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    Quite often it was the local constable who was...

    Quite often it was the local constable who was the census taker, and he filled in all the forms.
    Some of the "read/write" statements are not always accurate, nor are those on marriage certificates....
  2. And please don't forget the two complete Irish...

    And please don't forget the two complete Irish Census records for 1901 and 1911
    http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/
    They do show county of bitrh and religion
    Geoff
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    Hi Eliza The easy way is to open an account with...

    Hi Eliza
    The easy way is to open an account with Photobucket, upload your jpegs there and link to them on a thread here.
    What you will want to do first is to start a new folder on your PC to put...
  4. Thread: Dad's Army

    by DoctorGeoff
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    Dad's Army

    No, I'm not having a laugh at the Home Guard.
    This is the spigot mortar team from HQ company, 20th Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
    It was probably taken about early 1944, in, or near, the...
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    For what it is worth, I have had a problem with a...

    For what it is worth, I have had a problem with a transcription on the 1901 census:
    Three of my great aunts - surname Poole - were transcribed as Coole.

    I did report this, and when the census...
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    This is going to depend on his citizenship. If...

    This is going to depend on his citizenship.
    If he was a British subject, the birth should have been registered with the nearest British Consulate - this gets a British Birth Cert.
    This will not...
  7. Just like OCH says, a lot of the old LDS records...

    Just like OCH says, a lot of the old LDS records could not be trusted.
    I wasted a lot of time trying to verify a family marriage back in the later 1700s, and this was submitted by some five people...
  8. I have used my local one - only stopped when the...

    I have used my local one - only stopped when the library offered an internet connection to Ancestry - and the staff were very helpful.
    Yes the hours were limited (volunteers, remember), and yes you...
  9. FreeBMD lists a William Webb marrying a Lily Town...

    FreeBMD lists a William Webb marrying a Lily Town in Croydon (1st Q, 1913)
    and the birth of a Lily K Webb in 3rd Q 1913 (but the mothers surname is given as George)
    Geoff
  10. Best news I've had all week. Thanks for this....

    Best news I've had all week.
    Thanks for this.
    Geoff
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    Old Occupations

    For those with an interest in, or a problem with old occupations, Ancestry/Rootsweb put out a very helpful list:

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/oldjobs.htm

    Copy and past it...
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    Actually, "Solicitor" was an old description for...

    Actually, "Solicitor" was an old description for a Lawyer - according to the Rootsweb list of old occupations.
    Probably, the former copper had become a solicitor's clerk and was not really buggung...
  13. How about the County Record Office:...

    How about the County Record Office:
    www.northyorks.gov.uk
    and a look at their archives online
    archives.northyorks.gov.uk/dserve/

    Sory about the fonts - its all this cutting and pasting, but yiu...
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    Could be what we now call Land-mines. The...

    Could be what we now call Land-mines.
    The practice was to bury large amounts of explosive. that could be detonated from a single switch.
    Look up the battle of Messines Ridge to see the biggest use....
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    If you want to stick a label on, you can cut off...

    If you want to stick a label on, you can cut off the sticky strip from a "Post-It" note and use that (peels off easily, and does not damage the back of the photo).
    If you read the thread on...
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    have a look at the photo I posted in the...

    have a look at the photo I posted in the "Memorabilia" section under Poole=Whiting wedding:
    http://www.familytreeforum.com/showthread.php/109053-Poole-Whiting-wedding
    I know this was taken in 1897,...
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    And a comment that I should have added to the...

    And a comment that I should have added to the previous post:
    Whether you scan or photograph, an out of focus original will still be out of focus.

    Professional photos would have been taken with...
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    After having tried the "photo rather than scan"...

    After having tried the "photo rather than scan" approach, I had a go repairing a photo-ed photo.
    The repaired one has only had the lighting adjusted after removing the damage.
    I believe that this...
  19. Thread: name help

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    Watch out for the surname that was written down...

    Watch out for the surname that was written down "as heard" not "as spelled".
    Then watch out for immigrants from the Continent where letters are pronounced differently.
    Then, so many surnames are...
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    Another thing that you may have to take into...

    Another thing that you may have to take into account is that this is only five years after Greenwich was transferred from Kent to Greater London, and there may have been some old cUstoms (with regard...
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    So this is a followup to my last post. I have...

    So this is a followup to my last post.

    I have tried using the same original photo but with a mini-compact (14 megapix) and the quick assessment is Don't Bother. Seriously, the lens on a...
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    I have just tried the "photo rather than scan"...

    I have just tried the "photo rather than scan" approach
    Using a 14megapixel Nikon compact (too much effort to get the DSLR out), the results are dramatically better.
    It took a few experimental...
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    Poole=Whiting wedding

    The photo is a scan of - I believe - the wedding of Alice Emma Poole and Ernest George Whiting at St Andrews, Westminster in 1897. I am going to try the technique of taking a digital shot of it and...
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    John Poole - a problem

    I have two copies of this photo, acquired when my Aunt (Dad's sister) died.
    One is inscribed on the back "Grandmother's uncle from Dumfries"
    One is inscribed on the back "Great-uncle John Poole"...
  25. And having read through this thread several...

    And having read through this thread several times, I am coming to the conclusion that the record office for the main relevant counties, and the FHS for the same counties should each have a copy of...
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