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Why would a family baptise at a parish but not marry or bury there?

I am researching the ancestors of Clementia Underhill, who married William Caldicott in 1703. According to her burial record from 1760, she was born in about 1675. I believe that she was the daughter ...
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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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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

In Evidence Explained on page 35-36, Elizabeth Shown Mills talks about the analysis of public records, e.g. events which are recorded in register books. She gives an an example a church register book ...
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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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What records might be created when people are re-interred?

I have two individuals for whom I have evidence of two burials. Is it possible that they were re-interred, and if so, where might I go to find more evidence? Cecil E. Elliott, son of Charles Elliott ...
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Finding parish marriage records

My husband's family came to the US from England; some of the family stayed in the US, and some returned to the UK. I have many records from my husband's grandfather's generation that indicate his ...
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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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Is FreeBMD complete for England in the 1880s? (Or, finding Annie Louise Deady)

I am researching the family of Alan Ernest Leofric Chorlton the distinguished engineer and Conservative MP. I am having particular trouble getting good sources on his wife and her family. Here is ...
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How to find Historical Sources for prominent person in 15th Century England?

Can anyone suggest historical sources I may use to find out about Elizabeth Bedelgate/Bedlisgate who was the mother of Richard Woodville/Wydeville, 1st Earl Rivers? I can find some basic facts on ...
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Huguenot lineage from Flanders creates a brick wall

I have been researching the family history of my wife and I, and whilst researching my wife’s family history, it appears that her mother was descended from Huguenots. My wife's mother's maiden name ...
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Does this headwear tell me anything about the individual wearing it?

This image of a member of the Women's Institute in Dorset at a Christmas Party around 1953 shows a woman wearing a very distinctive head-dress. All the other women in the picture are bare-headed or ...
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Is the term “baptism” or “christening” more accurate in old parish registers?

Looking at Church of England parish registers from the 17th-18th centuries, some pages are titled "baptisms" while others "christenings". Now we use the terms more or less interchangeably, but would ...
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What are good strategies for researching occupations in England and the UK?

While collecting late-1800s census records for my husband’s family in South Devon, England, I found a census entry for their family with a visitor/boarder who was a photographer. William Haddy was ...
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How should I refer to this church in a citation

I need to cite a baptism that took place at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset, England. The Dorset Page for Sherborne refers to "The Abbey Church of St. Mary (Sherborne Abbey)". In my citation (constructed ...
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Did 19th century English women sometimes change the first name they used?

I have some confusing, conflicting sources that suggest that the one woman went by two different names. They relate to the parents of Cyril Albert Victor House, born in 1897. His christening record ...
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What Island is likely to be mentioned on 19th Century Somerset Will?

Today I obtained the 1836 Will of my 4th great grandmother Martha Chichester (nee Noake) who lived in Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. She mentions two sons living at an Island of ?????? which I am ...
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Why did the executor or administrator for somebody dying intestate in UK in 1800s have to pay a bond?

I have received 2 wills in the UK only to find the person died intestate and those responsible for administering their estate had to pay a bond, which is described on a separate printed page. What is ...
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What sources exist for 15th century England?

Rule #1 for genealogy in the early 21st century has to be “don’t trust information from trees you find online: verify first”. That said, I’ve actually had some quite good results from following back ...
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Source data that establishes the link between two “brothers”

On Ancestry, I have found a tree that traces from one of my ancestors back to 1465. The person's name at that point is John Tilston (1465-1506). The tree I was using asserted that John's father was ...
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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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Finding the Fatherless Feathers

How common is it to be unable to find baptismal records of a whole family in early 19th century England? In one tree I am researching, there is a John Feather, who Census records locate in 1861 and ...
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Glaziers in World War II

Does anyone out there have any information on glaziers rescuing medieval stained glass in World War II? My grandfather William Manning was in this reserved occupation and I am trying to find out if ...
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Coronor's Inquests in Oxfordshire in 1909

I have a death certificate issued in Oxford (Oxfordshire, England) in 1909 that says the cause of death, decided by an inquest the next day, was by drowning (in the river). Where would records of the ...
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The vicar didn't record the baptised child's name! Now what?

In my in-laws tree, there is an ancestor Robert Judson, son of James Judson who was baptised in Haworth, Yorkshire, 11 July 1736. I haven't found an obvious candidate for James yet, but I did find a ...
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How can I assess the statistical probability that an individual is the one I seek?

I have an ancestor Caroline Ellen Brown (also mentioned in this question: How might a "nurse-child" have been placed with their carers?) for whom the marriage and birth records are elusive. ...
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What can I deduce if a grave is re-used?

