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  1. No wonder buck house have not replied lol
  2. Interesting Kizzy, but I do wonder how many persons actually have 'a feeling' of not quite fitting in and the DNA does confirm.
  3. Familyman, matter of interest I came across a Margaret Twist who married William Anders on 9th Dec 1793, she was born in 1775 and died in 1853. She turned up on the Ancestry new info model for DNA THru lines and would possibly have possibly been my 3rd great grand mother
  4. It wasn't really your kids, I found that some of my ancesters where not, and you seemed very sure when you talk about going so far back and its a shame to do so much research and suddenly find it not what it seems.☺️
  5. NED/Familyman, just curious but have either of you took a Dna test?
  6. Its been a weird journey since the Dna results, one side of my suppossed family disappered completely to be replaced by another group who I had never heard of. They turned out to be really nice people, warm and welcoming. 7, 1st and second cousins with only one not communicating, but she doesn't communicate with anyone anyway. They are all 'busy' proffessional people and after the initial few months the communications have slowed up, different worlds. Except for one cousins wife who I must say we get on like a house on fire, e mails everyday full of gossip about the family and little tales past through the family about grand parents and beyond.The whole experience has allowed me to put into perspective many of the events from my younger years and take a more benign thougtful look at the behaviour of some relatives, its been a quite fascinating journey really. But I do wonder about the hours and financial outlays on the family who wasn't, if that makes sense. I think it was Kizzy who mentioned the xmas sale with ancestry, I had another 2nd cousin turn up a few days ago, a young lady in the Carribean, the world is getting smaller and smaller lol.
  7. Think it is highly debatable that politics has moved on, some might suggest it has slipped into a quagmire of greed and self seeking egos. But we wont debate it here Alan as I know we would have opposing views and this little bit is about BJLs excellent informative post, as I mentioned earlier, tis probably I living in the past [which often seemed a materially poorer time but a more honest and moral time]
  8. Its strange, I thought with so many persons on here having a working class background the site would have been alive with comments and queries. Is there no labour clubs left in St helens which could organize a trip, whats the trade council doing, members relations committees of the co-op. Am I just living in the past or has it just become easier to punch a keyboard or watch the tele................
  9. There's a few blasts from the past there..............Great pictures They have a cracking site on google, give you all the info you want for a great daty out.
  10. Some peple get the kit as presents etc so they don't have a clue, was there any way you could have asked him/her if you could help to unravel it for them or even do they have a relative who is into family history, shame to let a good lead go, but I can understand your frustration. Alternatively tell the person that a multi millioniare has left some money, that might help lol
  11. TJ, Strange, in a way they are distinctive names, not Smith or Jones you would imagine one would turn up. It would be understandble that the name HIGNETT could easily be misunderstood when entering onto the census, bu tthe other names you would imagine would be straightforward. I would think you have now piqued the interest of the FH wizards on here and it would be really great if at least one turned up. Found in the past the family story turned out to be a real load of rubbish, think sometimes someone says it and others embellish a little and away it goes and everyone ends up thinking it the truth lol.............lot to be said for DNA testing. Lets hope you get a breakthrough, it will probably come from a totally unexpected quarter.
  12. TJ, I would imagine with your experience you have put questions onto the likes of roots chat and other forums and some of the local history forums on facebook. Dave, have you suggested the idea of a time stamp on Ancestry to them. It would certainly stop a lot of the frustration experienced in the message system. I find it really galling when you keep seeing that someone has logged in and visited their site but you still get no reply.
  13. TJ, this was a totally new line so it was fascinating to say the least to find a cousin and other relatives. Take it you are on Gedmatch and Family tree dna, all the results I get on those t wo sites are 3rd cousins and beyond. Maybe the Xmas push of DNA pressies will bring a few up for you.
  14. It was a bit of luck in a way as the cousin attended a funeral and one of the other relatives mentioned I was trying to get hold of him and thats when he went and looked at his messages. Just as an aside, those two relatives had not spoken for years since a big family bust up, aren't coincidences a strange thing. If people have busy lives and don't look to closely then maybe Amazon should rethink how prominent the notification should be.
  15. Tried unsuccesfully to contact a first cousin via the message system on ancestry two and a half months ago. Got a reply last Thursday he had missed the messages. His sister emailed me Friday, both of them pleased to be in contact. He was my most important lead so it was disappointing not to raise him initially. So hang on in there, one never knows.....
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