The 18th century began on January 1, 1701, and ended on December 31, 1800.

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Resolving conflicts between conclusions of different researchers (internet & professional historian)?

One of my ancestors was named John White. He was a very early settler of Ohio, marrying Priscilla Devol in 1790 when Ohio was still part of the Northwest Territory. Here is a timeline with some ...
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Names at the end of Wills

I have been transcribing several wills over the last few months and am pretty much done. However, at the end of the wills, after the names of the witnesses there are letters that I think are shorthand ...
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Inferring father/son relationships from Senior (Sr.) / Junior (Jr.) naming?

As in my other questions, I am investigating the spread of the Blackstone family name in early America. I came across the following tidbits and I would like to know if my interpretation is (likely to ...
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Lists of casualties of the Battle of Mollwitz

As a battle of the War of the Austrian Succession, the Battle of Mollwitz was fought between Prussian and Austrian forces on 10 April 1741. I wonder if there are lists of casualties available?
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Resource for late 18th century immigrations?

As noted in Descendants of Sir William Blackstone, a historical puzzle, I have reason to believe that a (potential) ancestor of mine came to America somewhere in the years 1790-1810. He would have ...
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What might “biblical” names for children in 17-18th Century Devon indicate?

As I look over my family tree I have started to wonder at the significance of what I call "biblical" names in a couple of branches. For example my 6th great grandparents William Noake and Elizabeth ...
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What might word “wise” mean on 18th Century Marriage Record from Devon, England?

My 5th great grandparents John Smyth and Sarah Osment married on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England, and a cropped image from the record of that marriage appears below. On the top line, ...
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Determining maiden name in mid 18th century Somerset (England) without marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather William Sellick was christened on 2 Oct 1718 at Stogumber, Somerset, England. He and his wife Alice had eight children, the first two christened at Stogumber and the ...
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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate child named after someone from her family?

My 5th great grandparents Sarah Osment and John Smyth married on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon. The twelve children I have for them, who appear to have all been christened in or near London, ...
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Landowning in Eighteenth Century Gloucestershire?

I am a PhD student and I am working on finding information about a particular family. I know the fathers name and the rough place that he owned a freehold (Oldbury in Gloucester - which I believe ...
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How to find biography (dates of birth/death, etc) of prominent 18th Century English person?

Hugh Clark is the author of "An Introduction to Heraldry", but I could not find anything about his biography and even his dates of birth and death. How can I learn more about an 18th century author ...
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Which parent generally named the babies in 18th and 19th century USA?

I have found, when researching long-dead ancestors, that sometimes the names that parents chose to give their children are the only glimpse I have into the inner life of those parents. When I look at ...
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How to track late 18th century migrants from France to Pennsylvania, possibly via Louisiana?

The Francois Dusnesmil family eventually arrived at the French Azilum colony in Pennsylvania. Where did Francois Dusnesmil with his wife Eliza Champion and 3 children arrive in America? I would like ...
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What is the meaning of “Bound To” in this 18th Century US (Virginia) Will?

A 1771 document from Sussex Co, Virginia states "Robert Sammons, orphan of John Sammons, dec'd, aged about 6, bound to John Hicks". What does "bound to" mean in that context?
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How soon after birth would baptism normally occur?

In Germany during the 18th century (esp. early 18th century), how soon after birth would baptism commonly take place? Of course it wasn't the same for every child, but was there some sort of usual ...
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Where to find records relating to Great Britain's Black Act?

Family story indicates that a John Edmonds, born about 1716 in Wales, was banished to America about 1732 for "dogging a pet deer". Supposedly, he settled around Jamestown, Virginia. Having recently ...
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Mary and Mally - were they used interchangeably in Yorkshire in the late 18th century?

In my previous question on Finding the Fatherless Feathers, I made reference to a Mally Thomas with whom the Feather siblings seemed to be lodging in 1841, in Heptonstall. In 1851, Sarah Feather was ...
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Birthplace of Phillip Smith

I can't find Phillip Smith. He was born 8 June 1789 and died 27 January 1869 in Utah. I need to find where he was born. I have tried Family Tree and Tracing Mormon Pioneers. I need to find out who ...
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Is there a comprehensive repository of pre-1841 local censuses in Britain available online?

