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I am looking for the career record of a second cousin who was a ship's
engineer, possibly from around the end of w.w.2 until some time after
1979. He was supposedly lost at sea, but I have no evidence for this.
All I know is that he was alive on 1 December 1979, but not on 25 June
1995 and his death has not been registered in his home town in Scotland
between those dates. Are there any records of ships' engineers' careers
open to the public, on-line or not? I lost touch with the surviving
members of his family many years ago, so I cannot ask them for help.
I have been struggling with some strange Ancestry missing images, where the original films (as film reels at Manchester Archives, or virtual films on familysearch catalogue) are complete, but the images on Ancestry's cardcat browse facility are clearly missing bits, eg a doublespread of a marriage PR or the base of a huge BT parchment. In some cases there is (or apparently has been in the past) an index entry that relates to the info on the missing bits, with a link to a scan, but no scan to be seen.
Is is possible that the film strips on Ancestry are merely of successive scans that have been attached successfully to one or more index entries? And not direct clones of the full film that was displayed for indexing in the first place?
In which case, if someone at Ancestry failed to attach a scanned image of a page to the fully-indexed entries for a whole page, then that scanned image would not itself be on the film strip?
FmP has no filmstrips, just the ability to browse direct from an image.
But I do have an example of this phenomenon on FmP, with a Census ED in 1851 where the index and transcript was complete, but only the alternating stamped foliated pages had been scanned and then attached in error to entries on both the face and the reverse of the folio (whereas in that instance the whole ED was complete and visible as images on Ancestry).
Does anyone know of a helpful available Ancestry person in the UK, something like the equivalent of FMP's high-profile Mylo Clelland?
Because explaining the problem to Ancestry has in at least one case resulted in the problem being 'resolved' by removing the index entry - instead of the image being supplied!
Any contributions would be very welcome on this whole theme.
Does anyone know what sort of training a normal Private would have received if they joined the Army Hospital Corps in the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War? Are there any good books on the AMC during the 1800s; most of the books I have seen concentrate on the RAMC period from c.1900 and on.
Glad to see the list is back up and running.
Has anyone ever seen references in workhouse records to corpses being sent
to anatomy schools? The anatomy school at St Barts was receiving them from
St Giles in the Fields in the late 1830s and 1840s, but, while there are
records in the Barts' Archives, there are no records of individual paupers
for St Giles. Cambridge University anatomy
school initially obtained corpses from local workhouses, but later on from
as far afield as Manchester once the railway system had developed.
There's never any highway when you're looking for the past.
Rosanne Cash A feather's not a bird.
Just read that TNA are having an other go at parking charges. Seemingly they are being used by people who do not intend visiting the archives.
The fees seem quite modest and there is an exception for blue badge holders.
Sog member 1979 to present
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