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Lady of the house?

In the 1861 census ,my ancestors in rusholme Manchester are listed as James Cook as head then sophia as what looks like lady of the house ,it's not easy to read .was this term used at all ?
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Person has no house number on Census, but two different house numbers on Electoral Rolls (19th Century UK)

On the 1849-50 Register of Voters, Charles Ashmore in Manchester, UK was listed at 331 Rochdale Road. On the 1850-51 Register of Voters, he was listed at 329 Rochdale Road. And on the 1851 Census, ...
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House History for demolished property

I am researching the history of demolished properties and the reasons why they were demolished. For example, they may have been unfit for occupancy. Where can I find information on a property in Grove ...
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How and where did Walter Priestly (Priestley) come to America?

My 2nd Great Grandfather came to America through the port of New York around November 1857 according to his naturalization record. He was born in England on June 18, 1836 or 1837. Any idea on how I ...
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Why is my great grandmother from England's birth registration later than the 42 days given to register?

My great grandmother was born August 21, 1909. Her birth wasn’t registered until October 6th 1909. That’s 46 days, when it’s supposed to be 42 days or a fee is given. Anyone know why this might be?
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What does house number "Bk" mean? (19th century UK rate books)

What does it mean to live at "Bk 1 Worsley Street"? My guess is that 1, 2 and 3 make up part of 40 Worsley Street somehow, as 1 Worsley Court etc., or whatever "Bk" stands for. ...
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Royal Navy WW2 service records

I have my fathers records of Naval service from the MOD. It makes reference to shore based establishments which accord with photos and information from my father before he’d passed away. Other ...
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Identity card issue after 1939

At the same time as the enumerators collected the household schedules for the 1939 Register they issued Identity Cards to everyone but who issued them for everyone born afterwards? I’m assuming it was ...
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Emigration records for private colonisation attempts from England

I'm looking for details of whether an ancestor was a part of a short lived colonisation attempt that took place circa 1849/1850, that targeted a place in the Auckland Islands and was led by Charles ...
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Finding details about an immigration from England to New Zealand / Australia

Here is a Immigration Certificate: According to the source it says: Departure Date: May 1919 Departure Port: England Ship Name: Prinzessin Destination Port: Auckland, New Zealand I have several ...
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Finding place of origin for Irish ancestors

I've been trying to find out more about some of my Irish ancestors. My 3rd great-grandparents John Joseph McEvoy and Mary Murray were living in Liverpool, England in the mid-1840s, but both were ...
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Clarification about name of father on baptism v birth. and location of father as solider in 1920?

I have been researching one of my wife's uncles (her grandfathers youngest brother. I received his birth certificate in the post today: The above confirms that her grandfather did have a third ...
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Does the 1921 English "Army" Census records include the "Soldier Number"?

I used this search to locate this record in the 1921 census: I am specifically interested in this entry because it says Army. I looked a little more at the article The British Army overseas in 1921 ...
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St. John's in St. Mary's

For the situation listed at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/9477351f-6383-4ccc-a986-0d6f22a9c904: St. John's lay in the ecclesiastical parish of St. Mary's but was neither a ...
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Deciphering cause of death and surname of informant

Can someone help me with deciphering the informant's surname (first line in the second box)and cause of death (first line in the first box)?
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Why would the ages on a 1877 Marriage Certificate be so wrong?

I wasn't expecting to find this when I received a marriage certificate in the post today. The year of marriage is 1877 in the registration district of Exeter. Mary Ann Vickery, age 22 which make her ...
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What information should I include for this source citation?

I would like advice on entering more recent death references as source citation details. I tend to rely on whatever Ancestry creates but the newer stuff is not always there. Admittedly, this is 2003, ...
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What is the house number on this 1891 Census record?

Here is a census entry for Mary Ann Brown in 1891. I notice in the transcription that it says 61 East Street. On the image though it looks like this: I no longer have access to view the images on ...
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Assessing accuracy of profession stated on daughter's baptismal record

While researching my great-grandmother, Celia Anna Gadd (1865-1915), I found a baptismal record dated December 15, 1872, which shows that she and her sisters Ada (b.1863) and Alice (b.1867) were ...
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What determined whether someone received parish relief or went to the workhouse?

Parish relief, an early form of benefit system, existed in England simultaneously alongside the workhouses. I'd like to understand what the system was that determined whether a person was eligible for ...
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was proof of first wife's death required for marriage in England in 1938?

My parents marriage certificate in 1938 shows my father as a widower but I have been unable to find a previous marriage or any records showing him as being married before. Would proof of first wife's ...
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Who was my grandfather's first wife?

My grandfather married my grandmother in Berwick upon Tweed, England on 31st May 1918 at St Andrew's Church, now demolished. He was described on the marriage certificate as a widower and I can find ...
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Traveling from Russia in 1906

My Great Grandma had to leave Russia when she was just 16, and travel to England. I know the ship she took from England to America, but I don't know how she got to England. Would it have been the same ...
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Banns read multiple times at St Brides, Fleet Street early 19th century

I have copies of the Banns read for James Henry Hunter and Charlotte Matilda Thomas as follows: 1819: 30 May, 6 June and 13 June 1820:16 November, 3 December and 10 December 1821: 9 December, 16 ...
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England - how to know if an original record set from an archive is complete?

