STIRNET HISTORIES is being replaced by a section that will contain pages that are more relevant to supporting Genealogical Research. This exercise was started in August 2015 and may take some months before it is completed. I apologise should this lead to any confusing loose-ends in the interim.

Peter Barns-Graham

Welcome to Stirnet Histories

NOTICE FROM PETER BARNS-GRAHAM

Back in October 2014, in a News Item that may still be seen, I reported my intent to simplify the site in order to emphasise its focus on Genealogy. I had decided to put aside most of my aspirations for the site to cover Social History in a novel way as well as Genealogy. Whilst that was very disappointing, it was only realistic and, indeed, necessary to ensure that I could continue with the FAMILIES DATABASE for many more years.

I have started preparations for a complete makeover of the site that will involve a new look for the site as well as the above-mentioned simplification. Reworking this page forms part of those preparations. It may well be that the next version of the site will, like this one, be built on WordPress which, according to its web site (as at the date hereof), "powers 36% of the internet". I don't know yet. WordPress is powerful not least because many plugins have been developed for it that are useful for a site such as this one. However, I do not make much use of one of the main things that WordPress is best known for: its support for blogs that support correspondence between poster and registered users. It is possible that the site will make more of that sort of thing in the future, perhaps it should, but for the moment I am in a 'simplification phase'.

I have redone this page not least because the previous version...

Welcome

Welcome. If you are new to this site, please note that the Families Database is the focus of the site and that I use the Latest pages released page to advise people on what is going on with that database. That page is accessed through the Families Database Menu at the top of each page and (unless you are viewing this on a tablet or smart phone) in the Families Database - latest link at the bottom of each page. Do explore the pages linked to from that menu. Also: if you have any queries, check out the FAQs pages linked to from the top of each page whilst, if you have any problems, check out the Support pages.

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One day only

In 2019 I released 2 posts that had no direct relevance to this web site: (1) ‘Save our democracy!’ (20.08.19). This raged against the way that Prime Minister Johnson tried to prorogue Parliament in order to force through the result of the disgracefully-run Brexit Referendum. I expressed my disgust at his flagrant attempt to bypass Parliament. On 11.09.19, immediately following the ruling by Scotland’s Court of Session that the PM had acted unlawfully, I added a note that made clear that I was seriously displeased by the PM’s behaviour. (2) ‘Time to move on’ (01.10.19) came after the decision on 24.09.19 by the UK Supreme Court to confirm that the PM’s decision to suspend Parliament had been unlawful. At the time it was not clear what would happen with Brexit and it was not known whether or not the PM would put his case to The People in another referendum or a General Election. My post gave some background to the EU and expressed a hope that the issue of Brexit would be resolved through a second but this time properly-held referendum, to be held separately from a General Election.

I made these posts because they related to issues that were important to me and this site was the main way I had to vent my frustrations. A lot has happened since then and I wish to update my comments. I use this post to do so but, to reduce the overall ‘political footprint’ in the site, I have removed those earlier 2...

Be well & happy!

It is always wise to count one’s blessings in a world that, with all its wonders, remains horrid to many. I have always been very grateful that I am of one of the first generations in my country not to have to go to or be involved in war. I am now also very grateful that I am of the first generation to be able to face a nasty pandemic with some comfort that it should be brought to an ‘acceptable’ level of control, hopefully all around the world, within a relatively short time. 2020 was a terrible year for many but let us hope that that leads us to have a greater appreciation of ‘normality’ when we get back to it.

 

I do hope that the Christmas & New Year Season goes as well for you as is possible and that 2021 is a really great year for you.

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Welcome

Welcome. If you are new to this site, please note that the Families Database is the focus of the site and that I use the Latest pages released page to advise people on what is going on with that database. That page is accessed through the Families Database Menu at the top of each page and (unless you are viewing this on a tablet or smart phone) in the Families Database - latest link at the bottom of each page. Do explore the pages linked to from that menu. Also: if you have any queries, check out the FAQs pages linked to from the top of each page whilst, if you have any problems, check out the Support pages.

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Welcome

Welcome. If you are new to this site, please note that the Families Database is the focus of the site and that I use the Latest pages released page to advise people on what is going on with that database. That page is accessed through the Families Database Menu at the top of each page and (unless you are viewing this on a tablet or smart phone) in the Families Database - latest link at the bottom of each page. Do explore the pages linked to from that menu. Also: if you have any queries, check out the FAQs pages linked to from the top of each page whilst, if you have any problems, check out the Support pages.

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