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Questions tagged [england]

For questions about ancestors and records in the country of England. Also tag the county if the question is specific to that county.

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What is the profession “Greensman” in 1937?

So I have this marriage certificate from 1937 in Chichester. The profession of the father looks to me to be: Greensman I might have read the text incorrectly. Here is the source: I Googled the ...
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Searching for information on German held prisoner of war in England during WW2 [duplicate]

My husband has been searching for information on his father. Name: Gustav Hendrik Hamster b. 1907 in Estonia, d. 1987 in England. From family stories, he was in the German Navy and was captured. ...
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Possible Half Sibling

I was adopted as a small child and have never known my natural mother or father. I recently completed an AncestryDNA test and have been matched against a lady with a score of 1,912 cM across 73 ...
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Where to find 1911 sub-districts in order?

I am trying to work out which of two death records in Wakefield registration district is my ancestor. To do this I need the subdistricts listed in the order they come on the census. I don’t know ...
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The Stanley family in Jamaica and England

I'm looking for information about the Stanley family who apparently owned a plantation in Jamaica. I'm trying to find out if this family was part of my husband's great grandfather's family. My ...
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Reading a word in an 1841 census image

I'm struggling to read part of an 1841 census record: The difficult element is at the far right of the line for Saml Brown Gamekeeper (in the column headed Where born in Scotland Ireland or Foreign ...
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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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Why was ancestor imprisoned in Bodmin Gaol?

I have located my 3rd times Great Grandfather in Bodmin Gaol from Ancestry records but no details of why he was there. I have the following information and would be grateful if you were able to let ...
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Field family motto

I understand that the family motto appears below the escutcheon on a coat of arms. While I've found a couple of (somewhat-different) escutcheons for my family -- Field -- I've not been able to find a ...
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Finding parents of John Brown 1774-1845 born Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, England?

Henry Brown was born 1746 who I have attributed to being the father of John Brown. The records show he was a sojouner and agricultural labourer, so he was down as a sojourner as he probably traveled ...
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Interpreting a Freemasons' Lodge Register

According to the records available on Ancestry, Edward Harper of Kidderminster joined the Lodge of Hope and Charity on 30 April 1836 aged 35 (so born approx 1801, which ties up with the 1841 census ...
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What can I infer about John Wright from this 1841 census entry?

The 1841 census for England and Wales (Piece number 1208, Book number 8, Folio number 26, Page number 2) has a John Wright aged 11 at Coventry Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England. He is ...
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How would one find listings of names on ledger stones in English cathedrals?

I had several trips to UK 25 to 50 years ago. I once saw my surname on a few ledger stones in a main corridor of an English cathedral. But now I can not remember which one. I thought it was Winchester ...
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How to interpret “in descent from”

An article in NEXUS: New England Across the United States (volume XVI, no. 5), published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, contains genealogical entries such as (p. 157): William ...
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Looking for Nesbitt family from England? [closed]

I am looking for information and research on the Nesbitt family that is from England. I am trying to find my own Nesbitt ancestors.
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How should I interpret this sequence of records?

I'm searching for the marriage of the parents of one of my ancestors, and the baptisms of her siblings, and have a sequence of events that could have multiple interpretations. Ann[e] Westwood was ...
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Seeking to verify 1862 Scottish marriage, birth and death records for a Henry Clifford stationed with the Royal Navy at Leith

In researching Henry Clifford (b 1839, Ewell, Surrey), grandparents' names in lieu of parents' names disallows certainty of his marriage to a Jane Young in Edinburgh 1862. Henry volunteered w/the ...
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Would a deceased father be named on his child's baptism record?

I'm searching for the bmd records of a couple (Samuel and Ann Page) who were baptising their children in Brierley Hill Staffordshire in the early nineteenth century: Maria Page baptised March 1803 ...
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Did the Ryan family leave a footprint in England when immigrating to New Zealand in 1875 and 1883?

I’m researching how my Ryan family left Ireland. Jeremiah (Jerry, Joseph) Ryan and Mary Hayes took 3 children Bridget (Bid), Honora (Norah) and Thomas Ryan. Martin Frances Ryan stayed behind. They ...
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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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Assessing the frequency of surname in an 18th century English parish

I have a set of marriage and baptism records for an 18th century/early 19th century English parish, and want to assess the probability that the participants are related in some way, before I spend ...
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Could Francis Tolvert Greenway baptised 1774 at Falmouth be Francis Green who married Grace Woodley 1798 at Totnes?

I have asked a question about my 4th great grandfather Francis Green previously as Finding late 18th Century service record of Francis Green in Cornish Militia? Francis Green was, according to: the ...
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Sharing DNA with Capon family.on AncestryDNA?

My Grand Father, James Alfred Capon, was a Nurse Child. He had the family surname on a census. I am in a Family Circle with the family he stayed with. Does this mean he was their child? My ...
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Understanding 1939 Registration district numbers?

In the top right hand corner of each page of the 1939 register is a a pair of numbers recording the Registration District and sub-district for that page. As has been commented on in a previous ...
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Finding out what church a 19th century English family belonged to?

I am trying to research the birth of a child in 1864 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (England), and have run into a problem with the lack of a baptismal record. There was only one parish (All Saint's) for ...
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Finding records of ancestor who died in London in 1948?

I have an extensive tree but can find nothing at all about my grandfather. He was Newman Rosenthal, and the only thing I know is that he died in London in 1948. I’d welcome something suggestions on ...
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Seeking detailed passenger list for Solway sinking Falmouth-Corunna in 1843?