DeceasedOnline (a database of UK burials and cremations) shows that my ancestor Ellen Wright (née Brown) was buried in Cheshunt Cemetery Hertfordshire in 1871, in grave reference 37AQ. In ...
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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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Help determining this handwriting on the inside of a carriage clock travel case

Whilst photographing a carriage clock that was given to my Gx2 Grandmother as a leaving present when she left service to get married in the 1890's, I discovered this writing on the inside of the lid ...
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WW1 British Army Records [duplicate]

Both my uncles were in WW1 and their records were among those burnt in London in WW2. Is there anywhere else that would hold records of them? One was in the Essex Regiment and the other in the Royal ...
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What determined which prisoners sentenced to transportation were actually transported?

Thomas Duffett (baptised 1785 Stalbridge, Dorset, England) had a couple of run-ins with the law and got himself sentenced to 7 years transportation. Twice. But he never left the country. The first ...
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Why would FamilySearch.org index be showing a person's age in a marriage, if that's not in the Parish Record?

This problem is somewhat similar to an earlier question of mine, but the issue is more general than before. In one tree I am researching, I can find a marriage record for Nathaniel Claughton and ...
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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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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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How can I find out where someone is actually buried?

I would like some guidance in tracing the burial place for a person who died in Surrey, England in the 20th or 21st century.
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Help needed reading an occupation and place name

In the 1891 Census of England and Wales for the household of James Jeans, Bermondsey, Southwark (RG12 piece 377 Folio 135 page 12), I can't read (1) the occupation of James Jeans and (2) the ...
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Freehold and copyhold land in 18th century England?

The will of my ancestor, Matthew Wilson of Wannerton, dated 1776, refers to "my Freehold or Copyhold Lands or Tenements in the parish of Clent or elsewhere". What do the terms freehold and copyhold ...
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How much did people travel in the early 1800's?

Our family bible tells me that my gx2 grandfathe3 Robert Chapman was born in Cornwall in 1811 but despite searching for 20 years (and building up a tree containing 7,000+ ancestors I can't locate him ...
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Cornish parish records lost in fire?

I have a brickwall in the form of my great great grandfather whom I know from our family bible was born in Cornwall in 1811. I've found him (Robert Chapman and his wife Elizabeth nee Shapling and ...
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Why was Flossie baptised twice?

On 6 September 1903, Flossy Maud Mary Ann Mogg was baptised in Stalbridge Parish Church, Dorset England. Her birth date was given as 10 December 1897, and her parents as Walter Mogg (Farmer) and his ...
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How might a “nurse-child” have been placed with their carers?

In the 1861 census of England, the sister of one of my ancestors is shown living as a 'nurse-child' some distance across London from where her mother was in hospital. How would the placement of a ...
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What was George August Imprisoned For?

I've come across a log on Ancestry.co.uk which shows that George August was imprisoned in 1854. Below is a screenshot of the entry. I have managed to read it as follows, but this could be wrong as ...
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Church Censuses a one off?

I have photocopies of clerical censuses from 1828 & 1838 from a parish in Herefordshire, England. In fact the details given offer more information than state censuses. Have researchers found ...
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How likely is it that the England & Wales Census would be wrong about an age by ten years?

Or is it just a gap in the records? My 3xgreat-grandmother, Sarah Rule, is shown in the 1851, 1871 and 1881 Censuses for England and Wales with ages that would indicate a date of birth around ...
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Day of publication of Church of England marriage banns in 1909

The banns for the marriage of Albert Herbert William Proctor and Julia Ann Coulson were read on the 6th, 13th and 20th October 1908, which were 3 consecutive Tuesdays. According to Lord Hardwick's ...
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Pre-official adoption years

If a child born at England in 1914 was placed in foster care and stayed with their foster family, wouldn't that child somehow have to prove their identity when they started work? For example, they ...
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Facilitators for Adoption

I have just tried to help with a question elsewhere on adoption and it has fuelled me with a fresh question. Someone wanted to find a connection between a family who "adopted" an illegitimate child, ...
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Identifying Blenkinsopp-Leaton family photos

We have family photos. The family name was Blenkinsopp-Leaton. Throughout the 1800's, the family was very wealthy and lived in Northern England. None of the photo's have any names, but are obviously ...
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UK Marriage Witness Index

In the 1990's, Ted Wildy of New Zealand created an index of marriage witnesses, which had contributions of the names of the witnesses of many marriages in the UK (as well as Australia and New ...
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Applying a corrected relationship to a census on Ancestry

Ancestry.com provide a way of applying per-user corrections to census records. However, this only supports changes to a personal name, place of birth, or date of birth. I would like to report a ...