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The Common Room / Re: Missing birth and death records: possible explanations?
« on: Monday 14 December 20 23:31 GMT (UK)  »
The most common reason for 'missing' records is mistranscription. So I would try all the clever search techniques you can think of, everything from wildcards to leaving off surnames all together and focusing on gaps between known children.

Of course baptism and burial records for certain places/churches/periods may simply be unavailable. Also with deceased children there is the possibility baptism did not take place.

With the GRO indexes I would also persist with clever searches, they will be there - births are easier to pin down than deaths, using the mother's maiden name.

The Common Room / Re: Writing up your family history
« on: Monday 14 December 20 23:13 GMT (UK)  »
I separate my family history into surnames.

For each surname in my ancestry I have a folder and then subfolders for each generation of that family - in these I put all my sources, which are mostly images of documents.

In the main folder for the surname I have one Word document which gives an overview of each generation, working backwards, containing basic information such as date and place of birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial. In another Word document I write the history of the family in a narrative, again working backwards, pulling together all information from my sources.

This may seem odd or excessively complicated but it works for me. I can manage the vast amount of research. One downside is that it makes everything quite siloed when the history of families can be quite intertwined after couples marry.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Spoons in a 1633 will
« on: Friday 04 September 20 08:46 BST (UK)  »
Thank you all!

I've transcribed every part of this will apart from this word - I really couldn't see past that last letter being an N.

I've never encountered that contraction before - I've made a note.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Spoons in a 1633 will
« on: Thursday 03 September 20 22:50 BST (UK)  »
Hello, can anyone shed any light on what kind of spoons was my ancestor dishing out to all and sundry in his will?

Is it an archaic term or a dialect word? He was from Nottinghamshire.


Yorkshire (West Riding) / Ravenfield St Mary, Mexborough?
« on: Wednesday 19 August 20 10:26 BST (UK)  »
Hello, on Findmypast there are parish records for a 'Ravenfield, St Mary'. A relative of mine was buried there in 1719 and describes himself (in his will) as being of Ravenfield, Mexborough.

I'm slightly confused about the dedication of this church because the only one I can find is a St James's in Ravenfield, which was a chapelry in the parish of Mexborough.

Was this church ever known as St Mary's or is this a Findmypast error?

Thanks for any help

Armed Forces / Fifth Dragoon Guards enlistment, 1793
« on: Saturday 06 June 20 13:21 BST (UK)  »
Hello, I've found a record of an ancestor who was in the Fifth Dragoon Guards - it's a discharge document from Dublin in 1817.

His name was George Montgomery and it shows he had served in the corps since March 1793.

Would there be a record of his enlistment? I can't find any other documents online.

Thanks for any assistance

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Latin word in parish register, 1697
« on: Wednesday 08 April 20 19:02 BST (UK)  »
Hello, in the middle of this image is the baptism of Elizabeth, daughter of John Ash.

After John's name is what looks like the word 'Lair' - can anyone suggest what this means? John was a butcher and was sometimes referred to as John Ash junior, but I don't recognise this term.

Thank you

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1661 document
« on: Saturday 02 November 19 12:39 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you so much!

I can't believe I couldn't see the word relict. Great to have a full explanation of it and confirm the relationship.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1661 document
« on: Saturday 02 November 19 09:55 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, attached is some writing at the bottom of an inventory.

The deceased is Thomas Moseley of Wingerworth in Derbyshire. I suspect that his wife Dorothy remarried immediately after his death to John Fidler.

Can anyone suggest what the last few of words of the third line are - after Moseley? I assume the word at the end of the second line covered by the dark mark is 'alias', as in Dorothy Fidler alias Moseley.


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