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Not that it helps a lot, but I think it says Grandpa.

Welcome from me too,

The Common Room / Re: Ethical dilemma
« on: Friday 31 July 20 23:27 BST (UK)  »
As I see it, you are doing exactly what is expected. It is a family matter, irrespective of what Red Tape dictates. I have had the unfortunate experience of doing the same as yourself, as will many others. Keep on doing what you are doing, and I wish you well for your endeavours. More power to your elbow.

Curiosity is a very natural instinct and opening that letter is understandable. I would probably have done the same. But then I would have wondered why it was unopened, and why it had suddenly appeared (as a coaster).

One of the successes I had was going through old photographs and discussing them. The results were amazing, their old memories came flooding back where short term memories were practically non-existent. I would want to know why the letter was unopened, there must surely have been a reason, so perhaps a 'memory session' might give an answer.

The very best wishes to you,

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Death Certificate
« on: Friday 31 July 20 22:10 BST (UK)  »

I think his occupation (after correction) is probably Coal Metre someone who measures coal.

Yes I agree, it is a very unusual letter 't' but there is another example in Natural


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Parents name help please
« on: Saturday 18 July 20 23:03 BST (UK)  »
Sorry all. I was looking at wrong name. Note to self - You IDIOT.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Need help please on the father's name
« on: Saturday 18 July 20 22:23 BST (UK)  »
Might it be to clear any confusion of his parents being Shephot and Rennie?


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Parents name help please
« on: Saturday 18 July 20 22:12 BST (UK)  »
How about Paulus? = Paul.
My Latin is non-existent, so just a suggestion to be shot down.


Added, there is another capital P on next record.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Deciphering Mary-Ann's maiden name
« on: Monday 13 July 20 21:10 BST (UK)  »
Another possibility is McAvetty.
He doesn't cross the 't's, see Phthisis in cause of death, and Stokes in the next record.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: 1939 register entry - occupation?
« on: Wednesday 01 July 20 23:26 BST (UK)  »
I see it as slate fitter and builder.


If you look on the next line, it clearly says 'Domestic Duties'.
You can see very easily here that this writer doesn't cross his 't's as you would normally across the upstroke, but that that the 'cross bar' follows a little way ahead.
The same thing has happened on the first word of the occupation above, so the second letter is the uncrossed 't'. Making it 'store'.
That's why it's always helpful to have some more writing around the word or words that are causing a problem, so that you can see how that particular person formed their letters.

Yes, I agree. Also the way he forms the lowercase 'L' has a definite loop so definitely not slate, but that is what I first read it as. Sorry for the distraction.


The Lighter Side / Re: Possible confusion for someone in the future!
« on: Wednesday 01 July 20 22:29 BST (UK)  »
I also transcribed for FreeBMD many moons ago, and it was the early handwritten records.
The BMD indexes are GRO search aids to finding a certificate, and if there is some doubt about anything then multiple entries will result, and will cover all possibilities.
As your entries have the same page number then there must have been something unclear about the registration district name in the quarterly return when compiling the alphabetical index.

Oh how I yearn for those pre-digital days to return  ::)

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