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Could a beneficiary also be witness to a will?

I have several wills from 16th/17th century England where a witness to the will had the same name as one of the sons who was a beneficiary in that will. I have always assumed these witnesses were ...
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Why might name Ferdinando be found in early 17th century Cornwall baptisms?

I have two direct ancestors named Ferdinando: Ferdinando Hicks, baptised 1 Jan 1630 at St Germans, Cornwall Ferdinando Sleep, baptised 13 Sep 1720 at Morval, Cornwall (who is a grandson of the ...
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Medieval (15th and 16th century) records in Spain

In recent meanderings through my family history, we have found a link to medieval (15th and 16th century) Spain (Pamplona region to be precise) - so, is it possible to access records (births, deaths ...
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What records exist for survivors of the Spanish Armada?

In my family, there is a long held verbal history that we were on the Spanish Armada and were stranded in Ireland when the Armada was sunk. This may be a long shot, but is there anyway to access ...
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Finding Expanded Royal Family Lineages

While aggregating some genealogy data for my family, I recently came across something that has my daughters and I pretty excited. It would seem that, on my wife's side, there is a traceable lineage ...