condition. Every time you touch it another piece falls off.

I tried to feed it into an acid free document but more came off - it is not very strong and already in about 10 pieces.

I think the only hope of preservation is to laminate it.  I would do that straight away but just wondered if there was an obvious reason why one shouldn't.

So to laminate or not, that is the question?

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Australia / Re: John and Sarah French emigrated to Australia
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 15:42 GMT (UK)  »
thank you Rosie for those details, where are you finding them?

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Australia / John and Sarah French emigrated to Australia
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 12:10 GMT (UK)  »
I know John and Sarah (nee Mingay) emigrated sometime between 1871 and 1881 census to Australia but do not know on when. They should have had two children with them: Caroline Elizabeth (b1866) and Daniel (b1868)

I believe John died 1883 and Sarah remarried but cannot find where I got this information from. recommend if you move house, don't let anyone else pack up your family record folders as they seem to be half missing!

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The Common Room / Re: Were baptisms always in a church/chapel?
« on: Sunday 21 February 21 10:30 GMT (UK)  »
I have a marriage on my tree  Christmas Day 1869 between Alfred Gowlett and Mary Ann Ellen Moss both aged 19 years who got married in the schoolroom in Radwinter Essex.
 
In the marriage register, they seem to be unusual as all other marriages are marked as 'at church' or 'at the Parish Church'

It looks like it was changed on the certificate with 'church' being overwritten by (possibly) 'licensed'.

I wonder why the church was not used?

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