Friday, 26 June 2020

Virtual meeting to go ahead - update


 7th July Further update to the previous post - only a few replies have been received to the follow-up email. If you haven't put finger to keypad yet, please do, we would like to hear your opinions, positive or negative.
UPDATE TO THIS POST 2nd July
The first member meeting was held on Tuesday 30th June at 10.00a.m. About a dozen members joined the meeting and we were able to see and talk to each other. A follow-up e-mail is being sent out shortly to gather your opinions, whether you were there or not. Please reply.

We have had some interest shown in holding virtual meetings and so I need to explain the next steps.
We are using Google meet to hold this trial meeting - I know there are several similar apps, but this is what we used for our Committee meeting.
Before the meeting, I will ask Charles to send and email inviting any member to join the meeting. You click on that link and hey, presto!, everything connects up and away we go!
I have made a detailed document below to detail how to get into Google Meet and how to set up your camera and microphone. There are also videos on Youtube to show you what to do to get started.

To join a meeting, you ideally need a Google email account. If your email address ends in @gmail.com, you have an account. 
When you log into your Gmail account and go to the Inbox, look at the left=hand side of the screen and you should see Google Meet/Start a meeting/Join a meeting. Click to join. 


If you haven't, it is easy to create one. You can access Google meet either on the Internet or using the app, if you are on a mobile phone or ipad.
Here is a link to a webpage which allows you to join a meeting using a meeting code.
https://meet.google.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwudb3BRC9ARIsAEa-vUsQHn5dK2VLp4cOOe8NknwjBqZIC415f1YQRIkc1bl4l-Uh1oHsfSoaApAfEALw_wcB



I will send a meeting code in an email which you enter in the box.

If you want to test that your camera, microphone and sound are working, you can choose Start a meeting instead. Don't worry, you won't be faced with hundreds of faces wanting entertainment!

Importantly, a window may pop up asking for permission to give you notifications - block or allow. That can be blocked. BUT, a second window  pops up asking for permission to access the camera and microphone. You have to allow this, or you can't join the meeting.

It will say it is getting ready, then it should start your camera and your face should appear after a few seconds. If it doesn't, you need the troubleshooting tips. I don't normally look like this!!




The microphone should be on too, and you can see if it is working by speaking and looking at the bottom left-hand corner of the meeting picture - can you see the green bars going up and down?

You can turn the camera and microphone on and off by clicking on the icons at the bottom of the meeting picture. 
If you want to make sure the speakers are working, so you can hear the meeting, click on the 3 vertical dots at the bottom right-hand corner of the meeting picture. Choose Settings. Choose the Audio tab and look for Speakers. At the right hand side, you should see Test. Click this, and you should hear a tone like a phone ringing. They are working. If not, you may have a choice of speakers and then you can try another test.
To the right of the screen, you will see a meeting code - this is the sort of code you will need to join our meeting.
To leave this page, close the window or click the back arrow.

Join the meeting at the appointed time, or a few minutes before, and your screen should display the participants and you should be able to hear me speaking.
Good luck!!

There are videos and tutorials about using Meet - it is widely available.

If you need the troubleshooting tips, either click the Help icon on the Meet page, or click HERE.


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

A step forward?

Google meet meeting  16th June

This morning, the committee, or some of them, are testing out Google Meet, a video calling feature, which allows us to see and hear each other from our own homes, and to see one person presenting a slideshow or documents from their PC to the others.
If this goes well, (and many fingers are crossed!!), it may be possible to set up a virtual meeting with a speaker, as we can have up to 100 attendees!
Would you be interested? You would need a laptop, ipad or phone with a camera to be seen on the call. Let me or any committee member know what you think about it. If you have used zoom, it is very similar to that.
Here's hoping.....!
Look after yourselves,
Chairman

Update - we met and it wasn't too bad. Once we sorted out who was going to speak (hands up!) and sorted out cameras and microphone settings, it was quite OK. If you were joining in a meeting with someone speaking (like me, for a trial run) you could mute your microphone and even switch off the camera and just watch the presentation. I can show Word documents and Powerpoint presentations to you. Charles has sent you an email about this, so I need a response - would you like to TRY a meeting like this? I will come up with a time - possibly a Tuesday morning, since historically it is usually free, and we can have a go.
Do pop a comment on here, or the website Guestbook or email chair.sdfhg@gmail.com - I am waiting!!👴

