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Not sure that the “Maffia”, as a recently deceased friend of mine always referred to them (she was a member!), had a uniform.

Unlikely but why might they be dressed identically? (...and how about the woman in the hat in the background between their heads?)

The Common Room / Re: The 1939 - Column 5? - Completed thanks.
« on: Tuesday 17 August 21 16:56 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for that. Nurse seems logical but still open to speculation.

The Common Room / The 1939 - Column 5? Completed thanks
« on: Tuesday 17 August 21 15:14 BST (UK)  »
S'pose I should know this but I don't. Can somebody explain the meaning of O, V, S, P or I in the 5th column of the 1939 returns means, please?

I don't think the column is generally completed but I have somebody in a sanitorium and the majority are "P" - who I assume are patients  - and those who I assume are staff seem to be "N" (??!!), "S", "O", or "V". There are numumerous, so called, "Mental Defectives" in the next property, a mental home marked "I" so I assume that mens "Imbicile".


The Common Room / Re: Ancestry family trees full of lazy errors
« on: Saturday 07 August 21 15:54 BST (UK)  »
I’ve often thought it would be useful to be able to post public comments upon peoples obvious mistakes.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Surname?
« on: Monday 19 July 21 17:41 BST (UK)  »

United States of America / Re: Michigan Marriage Record Puzzle - Solved!
« on: Saturday 17 July 21 15:36 BST (UK)  »
That's great shellyesq - I'd never have found those as I don't have a sub. - problem solved.

This bit of my tree gets more and more interesting the deeper I dig.

Elsie's husband, Harold Smith, re-married - Hilda P Roberts (nee Wilkinson) on 27 May 1950 - so that fits with Elsie getting divorced married to John for a second time.

Hilda Wilkinson was born in the UK, emigrated to Canada and married my grandfather in Montreal in 1928. The trouble was that he was still married to my grandmother and it seems that nobody found out until I came along! My grandfather died in 1945 and Hilda took on a lodger. That didn't last long, the lodger was murdered on the way back from the pub a month or so later. As I said - interesting bit of tree.

Thanks again

United States of America / Michigan Marriage Record Puzzle
« on: Saturday 17 July 21 10:48 BST (UK)  »
I have two marriage transcripts for, ostensibly, the same people. One indicates that they were married on 23 Sep 1947 and the other on 5 Jan 1950

The only thing which seems to differ is the reference numbers. Any ideas?

The only thing I can think of is that Elsie Smith was probably still married to Harold Smith in 1947, had to divorce him back in the Uk and then re-marry in the US - likely? She had taken herself off to the US for 3 months at the end of July 1947 and perhaps she had a whirlwind romance whilst she was there!

It fits in with Harold re-marrying, himself, in May 1950 - to the widow of my bigamous grandfather; oh what a tangled web we weave!

The Common Room / Re: Old Maps
« on: Friday 16 July 21 16:12 BST (UK)  »
Anyone climbing Ben Nevis using Google Maps deserves to get killed! That said, on the original OS Landranger series, it was easy to confuse a footpath with a parliamentary boundary; so much so that the Snowdonia map was issued with a sticker on the front reminidng people which was which!

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