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What does three small rings in a triangle mean in a Swedish parish registers?

In Sweden during the 18th and 19th century each parish had a "Husförhörslängd", a book tallying the people in the parish keeping track of how well they knew their biblical history, and if they had ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

How do I find my 4th great grandfather's Scottish parents? Rear Admiral Donald Campbell 1752-1819 was a contemporary of Nelson's & also served with the Portuguese Navy. I can trace his career, ...
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How to find wife's maiden name in New England in the 1700s?

All too often it seems I have a family in New England in the 1700s where I know the father and several children but only have a given name for the mother in the family. (The children's birth records ...
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How far back can German Genealogy normally be traced?

I've been researching my family history, and I hit a roadblock. The oldest records I can find are from German church records in the early eighteenth century. I can find nothing older. Is this a ...
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Confirming Ancestry.com tree information about Anthony White (b. 1700, Luenbeg, Scotland)?

I realize that ancestry.com is a mix of user input and archived records, but as a programmer I firmly believe in the GIGO theory (Garbage in, garbage out). I have gone through hints and trees, and I ...
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Should I ignore possible family information because it far too precise for its age?

I ran across this info on a possible family member, but it seems far too precise for a 250+ year old large family. Does it make sense to ignore possible family information because it far too precise ...
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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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Confirming parentage of Mary (1771? - 1851) wife of John James in Llanfair Nant Y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales?

Llanfair Nant Y Gof is a rural parish in Pembrokeshire, consisting of scattered farms and a single mill, plus a couple of "big houses". There is no village as such. The population in 1800-1820 was ...
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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate Smyth child named after someone from her Osment family?

My 5th great grandparents Sarah Osment and John Smyth married on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon. The ten children I have for them, who appear to have all been christened in or near London, ...
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Where to find records relating to Great Britain's Black Act?

Family story indicates that a John Edmonds, born about 1716 in Wales, was banished to America about 1732 for "dogging a pet deer". Supposedly, he settled around Jamestown, Virginia. Having recently ...
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What does the term “Intervale” mean in the context of New Hampshire land transactions and deeds?

I have found the term "Intervale" used in the property descriptions of different Rumney, New Hampshire deeds; these descriptions generally rely on metes and bounds ("from the large rock at the stream ...
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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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Using lead with discrepancies to break down brickwall?

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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How soon after birth would Roman Catholic baptism normally occur in early 18th century Germany?

In Germany during the 18th century (esp. early 18th century), how soon after birth would baptism commonly take place? Of course it wasn't the same for every child, but was there some sort of usual ...
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How were the beneficiaries of the 1872 Will of Mary Rogers related?

My fourth great grandmother was Elizabeth Crawley, born 1791, probably in London. She married William Stretch in 1819 in Whitechapel. The witnesses to their marriage were D. Rogers and Mary Rogers, ...
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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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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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Reading name and occupation of 18th century ancestors from Kirchheim unter Teck, Württemberg, Germany?

Here is the family record of one my ancestors, Tobias Brackenhammer, Coachmann (germ. Kutscher) and Ana Maria Gollmar from Kirchheim unter Teck, Württemberg, Germany. Below the name of the couple is ...
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Elinor is a Hassall (identifying a Welsh woman born in the late 18th century from a single record)

In 1805, according to the Bishops Transcripts for Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Elinor Hassall married John John. John, his descendants and relatives of the family were predominantly ...
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Researching a New England sea captain prior to the US Revolution

My many-greats grandfather, James Newton Sparrell (~1740-1773), was a sea captain who settled in Scituate, MA after marrying Ruth Vinal, a local. Verbal tradition has that he was born in England, ...
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Finding baptism record near Marystow, Devon, for Harriet Palmer in about 1770?

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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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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Other 'non-loyalist' Immigration to Canada following American Revolution from the US

I am trying to track down a few individuals that I believe may have immigrated to Canada following the American Revolution but before the War of 1812. Assuming a primary motivation for moving to ...
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Explaining major discrepancies between Bishop's Transcripts and Parish Registers?

Bishop's transcripts were copies of parish registers that were sent periodically to the diocesan bishop. In the past I have noticed minor discrepancies between parish registers and bishop's ...
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Finding origin of Samuel Brierton (Brereton) born about 1800 in Pennsylvania (perhaps Illinois)?

