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Interpreting “married by Licence as I am credibly informed” on 1732 Gloucestershire marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather Edward Chichester was buried at Leighland, Old Cleeve, Somerset, England on 4 May 1823, aged 89, which puts his birth year at about 1734, and I am trying to identify his birth ...
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Finding FindMyPast Devon Marriage image indexed by FamilySearch?

My 6th great grandparents Robert Osment and his wife Elizabeth baptized five children at Plymouth Charles the Martyr, Devon, England: Phillis (1730), John (1738), Robert (1742), Sarah (1743/44) and ...
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Twentieth-century emigration from Romania?

My Grandfather arrived in England round about 1910 and married my Grandmother in 1912. His surname was Cancea and we believe his first name was Stanley. We have one family letter which looks like he ...
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Finding birth family of Betsey Richmond who married in mid 19th century Liverpool?

I have hit a complete brick wall concerning my three times great grandfather and his family. John Jenkinson (appears as Jinkinson on marriage certificate) married Betsey Richmond on 14th August 1837 ...
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When was Paul Theodore Spranger deported back to Germany?

Paul Spranger was a German waiter born Brandenberg, Germany September, 1871. He married Eliza Emma Fisher in London 1908 and they had a daughter Pauline Theodora in 1909. I believe Paul was interned ...
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Locating late 19th century British immigration/landing records?

Many of my ancestors came to Britain around 1880-1900. They were originally from Russia but that may not have been their point of departure by sea. Are there immigration or landing records for this ...
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Right to title being descended from Earl of Crewe?

A US security check has just revealed that my grandmother on my father's side was the illegitimate child of the Earl of Crewe. The check identified the correct person and her real name, which she ...
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Looking for death of Thomas James Murdin, last sighted in 1934 in Camberwell, London?

I am looking for the death of Thomas James Murdin who was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in 1871. In 1911 he was a tailor. His wife died in 1912, and then he seems to have lived with his ...
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No trace of grandfather in 1891 or 1901 census?

My grandfather Charles Thomas Gigg was born in Kensington, London in 1887. He appears to be illegitimate -- no father shown on birth certificate. He is in the 1911 census -- married with own family. ...
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What's on the right-hand page of the 1939 Register?

Looking at the images for the 1939 Register, FindMyPast only displays the left-hand page and the first column of the right-hand page: I have heard that the right-hand page contains "sensitive ...
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How accurate are birth dates on the 1939 Register?

One of the most useful pieces of information on the 1939 Register is the date of birth, since there are no other country-wide records containing birth dates other than civil registration records. ...
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Where is Mary Elizabeth Richardson in the UK 1891 Census?

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth ("Mary"), was born to Richard and Penelope Hill in Islington, London, on 01 Jan 1857. She is found with Richard, her stepmother Annie, and brother Richard D in ...
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Tracking 1836 removal from Brewood to Tipton, Staffordshire?

The image below comes from Ancestry.com's England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 (Piece 2932: Brewood (Independent), 1810-1837) for Joseph Anslow and it appears to ...
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Which British Army regiment did Thomas Stretch join as a drummer boy in 1774?

Thomas Stretch was born in Norwich in 1763, joined the army, eventually retired in Nottingham and died there in 1851. His Chelsea Pension Discharge record (PDF) from 1807 states 33 years 9 months ...
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Converting historic £sd to modern worth?

On other genealogy sites I often see people ask "what would £X be worth today" questions, and I never really have a good answer. Particularly with UK probate records becoming more accessible, it is ...
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19th Century Debtors Prison Records, London

I have found (I think) two records for Demetrius Rogers in Ancestry's Marshalsea (London) debtors prison records. The first has "Dematris Rogers" brought into custody on 11 Sep 1812: (This record ...
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What is the first word in this baptism record?

My transcript from Bishop's Transcripts, Church of England, Parish of Melbourne, Cambridgeshire. 1616 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9T9-6BN5?i=41&cat=1109075 J***rimis Thomas ...
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Accessing returns from the Marriage Duty Act (1695)?

In The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History, on the subject of the Marriage Duty Act (1695), David Hey writes: A tax on 'Marriages, Births and Burials and upon Bachelors and Widowers ...
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To what extent would people in the 1800s travel to get married?

I have ancestors from Hull. I have found a marriage certificate that I think is theirs but that places their marriage in Leeds. How likely is it that they would travel all the way to Leeds to get ...
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Transfering money between England and New South Wales (Australia) in 1850s?

I have the original Accounts Rendered document prepared in London, England for my GX3 Grandmother Mrs Kate Fitzmaurice and dated April 1851. This document shows the distribution of the estate of her ...
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Finding records for indentured servants in South Carolina?

We strongly suspect that our ancestor, Elizabeth Turley, who married Meredith Helm, came to South Carolina as an indentured servant. She was born in Speldhurst, England in 1778, and was the only one ...
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Why might Illogan and Gwythian parishioners marry in 1749 at Phillack, Cornwall?

My 5th great grandparents William Angove and Elizabeth Hocking married on 19 Nov 1749 at Phillack, Cornwall, with William being of the parish of Gwythian and Elizabeth being of the parish of Illogan. ...
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Locating Carnarton in ecclesiastical district of Tuckingmill in parish of Illogan, Cornwall?

