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I am not related to the Delaneys. As part of a project for Potton Family History Society I took a name from the WW1 memorial to research. Joseph was my man :)

The Common Room / Re: OK I give up!
« on: Wednesday 06 April 22 22:04 BST (UK)  »
Families can make such a mess sometimes! One of my ancestors had two illegitimate children by a man she didn't marry (subsequently marrying my ancestor instead). She pretended to be married to the father the first time and both christenings name him, so I know who he was. For some reason her later husband took some responsibility for the oldest of those children (girl) but not the second (boy) as far as I can see. The girl later vanished off the face of the Earth. More recently I discovered that she emigrated, married, lived and died in Canada. On various documents she gives her maiden name as her bio-father's, her step-father's or a double barrelled version of both... one document gives her mother's maiden name wrongly as her mother's stepfather's surname... and on her marriage she names her brother as her father even though her father's name was known  ::) I'm glad I approached this from the other direction or I might well have been horribly lost.

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 3rd April
« on: Friday 01 April 22 11:27 BST (UK)  »
Yes, that was from this morning. I haven't looked since that photo but it has probably melted by now :)

Family History Beginners Board / Re: 1921 census
« on: Friday 01 April 22 10:26 BST (UK)  »
There are a lot of numbers annotated over the page. Could it be a number? As Genie says, very blurry... could it be "48"?

The Stay Safe Board / Re: Diary summary week ending 3rd April
« on: Friday 01 April 22 10:22 BST (UK)  »
This is how my morning started:

Unfortunately the cold weather has taken my special needs rabbit the wrong way so I'm currently waiting to take him to the vets  ::)

The Lighter Side / Re: Enumerator stumped by language
« on: Wednesday 30 March 22 21:01 BST (UK)  »
Well, he/she seemed to do quite well! I do hope whoever is related to them has other censuses to work from though.

I do have minor language barriers with a Welsh ancestor who moved to England (and whose birthplace isn't spelled the same way twice as a result) and one Scots ancestor who moved to England, where the only reference to his place of birth is "Dumfarling". We have taken to assume this is Dunfermline...

The Common Room / Re: Come to a complete end?
« on: Monday 28 March 22 22:59 BST (UK)  »
That's about where all of mine end, as well. In my case I tend to find that even if the records exist, and even if they existed back to 15th, they lack information to differentiate between people and all of my ancestors were common as muck. If there are five different John BROWNs with no occupation or age, bonus points if they all married women of the same forename, I am unlikely to know which one is mine.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Census vs gravestone
« on: Sunday 20 March 22 22:34 GMT (UK)  »
According to the gravestone of my 2xgt grandfather he was buried two days before he died. Poor fella  ;D

Family History Beginners Board / Re: English naming practice 1700s
« on: Monday 14 March 22 21:05 GMT (UK)  »
Usually if the father and grandfather had the same name there would only be one child who honoured everybody of that name. On the odd occasion there might be an anomaly, particularly if the name was considered especially important and the parents wanted to ensure at least one child of that name reached adulthood, but generally not.

In my experience, reusing the dead name occurred with the next birth of a child of the appropriate gender.

A lot of mine didn't follow naming convention well. My lines from Cornwall in particular often picked names with no apparent relevance to anything. Add in some religious families who named from the Bible and some names come out of nowhere. I'm sure in some cases traditional naming pattern took a backseat to other considerations such as who in the family was most liked, who was wealthiest or more influential, honouring someone who was sick or had recently died, honouring someone out of gratitude etc so that even if all the names are in there somewhere they might have different priorities behind them.

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