Questions tagged [18th-century]

For questions about research in the period from 1701 to 1800.

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Deciphering place names in Northern Alsace?

I am having some difficulties with a 1797 marriage record from Birlenbach, Northern Alsace (departement Bas-Rhin), specifically some of the geography. The record is hard to retrieve (all they let me ...
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Why would a regular soldier join a militia? Circa 1795/1800s

Has anyone ever come across an instance where a soldier has left the regular army and joined a militia? I have an ancestor who served with the 3rd or King's Own Regiment of Dragoons in the 1790s on ...
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Searching marriage records for London by witnesses?

Today a key piece of information about my 4th great grandmother Sarah Osment Smyth came to my attention when @ValerieFennell wrote: I have Sarah Osment Smyth as witness at the marriage of James ...
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Finding state records for Veneto region after 1815

I have been relying on this website for the records during the Napoleonic times: http://dl.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/en/gallery But after 1815 there is nothing. Are there any records from that ...
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Travelling within the UK in 1800s

My 4th great-grandfather was a weaver who was born in 1772 and was married, lived and died in the Wigan area. I have found a record dated 1801, for someone with the same name, age and occupation in ...
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Did late 18th century naval ship captains conduct weddings? If so, where would these be recorded?

A pair of direct forebears, my 3xgreat-grandparents, eloped in the early-mid 1790s. He, Edward McDowell, had been the family coachman when he ran away with Susan of unknown surname. A 1797 naval ...
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Unreadable word in latin 18. century church death record

I'm unable to decrypt some word in a Latin church record of a death in 1769. It is available at Matricula Online (the second last entry on the page). Since the image is licensed CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 I ...
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Would wife have any entitlement to estate if not mentioned in husband's will?

I have a copy of a will dated 1743 of a married man, from Oxfordshire, England, which makes no mention of his wife. All his estate is left to his siblings, nephews, servants, etc. They had no children....
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Determining if mid-18th century signatures are from same hand?

All three are by the groom in an English marriage certificate. #1 from 1751 lists him as a bachelor; #2 from 1758 lists him as a widower; #3 from 1763 does not specify a marital status. All are from ...
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What is a spinster widow in a North Carolina marriage record?

I found a marriage record: "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 (FamilySearch)," database with images, FamilySearch (10 March 2021), W J Moses Knight and Charity Wenton, 22 Sep 1761;...
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Are there any extant records of Imperial subjects who moved to Britain?

I believe that one of my ancestors may have moved to Britain around the turn of the 19th century from a British colony, possibly the West Indies or the US, and landed in Liverpool. From some surface ...
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Seeking records of 18th century Somerset surgeons named John Chichester?

This question is related to Interpreting "married by Licence as I am credibly informed" on 1732 Gloucestershire marriage record? in which I began to try to find the birth family of my 5th ...
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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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Trying to find Archibald McAllister in Ireland after his birth about 1788?

I am looking for an Archibald McAllister (various spellings including Mac Alester) who in the 1841 Census in St Quivox, Ayrshire, Scotland is recorded as being born around 1788 in Ireland. His ...
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Were 1700's Danish betrothals more likely to be of a couple that went through their confirmation ceremony together?

Was it considerably more common for marriages in 1700's Denmark to be comprised of a bride and groom from the same parish who also had their confirmation ceremonies in the same year or even in the ...
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Is Mariner to Nautical Assessor a likely career change in late 1730s Bermondsey?

In What records might survive of nautical assessor who died on London Docks in second half of 18th century? I have presented evidence that the father of John Stacy (1759-1831) was Henry Stacy, ...
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How can I strengthen my identification of Luke Hallam and his wife Ann in 18th century Nottinghamshire?

My ancestors John Brooks and Ann Hallam married in November 1798 in Clifton with Glapton, Nottinghamshire. The couple had 8 children baptised between 1800 and 1813. (All sources except where specified ...
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Interpreting Land Record Abstract pre-1730 Pennsylvania?

I am researching the 4 generations of my family that arrived in Chester County Pennsylvania between 1682-1715. In order to get a fuller picture of these ancestors, I've just begun looking through the ...
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How to Decipher months in Virginia tax records with Information on the Collection Methodology?

I'm browsing the Binns Virginia Personal and Land tax records from 1780s, 1790s, and 1800s and often the month is very hard to read. For example, I think William Samples is July 12, 1799, but very ...
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Did Amasa Ransom from Litchfield (Connecticut) serve as sea captain during American Revolution?

Amasa Ransom from Litchfield (Connecticut) is reported to have been a sea captain. Could he have served with the American forces early in the revolution ( 1775- 1776)? He was married to Abigail ...
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Finding birth/baptism record for Owen Melvin B. Pinkerton born in Indiana around 1872

My Great Grandfather was Owen Melvin B. Pinkerton born in Indiana around 1872. He was supposedly adopted by the Pinkerton's Married and had children in Kansas. Wife Florence Munkres. Children Harvey, ...
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Locating pre-emigration records in Ireland for Peter Starrs born abt 1836 and relations?

I am trying to find a Peter Starrs born in Ireland in the 1830's, most likely about 1836. He most likely emigrated alone to the U.S. about 1855. From US Census Records presented in Finding record of ...