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The Common Room / Re: Another Ancestry Feature?
« on: Friday 18 January 19 10:47 GMT (UK)  »
Shouldn't it be Westminster, Middlesex?  ;)

Photograph Resources, Tips, Tutorials / Re: Annotating digital family photos
« on: Thursday 17 January 19 17:54 GMT (UK)  »
Windows image files also have a 'Comments' section which can be accessed by right-clicking on the file and selecting Properties. I use this for storing extra information, but I don't know if this can be accessed from other operating systems  :-\

The Common Room / Re: intestate rules
« on: Thursday 17 January 19 17:35 GMT (UK)  »
Like the other Mike I am not qualified to advise but a few thoughts occur, based on my recent experience as an executor.

Who appointed you as the administrator?
Are you the sole administrator?
Who appointed the solicitors?

If you are the administrator the solicitors should be working for you, and you can ask them if interest will be accrued on the funds which should be held in their client account.

I read somewhere that beneficiaries have 12 years to claim their inheritance. Again the solicitors should be able to tell you the legal position.


The Lighter Side / Re: Help with printing out my entire tree!!
« on: Thursday 03 January 19 09:59 GMT (UK)  »
Different people have different ideas of what a 'whole tree' includes. It is relatively easy to print out a pedigree chart of direct line ancestors, or a descendancy chart from a single ancestor, but once you start including side branches it quickly becomes confusing if you have more than a few generations.

TreeDraw will certainly produce any of the above but it might be BIG!  ;)


Technical Help / Re: Amazon Echo
« on: Thursday 03 January 19 09:45 GMT (UK)  »
I'm certainly not familiar with the technology but I'm pretty sure you need an Amazon account to use it, or access to someone else's account  ;)


The Lighter Side / Re: Radio 4 programme “In our Time” re poor law
« on: Friday 21 December 18 11:00 GMT (UK)  »
I like Martin Bragg ,he did a splendid programme a year or so ago on Being Northern.Revived a bit of pride in me ! ...

I'm a big fan too, he always manages to make the most difficult subjects understandable. I believe all his programmes are available as 'podcasts' to download on your 'BBC Sounds app'  ;)


6am 365 days a year  :) :).  The bulk tanker arrives about 10-30, if the milk has not cooled to the correct temperature he won’t collect it and £300 quid goes down the drain.

Back around the time of the photo many farmers had to have the cows milked and the churns delivered to the station, often by pony and trap, in time for the 7am milk train. You couldn't keep fresh milk standing around for long, especially in hot weather, before refrigeration came into use.

I think there is a danger of making too many assumptions from limited evidence, although of course anyone is entitled to make whatever they wish of their own family photos  ;)

The quality of the original image is too poor to be certain that there is only half a hayrake (which I'm fairly certain it is) and if it is perhaps it was broken. I'm fairly certain it isn't any type of scythe.

If the man on the right is carrying a shovel rather than a spade it is rather a small one for mucking out the cows, a job I spent many happy hours doing in my younger days  ::)

It is risky to make assumptions about a man's status from his clothing. I once wore an army officers great coat and a lovely thick (and itchy!) pair of policeman's woollen trousers in the winter on the farm despite never having served in either capacity. Poorer people often wear second-hand clothes.

If you have a potential ID for one of the characters in the picture I would start researching him for clues as to the location of the farm, otherwise it sounds like the proverbial 'needle in a haystack'.

Just a few more thoughts. I feel I almost know the men now, after studying the picture so long  :)


It was the man on the left in the back row that I thought could be holding a crook, but I'm far from sure, I would have expected to see a dog or two if he was a shepherd. There are definitely two hay rakes visible in the original but some of the restorations have lost them. Sorry, I can't see the machete  :-\

So, north-west rather than west  :)  and Lancashire is definitely dairy and sheep country . . .

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