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Which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot, Cornwall, England, in 1688?

My 7th great grandmother Blanch Hambly married John Geach on 25 Apr 1688 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England. John had been baptised on 15 Mar 1658 at Menheniot. There are two candidates for ...
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Finding baptism record at Marystow, Devon, for Harriet Palmer in about 1773?

My 4th great grandmother Harriet Palmer married John Creber on 9 Jun 1794 at Marystow, Devon. Harriet was a spinster of the parish who made a mark rather than signed, and banns had been duly ...
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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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Is there list of apprenticeship types for FindMyPast record set called Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808?

A new set of records has come online at FindMyPast called Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808: What was your family trade? Discover your ancestor in the registers from the Board of Stamps. ...
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Finding descendants of British great grand uncle who was in Japan during 1890s?

From Finding British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s? I have received the information of the person with the possibility of great-grandfather. However, I have a bigger ...
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Married couple presented for fornication in Nottinghamshire (1631)?

I have been searching for a marriage for Peter Allicocke and Ann, and I think I may have found a possible marriage on 9 Nov 1630 at Laxton, Nottinghamshire. The marriage is transcribed by Phillimore ...
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What does the Anglican church terminology in this document mean?

There are terms in this document (Parish/Parish Church, Banns/Licence, Established Church, Rect.[or]) that aren't familiar to everyone in a genealogical context (even in the English speaking world) ...
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Finding Worcestershire parents of James Rammell, husband of Elinor Orrosmit or Arrowsmith?

Does anyone have information regarding the parents of James Rammell, father of Thomas Rammell, and husband of Elinor Orrosmit (or Arrowsmith)? Both James and Elinor were born in Birlingham, ...
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William Miller, private in the Driver Corps

I have an ancestor (William Miller) who on his son's baptism record (Woolwich, London, 1813) is listed as a 'Private in the Driver Corps'. How can I get more information?
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Finding apprenticeship record for Blacksmith born 1846 at Illogan, Cornwall, England?

In another, currently unanswered, question (Where was Matthew Nettell, usually of Illogan, Cornwall, for 1861 Census?) I sought the 1861 Census location for my 2nd great grandfather Matthew Nettell ...
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Citation of both folio and page in England census

When citing census records for England and Wales (1841-1901), by convention we cite both the folio and page number. Since the page number simply clarifies which side of the folio to look on, why is ...
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What records are likely for pregnant widow with 8 children in 1791 at Whitchurch, Devon, England?

My 5th great grandfather Charles Keagle committed suicide and was buried on 3 Jun 1791 at Whitchurch, Devon, England. On 16 Jun 1791, the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette reported on the inquest. ...
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Where was Joseph Brown Lever for 1841 England Census?

In a self-deleted answer to Tracing Hitchcox migration Liverpool-Adelaide in 1854 on ship(s) Constance and/or Antelope? user @GinnyButler mentioned that: On the 1841 census we find Joseph Brown ...
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What is occupation that looks like “Pre MJ” on 1841 England Census Record from Cornwall, England?

In the screenshot below, I have been unable to decipher the Profession, Trade or Employment of Joseph Green in the 1841 Census at St Clements, Cornwall, England. To me the first word has three ...
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Relocating christening record for Margaret Morgan, believed to be 1808 at St James, Bristol, England?

I have asked a different question about my 3rd great grandmother Margaret Morgan previously in Identifying photograph which may be Margaret Morgan (1808-1902) taken at Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales? ...
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What does 1851 UK Census “Relation to Head of Family” entry that looks like “Depen” mean?

I've run across a curious designation in the "Relation to Head of Family" column of the 1851 Census that I'd like some help figuring out. Following the entries for the parents and their children who ...
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What does “Containing by Estimation Seven Days' Work” mean in 1810 Land Auction advertisement?

A search for David Mellor found this advertisement for a land auction in an 1810 newspaper. In auction Lot II there are two "closes" of land being sold with David Mellor being listed as Occupier. ...
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What happened to Nathan Stein and Sarah Goldberg Stein who were living in London 1897?

On 28 Feb 1897 Nathan/ Nissen Stein, a bootmaker, lived at 27 Winterton Street in London. He had at least two children: a daughter Ada/Ida born about 1877 in; and a daughter born about 1893. ...
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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

My 4th great grandmother Ebbot Martin was baptised on 7 Nov 1773 at Beaworthy, Devon, England. Ebbot married John Millman on 14 Sep 1795, also at Beaworthy. John and Ebbot had at least nine ...
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Deciphering an Intended Marriage from England around 1800

I have a record that is an Intent to Marriage for my very great grandparents George Dutton and Ann Davies. I'm trying to understand exactly what it means, including the handwritten portions. ...
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What is written after John Lark's name?