I have been searching, in vain, for my 3rd great grandfather, Samuel Brierton. All information I have says that he was born in Pennsylvania abt. 1800, parents were born in Wales and he then doesn't ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I have been able to trace my wife's ancestors to people born in the 1790s in the Pfalz region of Germany and in Alsace using civil records of births and deaths. Those records books were started in the ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

This question is, although a little late, inspired by the Weekly Topic Challenge on "correlating military service records with other sources". It's also part of an effort to re-examine some of the "...
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Lists of casualties of the Battle of Mollwitz

As a battle of the War of the Austrian Succession, the Battle of Mollwitz was fought between Prussian and Austrian forces on 10 April 1741. I wonder if there are lists of casualties available?
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Pre 1794 records for Rothenditmold, Kassel, Hessen, Germany?

I've been using Archion and have found a lot of records for my family there. But the archive stops at 1794. I've also use lagis-hessen though those records don't go as far back as Archion. Are there ...
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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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How should I document a surname change from the mid- to late 1700s (US)?

I have a gg grandfather that had a different surname than his father, FIVEASH for the son, FISH for the father. This was in Virginia mid to late 1700s. How could I learn if this surname had been ...
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Would a Wife be mentioned in 18th Century English Will?

I have been transcribing a number of 18th Century English wills and noticed that there don't seem to be mentions of wives -- at least not in the ones that I'm working on. Given the legal doctrine of ...
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Finding information about British slave owner Henry Stanley in Jamaica/England?

In his will my 2nd great grandfather Henry Stanley Robert Pearce (1821-1868) leaves all my estate and interest whatsoever in the lands and hereditaments called Gale Mount and Dunsinane in the ...
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Average age at marriage in Highland Scotland in 18th century

I am seeking the parents of my 3x-great-grandmother, Isabella Colville, who was baptised in 1785 in Invergowrie. According to her baptism record, her father was John Colville. Her eldest sibling (...
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Determining maiden name of Alice who had eight children (1744-1762) with William Sellick christened at Stogumber, Somerset, without marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather William Sellick was christened on 2 Oct 1718 at Stogumber, Somerset, England. He and his wife Alice had eight children, the first two christened at Stogumber and the ...
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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, Yorkshire, England. In 1851,...
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Would an immigrant to the US pre-1800 be hiding beans? (When were food restrictions first placed on immigrants to the US)?

I am looking into "Mitchell Family Beans," purplish beans pinto like with brown spots (see below). These have been passed down a couple generations in a Mitchell family of Idaho (formerly ...
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Why doesn't my research meet the Genealogical Proof Standard?

I posted a related question here so it might be helpful to read it: England 1700s - how to decide between two good record matches? Thomas Fowler B: unknown England Marriage: 1766 Stillingfleet ...
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Locating a marriage record for Jacob Bennett and his wife Zipporah in 18th century Connecticut?

Jacob Bennett was born in 1735 in Connecticut according to AGBI and Barbour Collection. My father's research showed Jacob married Zipporah but he did not cite his sources nor know Zipporah's maiden ...
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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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Jacob Fisher and Sarah Hodges (married in 1773 in Sharon, MA) - who were their childen?

Page 27 of the Sharon, Massachusetts Vital Records show Jacob Fisher and his wife Sarah had a son Jacob born 30 Apr 1776: Jacob, s. of Jacob and Sarah, Apr. 30, 1776 Page 94 of those records show a ...
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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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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 parish 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. I ...
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Does a bequest of $1 or “to be paid on their demand” mean it is a minor child?

I'm looking at the Will of Zebulon Tharp dated October 1, 1775. On page three it appears as follows: Starting at line 8, it reads in part: ...I also will and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Tharp ...
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Separating families with identical parents' names in the same parish in Norfolk, England from 1730-1760?

There are two individuals, both named William Lark, both married a woman named Mary. I'm quite convinced they are two different families, although they are probably related. They both had several ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

I'm looking at the probate record of Samuel Bangs, who died in 1786 (Or thereabouts) in Dutchess County, New York. I'm noticing that his wife, Thankful, was still alive, and there are mention of ...
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Resolving conflicts between conclusions of different researchers (internet & professional historian)?

One of my ancestors was named John White. He was a very early settler of Ohio, marrying Priscilla Devol in 1790 when Ohio was still part of the Northwest Territory. Here is a timeline with some ...
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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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Deciphering part of 1799 probate from USA?

In the numbered parts (which I've highlighted) of the probate for Joseph Eayers pictured below: Does that mean Joseph was a widow? And what does the "third" and "excepted" part mean? Does "incapable ...