Sunday, 7 June 2020

An appeal for help

Puzzling gravestone

In Selby Cemetery the Standering plots (16 in total) have the usual names associated with the family. One of these is a bit of a mystery to me. The surname Hand and the connection to Lincolnshire is interesting.
Thomas Standering married Emma Jackson who was the daughter of Mary and Richard Jackson. Mary's maiden name was Cole and she was born in Grantham in Lincolnshire. Richard Jackson was from Ackworth, near Pontefract. I don't know how they met.
On the mystery gravestone are the names Elizabeth Hand, late of Grantham died,11 Oct 1859, aged 88 and Henry Hand, died 7 Nov 1849, aged 75.
Below that are the names of Mary Jackson, died 9 Dec 1869, aged 85? and Richard Jackson, a tanner, died 3 Aug 1833, aged 49. The grave number is 1637 I think.

Who were the Hands and what is their connection to Mary Jackson? How did they (Elizabeth at least) end up in Selby? The presence of Mary Jackson in the Standering plots would be OK, given the relation to Thomas, but the Hands?
Has anyone any ideas about the Hands? I could do with a hand !! 
A Hand has arrived, thanks to two kind folk on Facebook - Elizabeth appears to have had Cole as her maiden name when she married Henry on Christmas Day in 1802. Henry died in Grantham. I am guessing Elizabeth and Mary were sisters, but I do not have proof. Thanks to the helpers!

Comment on this page, message the Guestbook on the website, email the chair.sdfhg@gmail.com or comment on Facebook. Enough options?

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM IN FAMILY HISTORY WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP. 
GET IN TOUCH.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Family History Federation Newsletter

I had a quick read through this and thought it needed a wider audience, especially at the moment. I think there's something for everyone here!

Family History Federation Newsletter - May 2020

Search other ancestors not just your direct ancestors.

If you now have more time, why don’t you try researching brothers and sisters of your ancestors as this may be the key to unlocking the research challenge you may have.  If your other ancestors have been transcribed wrongly on a census, you may find them through locating another family member.  Although this book was published some time ago, it can give you some pointers of where to go next.

Family History Nuts and Bolts - Problem Solving through Family History Reconstruction techniques is available to purchase from ** www.familyhistorybooksonline.co.uk (http://www.familyhistorybooksonline.co.uk)

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DNA
If you have already had a test done, this could help you when you explore your DNA matches. Find all your matches by using GedMatch so that all tests, irrespective of the testing company you used, can be accessed. It is free. ** www.gedmatch.com (http://www.gedmatch.com)
It really does open up many other doors.

GEDMATCH is a very useful tool for finding matches where you have tested with one company and want to see your matches with others testing with other companies.

GEDmatch.com is a free DNA comparison and analysis website for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA for genealogical purposes at one or more of the following:

AncestryDNA
23andMe
Family Tree DNA
MyHeritage DNA
Living DNA

Once you have submitted your results, it will take approximately forty-eight hours before you will be able to find matches with the total GEDmatch database using the one-to-many comparison result.

If you have uploaded your DNA kit, you can almost immediately investigate your heritage. Heritage is found using admixture tools. There are various programs for looking at your heritage, each specializing in different aspects. I suggest you click on Admixture Oracle with population search and enter the nationality you think best describes you.
You will find this under DNA Raw Data on the GEDmatch home page. When you get to the page with a pie chart, make sure you look at Oracle. That is where your more specific heritage is found. Try repeating your heritage search with other a mixture calculators to get the best understanding of your heritage.

Once your kit has been processed you can use the one-to-many comparisons to see your matches. Matches will be listed in descending order from the closest to the most distant.  Some interpretation needs to be applied at this point. How close is shown in the "Gen" (generation) column.
* One is you or your parent.
* Two is a first cousin; a grandparent is the common ancestor.
* Three is a second cousin, a great-grandparent is in common, and so on.

Names & e-mail addresses have been replaced for privacy reasons. You will see both full name and current e-mail address.

Most matches are likely to be third to fifth cousins.
This is only an estimate as DNA is passed down randomly so should not be considered exact. It is impossible to know how much DNA we get from an ancestor particularly the more distant ones.