The first national Census in Britain was in 1841, but there are several local enumerations of populations of particular parishes and towns, for example: The parish censuses listed in the answers to ...
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Locating a marriage record for Jacob Bennett and his wife Zipporah in 18th century Connecticut

Jacob Bennett was born in 1735 in Connecticut according to AGBI and Barbour Collection. My father's research showed Jacob married Zipporah but he did not cite his sources nor know Zipporah's maiden ...
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What is term Sojourner on late 18th Century Marriage Record from Devon (England) likely to mean?

A transcription of the Marriage Record of my 4th Great Grandfather John Creber to Harriet Palmer in Marystow, Devon, England on 9 Jun 1794 can be found here. I am intrigued by his Parish being listed ...
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Locating a Massachusetts marriage record circa 1760 for Robert Gray and Margaret parents of John Gray (b 1763, Worcester MA)

Rice, Franklin P. Page 116 of "Worcester Births, Marriages, and Deaths (Worcester Society of Antiquity, 1894)" has: GRAY, John, s. of Robert, Jr. and Margaret, (born) Aug. 16, 1763. [Baptism ...
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Strategy for distinguishing between two possible baptisms, and thus people, parents, etc

My partner has an ancestor, Peggy Crossley, probably born around 1750, who married Henry Rawlinson in Burnley, Lancaster (source) in October 1767. I have two candidate baptismal records that seem ...
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My Brickwall with a possible lead (however with discrepencies)

I have hit a brickwall in my family research but have a possible lead. However, there are some discrepancies in this lead. I have gone to extra-ordinary lengths to research this and I am almost at ...
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Would an immigrant to the US pre-1800 be hiding beans? (When were food restrictions first placed on immigrants to the US)?

I am looking into "Mitchell Family Beans," purplish beans pinto like with brown spots (see below). These have been passed down a couple generations in a Mitchell family of Idaho (formerly Missouri). ...
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Conflict between Kent Online Parish Records and FamilySearch.org database - which to believe?

I have an ancestor, William Vollins or Vallins, who I believe was the son of Richard Vollins and Mary (Bowler), b 1777 in St Mary Cray, Kent (near Orpington). There are many other Vollins/Vallins ...
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Elinor is a Hassall (identifying a Welsh woman born in the late 18th century from a single record)

In 1805, according to the Bishops Transcripts for Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Elinor Hassall married John John. John, his descendants and relatives of the family were predominantly ...
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Pennsylvania Tax Records

In a 1791 tax record for Bedford County, PA, my relative is listed as a single freeman "on hous and lott". Does this mean he owned the property, was renting, or lived with someone else? He would have ...
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Is there a single place I could go in Italy to view birth records from Northern Italy from 1750-1850?

Where can I go (physically) in Italy to find records from the 1750-1850, for people who were born in the North of Italy? I know that each city would have their registries, but I am missing the exact ...
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What does the term “Intervale” mean in the context of New Hampshire land transactions and deeds?

I have found the term "Intervale" used in the property descriptions of different Rumney, New Hampshire deeds; these descriptions generally rely on metes and bounds ("from the large rock at the stream ...
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What does three small rings in a triangle mean in a Swedish parish registers?

In Sweden during the 18th and 19th century each parish had a "Husförhörslängd", a book tallying the people in the parish keeping track of how well they knew their biblical history, and if they had ...
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How can I find a more specific date of death than that given on a headstone in the US before the 1800s?

Many head-stones only show the year of death, not the full date. Others may record the internment date rather than date of death. Where would I locate more accurate dates of death before the 1800's ...
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How should I document a surname change from the mid- to late 1700s (US)?

I have a gg grandfather that had a different surname than his father, FIVEASH for the son, FISH for the father. This was in Virginia mid to late 1700s. How could I learn if this surname had been ...
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Tracing ancestors from 1800 back

I have a least three male relatives born between 1800 and 1810 that I cannot trace back further. How should I continue my research? ( they all seem to be USA born Kentucky, Tennessee)
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How to find wife's maiden name in New England in the 1700s?

All too often it seems I have a family in New England in the 1700s where I know the father and several children but only have a given name for the mother in the family. (The children's birth records ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I have been able to trace my wife's ancestors to people born in the 1790s in the Pfalz region of Germany and in Alsace using civil records of births and deaths. Those records books were started in the ...