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  1. Ex Scout

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    It always surprises me when I find something new, even when I think that I have exhausted all lines of research:

    Bath Guidhall Archives have a new database online, and from that I have found some further snippets of my family when they had fallen on hard times:

    So I thought this might be interesting to Bath researchers:

    batharchives.co.uk/default.aspx (put www etc in front)
     
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    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    Thank you, Ex Scout. What a wide range of documents are indexed there! Great stuff. There are some TOOMER folk there who could be connected with mine (especially as they were behaving badly).

    I also got a little side-tracked into the shop; I think I may have to get a copy of their Bath Blitz Maps CD.
     
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    I think that there is an interactive map online which gives the Bath blitz locations.......I grew up in Bath and remember the gaps in the houses where the bombs had fallen. Mum always talked about my Dad carrying her down many flights of stairs to get into the cellars and that her stitches from a recent appendix operation had opened in the panic to get below ground. I think that Bath had quite a rough time.

    Anne
     
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    Here it is, thejwarrens.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/bathblitz/topmap.htm (http://www.)

    Click on an area and the map shows where the bombs fell
     
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    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    Thank you again, Ex Scout, I hadn't come across that site either.

    Though my mother grew up in Bath, I hadn't realised the extent of the devastation until I saw a recent programme about Mary Berry, which included some footage of war-time Bath. From the website you mentioned I see that 'More than 19,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged and over 400 people killed.' I hope to revisit Bath later this year and will make sure I go to see the new(ish) memorial to those who died.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Oh lovely site BUT- how do you go about finding a name in c.1810-16 if you didn't know which Parish Church? I tried with only a surname & got hits for only a few in Walcot. Does one need to ask for a search of all parish Churches in order to maybe find an alleged birth or preceding marriage?
     
  7. Londoner

    Londoner Will always roll up her sleeves and dig around

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    The Bath hundred forum at Yahoo has lots of Parish Register transcriptions, they do get uploaded to Free Reg but you might find someone there researching the same name.
     
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    You do need to know who you are looking for, these are only finding aids. I use the Yahoo site, and am lucky enough to be able to visit Bath Archives if I want to look at the document that they have transcribed. I have some references to family names, but as they are so common I can't determine if they are "mine" or not. But with one case, namely my gggrandfather Elver YOUNG it was easy to link him with the settlement examination that is indexed on the site. There's few Elvers about, and he seems to appear in various "history from below" sources, namely workhouse records, petty sessions (poaching) and one quarter sessions (receiving a stolen cheese - not guilty) until his death in 1872.

    I keep notes (loads of them) and sometime they fit into the missing bit - and sometime not:confused:

    Anne
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Thank you Londoner, I had a lookee but they require one to join,(fair enough) but my query is tenuous, from a mention in censuses of a birthplace, not shared by his sibs.
    Also tried Somerset mailing lists, they have the same family name but not the limb I'm looking for. All concerns my 2nd cousin who married into this Family & it rather looks like her dtr did also in a 2nd marriage. I think I was trying to prove the marriage was not to a 1st cousin.
    It's beginning to look like the lass married her 1st cousin twice removed but it took a while to get there.
    Thank you Anne, I have notes falling out of notes all made over the last few days. Having contacted the Genes member ( in 1909) who had my Family connect but didn't think it correct, I was wary of further contact with this new info without being as close to proof as possible. No early baptisms so far on this side.
    If I'm not quite correct it matters not as I don't need to put the early part of this Family in my files, it can stay here in separate Family file, on hand if ever required. It's a shame I hadn't been able to find someone of that Family to confer with without upsetting anyone's lines.
    Some of them retired to Glamorgan, & the Father of my lass pensioned out of army in 1917 went to Bridgend & died of wounds in 1918.Perhaps there was a military Hospital there?
    Only 7 years of marriage! At least he went home after conflict. So much sadness in this game.

    Now I'll leave them & move onto a happier story, perhaps.
     

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