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Questions tagged [17th-century]

For questions about research in the period from 1601 to 1700.

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Interpreting (yet another) 17th century German church record?

Very much on the same topic as an earlier question, Interpreting 17th century German church record?, I have found a lead for further research (quite obvious lead but my subscription on Archion had run ...
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Do Quakers typically have their marriage records recorded with the government?

I'm looking for a supposed marriage record between a John Woodson b. 1655 in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginia and a Mary Tucker b. 1660 in Curles, Henrico, Colony of Virginia and married on 20 Aug ...
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Were bodies shipped overseas to be buried?

Would it be possible, during the 1600s, to die in the New World and have your body shipped/returned to where your family came from? I'm specifically looking at Mary Sharpe, Daughter of Jan and Henry ...
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What relation could godson be, and brothers of another surname?

In this entries on page 20 of Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800: HIGGINS, Roger: Leg. mother Mary Lupo; at the death of mother my cattle at Edward Millers and ...
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What are these abbreviations in Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight, Virginia?

I see entries like this one on page 20 of Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800: HIGGINS, Roger: Leg. mother Mary Lupo; at the death of mother my cattle at Edward ...
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The elusive Michael Gassmann of Birlenbach, France

I am trying to track down an individual named Michel/Michael Gassmann/Gaßmann in Birlenbach, Alsace (Departement Bas-Rhin), France. Here is what I know about him: Between 1668 and 1684 he is named as ...
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Interpreting 17th century German church record?

I'm an amateur genealogist and I have browsed through 17th and 18th century German church records in pursuit of my ancestry and I am now stuck. Background My sources come from: https://www.archion....
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Where is Daniel Trigg from Ancestry Source?

This is taken from a record page on from Ancestry for Daniel Trigg from their online database U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, which is derived from Filby: ...
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How to interpret Samuel Trigg in Early Virginia Immigrants repeated entries?

I'm looking at the book Early Virginia Immigrants by George Cabell Greer, Hill printing Company, 1912 on page 332 which reads in part: Triggs, Wm., 1640, by Henry Porter and Raphaell Joyner, James ...
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Meaning of “hinterlassen” in old German marriage record

I found an early 17th century German marriage record in which the groom is marked as "hinterlassen" in reference to his father. Does that give me information about the father's date of death? In ...
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Interpreting 17th century German dates?

I am working on the biography of a distant relative, Anna Bertschinger. The hand-written notes I got handed down from my grandfather state: verm. 2. post trin. 1649 I understand that this refers ...
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Seeking early 17th Century Birth Place, probably in Kent, England?

My family are traced back to Westerham Kent with the following entry Thomas Wallis married Katherine Allingham 06th April 1641 in Westerham Kent BUT i cannot find in any records where Thomas Wallis ...
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Translating 1612 Dutch marriage record

This 1612 marriage record from Leyden is for my 10x great-grandparents George Morton and Juliana Carpenter, both born in England. Sadly, my Dutch is limited to guessing based on my poor German, and ...
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How were absentees recorded on the Protestation Returns?

The Protestation Returns of 1641/2 are currently being digitised and made freely accessible on the UK Parliament website. My understanding is that for each parish the oath was performed by everybody ...
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Who was William Chittel (Chettle) of Studley?

A friend owns an English lantern clock with the inscription "Wm Chittel of Studly". The clock dates to about 1635, and probably before 1642 as it is decorated with a ring of flowers that was used ...
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Connecting the Gassmanns of Untertürkheim and Fellbach

According to family lore, the Gassmann name around Stuttgart derives from two brothers who immigrated from the south (some say Switzerland, others Northern Italy) and settled, respectively, in ...
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Reading entry from Quarter Sessions Order Book of Dorset, England 1682-1693?

The clipped image below comes from the Dorset, England, Quarter Sessions Order Books, 1625-1905 via Ancestry.com: Name: Arthurus Bewsey Event Date: 1682-1693 Event Place: Dorset, England ...
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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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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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Finding parents/siblings of Pietro Bracchetti who lived in Ala, Trent,Tirol, Austria around 1678?

