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The Common Room / Re: What has happened to Findmypast?
« on: Monday 30 July 18 18:30 BST (UK)  »
Is it just me or can you only buy Findmypast packages for 3 or 12 months now?

The Common Room / Naturalisation in the 19th century
« on: Sunday 01 July 18 09:46 BST (UK)  »
Hello, I'm struggling to understand the process of foreigners becoming naturalised British subjects in the 19th century.

I have an ancestor who arrived in England from the Danish West Indies c.1824. The only reference to his citizenship is on the 1871 census where "NBS" (Naturalised British Subject) is written next to his place of birth.

Would there be any official record of his naturalisation? As I understand it, during the first two decades of his time in England the process wasn't open to ordinary people - he was a mariner.

Thanks for any advice

The Common Room / Re: Matthew/Matthieu as a girls name?
« on: Friday 23 February 18 17:52 GMT (UK)  »
I've found a "Matthew, daughter of..." entry in my family history, from the mid 1600s. Whether it was an error or not I don't know - the father was named Matthew.

Lancashire / Re: 'Cornow' in parish of Kirkham - where was it?
« on: Wednesday 21 February 18 15:49 GMT (UK)  »
I'm local to the area too but had never heard of that, but link to a book here

Seems Cornoe /Corno or Corner Row as it was called was in Greenhalgh, three miles NW of Kirkham

Thank you so much! I wasn't aware of this excellent resource.

Corner Row must've fallen out of use to describe wherever in Greenahlgh it was.

Lancashire / 'Cornow' in parish of Kirkham - where was it?
« on: Tuesday 20 February 18 22:17 GMT (UK)  »
Hello, I'm looking at the Kirkham parish register in the mid 1600s.

Lots of people reside in a locality called Cornow/Cornoe - which as you can imagine, is spelled many different ways. Can anyone suggest where this was? I've looked at modern maps and one from the mid 1800s, but can't identify it.

Thanks for any help

The Common Room / Re: FindMyPast Friday's. General opinions.
« on: Saturday 17 February 18 00:18 GMT (UK)  »
I look forward to it every week! Even if most of the new collections are not useful to me. It's the anticipation that they might be.

In 2018 I'd really love some major additions - proper coverage of new counties. Access to original images.

More newspaper coverage of certain places would be welcome too, though the newspaper database is already a great resource.

The Common Room / Re: People increasing their age as they approach 100!?
« on: Monday 05 February 18 22:45 GMT (UK)  »
Further back in time (1600s and 1700s), I'm always sceptical of extreme old age noted in parish registers. I think in an age where most people were illiterate and innumerate, and when there were no  bureaucratic reasons to recall your date of birth, it would be much easier to lose track of age.

I imagine some elderly people estimated their age based on other dates - a monarch's death for example, or born a certain number of years after a sibling. Of course if family members were the ones estimating an elderly/deceased relative's age, that creates further opportunity for inaccuracy.

I want to find out whether my 102-year-old ancestor who died in 1820 was really 102.

The Common Room / Re: Inconsistent literacy
« on: Sunday 28 January 18 18:21 GMT (UK)  »
So many of you have set my mind at rest. It was niggling me because I've never seen an example of it anywhere else in my family history, people either sign with marks all their lives or signatures all their lives.

I've enjoyed the stories and suggested reasons. I suppose eyesight could also have been a reason for people who could sign changing to marks.

The Common Room / Re: REUSE
« on: Sunday 28 January 18 00:09 GMT (UK)  »
It must just be an error or some sort of placeholder.

It can't possibly be anything new, since ancestry appears to have stopped adding fresh material to its UK collections. :)

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