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It's always worth checking other livery companies than the one you'd think they'd belong to though. I was stuck for many years looking at The Dyers Company for an ancestor who was a dyer, only to suddenly find he had been apprenticed in The Drapers' Company!

I read this when researching my Gx5 GF, who was apprenticed to the Worshipful Company of Innholders as a Cabinet Maker:

The Worshipful Company of Innholders is one of the City of London livery companies, originally created from Guilds or Trade Associations connected to particular trades, crafts or occupations; in this case hostelers and innkeepers. After around 1650 however, it became increasingly common and in some companies virtually universally the case that their members practised other trades altogether, so an apprentice's master may not necessarily have followed the trade indicated by the company's name.

I use the GoFullPage browser extension in Chrome, which saves full pages as PNG or JPG images and PDF files in the free version. There are other options including editing the resulting files in the premium version.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA membership features active
« on: Monday 05 February 24 09:31 GMT (UK)  »
On a similar  note (gremilns at work) I stopped  receiving all emails from  Myheritage , new match alerts, private message alerts and  newsletters for over  a year - all emails from them , it was not anything I had done to my  account settings or my own server . I spent hours, and months trying to find the cause of it. I gave up in the end trying  to find the cause of it.
 It finally  resolved itself after a year,  when they had a major overhaul of their site ,just  a couple of months  ago . All of a  sudden  I started receiving emails from them again. - so it was a  major glitch  their  end , and not mine

Several times over the past few years, I have logged in to MyHeritage whilst there, and once logged in everything is displayed in English. However, when I return home and log in again, everything is in Dutch for several weeks to a couple of months, before it returns to English again. During those periods, any emails they send me are also in Dutch. I reported it and got nowhere.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Ancestry DNA membership features active
« on: Friday 02 February 24 09:57 GMT (UK)  »
But if a "free member" (registered guest)'s test is managed by a member with a subscription, all of those functions are still unrestricted to the test manager.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: 1921` census
« on: Thursday 01 February 24 10:22 GMT (UK)  »
It will governed by the length of the exclusivity agreement awarded to FindMyPast by The National Archives under the contract to digitise and transcribe the census.

Edit: FindMyPast have exclusivity until 2025 according to TNA.

The Common Room / Re: FindMyPast Subscription Renewal
« on: Tuesday 30 January 24 16:47 GMT (UK)  »
You've done pretty well to get 60% off MyHeritage that quickly. I cancelled my sub in the middle of December last. First offer was I think 15% off, and I was invited to renew at 32% off yesterday. Still sitting on the sidelines though, as the subscription that I've just let lapse was taken out at 75% off (Complete sub for 57) after cancelling and ignoring other offers for 6 months.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Scandinavian shock!
« on: Friday 19 January 24 16:49 GMT (UK)  »
I have various allocations of Scandinavian ethnicity with different testing companies. My surname is also believed to have originated in Normandy, specifically around Caen according to various sources. It may be an explanation, but with little if any hope for most of us of ever finding records in our direct ancestral lines that reach back far enough to corroborate or disprove that, it is never going to be any more than a hypothesis in my case. I am stuck at a Gx5 grandfather who lived in Purfleet at the time he fathered most of his children, and who was probably born on the Isle of Sheppey around 1737; but no way to definitively prove they were the same person and no way to explore beyond that with any certainty.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: Scandinavian shock!
« on: Friday 19 January 24 16:22 GMT (UK)  »
Don't rely on ethnicity results. They are intended to show inherited ethnicity for at least 500 to several thousand years ago - well before most of us will find any paper records of our ancestors. They also indicate that segments of your DNA appear to match population segments that are currently found in the testing company's Scandinavian reference population. You need to check what region that covers for My Heritage. Each company creates their own regions and reference populations, and the area covered by Scandinavia as used by My Heritage will probably differ in some respects from that used by Ancestry or Living DNA etc.

If there is any accuracy in it, it does not necessarily infer that your Ancestors came from Scandinavia, but that they originated from the same group of people who migrated from Africa towards North Western Europe, and that the majority of them can now be found in that region. Some may well have branched off before reaching Scandinavia and arrived in Blighty by a different route, which could include your ancestors.

If by chance you find you match to a reference population that you believe you can explain, you also need to ask whether that is a correct allocation by the testing company, or whether you believe it because it fits with your existing expectations (expectation bias).

You are far better concentrating on your matches to DNA relatives and exploring their connections to you. Ethnicity allocations can have some uses if comparing them between matches when trying to establish relationships and the family line that you might be related on, but beyond that they are hypotheses constructed from a range of probabilities. Drill down into your 47% probability result for instance, and you will find that it could actually vary widely - in some cases from a range that includes zero. In other words, there may be  some ethnicities for which you are given allocations, which could in fact have no connection to you at all!

The Common Room / Re: FindMyPast Subscription Renewal
« on: Friday 19 January 24 16:06 GMT (UK)  »
Yes, 169.99 in December, the same as the year before. Both supposedly include the 15% auto-renewal discount, but I make 169.99 an 8.1% reduction on 184.99, although it is exactly 15 less.

Ah! I'm on a premium sub with a pre-discount price of 199.99, so that explains it. I thought I'd been robbed for a moment :(

It's been the same for the last two renewals though. I'm not aware of any way to get any further reductions though, unless renewal happens to coincide with one of their special offers, in which case I once previously cancelled my subscription and purchased the offer as a "new" customer.

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