This snippet comes from Family Search and the parish of Trunch, Norfolk, England. I started looking at this record because I believe John Larke was married twice, once to an Elizabeth Vial, and a ...
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What could the numbers after an affidavit of a burial mean?

In the parish records for Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire, some of the early 18th-century records have an "aff." notation at the end of a burial record (Ancestry.com example). I presume that means that the ...
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Was William Chichester recorded as Judge in 1841 Census at Dymock, Gloucestershire, England?

The picture below is from the 1841 England Census for my 4th great grand uncle William Chichester. "England and Wales Census, 1841," index, FamilySearch ...
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How are the grandchildren related to the head of household in this census?

Whenever I find a census household, I try to confirm the relationships listed in the census by looking for vital records or other information. The formatting of this 1891 Census entry has been ...
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Where was Mary Ann Harper in the 1881 England census?

As described at Locating an elusive UK birth record (Mary Ann Harper born circa 1865 possibly Dudley, England)? Mary Ann Harper is particularly elusive. Two years before her marriage at age 18 I'd ...
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Deciphering letters with “crossed lines” from 1813 Battle of Vittoria?

Can anyone help decipher this letter from a Lt. Moore of 1st Life Guards from the Battle of Vitoria in 1813? many thanks, also if interested there are two more pages!
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What are the office codes on the 1911 Census?

This is a snippet I posted in a related question Children born overseas to British Subjects — what is their citizenship status? I've seen other codes on the 1911 Census forms in red and green ink. ...
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Finding alternate indexes or record sets for passenger lists / ship manifests?

I'm researching German immigrants to the USA. Some of their records can be found in NARA's Access to Archival Databases, in this collection: Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the ...
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Interpreting 29 Feb 1797 (non-leap year) for baptism of Thomas Hitchcox in Lapley, Staffordshire, England?

The baptism record of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox (son of Thomas and Hannah) at Lapley, Staffordshire, England, appears to clearly state the date of that event as being 29 Feb 1797 (see ...
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Tracing Hitchcox migration Liverpool-Adelaide in 1854 on ship(s) Constance and/or Antelope?

My ancestors Thomas and Jane (nee Anslow) Hitchcox, aged 56 and 57 respectively, immigrated to South Australia in late 1854 with six offspring: Richmond (from Thomas' first marriage to Jane's sister ...
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Meaning of “dofhoadayne” in 1648 Will of William Noake from Longburton, Dorset, England?

The man I believe to be my 9th great grandfather William Noake wrote his Will on 2 Jan 1648 at Longburton, Dorset, England, and a cropped image from very near the beginning of that document appears ...
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Locating Manorial Records of 1843-9 Copyhold by William Hitchcox in Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England?

In 1837-1839 and 1842, my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox was listed as a voter living at Wheaton Aston in the Parish of Lapley, Staffordshire, England and was qualified to vote by owning ...
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Interpreting “From what County selected” column for Billin family on 1849 “Eliza” Passenger List (Plymouth, England - Port Adelaide, South Australia)?

My 3rd great grandparents John Billin and Mary (nee Symons) with their four children (including my 2nd great grandmother Emma Symons Treloar Billin, aged 5) left Plymouth, Devon, England on 11 May ...
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Determining if Mayflower Descendant?

I am interested to know if I am a descendant from anyone on the Mayflower ship. I have access to ancestry.com and also Family Search. My genealogy goes back quite far in many different directions. ...
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Finding records from the 'manor house'

I have an 1881 Census record for one of my research subjects where he appears as a servant at the local Manor house. Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails has a section on finding manor house records ...
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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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Is “Incain” an old spelling of insane?

This bishop's transcript shows cause of death, which is quite illuminating especially the number that are just listed as "decline". The record at number 49, of William Towler, has cause of death ...
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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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Descendants of Sir William Blackstone, a historical puzzle

I have been researching my paternal line and have come across a stumbling block. My line can be traced pretty easily back to the beginning of the 19th century in Ohio, where we come across one ...
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How far away is too far? Finding period travel information

This is related to the question Why would a family baptise at a parish but not marry or bury there?. If you've exhausted all the records available to you for a parish, and you want to widen your ...
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Ordering copies of English wills (post-1858)

I have the following entry from the National Probate calendar and would like to find the will: ELLIOTT Augusta of The Myrtles Slapton near Kingsbridge Devonshire widow died 17 April 1947 Probate ...
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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 Abel/Foot and Noake 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 1764 Marriage Record of John Smyth and Sarah Osment from Stoke Damerel, 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 in England?

There are two people in my database that seem to have two records about their burials -- one in Massachusetts, and one in Devon. I haven't found any other information that would indicate these are ...
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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 ...