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Technical Help / Viewing pdf files on Rootschat - browser plug-in
« on: Thursday 03 September 15 20:37 BST (UK)  »
I'm using Windows 7 and my browser is Firefox 40.0.3. Until yesterday I was using PDF-XChange Viewer (some variant of v.2) as my main PDF reader, including as a plug-in to view PDFs within the browser. As the Viewer is no longer being updated, I followed the publisher's advice to upgrade to PDF-XChange Editor (some variant of v.5), which likewise includes a browser plug-in.

Today, while visiting Rootschat (this thread, though the specifics may not be significant -, I noticed that the pdf files attached to the thread weren't opening in the browser, but just downloading. This seemed new to me, but as I've removed the Viewer program I can't check. I have, however, verified that pdf files on other sites open in the plug-in as expected.

Please can anyone tell me if they experience the same at Rootschat, or if there's some way to force pdf files to open in the plug-in? Or is it just the way it is and a minor incompatibility to be lived with?

It's not a major issue, and it's quite easy to work round it - it's just that I was using the links on this Rootschat thread while trying to configure the new plug-in in Firefox, and got quite frustrated when it didn't seem to be working.

(NB - I'm posting this while it's fresh in my mind, but it may be a day or two before I have time to check settings and/or reply.)


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Scottish Regalia
« on: Saturday 25 January 14 14:43 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone identify the regalia in this photo, please? It came from a collection of photos from a Paisley family, and was taken by John Fergus of Largs - who I see from the 1871 census was born in Paisley. I've included a close-up of the badge on the chain.

It's an unusual size, the mount being approx 8.25" x 4", but I don't know a date for it. I don't know who the man is either, but if I can identify the regalia I might be able to identify him. If it's any help, some members of the family were lawyers.



Armed Forces / Groups of soldiers (and others)
« on: Wednesday 11 December 13 17:27 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help to identify these groups of soldiers, please? Both photos have backs printed as postcards.

The first one has "Wood, Strensall" on the front - presumably the photographer - and shows a group from a variety of regiments. Can anyone help with ranks, regiments and an approximate date, please, and why they might have all been together? With that information there's a remote chance I might be able to work out if any of them is related to me.

The second one also has a mixed group of soldiers, but with ladies (wives?) and other civilians. Can anyone help fill in the blanks on this one as well, please?


World War One / Army Chaplain
« on: Wednesday 11 December 13 17:19 GMT (UK)  »
I believe the man in these photos will be an army chaplain, but can anyone confirm this and give an approximate date, please? The photos are embossed with the name of a photographer in Northampton, but I have no idea who the man is.


World War One / Two unknown soldiers (WW1?)
« on: Wednesday 11 December 13 17:16 GMT (UK)  »
Among some old photos I have found these two of soldiers that I can't identify. I'm not expecting their names (!), but can anyone identify the ranks and regiments, please, as that might give me a bit of a clue.

The first one has a Leeds photographer's name label on the back; the second one was unfortunately torn, and there's no name or photographer's details on it.

Any help would be appreciated.


Armed Forces / Is this Col. Andrew Millar (d.1888)?
« on: Wednesday 11 December 13 17:10 GMT (UK)  »
Andrew Millar, a distant relative by marriage, was Colonel of the 2nd Battalion Renfrewshire Volunteers. He died in 1888 at the age of 59, and is commemorated in a stained glass window in Paisley Abbey.

Among a collection of photos which I've recently inherited from this family are a number of copies of this one. None of them is named, but I'm wondering if the subject could be this Andrew Millar. One copy is on a mount with the photographer's name "J. Douglas Ritchie - 5 Gilmour Street, Paisley". I've included a close-up of the cap badge, as this will no doubt help someone who knows about these things.

Any ideas welcomed - thanks.


Can anyone help me to identify these photos, please?

The first one (akquery05.jpg) is taken from a sepia print about postcard size. The intriguing thing about this is that I have some other photos (glass quarter-plate negatives) which appear to be the ones being taken by the photographer on the right in this one. I am fairly certain that the group on the left is members of the family of Thomas Duncan of Belmont, Otley, WRY and that the photographer is one of his sons; the date is probably around 1900-1906. However, is the house in Otley, and if so, where?

The addresses I have for members of this family in Otley around that time are Belmont, Weston Lane (a big house, now demolished); Kylemore, Billams Hill; 31 Queen's Terrace; and 11 Cambridge Terrace. There were other related Duncan families in Otley as well, most notably at Westbourne (another big house, which I think had much more open space around it). As far as I can tell, this picture isn't of any of these houses, but does anyone recognise it?

The second photo (akquery06.jpg) appears to be a men's outing of some sort, and I know very little about it. My late aunt thought it had been taken at Austby, Middleton, Ilkley, but having lived in Ilkley myself, I think this is very unlikely. Might there be some connection with a family (Wilson) that lived there? Basically, can anyone give me any clues as to who, when, where, and what the occasion might have been, please? (This photo is pasted to a board and has been roughly trimmed, and there is no trace of a photographer's name. I could provide an enlargement of one or two figures to help with dating their clothes etc if necessary.)

Many thanks,


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Places around Otley, WRY (I think)
« on: Tuesday 03 December 13 17:09 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help me to identify the places in these photos, please? I've reproduced them from glass quarter-plate slides, which were probably taken by someone from Otley, WRY some time around 1900-1906.

Judging by the church tower, I think the first one (akquery01.jpg) is in Fewston, a few miles north of Otley in the Washburn valley. However, a Google satellite view doesn't seem to show any cottages like that near the church.

I think the second and third ones (akquery02.jpg & akquery03.jpg) may also be in the Washburn valley, but possibly harder to pin down.

The fourth one (akquery04.jpg) looks to be in, or on the edge of, a town, which logically ought to be Otley. The trouble is, the angle of the road leading to the bridge doesn't look right to me.

Does anyone have any ideas, please?



Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Whitworth Cup fob medal 1911
« on: Friday 01 November 13 20:19 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone tell me what this fob medal might have been awarded for, please? (See picture below)

It's silver and enamel, and the hallmark and maker's mark are Birmingham 1910, J.W. Tiptaft. It's 1.5" (3.8cm) from the top of the ring (not including the extra links) to the bottom of the medal. The enamelled picture is of a fisherman, and the inscription on the back is "Whitworth Cup 1911".

The only Whitworth Cup I've found reference to is for football in Yorkshire - quite possibly the right area, but from the picture, surely the wrong sport. I don't know of any footballers in my family, but I have come across one or two pictures of people fishing, so if I can identify the competition, there's a chance I might be able to work out who it was awarded to.

Any thoughts, please?


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