Different testing companies measure different aspects, so the Overlap column shows that the more areas of DNA tested in common, the greater the possibility of accurate results. If the overlap data is highlighted in red, there may not be enough data to give accurate matches.

Finding your matches using the one-to-many comparison and heritage are the two most popular GEDmatch tools.

Once a DNA data file has been uploaded to GEDmatch, the test’s kit number, status indicator and name will appear in the Your DNA Resources section on the left side of your GEDmatch dashboard beneath the Legend.

GEDmatch kit numbers consist of two random letters followed by seven digits.

The first letter of migrated kit numbers can be indicative of the test’s origins:
* AncestryDNA kit numbers start with ‘A‘
* 23andMe kit numbers start with ‘M‘
* Family Tree DNA kit numbers start with ‘T‘
* MyHeritageDNA kit numbers start with ‘H‘
* WeGene kit numbers start with ‘W‘
* GenetiConcept kit numbers start with ‘E‘
* Genes for Good kit numbers start with ‘G‘

While your uploaded kit is being processed, the status indicator next to your DNA kit under Your DNA Resources will show a symbol, during which time you can use only a limited selection of tools. A green tick next to a kit number indicates it has completed processing and is ready to use.

You will need to consult your testing company results to find out how to upload your DNA results to GEDmatch.

GEDmatch also has a series of how to information pages. So
upload your test results and have fun connecting with your relatives. It is really worthwhile and provides access to much more than just one test company’s matches.


Transcribe or Index

Many organisations, including your own family history society, are involved in various projects and you can help with these. Check with your local family history society first. If you cannot find a project of interest locally, then register for FamilySearch indexing and help index all those records that are available on the FamilySearch website which we all use from time to time. It is a worthwhile project that helps the family history community as a whole.

Who do you think you are magazine has a selection of weekly projects you can get involved in every week on a Tuesday as part of their Transcription Tuesday initiative so check out their website for the next project.

** http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/ (http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/)


Family Search

Millions of family historians across the world have used the records and indexes that are available free of charge at FamilySearch.

If you have time available, why not volunteer to help index even more records? A range of different projects are currently in progress, so you can choose one that fits your interests and language skills.

There is more about what is involved, including a guided tour, at this link:
** https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/ (https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/)

Gressenhall Museum are looking for Family History Volunteers

More Than Oliver Twist Family History Volunteers

Volunteers needed! We would love to hear from you if you would be interested in researching the lives of people who lived here in the workhouse at Gressenhall; this is part of the More Than Oliver Twist project! This role requires candidates to have access to family history research databases from home and the relevant skills to carry out this research. Please get in touch via:
** gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk (mailto:gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk)
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quoting MTOT Family History Volunteer.

Workhouse Archive Volunteers

Volunteers needed! We would like to hear from you if you are interested in history and learning more about the union workhouse system. Volunteers are required to help catalogue workhouse archives. This role requires online access, an ability to read curly old writing and to use image and word processing packages. To find out more please contact:
** gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk (mailto:gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk)
quoting Workhouse Archive Volunteer.

Gressenhall Museum are currently experiencing high levels of demand for these volunteering opportunities. In order to support all of our volunteers effectively and fairly, we may need to limit the total number of volunteers we can work with.
Buy a New Book
It's here - but probably not for long because it's LIMITED STOCK!
MAY MADness is our BEST book bundle EVER with TEN family history BOOKS FOR £10 - including UK postage!

OUR CHOICE of books - we don't have many of some titles - but we do guarantee NO DUPLICATION with past offers - April FOOLish / Easter BUNNY / May MADness.

This means you can safely order one of each bundle and be sure to receive thirty different books. So altogether you could receive at least £150 value for only £30.

BUY NOW - whilst stocks last

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Family History Society
Here are just a few ideas that will help you keep your family history fresh in the unprecedented times we are currently experiencing. The key to this is the proactive support that you can receive from your family history society. If you are not a society member, then now is the time to consider joining and perhaps offering your services.

The Gloucestershire Family History Society is based at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, facilities we share with Gloucestershire Archives. The Hub was formerly opened in April 2019 by Princess Anne. Little did we know that, a year after the formal opening, we would have to close our doors indefinitely to the public.

