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The Common Room / Re: course in genealogy
« on: Monday 20 February 06 20:18 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all

My research just started because I bought FTM for my partners mother and put 100 people on the tree.  Now 8 years later have over 13,000 and is addictive.  Just really learn by reading various articles or going to archives or posts in various forums.  Same as building computers really.  Rather like home mechanics with the Haynes manuals!

John Rowley

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The Common Room / Re: Worst & Best Research County
« on: Sunday 19 February 06 23:02 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all

Best seems to be Berkshire registrars, Durham Records are excellent and North Yorks at Beverley.  Only 2 registrars offices - Hackney very difficult as you have to fill in one of their forms - easier getting a visa!  Lichfield neglected to tell me the marriage records were split with them and Cannock who were very helpful.  Dudley registrar could not find my ancestor on their computer! yet were wanting to charge and very large fee for looking manually  >:( Other registrars do it as a matter of course sometimes over the phone for nothing, you then send in the fee and details.  Not really had any bad experiences with record offices yet, have been to Cornwall, Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Durham, Beverley, Northallerton, Dudley, Wolverhampton.  Everybody seems very willing to help, and nothing is too much trouble.  Only wish more things were online like wills or the indexes.

John Rowley

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The Common Room / Re: course in genealogy
« on: Sunday 19 February 06 22:49 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Jim

Oxford (Poly or Uni)  do a correspondence course in FH and the Society of Genealogists do one as well.  Check out the websites for info.

Cheers

John Rowley

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The Lighter Side / Re: Do you feel closer to some ancestors than others?
« on: Sunday 19 February 06 17:58 GMT (UK)  »
I feel drawn to my direct line as my great gf and 2xggf were all miners living in Hednesford area having moved from Wolverhampton.  The Rowley family just intrigues me as I still cannot find the marriage (after 7 years) of my great gf.  Would love to have a photo or something to see what they looked like.

John Rowley

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Canada Lookup Requests Completed / Re: Canadian equivilent to rootschat?
« on: Thursday 16 February 06 18:21 GMT (UK)  »
Hi

Re Canadian web research, I know the archives are a good start as they have some free online info.  Various ship lists for emmigration into Canada inc Ellis Island which is New York and also Canada.  Not found a Rootschat equivalent (we are worldwide I think!  ;)) Mailing lists at Rootsweb inc various districts like Ontario etc.

Hope this helps a bit.

John Rowley

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The Lighter Side / Re: Should I do it?
« on: Thursday 16 February 06 12:45 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Chui

Have got back on one line to 1536 I think, in Scotland near Elgin thanks to the IGI.  Most other lines only go back to about 1600's as the civil war made a mess of records, some I cannot get back before 1811!  Going forward on the siblings branch is also tricky sometimes unles there is another researcher.  I do collect all twigs and branches hence the size of the tree, but I do make a lot of contacts.

Cheers

John Rowley

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Rutland Lookup Requests / Re: Birthplace help Please
« on: Wednesday 15 February 06 23:20 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Smudger28

I just googled and this is what I found:-

http://www.rutnet.co.uk/pp/location/detail.asp?id=5

Gives you the village.

Cheers

John Rowley

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The Common Room / Re: Long time to wait
« on: Wednesday 15 February 06 23:16 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all

I tend to use the GRO as a last resort because it took a minimum of 4 weeks to process snail mail and then if they could not find it charged 3.50 admin fee!  Also the refs can be wrong even though you quote them from the fiches!  I prefer to use the local registrars offices as they often do it over the phone and take credit cards etc, some look it up on computerised indexes etc.  Check them out on the web as some can order online.

Cheers

John Rowley

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Technical Help / Re: Wireless Networks
« on: Wednesday 15 February 06 23:11 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Arranroots

The only roaming with my laptop is to the archives and I don't have wireless on it.  I prefer the hardwired version at home.  Had to help a couple of friends set up their wireless networks as neither were secure at all!  Getting very ethical isn't it when you innocently roam with your laptop and suddenly connect!

John Rowley

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