I am researching Pietro Bracchetti who lived in Ala, Trent, Tirol, Austria around 1678: He was born in Lemma. He traveled to Ala because he was the architect that worked at the construction of the ...
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Does “Mr” in a marriage record indicate a minister? (Or, did Rev James Nasmyth marry Lady Gordinstoun?)

I have been trying to find out more about my 6xgreat-grandfather, James Naismith or Nasmyth. He was the vicar of Kirkcolm in 1684 according to the Fasti Ecclestiaca Scotiana (FES), and indeed he was ...
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Looking for German Ancestors earlier than 1700s? [duplicate]

I am a beginner and have been using Ancestry.com but German records seem to come to a halt at the WWI. What can be used to search further back?
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Meaning of Latin phrase “matr. contraxerunt” on 1642 Cornwall marriage record?

There is currently the following record (link which is likely to change/break) in the Marriages database of the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks: Day Month 01-Nov Year 1642 ...
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Identifying difficult words in 1651 will?

I am transcribing a Nottinghamshire will and probate bond dated 1651, and two passages of the will are eluding me. In the first passage the testator bequeaths unto his "sonne my house & my ...
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What was the weather like?

I would like to build context for certain genealogical events I am researching, and one component - as dull as it may seem - is weather. For example, it would be interesting to know what the weather ...
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Finding the parents of Guillielmus and Egidius Van Sever?

So far I have found quite a bit of information on related family trees on myheritage.com (basically it got added automatically to my tree after filling in a couple) and on the following website: http:/...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Anyone who has done genealogical research on England in the 17th through 19th centuries will have noticed it: a parade of Johns, Williams and Thomases, accompanied by Marys, Elizabeths and Annes. ...
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Determining 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 Blanch's ...
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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 above) ...
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Married couple presented for fornication in Nottinghamshire (1631)?

I have been searching for a marriage for Peter Allicocke and Ann. Peter and Ann had five children: Mary (1631), Elizabeth (1634), Peter (1637), Francis (1641), and Edward (1645-1662). The four ...
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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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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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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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Determining parent(s) in 17th Century Cornwall without Christening Record?

My 7th great grandfather Joseph Symons married Prudence Williams on 11 Nov 1710 at Breage, Cornwall and I would like to be able to determine who his parents were. Prudence was christened on 5 May ...
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What is the significance of the character “j” at the end of a Roman Numeral?

While using an old (1907) book of transcriptions (on-line) The Parish Register of Gargrave in the County of York , I was puzzled by the number of dates recorded in the 16th and early 17th centuries ...
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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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The identity of Priscilla Kimball Preston. Can you help track down an old extracted record and help solve a 17th century mystery?

We all know it should not take 1200 words to explain a transcription error ... A 17th century personality, "Priscilla Kimball Preston," reported by FamilySearch's FamilyTree causes a conflict in my ...
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Seeking birth record for Ellen/Elinor, wife of John Billington, who arrived on Mayflower?

What is known about the Mayflower passenger Ellen/Elinor Billington? Specifically, what was her maiden name and who were her parents? She was the wife of John Billington and mother of Francis ...
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Understanding marriage certificate (transfer?) in Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive?

This record is in the Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive (www.archive.nrw.de). The players: My GG Grandfather was Karl Theodor Brenner (CT Brenner), born near or in Overath on November 27th, 1811 . His ...
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Ancestry of Christian Penn (d. 1684; m. Francis Eaton, then Francis Billington, both of Mayflower)?

Does anyone know the ancestry of Christian (or Christina) Penn, who came to Plymouth colony on the Ann in 1623? She married first Francis Eaton (Mayflower) then Francis Billington (another Mayflower ...
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Surname “Merriss” (or “Merris”) mid- to late 1600s, New England (US)

Has anyone come across early New Enland records for surname Merriss or Merris? I am looking for parentage of a William Merriss who lived in Rhode Island and was married there at the Second ...