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The Common Room / Kenneth Anderson in 1906
« on: Monday 05 July 21 11:15 BST (UK)  »
This charming photograph is from some family papers. We have no idea who he is save for the name and date on the rear "Kenneth Anderson Xmas 1906" I have looked at the possible births and none of the maiden names of mothers mean anything to us either. So he is either a very distant relative or a family friend.

If anyone can lay claim to him let me know and I'll send the original


The Common Room / Quick question about wills
« on: Monday 01 February 21 17:07 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone can help. I have a person I'm working on who looks as if he dies in 1998. However, I need to build up some evidence. I thought rather than go for the death certificate in the first instance (it is a common name!) I'd look for a probate record and hopefully a will. However, as far as I can see the probate register on Ancestry only goes up to 1995. Is there anywhere where later records can be viewed and/or wills ordered?

Thanks for reading

Technical Help / Alexa help
« on: Thursday 24 December 20 15:02 GMT (UK)  »
A kind friend has given me an Alexa. On the instructions it said to download the Alexa app onto your phone.  This I did  but I had to link my Paypal account. However, it didn't say it was going to take any money so I have done this. Then it asked me to link my Amazon account. I don't have an Amazon account and am now getting very wary. I am worried that if I set up an Amazon account, it will set up Amazon Prime. I know you don't have to have Amazon Prime but I am concerned it might do it by default. I am also worried that if I ask Alexa to do something (e.g play a song) "she" could just charge me something without me being aware of it.

I am unlikely to play much, if any, music on it but I gather you can play the radio - I assume this is free. I would also like to play audiobooks which I understand you can but do these have to be bought from Amazon? Does it have any other uses?

Nottinghamshire / Notts FHS Records on FindMyPast
« on: Friday 28 August 20 15:25 BST (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone can help me. I am looking at some records on FindMyPast that have been transcribed by Notts FHS from the PRs and BTs. I'm mainly looking at Wysall area in the first half of the 1700s and the end of the 1600s.

In the baptisms and marriages there are many records which are given with two years i.e the PRs will say one year e.g.1732 and the BTs 1733. This happens a lot. Does anyone know why? It is before the Gregorian calendar change so not that. I did wonder if perhaps the BTs were written up much later and they got in a muddle. Or was it something else?


Lancashire / Seeing the North with Sankey Barrow/Ulverston area 2
« on: Friday 28 August 20 10:13 BST (UK)  »
The Sankey Project have added a second online exhibition. You can click on the phtographs for further information. Both exhibitions can be found here:

Wiltshire / Warminster - local knowledge
« on: Monday 06 July 20 20:41 BST (UK)  »

Does anybody know anything about Sembourne Hospital, Warminster? It existed in 1962 but googling it doesn't bring up anything at all.


Lancashire / Seeing the North with Sankey. Barrow/Ulverston area
« on: Thursday 21 May 20 14:22 BST (UK)  »
Some pictures from an ongoing project cataloguing Sankey photographs. If you click on the pictures there are some background details.


The Common Room / Council for British Archaeology
« on: Tuesday 19 May 20 12:08 BST (UK)  »
The CBA have very kindly decided that they will temporarily make all their publications available for download free.

Of course you can still make a donation :)

Apologies if this has already been posted


The Common Room / Becoming a Member of a Guild
« on: Sunday 05 April 20 18:00 BST (UK)  »
Does anybody know about becoming a member of a Guild?

I see on Wikipedia that there are four different ways to become a member of a Guild:

Invitation - apparently very rare.

Now I have been looking at some records from The Haberdashers Guild. It is a page that lists Court Days and it would appear from this page that the court sat once a month and admitted people to the Guild. Some are there by patrimony and some by redemption but most on the page appear to be proposed by members. For example "Charles Henry Wanger, son of George Wanger of Chinkford Essex Farmer free by John Woolley Lessingham".

I don't think it has anything to do with actual apprenticeships are all the people admitted are in a trade already varying from lighterman to architect. John Lessingham was a schoolmaster and was a member himself by patrimony.

Does anyone have any idea what is going on? Could it be that to become a member by invitation isn't very rare but more like being put up for membership of a club?


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