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The Common Room / Re: At which point do you admit defeat?
« on: Thursday 14 September 17 18:35 BST (UK)  »
While I will never admit defeat when it comes to brick walls beyond 1700 (a very rough threshold), when it comes to brick walls in the 1600s I have to concede that the records might simply not have survived - if they ever existed in the first place.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Help with reading latin
« on: Thursday 31 August 17 00:35 BST (UK)  »
Thank you very much! I'm not sure whether I'm more fascinated by the reference to astronomy, or the times these weddings took place! I must do some research to discover whether such early/late ceremonies were typical.

Immediately after I posted this thread I discovered the burial record of that first Mrs Gibbs. I think it says she died due to childbirth (possibly due to bleeding?), but again I'm struggling with many of the words. The Gibbs family were parish clerks for over a century, hence these unusually detailed entries!

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Help with reading latin
« on: Wednesday 30 August 17 23:03 BST (UK)  »
Hello, could anyone assist me in understanding these two transcripts of 17th century marriages?

I can read/understand many of the words but some parts leave me confused.

Thank you

Roscommon / Denominations of Irish ancestors
« on: Saturday 05 August 17 12:08 BST (UK)  »
Hello, does anyone have any ideas about how to determine the Church Irish ancestors belonged to?

Example - my ancestor John Roddy moved to England and married in an Anglican ceremony to an Anglican woman and all of their children were raised in the same Church. All I know of his life in Ireland is that he was born circa 1829 in Roscommon and his father's name was Michael.

Would I begin by looking for him in Catholic registers? Is there search I could do that would indicate if whether Roddy families in that county were protestant?

Thanks for any advice


Armed Forces / Army service in 1880s/1890s
« on: Friday 21 April 17 00:12 BST (UK)  »
I have some general questions about the army service of an ancestor that I'm struggling to find conclusive answers to.

He enlisted in 1885 and was in the South Lancashire Regiment until 1893, at which point he was in the reserve until 1897. He was a private.

From 1887 to 1893 his record appears to show is was continually abroad. My first question is could he have fathered a child at home in 1892 if his service record states he was in Gibraltar? Did leave exist for soldiers like him?

Secondly, when he was in Britain in the army reserve from 1893 to 1897, were there restrictions on him marrying? He fathered a child in 1896 but did not marry the mother until 1899.

Thanks for any help!

The Common Room / Re: How to sort out my absolute mess of a family history folder?
« on: Thursday 20 April 17 23:52 BST (UK)  »
I have a folder for each grandparent. Inside that is a folder for each surname. Inside each surname folder are two word documents - one an overview of key events for each person of each generation (births/baptisms, marriages and deaths/burials), the other a biography of the family working backwards. Also in each surname folder are folders for each generation, in which I keep all census returns, copies of certificates, parish register images, wills etc relating to that specific generation.

If anyone's wondering, I'm currently at 5,679 Files in 489 Folders.  ;D

The Lighter Side / Re: categoriy assigned to a woman at marriage 1674
« on: Thursday 13 April 17 10:23 BST (UK)  »
Generally just an unmarried woman, a spinster. By extension it would also suggest a virgin.

I'm amazed by this, I've never seen anything like it.

I'm sure we've all come across a multitude of interesting terms being used on baptism records for illegitimate children (usually pre-1813)...but on a census?  ;D

I'm struggling with a few bits of the first extract, but I think the second says:

"them by my loving uncle Mr Lamberd Russell and my brother in law Thomas Brian and by
the survivor of them Item I give unto my said daughter Elizabeth one bed in the best chamber
ready furnished with the best joined bedstead upon [which?] it lyeth with the table in the parlour
and twelve joined stools thereto belonging Item I give unto my said daughter Anna two
feather beds ready furnished in the kitchen chamber with a long chest table"

In the first extract - the items left to Marie - at the end of the first line it looks to me like "two pairs of these two", which doesn't make sense, but could it be an error?

On the following line, the "fine table..." item doesn't look like it begins with a C, if you compare with words such as chamber and cupboard. It looks like it ends with "athes". Following that, could Marie be the lucky recipient of "one pair of fine pillow coates"? An archaic term maybe.

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