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jax Report 21 Jun 2013 17:38

Dea I don't think the option to undo a tick is still there...tried it on one of my own threads a few days ago


Dea Report 21 Jun 2013 18:05

Awwh bubbles !!!! Jax !

I don't know why GR doesn't just remove this tick for answered thingy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dea Xxx


surreygirl Report 22 Jun 2013 18:08

i did make the mistake of ticking 'marked as answered'

i cant change this so i want you to know my problems ARE NOT solved and still on here looking for help.

thank you everyone.

Sue xx


MarieCeleste Report 22 Jun 2013 18:20

Just a thought Susan - have you researched the Knotts to see if either of them has a connection to a Sayers or a Drew? Just in case they adopted your dad with him being the child of a relative.

May be a blind alley but worth looking into.


surreygirl Report 22 Jun 2013 22:09

thank you, i will look into this..didnt realise i could get so much help. i appreciate it.


Graham Report 23 Jun 2013 09:39

I found a Jane M Drew born in July, August or September 1916 in Portsmouth, Hampshire. Mothers maiden name: Friend. (volume 2B; page 880). There were loads of men/boys called William Sayers born about that time.


Dea Report 23 Jun 2013 09:58

Well found Graham but I don't think it is the correct one - There are several trees on Ancestry which claim her as Jane Mary and show these people as her parent:

Morgan Ernest Allan Drew 1892 – 1966
Helen Maude Friend 1882 – 1931

It was worth a try though :-)

Dea x

P.S. GlasgowLass has already posted a Scottish birth for her in 1911 which I think will most probably be the correct one.

Dea x


HeyJudeB4Beatles Report 23 Jun 2013 11:34

Jax says..

"Dea I don't think the option to undo a tick is still there...tried it on one of my own threads a few days ago"

and she's right...I just had a play! HOW silly.....

So "mark as answered" with peril!

It also makes a mockery of "don't post twice" because previously you could mark a thread as answered and then ask another question on same family/connected family and mark as you can't.



Peahen Report 23 Jun 2013 12:14

Have just sent the follow message to Genes:


It seems the answered button has been hit and it has not been answered - please read the thread and unlock the answered button for the sake of the thread holder.

We wish to help as this is not answered.

Many thanks

Sent it on the Report part of the thread marked answered.

Hope they can attend to this request.


Dea Report 23 Jun 2013 12:20

OOOerrr Sappho - you have just reported Jax's reply !!! :-0 :-)

Seriously though - that was a good idea to do it that way as at least GR may have a look at your reason and see the problem !

I have always said that the 'mark as answered' tick was wrong but at least it could be unticked when marked incorrectly (which is the majority of the time) - now this option has been taken away it is even more useless!

Dea x


Peahen Report 23 Jun 2013 12:26

Just noticed - they may be already reviewing it - poor Jax - not reporting you - just the tick!!

They are reviewing as I speak.



Potty Report 23 Jun 2013 12:32

Luckily the answered doesn't show on the board's list of threads, so people might still look at hoping to help.


Potty Report 23 Jun 2013 12:40

Surreygirl, what is the father's occupation on the birth cert? Farnham is the registration district for Aldershot where there was (and still is) a large Army base. Even if the father's occupation isn't soldier, he could have met and married a local girl whilst in the Army and have left before the birth (this happened with my grandfather.). The marriage might be in the separate Army marriages index.


Potty Report 23 Jun 2013 12:47

There is another Sayers birth in 1932 in Farnham - probably not related:

Births Jun 1932 (>99%)
Sayers Margaret A Keil-Scott Farnham 2a 295

There is another Sayers/Keil-Scott birth in Woolwich in 1936. Woolwich also has a large Army base - the Royal Artillery. I cannot find a marriage in England for these parents.

Edit: no marriage found in Scotland, either. Could somebody with access check the Army bmds?


Flip Report 23 Jun 2013 13:10

Potty, father was architectural draftsman according to Surrygirl. I don't have a sub for FMP but have already checked to see if anything would come up in a search of arm births or marriages, and nothing returned.


Potty Report 23 Jun 2013 13:28

Oh, well it was just a thought!


jax Report 23 Jun 2013 13:40

Thanks a lot...I would rather an email be sent to prove a point than my post be reported

Its not the end of the world the tick being there....just a nuisance


MarieCeleste Report 23 Jun 2013 13:54

Sappho, you said "They are reviewing as I speak" - is that based on an automated email you may have received?

GR usually don't monitor the boards over the weekend or through the night so the report will probably not be looked at until Monday. I'm sure someone will tell me if I'm wrong!

Potty - when I see this thread on the main list it has a green tick in the Answered column. Is that not showing for you?


Potty Report 23 Jun 2013 14:07

Yes, it does show on the Find Ancestors board but not on My Threads!"


MarieCeleste Report 23 Jun 2013 19:48

Well Potty - that's a whole nuther bone of contention! The fact completed ticks don't show on My Threads, nor the board they were on, that you can't search them etc etc