My 2nd great grandmother Grace Martin Wills was born on 8 Feb 1849 at Carnarton and christened on 8 Apr 1849 at Tuckingmill which is between Camborne and Illogan in Cornwall. Her father George was a ...
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Clarification on GRO index marriage reference?

Does what you see when referring to the index include the witnesses or just the people getting married?
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Deciphering place name in 1841 Census for Tavistock, Devon, England?

The image below is from the 1841 Census at Tavistock, Devon, and includes my 4th great grandparents John Creber and Harriet (nee Palmer). I have been trying to make out the name of the PLACE where ...
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Interpreting 1801 Settlement Examination from Marystow, Devon, England?

In a comment on Meaning of term Sojourner on 1794 Marriage Record at Marystow (Devon) for John Creber? @ColeValleyGirl alerted me to the existence of a Settlement Examination for a John Creber at ...
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What “hidden” clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
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Would having the exact same GRO Birth Index reference mean two children born to the same parents were twins?

I have two ancestors, Mary Juden and Sarah Juden. I have Sarah's Birth Certificate but not Mary's as shown below. They were both baptised on the same day, 16 September 1838 as shown below. ...
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Locating records of a man employed by Rufford Abbey for 70 years?

Rufford Abbey, early 20th century, photo credit ruffLives I have an ancestor who appears to have been employed at Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire his entire life. When he died aged about 87 in ...
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What documentary trail should I expect for a bigamous marriage?

There is a story in my family about a cousin who had a child just after WW2 (the cousin is deceased and the child doesn't mind details being made public but they aren't necessary to this question). ...
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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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Was it common for parents to baptise a baby/child if they knew he was sickly and likely going to die soon?

At Upper Beeding, Sussex, England, my 4x Great Uncle, Henry Juden seems to have been baptised just before his death. Henry Juden Baptism - 13th May 1842 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:...
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Burial of a person who committed suicide in 18th century England?

I have an ancestor who committed suicide in 1748 in rural Northamptonshire, England. The burial register of his parish does not record his burial, but it does note that he "hung humself lying almost ...
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Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)

What strategies should I adopt to find an elusive ancestor in the early twentieth century? He may have deserted his family, so I can't rely on records of a wife of children to corroborate ...
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Bathing registers?

In my search for vaccination records, I came across a guide published by the Nottinghamshire Archives describing their Poor Law Union Records (PDF). On the last page, under Other Sources, I see ...
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Where is the 1911 Census record relating to Milly Bungay/Mason/Weston?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1945 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Where is the marriage of F. M. Weston/Mason to a Goodman?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1947 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Where is the Marriage of Milly Bungay/Mason/Weston to John Weston?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1945 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Finding late 18th Century service record of Francis Green in Cornish Militia?

Using FindMyPast, I recently sighted images of the Marriage Banns and Marriage Record for my 4th great grandparents Francis Green and Grace Woodley who married on 13 Feb 1798 at Totnes, Devon, England....
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What records might survive of nautical assessor who died on London Docks in second half of 18th century?

In Could John Stacy who lived/married at London and later lived at Exmouth (Devon) have been baptized in 1759 at North Petherton (Somerset)? I have been trying to identify the parents of John Stacy (...
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What records of smallpox vaccination exist?

Over on the History of Science & Mathematics site I asked a question about what vaccinations infants recieved in late nineteenth century England. I learned that smallpox vaccination became ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

My 4th great grandfather John Smyth was a Captain's Clerk on the HMS Firm when he married Sarah Osment on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England. When he was buried at Bunhill Fields Burial ...
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Determining the area covered by an Enumeration District (ED) on the 1939 Register?

The way places are organized and indexed in the 1939 Register has me somewhat befuddled. Sometimes even when looking at an original page, the parish or village name is not shown, making it difficult ...
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Finding parents of Doris Reardon, born about 1906, probably in Lancashire?

I'm looking for the parents of Doris Reardon. All I have on her is Marriage certificate to John Crankshaw registered in Wigan, Lancashire in 1932 which lists her father as "John Reardon", and a ...
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How and when did my Grandfather come to America?

My Grandfather John Ross came to America in January, February, March of 1912. I have been unable to find any information on the ship he came on or port of arrival. He came from Birkenhead, ...
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Receiving medical care at Nottingham General Hospital in the 1830s?

I have two ancestors who I know were patients at Nottingham General Hospital. One ancestor died at the hospital in 1835. The other was there at the time of the 1841 census, and died at home a few ...
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Finding photo of Robert Mason's 1890 Headstone on Isle of Wight?

Robert Mason is my 2x Great Grandfather. He died in 1890 from Phthisis, or T.B. I am descended through one of his daughters whom when she died left with her things a note which is assumed to be her ...
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Why would Consent of Parents be needed for 1815 marriage between 26 and 33 year olds in Menheniot, Cornwall?

My 3rd great grandparents Joseph Sleep and Ann Geach were married on 26 Jan 1815 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England (see below) “by Banns with Consent of Parents”. I have found baptism records that ...
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Organizing geographical reference material for English parishes?

My main research is kept on my computer -- I attach sources to Ancestry's and Find My Past's online trees primarily as a means to keep track of what records I've already found on Ancestry and Find My ...
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What did a Scientific/Philosophical Instrument Maker do and what other sources might be worth looking at?

My 2x Great Grandfather was Robert H Mason, born in 1858 in Romsey, Hampshire to Robert Mason & Ann Pearce. He came from a reasonably poor family where the majority of his siblings and cousins ...