Our very own Chris Broom presented our first online talk on "Humour in Genealogy" — in the nature of an experiment in these unusual times.
Chris took us through some remarkable records of baptisms, marriages, deaths and even censuses — as well as Wills, diaries, newspapers and Court records — that he has encountered during his researches. They show how humour, whether unintentional or deliberate, can pop up anywhere, despite registration and legal papers being a supposedly serious business.
Sometimes, too, a sense of the bizarre of a very different past is apparent only through our eyes, with the politics and standards of our present. We are privy, for example, to the "domestic" discord between a suffragette and her husband reflected on a 1911 census form — how that "silliness" played out "off the page" one can only surmise.
A small taste of Chris's excellent examples follow.
|on the mother's supposed trade (this on the very "Page 1th" of the Register)
|a husband's⬇︎lament ...|
|A most entertaining and enlightening view of a "serious" subject.|
Unfortunately, Chris had to take his subject "at a run"
|Steve Stocks||Whose that fellow? "our Chris"|