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Buckinghamshire / Re: Earliest date do I go back further?
« on: Saturday 15 August 09 19:41 BST (UK)  »
BTs are Bishop's Transcripts. The Bishops copied the information from the parish registers, but they could have survived better and can give more information.

The Lighter Side / Re: BBC TV "WDYTYA?" Series 7 Episode #5: Kim Cattrall
« on: Friday 14 August 09 16:11 BST (UK)  »
I really enjoyed this episode!
What a horrible,horrible,self centred and irresponsible man! >:(

I find it really depressing how some people have bought into the line that George was an absolute heel with no redeeming features whatsoever  ::).

Life is never that simple.

If George's first wife was little miss innocent why did his family refuse to have anything to do with her and their grandchildren after George left?
I somewhat agree. After she found out he was a bigamist, she was acting as if he was going to desert his new family as well. However sitting there watching it, I was thinking more that his first marriage was clearly an unhappy one, and that he'd found someone who he could be happy with.

Maybe he was worried that he would be found out and thought it best to leave the country?

The Lighter Side / Re: BBC TV "WDYTYA?" Series 7 Episode #5: Kim Cattrall
« on: Friday 14 August 09 01:34 BST (UK)  »
I thought this episode was excellent... it epitomises the little scraps of information many of us have to use to piece everything together.

However I have a really big criticism: She did not, or the BBC did not show her talking about what happened to her grandfather to her newly found great aunts. She said right at the end of the programme it was about finding family she didn't know she had. I don't think for a minute that she did not contact them and tell them what happened. But, George left not just her mother and aunts, but also his own family and it's a very self-centred way of showing the episode: It wasn't only their family that was affected. I'm sure George's sisters would have liked to have known what happened to him and see the photos of him.

The Lighter Side / Re: BBC TV "WDYTYA?" Series 7 Episode #4: David Mitchell
« on: Friday 07 August 09 18:12 BST (UK)  »
Would be nice for them to concentrate on 'common' people. They touched on it with Chris Moyles, but didn't go into much depth. Apart from that it's all been about wealthy ancestors this series.


Census and Resource Discussion / Re: BMD transcription by Ancestry
« on: Friday 10 July 09 01:58 BST (UK)  »
Also, be careful with mistranscriptions. I was looking for someone registered at Welton in Lincolnshire, but it had been transcribed as Wilton and put under Wiltshire.

Census and Resource Discussion / BMD transcription by Ancestry
« on: Thursday 09 July 09 03:08 BST (UK)  »
Many of you might have noticed that Ancestry have been transcribing BMDs from 1916 to 1983. They first made available the births, and recently the marriages have become available, and the deaths will soon follow.

However I would just like to point out that they do not seem to be complete. I searched for a distant relative trying to trace the line further down. I had trawled through the indexes the 'old fashioned' way and found 3 children. I just tried searching by using the surname and the mother's maiden name (which is rare) and it brought up 3 children - but one I didn't know of, and one of the ones I knew of was not there! I double-checked by searching for the 'missing' person and she did not appear in the search. I checked the index too and she is there.

So in other words, don't abandon the old fashioned trawling just yet as you may miss out on some details.


The Common Room / Re: Marriage in England
« on: Monday 06 July 09 03:30 BST (UK)  »
My GGG Grandparents married by licence and they were from poor coal mining families.

The Lighter Side / Re: BMD certificate surprise success
« on: Sunday 28 June 09 18:02 BST (UK)  »
Not a BMD, which I guess makes it even more value for money because it was free, but I found a mention of my 6G Grandfather's burial who fell down the coal mine.

Apart from that, probably my 4G Grandfather Edward's second marriage on 2 July 1837 - the first marriage at the church after the Act of Registration, which stated his father's name was Benjamin. Edward's baptism (c1785) was not on the IGI but there was only one Benjamin from the area who could have been his father and they had their 'last' child in 1783.

I have a couple of other families in my tree like this where all the siblings are on the IGI except for my ancestor.


The Lighter Side / Re: Have you noticed this?
« on: Monday 22 June 09 23:34 BST (UK)  »
When I remarried, hubby no.2 adopted my daughter from my first marriage. She wanted a middle name and chose Susannah. It was only relatively recently I discovered my great aunt Susannah.
   Another great aunt was always known as Polly...... in reality she was Mary Johanna.
Well Polly is a nickname for Mary so it makes sense!

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