The Family History Centre is staffed by a team of volunteers, and the society is run by a committee which meets monthly. The behind-the-scenes work continues to keep the committee busy, with membership renewals being processed, our website and Facebook presence being updated regularly, and our online help facility continuing to deal with enquiries.

The volunteers who staff the centre work different days and hours, and some time ago, one of our volunteers came up with the idea of a newsletter, Generate, which is circulated regularly to volunteers and is posted on the notice board at the Hub. Its purpose is to help keep us all informed of events and important information, and is an invaluable means of connecting with each other.

With the Hub currently closed, Generate continues to be produced, but now with a focus on input from the volunteers. These could be short contributions about their research, interesting discoveries or other family history matters; perhaps a bit about themselves, or why they got involved in volunteering for the society. With the Family History Centre currently closed, this will hopefully help keep our family of volunteers connected during these difficult times.

Meanwhile for the general public, we have made available a miscellaneous CD, - free of charge  - which contains the electoral roll for Gloucestershire 1832, info on Gloucester prisoners, the Poor Law and a return of owners of the land. Plenty to delve into on the Internet whilst we spend our time indoors.

** https://gfhs.org.uk (https://gfhs.org.uk)

New Book by Penny Walters
Historically, family history research and compiling pedigrees was needed for landed gentry, but is now a popular hobby. Why the sudden interest? This book will look at psychological explanations as to why we are interested in our family tree and our ancestors’ pasts. It looks at the psychology of contextualising ourselves, tribal territoriality, kinship, experiencing genealogical voids from separation, the notion of homelands, romanticised heritages, cultural déjà vu, race memory, becoming obsessed with searching, and putting all the pieces together in our jigsaw. Why do we avidly research distant ancestors with whom we share so little DNA, and feel less connection with second cousins? We will discuss the role of gender and culture in devising a tree, and how we develop an apparently seamless narrative based on fragmented information we have gleaned from various sources. Do you like your name? What are the naming patterns in your community? Has social media made us lonely? How do we feel
about death and dying? What do you want on your gravestone? Are we searching for who they were, or who we are?

Author

Dr Penny Walters is a University lecturer in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny was adopted at birth, and has been researching her two family trees for over thirty years. DNA testing revealed ninety-four per cent Irish heritage, which supports her paper trail. Penny lectures internationally and regularly writes articles about genealogy topics, including ethical dilemmas in genealogy; the psychology of searching; adoption; diaspora; ethnicity and identity; mixing DNA results with a paper trail; the 1939 Register; and the future of genealogy. Penny has written the books, 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' (2019) and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (2020), both available in paperback or kindle, on Amazon.
We'd love to hear what you think of our Newsletter. What would you like to see a focus on in future Newsletters? Email us at ** admin@familyhistoryfederation com (mailto:admin@familyhistoryfederation com?subject=Newsletter)
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An appeal for help - can you help?

Attached is a message from the Family History Federation. It may be of interest to you if you really don't want to decorate the spare room, or the garage really is too much to tackle today! Have a read.....

Familysearch Transcription Volunteering

Millions of family historians across the world have used the records and indexes that are available free of charge at FamilySearch.

If you have time available, why not volunteer to help index even more records? A range of different projects are currently in progress, so you can choose one that fits your interests and language skills.

There is more about what is involved, including a guided tour, at this link:
://www.familysearch.org/indexing/

http://www.familyhistoryfederation.com
http://www.facebook.com/FederationFHSFacebook
Copyright © 2020 Federation of Family History Societies, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because your organisation is a member of the Family History Federation.

Our mailing address is:
Federation of Family History Societies
PO Box 62
Sheringham, NR26 9AR
United Kingdom

Monday, 4 May 2020

Brian's Crossword

As avid readers will know by now, Brian sent me a crossword, possibly for the website and it opened up some possibilities for me. Here is that crossword, slightly re-arranged in layout.
Thanks again, Brian. As before, a screenshot and a link to a pdf.
The link to the pdf is HERE.


