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The Common Room / Re: Ancestry 'New Home Page'
« on: Saturday 21 May 22 09:36 BST (UK)  »
As I said, I hate it.  and I have to agree about the American content.  Now, I do have one or two people in my tree who were in the USA - however, there is not much use in giving me hints about any of them as, if I do try and access them, I can't because I do not have worldwide subs.  Please, bring back the old page - it took me a while even to find my Shoebox yesterday, squirrelled away in a list on the RHside of the page.  Bah humbug! (or worse... ???)

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The Common Room / Re: Ancestry 'New Home Page'
« on: Friday 20 May 22 11:47 BST (UK)  »
Quite simply, I hate it.  As people have said, full of lots of stuff not relevant to my research at all.  Hopefully, Ancestry will read this post and amend their mistake asap!

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Northumberland / Re: Divorce Cause Books
« on: Wednesday 04 May 22 09:29 BST (UK)  »
Boo:  'Firkled'?? :o  What a fabulous word, is it Northumbrian? Welsh? Martian?  Whatever, I've never heard it before and I shall adopt it immediately!

lydiaann

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The Common Room / Re: How do I go about it?
« on: Tuesday 03 May 22 08:46 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for all your suggestions...actually, I DO stick to direct lines but my problem is those families who took the Bible seriously, you know - the bit about 'go forth and multiply'.  So back in the early/mid-19th century, most of those people (especially the country folk) had 10 and 12 children.  One of my families had 6 Euphemias in one census, a grandmother, her child and HER child, plus 3 other grandchildren...4 of them were almost the same age.  However, I am taking note of all the suggestions and will try and get myself organised before I even open up the 'Hints' tab again...putting everything together will be the important thing, I think.

Philip: the 'Shoebox' is on Ancestry.  If you have a document that you feel actually does belong to your family but you cannot place it (yet!), you save it into the Shoebox and can always refer back to it later.

Thanks once again, Chatters, for your truly invaluable advice.  Watch this space!!

lydiaann

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The Common Room / How do I go about it?
« on: Monday 02 May 22 15:45 BST (UK)  »
Five lines going...and all have ground to a halt as it is much less easy to 'document' entries the further back I go.  Family names do help somewhat but when the names I am looking for are, in the main, all 'common' (I hate to think how many Taylors there are in this world... :o).

During lockdowns, when life came to a standstill, I did manage to 'tidy up' the trees/lines a lot and then I tackled the 'Shoebox'.  Thirty-seven pages has become 6 - I am very proud of myself!  I am now starting on the 'Hints' tab and find myself very daunted.  Five lines with a total of 1001 pages, 372 in one line alone.  Where do I start? Any ideas?  I have noticed that people are 'repeated', should I make a note and do one person at a time or should I just start at the beginning (some 12 years ago now!) and work my way back to the present day.  Has anyone else gone through this exercise?

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Sorry, missed a bit off the first sentence 'who the father WORKED FOR'... ???

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It's worth looking at who the father of George Breun Whitaker as it was common to name children for the family of the 'boss'; thus, I have forebears who have the name 'Hugh' or 'Percy' as the father worked for the Duke of Northumberland, and one of his brothers worked for landed gentry in Royal Deeside and named 2 of their children with identical names of the boss's children - adding their surname as a forename for good measure.

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The Lighter Side / Re: Is the story about teeth removal true?
« on: Monday 02 May 22 14:51 BST (UK)  »
My mum (b. 1906) also had all of her teeth removed at age 24; however, she had chronic gingivitis and dental calculus despite, she remarked, all her efforts to keep them clean - they didn't have Interdens brushes or floss back then.  She was routinely disbelieved by her dentist at the time.

However, I too have had a life-long fight with dental calculus but fortunately my dentists have recognised that it is a problem with some people that is almost insurmountable without intervention.  One dentist I had said there was one other patient in her practice the same as me...we both had to attend for descaling and check-ups every 3 months (expensive, as this was in Canada).  All of my dentists have been super-stars, however, and, at almost 78, I have lost only 6 teeth (4 wisdoms before the age of 21) and have only 3 crowns because of their efforts.

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Renfrewshire / Re: Sentenced To Seven Years Transportation
« on: Saturday 09 April 22 14:20 BST (UK)  »
My forebear was transported to 'Tasmania' in 1848..surprising that, considering the name did not change officially until the mid- to late-1850s.  (And it is shown from the original record, not just a typescript).  I had not realised that they were 'farmed out' (literally, apparently) often.  I guess 'fraud' (the acquisition without payment for 2 bolts of cloth - he was a tailor) was not considered to be a violent crime and it would make sense that they didn't want to fill the gaols up.  I presume that some of these people - my rellie, for example - would also be instrumental in the process of settlement.  Thanks for the info, majm.

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