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  1. Hostile DNA matches.

  2. How are you geting on with your Family Tree?

    Which bits come from where though? You could spend a fortune trying to find out. I told you all l was a Viking, see.
  3. Windleshaw Chantry Volunteers

    Note to remind self that the antiquated error page needs changing.
  4. World War 2 in St Helens

    It definitely will be of interest to people. I'm looking forward to seeing it. Since you're experienced with blogging then you'll probably already have some hosting, etc., but if you don't have any for this project I can set one up with a few clicks.
  5. World War 2 in St Helens

    Hi Helen. Just up our street this is. When you say that you're interested in starting a blog, do you mean literally - like a Wordpress sort of thing, or something else? You've no doubt seen our other site http://www.sthelensrollsofhonour.co.uk and that's the place where we've been storing a lot of info (less of a website, more like a huge database). It's mostly listing the fatal casualties, with more of an emphasis on WW1 because the details of those casualties were more readily available than those of WW2. Still, for WW2 there are 989 listed casualties, including civillians (and 3534 for WW1). So there's something for starters.
  6. How are you geting on with your Family Tree?

    I don't know what it'll be like once the DNA results come in but even without that I've been in a bit of a frenzied mode lately finding lots of new people. I've also got something new for the website that you can find out about if you join the club I just started.
  7. 1876 Birth

    Possibly married outside the country (Ireland?). I couldn't find one either. It seems as though they were passing through the town too, because they don't seem to show up on any census.
  8. Haulage contractor, Fingerpost

    That's right, but spelled Coop. As I say, just with one name I was able to make the connection (4th cousin 1x removed). Her dad was Eric Ronald F.
  9. Haulage contractor, Fingerpost

    Somewhere towards Pemberton, Wigan, if detective skills are right. added 19 minutes later Fillinghams haulage also had a place in King Street. I don't know if it was just for repairs, or whatever, but we used to annoy the hell out of them, getting 'cogs' on the back of the lorries as they drove off. I was unaware that the blokes who shouted at us and chased us off might have been relatives.
  10. How are you geting on with your Family Tree?

    In all it is a fantastic web experience. The programming involved is just top notch - much better than the supposedly cutting edge stuff on some of the 'social media' sites. Then again at those prices it should be. There's still something missing with it though - something that is waiting to happen.
  11. Haulage contractor, Fingerpost

    Thanks. With that name I was able to work out that the haulage contractor family are related (common ancestors Antony Fillingham 1781-1821 and Ann Hill 1779-?).
  12. Local History Night

  13. How are you geting on with your Family Tree?

    Hmmm, I've just seen someone's tree come crashing down. A few weeks ago when I rejoined Ancestry I noticed that someone had saved a picture of my g g uncle Frank Bennett (y'know, the occultist one), so out of interest I dropped them a line to ask if they were related. They said that they were but stated that I'd got the tree wrong. Frank's dad (my g g grandfather) was Reuben and you see there were two Reuben Bennetts in the area and I had obviously chosen the wrong path and got the ancestors all wrong. She had some people called James and Alice as Reuben's parents, whereas I had a Frank and a different Alice. Her James had a father called Samuel, whose father was Thomas, the son of another Thomas. It looked great, with pictures and plenty sources to back it all up - except it was all wrong. She was right with Reuben and his wife Hannah, but I've just shown her a scan of their marriage certificate, which clearly states that Reuben's father was Frank Bennett (deceased). Do you know what her 'sources' were? Other peoples trees. She's going to have plenty people to delete - lines going up from the wives and everything. I don't get any pleasure from this, but it reinforces my notion that there are some people on Ancestry who will just add anything to make their trees bigger.
  14. How are you geting on with your Family Tree?

    I've been spending quite a bit of time on Ancestry.co.uk lately, getting a little bit further back on some lines and generally adding and filling in details that I've found for closer relatives (puzzle always getting bigger). The renewed subscription (and anticipated DNA results) has been interesting. I think that the last time I actually subscribed was about a decade ago and I dropped it because I thought that I'd exhausted all leads - besides a notion that I feel that these subscriptions shouldn't be so expensive. Still, I have to admit that Ancestry has improved a lot in that decade. I like how it generates an editable 'life story' for each person in a tree, the expansion of available records, plus how easy it is to add people that you might otherwise leave out - just with a few clicks after seeing some census details or other info. You do need to apply some thought to things that you find though, because I'm seeing some ridiculous trees, where the ability to do things with those few clicks has had members adding things with little actual analysis of potential problems in relationships. Others then copy this information, thinking that it is right and then some wild speculation turns into 'facts'. I was having a look at the people who have better access to my tree the other night and I noticed the name of a contact I'd forgotten about from 2007 - a second cousin. I looked at her profile and saw that it said she hadn't been on for over a year. I though that maybe she could be tempted to participate again - even if she didn't subscribe. Then I found her in my tree and saw that there was a new (to me) 'hint'. Then I was a bit shocked to find that she'd died in 2010 - aged 51. Oh....