Friday, 1 May 2020

Thanks, Brian

Now I have your attention, I'll explain. Brian sent me a puzzle crossword which was a bit scrambled. After a few emails back and forth, I signed up to the site he told me about.
Now, you should see the first attempt at a wordsearch made by me about placenames in the Selby area. I have displayed it as a screenshot for the moment. I have also loaded it as a pdf file for you to download and print off too.
The link is HERE.
It can be completed any time, as you have the answers!! Good luck! Oh, thanks again, Brian.



Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Random musings!!

This afternoon I put a post on the main website about some recent research I had done. Research in the morning, write it up neatly in the afternoon - job done! The only problem was I had been meaning to do it for about a year!!
It was fun. 

My niece had moved into a characterful end terrace house in Eastbourne and it set me wondering about who had lived there previously. My niece didn't seem over-bothered, but it struck a chord with me.

I began with the 1939 register and discovered the names of the current occupants. Luckily, they were living there in 1911, so I could extend the tree backwards to find children at that time. 
By 1939, they had married and moved away, so I could trace them and find out about their lives too. I came to a halt after about 1960 when all the family had died, so my niece will need to look at the title deeds to find out about later residents, but it may have set her off on a research path.









Thursday, 9 April 2020

Any ideas?

I need your ideas and suggestions

As we are still in lockdown for a while yet, do any of our members have any suggestions for content on this site to help others through this isolation?
It may be a different quiz, a chat cataloguing our memories of certain parts of Selby, or maybe you have a 'brick wall' - if you outline it on the website, others could research it and hopefully provide a solution, using our combined resources! It could happen!! 
You can make comments on this page hopefully. If you have trouble, contact me via the old website contact details.
Thanks for taking the time to read this far,
J Riley
Chair

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

FHF (Family History Federation) Newsletter


Welcome to another edition of our Newsletter.

The news at the moment is full of the Coronavirus saga and many people are now staying at home. This period could give you an opportunity to tackle all those chores you have been meaning to do when you couldn’t find the time before. And of course, there is much family history research you can undertake online too.  You could also organise your genealogy research or write your memoirs; there are so many activities you can undertake at home!

This Newsletter and others in the coming weeks will offer you some ideas to take your story forward.

Debbie Bradley, Administrator

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http://www.twitter.com/FederationFHS
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Encourage your Friends and Neighbours to start their Family Tree

If you do have to stay at home for any length of time - and most of us will - why not use this time to encourage your friends and neighbours to start their family tree?  Many people will have wanted to do this but just never had the time. Well, they do now! Remind them that the family history is good for the brain too!

If you visit the Family History Federation website you can download a booklet to help them get started.  This will encourage them to talk to their relatives.  Consider providing them with a tutorial via an online link such as Skype or Facetime.  If you feel that is too complex, then guide them via email.
** https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com/_resources/wiki/my-family-tree-booklet-v2.pdf (https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com/_resources/wiki/my-family-tree-booklet-v2.pdf)

There is a handy How to Start you Family Tree Guide from Family Tree Magazine

** https://www.family-tree.co.uk/courses-and-downloads/how-to-start-your-family-tree-1/ (https://www.family-tree.co.uk/courses-and-downloads/how-to-start-your-family-tree-1/)

The Family History Federation also offers free online resources to help get them started.

** https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com/resources-research-online-resources (https://www.familyhistoryfederation.com/resources-research-online-resources)

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Think about a Subscription to your favourite Family History Magazine
Now is also the time to read all the family history magazines and books that you have been meaning to get around to for some time. I know I will.  Maybe give a gift of a magazine subscription to a friend who you know will be at home for some time. They have an offer running for a limited time that if you now subscribe you can receive your first 3 issues for just £3.

Or if there was a magazine you meant to buy but never did, now is the time to do so. Order these online at
** https://www.family-tree.co.uk/store/back-issues (https://www.family-tree.co.uk/store/back-issues)

Who Do You Think You Are magazine currently has an offer via its iOS app whereby people can download every single digital issue, as far back as April 2012, for just £47.99. Twho do you think you are magazine he great thing about the iOS app is that it is fully searchable across all of the issues. So if you fancy reading something on police ancestors, just search on 'police' and it will list every magazine that has covered that topic in the past eight years. Go the App Store and download the free app and then you should be able to select a 'Complete your Collection'
This offer is available for a limited time only.

