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The Common Room / Re: Seaching PRs and came across these symbols
« on: Friday 21 May 21 09:15 BST (UK)  »
The problem is the symbols do not always match the days of the week the dates pertain to.
For example March the 30th was a Thursday not a Sunday, the 6th of April in 1702 was also a Thursday, not a Sunday the symbol refers to.
The 16th was a Sunday but the symbol claims it to be a Friday, however the 30th is a Sunday which coincides with the symbol.

Your hypothesis may well be right, Guy, but your last point about April 16th and 30th is not, as they both show the same symbol (as they should).
Perhaps we should try to interpret the column heading starting W..  The two characters following resemble the 'e' in June.

The Common Room / Re: Seaching PRs and came across these symbols
« on: Thursday 20 May 21 23:13 BST (UK)  »
I think the heading is 'Week' and indicates the weekday of the date in question.  The dot in circle ones will be Sundays - they are all a multiple of 7 apart.  The symbols are reminiscent of signs for the planets.

The Common Room / Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« on: Monday 29 March 21 17:08 BST (UK)  »
... it was more common for men to sleep around than women.

I have always wondered about the stats for this.  On the face of it, it makes sense, but as it takes two to tango, one must deduce that to be outnumbered, the women who participated must have had more partners than the men.  Presumably many of them belonged to the oldest profession.

The Common Room / Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« on: Monday 29 March 21 12:52 BST (UK)  »
I wonder how many men there are out there with illegitimate children. 

Some get to be prime minister ...  :D :D

The Common Room / Re: Find a grave advice please
« on: Monday 29 March 21 12:48 BST (UK)  »
I find the transcribe feature too tricky on a mobile phone so I don't use it.

I don't make a habit of looking at graveyards, but I have been lucky enough to find some online photos of Irish gravestones.  Your mention of a transcribe feature may explain some errors in transcribed dates, which have revealed discrepancies of a decade when compared with online death records.  Lichen growth on the stone showed how this has happened; transcription software might be able to correct a misread name, but I doubt it would (or should) attempt to correct a date.

So might I urge any keen cemetery searchers to do all they can to verify what their devices transcribe for them ?

The Common Room / Re: Multiple illegitimate children: how unusual?
« on: Saturday 27 March 21 22:58 GMT (UK)  »
I have a lady who had four children between 1913 and 1921, believed to be different fathers.  She married in late  1925 and had four more children between 1925 and 1932.
A lady ? was she ?  :o

The Common Room / Re: need explaination please
« on: Monday 22 March 21 09:18 GMT (UK)  »
The star class system was started in 1879.

If a prisoner was in 'star class' this meant that he was a first offender.

That's interesting.  I just wonder about the purpose of the comment - presumably any returning offender would have been as described ?

The Common Room / Re: Stolen Images
« on: Saturday 20 March 21 10:56 GMT (UK)  »
My copy of the picture was left to me by an uncle whom died several years ago.  It says nothing about copyright on it.
I want to find out why it was among the three cases full of other pics and docs and curios.

I still don't see why you feel so protective about it - it's out there, and that may even help you to find out things.

I was surprised to find a photo of a great-aunt and her mother, grandmother and g-grandmother on the web, especially as I have in my possession the original glass plate taken in 1865.  I gather a copy was found in a curio shop somewhere and published by a completely unconnected person.  I never thought about copyright, and that person could tell me nothing I didn't already know.

The Common Room / Re: Photograph yourself completing the census?
« on: Saturday 20 March 21 09:48 GMT (UK)  »
Presumably an electronic system will prevent anyone being counted more than once ?  [though I bet someone somewhere will be trying it].  I know of a group of three, recorded once in Everton and again in Aughton some miles away, I think in 1851.  Presumably their form was filled in by a householder in anticipation or with hindsight.

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