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  1. Dave

    Ancestry, message replies

    When I first got on Ancestry with the DNA I found a massive cluster of relatives in the US, all seemingly matching each other (via shared) with a good few of the kits being managed by one woman. So I thought that she must be keen and I contacted her. She came back with: "Hello Dave, I'm really not very good with the ancestry thing. I have relatives that have researched into the family tree. I'll have to start getting into it if life slows down. I live in Utah and have never been to Europe. Would love to visit someday!" Utah - the mecca of genealogy. None of her relatives had trees of any useful size, but I later discovered that they're from somewhere back in time on my dad's side. So even if you do get a reply you can be disappointed. added 34 minutes later ---- Another anecdote is about a faulty tree that I found with some of my ancestors in it. Well, it wasn't just one tree, it was about half a dozen trees where they assumed that a brother of my ancestor married twice and had some kids leading down to their people. The only trouble was that this particular Daniel had a very short life. Born about 1776 and probably died before 1781. His baptism was in 1776 but then he was missing from the family in 1781 when the family were listed in one of those poor law removal orders, where they were turfed out of one village and back to where the dad was born - and Daniel was missing - dead, I thought (whatever the trouble was, the order was reversed the following week). So I thought that these people must've known something I didn't, but I went back and looked and they all have his lifespan as being 1776 to 1781. Two wives and quite a few kids before he was five...
  2. Dave

    Ancestry, message replies

    No, they'd probably have an off-the-peg excuse in a similar way to the one that they give about a not having a Chromosome browser. They claim that the 'DNA Circles' are superior to the browser idea and that they respect privacy. I have access to 13 people's DNA and less than half have any circles (including myself (I did have some 'emerging' and then they disappeared)) and that must mean that all the other sites: FT-DNA, My Heritage, Gedmatch, et al, are disrespectful of privacy. Well, no not really, because if Ancestry did have a browser then you'd only be able to compare yourself with actual matches. It isn't as if someone could nip in and copy everyone's data because they'd only be able to see the few segments of the people they were matching. I suppose that it'd take a drop in sales before they'd put anything radically advantageous on. They're selling memberships and kits and making the money without having to bother changing anything.
  3. LX annorum

    1. RATTY


      The big one. I'm dreading it. Happy day Dave, it's only a number, it's only a number,it's only.........

    2. Dave


      It's the new 40.

  4. Dave

    Ancestry, message replies

    It just needs a timestamp of when a message was viewed (a bit like with PMs on here, or like on Facebook messenger). There are email notifications from most messages that include the full content of the message. They could drop that and just make the notification say "Suchabody has sent you a message" - with a link to the message. Otherwise, you just don't know if a message has been read at all. So if it hasn't been opened the timestamp would remain as the time that you sent the enquiry, or it would change and you'd know that it'd been read and you're being ignored.
  5. Dave

    H C Grundy

    I'd like to see a picture of the bottle because I'm sure that it should be H C Grundy. It was H C Grundy = Henry Critchley Grundy https://picclick.co.uk/Dark-Green-glass-beer-bottle-H-C-183353669891.html Topic title changed.
  6. Dave


    Hello again sweetisis - I'm struggling to remember how we're related. Is that the 1868 George Molyneux who married my relation Esther Critchley?
  7. Dave

    Stringfellows Shops

    I see that the elder Gervaise had roots in Derbyshire. Long-shot - do you know if any of your Stringfellows were in Huyton (nr Liverpool), or Prescot districts in the 1700s?
  8. Dave

    Stringfellows Shops

  9. No, but there's a list on SHROH.
  10. I was looking out for you, but figured that you hadn't made it. Caught a glimpse from the hill of the Billinge beacon in the distance.
  11. Cheers Jeff. Robbob couldn't get there in the morning but he was at the beacon in Taylor Park on the evening and he should be posting some pictures from that event later.
  12. Dave

    World War One and St Helens

    I'd imagine that you've probably already seen our other site St Helens Rolls of Honour? There's quite a lot of factual info on there about the local casualties and other bits and pieces scattered amongst its many pages. It's more of a database really and there isn't really much narrative, except if you look through the calendar, but you'll probably be able to get something from it.
  13. Dave

    The last week of WW1

    A lot of the records were destroyed by a bomb in WW2. My great grandfather (paternal nan's dad) signed up when he was 39 and was with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Pte. O/41668 - mostly supply and repair (according to wiki). The only record that I found of his was in an absent voter's list.
  14. Dave

    The last week of WW1

    I haven't tried to count all those who had served - possibly similar or more than 36.
  15. Dave

    The last week of WW1

    Doing genealogy you usually find a few relatives who were killed or died in WW1. A second cousin on my dad's side contacted me a few weeks ago mentioning that the kids were doing a project at her grandson's school and she wanted to know if I'd found any in that part of the family who had died in WW1. I hadn't yet found any. I mean a few went and came home (grandfather mentioned above), so not much luck on the school project, but yesterday I found two distant cousins on that side, brothers, one of them being at the Somme. It was the local relatives on my maternal grandmother's side who bore the brunt of it and I can link to them on our other site. Four of her first cousins - Arthur Pye, Fred Pye, Henry Pye and John William Fillingham. Other more distant cousins were Moses Tinsley, Thomas Beesley, William Wroe, John Tebb and Ernest Edward Morgan So that's nine (and still counting) local relatives who died for some insane political fisticuffs.

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