** http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com (http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com)
Family History Books Online

You can order books from Family History Books Online.  This is continuing to operate so if there is a book you have been meaning to read for some time and wish to order, now is the time to view the website and take the opportunity to place an order.

Look out for our new special offers launching on Wednesday 1st April and we can assure you this is not a joke.

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News of a Competition from Devon Family History Society

I have received details of a competition for children and teenagers run by Devon Family History Society to coincide with the Mayflower Conference in Plymouth on Saturday 29^th August 2020.  This really is something for the children to think about now they are not going to school.



Mayflower 400

A competition for all students aged 5-16 - Reception to KS4.

All entering will receive a certificate by post. Prizes will be awarded at the Mayflower International Genealogical Conference in Plymouth Guildhall on 29 August 2020.

For more information about sending group or school entries, contact Devon Family History Society
** secretary@devonfhs.org.uk (mailto:secretary@devonfhs.org.uk)


Choose one or two from the list below. Entries can be handwritten, computerised or dictated. Entries must be no more than 500 words.

1. Tell the story of one of the Mayflower passengers or one of your seventeenth century ancestors or someone who lived in your town in the 1600s.

2.  Design your own Lego model that reflects the Mayflower story. Send photographs and a short, written description of your model.

3. It is 1621 in New England. Write to your cousin in Plymouth, Devon, describing your first winter.

4. Make a seventeenth century outfit for a doll or toy, send photographs of your creation.

5. It is 1670. What have the Mayflower passengers “missed” in England since 1620?

6. Draw a May flower and use it to create a design (this can be a drawing, painting, collage or computer design) Please do not send in collages, take photographs.

7. Write and illustrate a poem about one of the Mayflower passengers.

8. Design a Wampum belt (this can be a drawing, painting, collage or computer design). Please do not send in collages, take photographs.

9. Design and illustrate a page from your C17th ‘recipe’ book, giving ‘cures’ for the plague.

10. Use the list of the Mayflower passengers’ first names or family names and discuss using charts and research.

Post or email your entries to arrive by 31 July 2020.  Include your name, birth date, address and signed by your parent, guardian or teacher to say that the entry is your own work.

Email with the subject line Mayflower Competition to: ** secretary@devonfhs.org.uk (mailto:secretary@devonfhs.org.uk)

Not able to go out? Then why not go for a virtual walk?  You can use the 1939 Register or the census enumerators’ books (all online).  Find your forebears and their addresses on each document; then using online maps such as the Ordnance Survey ones which are freely available at the National Library of Scotland website maps.nls.uk/.

Now take “a walk” around the area where your ancestors lived using the addresses and relevant maps you found. It is interesting to compare maps of different periods to see how an area has changed.
Cambridge & Huntingdonshire Family History Society
CD and Download Offer
Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Family History Society has reinstated their offer of 20% off all CDs and Downloads for a limited time.

For more information and to place an order please visit ** https://www.cfhs.org.uk (https://www.cfhs.org.uk)

General Knowledge Quiz

General Knowledge Quiz answers

Test your general knowledge against ... yourself! Here are 20 questions for you to try. If you submit your entries to chair.sdfhg@gmail.com I will let you know your score, but I will post the answers here in due course. GOOD LUCK!

1. Which country has so far had 27 different national flags? The differences have sometimes been quite tiny. The USA

2. Which long-serving actress called her memoirs End of an Earring? It was published in 2015, three years after she had left the show. Pam St Clement

3. The pupils of which school wear tails, often said to show they are in mourning for George III? Eton

4.Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Tom Sawyer, as well as being the title characters of novels, are all what? Orphans

5. In 1905, who became the first and so far the only US president to give an inaugural address without using the word  'I'? Theodore Roosevelt

6. Who is older, Gary Oldman or Gary Numan? Gary Numan

7. 'Here is a myst'ry/ About a little fir tree/ Owl says it's his tree/ And Kanga says it's her tree'.
Who composed those lines? (Two possible answers - either accepted)Winnie the Pooh or A A Milne

8. What did the Spurs, Barcelona and Scotland footballer Steve Archibald memorably describe as 'an illusion glimpsed in the aftermath of victory'? (It's a two-word phrase) Team spirit

