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Australia / Re: W.A. Electoral Rolls, a quick question
« on: Saturday 29 September 18 05:49 BST (UK)  »
I worked on the polls in the 1980s, 1990s & people still came in and asked if "abc" was still on the rolls as he died last year. Often times that person was still there. We used to annotate the paper record & it would be checked later by the returning officer.

I think today, there is much more matching with registry death records, but back in 1911, not so much.

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Re: Ignore
« on: Tuesday 25 September 18 05:53 BST (UK)  »

If you skim past or do not read the posts of a contributor on a topic, I fear you will have trouble making sense of the flow of the whole topic, because you will have seen only the bits you wanted to.

It may put your own contributions to that thread in danger of irrelevance.


Feel free to bypass any of my  posts that you think are irrelevant. I prefer to bypass reading information that does nothing but criticize the posts of other people. I also see no point in reading 200 words when about 10 would have said the same thing.

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Re: Ignore
« on: Tuesday 25 September 18 05:48 BST (UK)  »
Yes, I have someone I ignore, but you still see their posts, with a message that ‘you are ignoring this member’.

I like highlighted posts. I use purple, simply because I don’t like red. Even when I was teaching I refused to use red and it got me into strife with more than one Principal.  ;D

The use of colour and underline is simply highlighting, as is the use of ‘bold’, nothing to do with shouting.


When someone is attacking your posts - and writing pages and pages of nonsense to do it - using RED INK is shouting - just like using upper case. It is not like bolding or using a colour other than red.

My question was answered succinctly by Dawn M. There was ZERO need for another poster to add any further information nor  to follow me around and continue to shout at me in red type.

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Re: Ignore
« on: Friday 21 September 18 05:45 BST (UK)  »
Thanks - difficult to scroll past page long posts that are directed at you in red ink. I'll just go back to lurking for a time and hope it all goes away.

thanks for replying

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / Ignore
« on: Friday 21 September 18 05:03 BST (UK)  »
Is there a method on this forum to ignore/not see posts from a particular poster?


Australia / Re: Tasmania: White CUTHBERTSON, born 1837, Paisley, Scotland
« on: Friday 21 September 18 04:57 BST (UK)  »
Also not much help - but given his names, I was wondering if he may have started using WHITE as his surname. Not sure where to go with the search on that, as there will be so many people with that surname.

Australia / Re: 50 year closure on Marriages
« on: Saturday 15 September 18 14:05 BST (UK)  »
Hi JM,

I got my first passport in 1987 and I just needed the copy of my Marriage Certificate from the Church.  When I went back in 1997 I had to have a certified copy.  There used to be some old law that said if a woman was married she had to have her husband's written permission to leave the county.   I think Women's Lib took care of that one.


To get a passport (1970s) I needed 2 marriage certificates a divorce certificate and a birth certificate. My husband needed a birth certificate. I now understand why women choose to retain their birth name after marriage.   :) 

The Qld certificate I had from the celebrant was not acceptable, but in the 1970s I simply had to go to the registry, state who I was and purchase my certificate. To the best of my memory I didn't have to show any ID! (times have changed)

And it wasn't only women who had to get their partner's permission to leave the country. When my ex and I were separated, but not divorced, I had to sign papers giving him permission to leave the country. He needed this to get a passport. I don't know if this is still the case today as we have got our more recent passports at the same time.


Australia / Re: 50 year closure on Marriages
« on: Saturday 15 September 18 14:02 BST (UK)  »

There's many opportunities to advance sensible discussions here on the Australia Board and elsewhere at RChat, and I approach each opportunity with good will,

I have limited the quote to the first few lines, to save space. That you replied with a page of information most of which came from other posts, suggesting I was amiss with my posting makes me assume you do not accept that posters might disagree with your point of view. Repeating something does not change what it says.

On the Topic of releasing certificate information:
I was married over 50 years ago. Many details of this marriage are online both within and without the NSW BDM registry. As far as privacy is concerned this worries me much less than the government wanting to keep all my details and medical records in a large data base from now until 30 years after I die.

Australia / Re: 50 year closure on Marriages
« on: Thursday 06 September 18 12:52 BST (UK)  »

I read the Opening Post as though Andcarred is referring to New South Wales BDM restrictions for accessing their marriage registrations.  I doubt there's many ways to determine my maiden name without accessing NSW BDM records.    I have tried, so too have my elderly rellies, including retired clergy, retired Archivist, retired senior officers from NSW BDM and we have challenged the younger set to finding us online....  they have not yet succeeded, despite being given clues like: 

Typing something in red doesn't make it any easier or clearer to read. As I said - your people have limited internet exposure. If they don't want to be found online - that is to their benefit.

I do not take kindly to be yelled at on an internet forum & this red type is the same as writing in all caps. Please do not reply to me in this fashion.

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