I found a website that gave full names of passengers lost at sea, including Childrens' names. I know that James John and Arabella Fitz-james were lost at sea on the sinking of the steam mail ship ...
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Are these two men named Thomas Holme the same man?

I am Japanese, but my great grandfather was an Englishman. But I can not identify him. I found a candidate for a great grandfather based on the record of Japan. His name is C. Z. Ede (Cecil Zohrab Ede)...
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Making corrections to Ancestry assumed counties attributions which are incorrect?

Can anyone inform me how to get corrections made to Ancestry's assumed counties attributions, which are clearly incorrectly listed at present? There appear to me to be very large numbers of entries ...
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Reading illegible marriage record?

I need help reading this marriage record. This is what I can decipher: Jones Catherine Oct 21 ----- of Brook St. Chester daughter of Robt Jones a ---------- ---- 22.8.1903 at R.O. Chester -...
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Who would grant a lion tamer licence in northern England?

My great uncle Walter Manton Partington trained circus lions. His circus name was Retlaw. He was apparently the only trainer to have a licence in northern England in the early to mid 1900's. Under ...
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How can I distinguish between name changes and missing records?

Every now and again I come across a person, who seems to have changed their name. For example, a birth/baptism record may have one name, while subsequent records (marriage, census…) use another for ...
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What proportion of the births or baptisms of children were recorded in early nineteenth century England?

It's usual to search for a baptism record as a substitute birth record in England in the period prior to the start of Civil Registration (i.e. pre-1837.) (Baptism records may also include birth ...
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How do I determine when to search for non-conformist birth/baptism records?

I'm searching for the baptism on my ancestor Mary Darby, who was born between 1811 and 1818, and am trying to assess whether I should search in non-conformist records as well as Parish/Established ...
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Search for Joseph Whalley

The person I am trying to find is Joseph Whalley born June 27,1861 in England, excerpt from family bible. His 1885 Nova Scotia marriage certificate to Mary Jane McMullen listed his father as Joseph(a ...
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Formulating a strategy to locate a marriage

What strategy can I adopt to locate an English marriage record for two ancestors? Of course, they may not have married at all, but Rebecca Probert points out in Marriage Law for Genealogists the ...
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Why does death record from 1872 in England not contain parent details?

I have a death record from 1872 in England and all that is written is name, cause of death, where, and a witness. There is no information as to who the parents were. This is not a huge issue as I ...
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Where did my 2nd great-uncle William Morris go after 1914?

My 2nd great-uncle, William Morris was born 10 May 1887 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. His parents were Henry Morris and Mary nee Green Morris. I have his birth and baptism. He is found on the ...
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What is the date and rank of this photo of a British soldier?

I have a family photo (see below) and I am trying to confirm the identity of the man. I have a suspicion who it is - the person was born in 1874 in England. So if he was in his 20s to 30s at the time ...
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Can 1801-1831 censuses in England be viewed online? [duplicate]

Can the 1801-1831 censuses in England be viewed online? If so, where and how?
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What type of journey from Plymouth to Exeter in 1751 might cost 1 pound 5 shillings?

My 6th great-grandfather Robert Osment was baptised on 8 Mar 1703, married (to Elizabeth Simons) on 3 Jan 1729, and buried on 6 May 1756, with these life events all occurring at Plymouth Charles, ...
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Is Rygate, Surry the same as Reigate, Surrey?

One of my possible ancestors is from "Rygate, England". Googling that shows "Reigate, Surrey". When I force searches for "Rygate" it shows old references to places like Rygate Cathedral in Surry, ...
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Tracking down birth of James Spencer Ward circa 1830s in Wrenbury?

I am trying to find a birth for a James Spencer Ward in Wrenbury, Cheshire, sometime in the 1830s. I know that James Spencer Ward lived in Chester as of the 1901, 1891, 1881 and 1871 censuses. His ...
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How did two birth records from the same sub-district end up in different districts?

I have found a curious inconsistency in registration districts for a couple of 1850s English birth records. I was looking for children of David Hill and his wife Jane (nee Harris) of Little Rissington,...
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Finding resting place of deceased Leicestershire clergyman?

I'm attempting to find the burial location of clergyman Edward Brewer Brooks who I know to have died in my house in 1901 (in the UK). I can trace his entire career through Crockford's Clerical ...
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Privacy restrictions for ordering death certificates in England?

I would like to order the death certificate for an ancestor of mine who died in 1959 so I can ascertain why they died, and am trying to search the GRO website. However, the year of registration won'...
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Information on a ship called the “Bancroft”

My thrice great grandfather Joseph Campbell (born 1854 in Chester) is listed as a ship master on a vessel called "Bancroft" docked in Birkenhead in the 1881 census. He is the only listed crew member ...
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Were minors always described as such in 18th century wills?

I have been reading a will (Ancestry UK link), written by Giles Fox of Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, in 1780. It was proved after his death in 1789. In it, he leaves his property to his three ...
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Looking for Census records of Joseph Campbell, born in Chester 1854

Looking for Census records of Joseph Campbell, born in Chester 1854. I know that his daughter Annie Elizabeth Campbell (born 1881) was my twice great grandmother and they lived in Chester. I have ...
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Looking for parents of Charlotte Wood from Middlesex, London?

Charlotte Wood sailed on the ship Warwick, 1874, arriving January 1875, in Auckland New Zealand. She was listed as Charlotte Wood, aged 18 from Middlesex on the passenger list. I have all documents of ...