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  1. woodsman

    Ancestry, message replies

    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
  2. woodsman

    Ancestry, message replies

    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.
  3. woodsman

    Ancestry, message replies

    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.
  4. woodsman

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    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.
  5. woodsman

    Ancestry, message replies

    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.
  6. woodsman

    Ancestry, message replies

    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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    Thanks for that Ratty, I had another member draw the same conclusion but in stronger terms. I think they must be on a bit of a drive as I am getting more emails than previous. So the conclusion is seems to be 'avoid'
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    Has anyone used them on the monthly subscription and if so is it easy to cancel ?
  9. woodsman

    Rivington Road Primary School 1940s

    It certainly changed when entering the seniors 🤨
  10. woodsman

    Rivington Road Primary School 1940s

    Remember the small wooden sandpit you could play in and the green cots for an afternoon kip. Somehow I always seem to remember it being warm, not the physical atmosphere but somehow you had a feeling of it being warm and secure.
  11. woodsman

    Well Done Cricketers Arms!

    I feel a bit sad at saying this as back in the late fifties and early sixties used to go in there, great pub. With that in my memory I went in when we visted the cemetery last year on a dinner time, two chaps in 'the lounge' and a few in the bar. I made a real mistake, because of the tablets I am on I do not drink but for old times sake, and the comments I had read on here I thought I would have one, I asked him for a pint of something weak, I also had a long way to drive, it was served in the surliest manner possible, sat down, two chaps oppossite sat like the brothers glum, never spoke to us or to each other, glad to get out of the place. Give me the pub and the area from 50 years ago. Really sad that, it was bright and cheerful back in the day, glad my old fella couldn't be there.
  12. woodsman

    Suggestions please.

    Frank, dna might be the way to go
  13. woodsman

    Suggestions please.

    Not sure if this is any use Frank but in september 2018 issue of WDYTYA magazine there is an article on p63 regarding Irish Registrty of deeds which may be able to give you some pointers. Possibly the library keeps the mag or someone may be able to lend you a copy.
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    Got the answer, at last. Had a real problem finding my way round the National Archives leaflet, and of course as soon as you spot it, all becomes clear, AT means Atlantic Star medal and PA of course stands for service in the pacific, china sea and indian ocean, we live and learn lol
  15. Totally baffled by the abreviation list. Can anyone explain the boxes which have been upper line 1939 AT PA 91820 second line one box CL Tried to make sense of the National Archives abbreviations list but nothing seems to match, thoughts appreciated Picked up this person returning from Bombay as a passenger, bit faded but appears to be RADIO OFFICER

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