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Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / In praise of the restorers.
« on: Monday 13 September 10 17:29 BST (UK)  »
I know you get thanked by the individuals but I'd just like to say how much I enjoy this part of the forum. I look at most of the restorations and I am in awe of what you do. Not only are you talented but you must spend hours meticulously working on the photos.

You all deserve a medal (and a huge cake!)  :)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Any idea on a date?
« on: Monday 30 August 10 20:32 BST (UK)  »
I was given this last week but it's a low resolution so I'm not requesting any enhancements. I might be able to get a higher resolution at a later date and come back to you experts!

Meanwhile, what are your thoughts on the date and ages of the ladies here?

Banffshire / Taking Dad home
« on: Monday 23 August 10 21:50 BST (UK)  »
As it's so much a part of family history, I just thought I'd let the Banffshire crew know that I'm taking my Dad home, which was his last wish. He lived most of his adult life in Devon as he married a Devonshire Maid but he was always a "highland laddie" and he wanted to have his ashes scattered on the Balloch - a hill near Keith. He used to run there as a boy catching rabbits (when he should have been at Mass) and collecting seagull's eggs to take home and cook (no idea how they must taste!). His grandparents had a little farm at Herrockside at the foot of the Balloch.

We have the Scots family coming to join us and afterwards we're sharing memories, photos and family history.

Here's to you "Tam".

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Sisters need help!
« on: Sunday 22 August 10 18:16 BST (UK)  »
Dear restorers

I would be so grateful if you could repair this photo. They are sisters Harriet and Ellen Sloman (my G Grandmother). They had very hard lives as girls and mothers but they both married good men, lived to be grandmothers and continued visiting each other.

A date would be helpful too. Harriet (on the left) was born in 1869 and Ellen in 1864. The photo must be after 1884 as Ellen is wearing a wedding ring. They had very little money so they wouldn't be up with the latest fashions but they'd have had a shot at it! ;)

many thanks


Armed Forces / Verne Citadel Barracks, Portland 1871
« on: Thursday 19 August 10 19:45 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know where I can find out the name of the regiment which was there in the 1871 census? I have someone in my family tree who was listed among all the privates but it doesn't give an indication of the regiment. The highest ranking officer I can see there is a Captain and googling his name hasn't helped.

Devon / Devon Accents pre 1900
« on: Tuesday 17 August 10 22:14 BST (UK)  »
I've had some of these bookmarked for ages so I thought I'd share them with those of you who might not have them. These files are of Devon people who were born pre 1900 (unfortunately they are all men - the researchers/recordists didn't seem to be interested in recording women's voices ::) ). However, they are fascinating in what they say and of course how they say it.

The rural Devon accent was similar across the county and it takes a very fine ear to distinguish between north and south. Plymouth and Exeter had their own twang but again, most people wouldn't be able to hear the difference.

I have some elderly relatives who still speak with a strong Devon accent and I must record them.

For those of you not familiar with the Devon accent, you might want to note that the researchers/recordists in the background who are asking the questions have other accents (in some cases Yorkshire accents!) so just focus on the louder people answering the questions.

Weare Giffard, (North Devon near Bideford) Dick Gilbert b 1879 farm labourer

Swimbridge (North Devon near Barnstaple) Samuel Snell b 1885 farmer

Chawleigh (Mid Devon) Thomas Rippon b 1890  farmer

South Zeal (Mid Devon) Tom Wright b 1886 farmer

Gittisham (East Devon near Honiton) Frank Thorne b 1873 farm worker and William Edwards b 1893 road worker

Blackawton (South Devon near Totnes and Dartmouth) EWB b 1888 farm worker

Peter Tavey (West Devon near Tavistock) John Reap b 1892 farmer

Cornwood (near Plymouth) F Small b 1882 clay worker

Kennford (near Exeter) James Weare b 1892 farmer

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Use of (Prot) in RC baptism records
« on: Sunday 04 July 10 12:40 BST (UK)  »
I've seen this in brackets a couple of times next to or above a parent's name, or at least that's what it looks like. It might say something else but those seem to be the letters. I thought it might be an abbreviation for Protestant but I've seen it against names of people who were definitely Catholic. Any ideas?

Scotland / RC marriages in protestant churches
« on: Saturday 03 July 10 21:58 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

Does anyone know of any instances where an RC marriage was later recorded in a protestant church - as in 2-3 years later?

The years I have in mind are 1813 / 1816 in the Kirkmichael parish.

I have RC ancestors who were recorded as married in the parish church - is it possible that they could have previously been married in an RC ceremony in the chapel (no records so far)? I have a possible daughter of theirs who was born before their marriage date but I can't find a baptism record for her anywhere - just an implication in her marriage and death certs. I don't care about the possible birth before marriage - I just want to establish who her parents were.

I've made a specific post on the Banffshire forum but I wanted to ask the general question about RC marriages too.

Banffshire / Gordon Kirkmichael Tomintoul
« on: Saturday 03 July 10 19:29 BST (UK)  »
Hello all

One of my ancestors is Ann Gordon.

Scotland's People OPR comes up with her marriage as follows:

Parish of Kirkmichael and Tomintoul
James Fleming, Grange, Keppoch & Ann Gordon, St Bridget both parties in this Parish were married 10th January 1833

Her death certificate says her father was Charles Gordon (farmer) and her mother was Jessie Gordon (MS Cameron).

Census returns mostly record that she was born in Kirkmichael around 1813 . The family were Roman Catholic.

The problem is that the Charles Gordon who lived at St Bridget's (at that time) married Elspet Stuart in 1816 and had a daughter Lillas (Lillias). No reference to a daughter named Ann or a previous wife.

Any ideas anyone?


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