9. Which gaseous element was observed on the Sun in 1868 (during a solar eclipse) but not actually found on earth until 1895? Large reserves of it were discovered in US natural gas fields in 1903, and the US is still the largest supplier today.Helium

10. When the present Duke of Edinburgh dies, who will reportedly be given the title?
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

11. Doug Sanders, Bruce Crampton and Macdonald Smith were each runners-up four times in golf's major championships, without ever winning one. Who was the only man to be be runner-up five times without ever winning?Colin Montgomerie

12. Which British bank, which no longer exists, played a leading role in the Louisiana Purchase of 1802, handling the transaction that saw Napoleon sell 530 million acres of land to the American Government? Barings

13. There are two countries in the world whose names, in English, include three consecutive letters of the alphabet. Name the countries, for a point each.Afghanistan and Tuvalu

14. Which pub chain was named by its founder after a schoolteacher who had told him that he would never amount to anything? Wetherspoon

15. When Jimmy Perry and David Croft were first putting together Dad's Army, which Doctor Who was offered the role of Captain Mainwaring? Jon Pertwee

16.For which crime, in August 1911, was Pablo Picasso questioned by Paris police? He denied all knowledge and was eventually allowed to go free. The theft of the Mona Lisa

17. Which cricketing twins had the nicknames 'Junior' and 'Tugga'? Mark and Steve Waugh

18. In 2015, which American actress revealed that, at the age pf 37, she had been told that she was 'too old' to play the love interest of a 55-year-old man?Maggie Gyllenhaal

19. Whose third symphony, composed between 1893 and 1896, is the longest symphony in the standard orchestral repertoire? Gustav Mahler

20. According to a 2013 biography, which US President suffered from'abdominal cramps, spastic colitis, high cholesterol, urinary tract infections, deafness, and a malfunctioning adrenal gland' - not one of which played any part in his death? John F Kennedy

I hope you enjoyed trying these questions.

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Selby Quiz Part 1

ACTIVITY PAGE

Answers are now posted in the captions under the photos. I hope you recognised some of them!!
THE SELBY QUIZ (PART 1)
Well, here is a new idea. All these pictures have been taken in the middle of Selby, but where are they? If you know your town, it should be easy! There are 15 pictures this time for you to look at. Make a list of your answers, then e-mail them to chair.sdfhg@gmail.com 
I will leave the quiz up for a while, then put a message on the website to say who had the highest score (and the correct answers!). 
You can award yourself a virtual prize!! Good luck!


Number 1 - above which shop would you see this fine carving? The old Co-op building, in Wide Street, now a furniture shop.

Number 2 - of which well-known shop is this a part? It is Wetherell's, round the back of the store.
Number 3 - where would you see this displayed? On the wall outside the former Post Office.There is another one on Wetherell's, but this is not it!

Number 4 - which street is guarded by this scary face? Over the arch leading to Robert Street off Finkle Street. (shortcut to Wilko!)
Number 5 - you've seen this plaque, but which building is it attached to? The bridal shop on Wide Street, formerly the Gas showrooms, I seem to remember.




Number 6 - where would you see this plaque (J?T 1908)? On James Street, above the Selby Carpet Depot, formerly Tyson's garage.
Number 7 - where are these dormer windows, in need of a coat of paint? On Finkle Street, above Leo's cafe bar, formerly another cafe!


Number 8 - a lovely stained-glass window, between which two businesses? Between the NFU shop and Jigsaw letting agents, on Finkle Street.


Number 9 - an easy one! Where is this merry fellow fixed? On the wall outside the George Hotel, formerly Londesborough Hotel.

Number 10 - it's a pub, but which one? Back in Wide Street, the pub is the Griffin, near to Gotch's.
Number 11 - one of a pair of doors, but where are they to be found? The double doors guarding the entrance to the George, back in the Market Place.
Number 12 - an impressive piece of ironwork, but where would you see this one? A bit of a clue in the photo, it's the Selby Carpet Depot, showing the former use as a garage.
Number 13 - a clock, but outside which business can it be seen? Bryson's estate agents (J P Harll) in Finkle Street.

Number 14 - old stonework, but what is the building called? The Abbot's Staith, directly opposite the Library.
Number 15 - where would this bell be seen? In the market Place, on the George Hotel, just above the main doorway. The Market bell, I believe.