I have been doing some family research and my research may suggest that some of my ancestors were from a small village called Thorganby in Yorkshire, England. I have read the history of the village ...
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Where in England would a young man, 14-15, be sent to learn trade of an iron molder about 1815?

My ggf, Robert Stanton, was born somewhere in England about 1800. We do not know parents or siblings names. The first record we have is a baptism of a daughter in St Ann, County Antrim, Belfast, with ...
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How did Francis Lycett become a Gentleman?

My 5th great grandfather Archibald Campbell, PhD, married Mary Lycett in Staffordshire in 1776. Mary was the daughter of Francis Lycett, Gentleman of Weston Hall, and Ann Thompson, who was from a ...
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Baby recorded on 1911 census – but born a month after the census?

Got a bit of a puzzle – I have found a baby, born 7 May 1911, who seems to be recorded on the 1911 census in rural Nottinghamshire, England. But the census was taken on 2 Apr 1911. How is this ...
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Finding out if ancestor owned land they lived on in England

I found the will of my 2x great-grandfather and a voters list where they lived. Norah Pybus B: 11 Mar 1870 in Bramhope Yorkshire England D: 13 Aug 1948 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada Robert ...
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Finding World War 2 English sailor’s number and ship name

My dad Stanley G Henry was on a ship in World War 2. From what I remember he was a cook on there. He was born 25 Nov 1915 and lied about his age so he could go fight. How can I find his number or ...
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Looking for this Fryer family in further records

I am currently researching the Fryer family and am trying to see if I can another Fryer family in Chester to mine. The family in question is found on the 1841 census in Chester, Cheshire at George ...
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Could Will be Proved twice?

My 7th great-grandfather Clement Uren appears to have written a Will on 7 Aug 1745 making his wife Elizabeth and daughter Tiberia the beneficiaries. At the Cornwall OPC (Online Parish Clerk) site ...
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England - what are some possible reasons that my ancestor only listed his daughters in his will and none of his sons?

I found the will of my 3x great-grandfather. Robert Fowler BIRTH ABT. 1767 • Thorganby, Yorkshire, England DEATH ABT FEB 1833 • Thorganby, Yorkshire, England He had several children: Ann Fowler ...
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England - What are some possible reasons an ancestor would name his accountant in his will as a beneficiary?

I found my 2x great-grandfather's probate record on Ancestry: https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/19716606?h=660803&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-...
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How was a marriage license penalty fee determined?

Through my observation of marriage licenses in England through the 1600s to the 1800s I have witnessed a tremendous variation in the penalty that would be required if a marriage was invalid. Some ...
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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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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

I've traced my family tree to the 1700s Yorkshire, England. Thomas Fowler B: Abt. 1744 England Marriage: 1766 Stillingfleet to Jane Hare, Yorkshire and he was living in Thorganby at the time Thomas'...
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Where in Handbridge is / was the Rook or Rock?

On the 1841 census, Frances Potter was living in Handbridge, Chester, and the place is listed as "Rook" or "Rock". I have been to Handbridge many times but have never come across this place before. ...
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What is the location on this 16th century baptism record?

Randle Case was baptised in the parish of St Oswald, Chester, in May 1589. His father was Thomas Case and the record seems to read "Randle Case, sonne of Thomas Case of ----", but I can't figure out ...
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Finding records of emigration from UK to Argentina in 1935

My relative George Owen emigrated on 19 Oct 1935 with his two children from Southampton, UK to Argentina via ship to Buenos Aires. He was an experienced railway engineer and family stories say helped ...
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Affidavits in English burial records

My question is about English 17th century burial records. At the end of the affidavit information is a date and month like >19Mar>. Is this the date of death or the signing of the affidavit or ...
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Locating missing marriage records

For context, everything here is Pancras, London, England. I have an ancestor (Harriet Deady, formerly Thompson, originally Gammon, my 2nd g. grandmother from Halifax, Nova Scotia, British North ...
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Why might somebody apply for a English copy birth certificate in the first half of the 20th century?

I have just received a bundle of copies of family history material found when my late aunt died (in 2013). Including copies of some certificates which I already have... except. Why might somebody ...
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Where to find Catholic Church records for the early 1800s Middlesex, England?

I need to find Catholic church records for the time period between 1830 and 1860 St Giles & Bloomsbury, Middlesex and St Andrews, Middlesex. I have tried to look on Ancestry and on FindMyPast ...
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Resolving conflicting GRO birth and death registration indexes?

Every now and again when I am searching the GRO indexes of births or deaths, I find a nearby registration where the Registration District is not what I expect. The most recent example is: FreeBMD ...
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Did Blanche Adelaide LAPPAGE (b 1872) attend school?

Blanche Adelaide LAPPAGE was born in 1872. Blanche’s mother died 1874, and her father remarried 1875. Blanche cannot be found until the 1881 census in a Woolwich workhouse. I have found no record ...
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Was HMS Cumberland of 1748-1750 a fireship?

At Were 18th century British mariners incentivized to serve aboard fireships? I am assuming that my candidate 6th great grandfather Jeremiah was a Steward of the ship Cumberland from 7 Mar 1748 to 22 ...
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Were 18th century British mariners incentivized to serve aboard fireships?

Strong candidates for my 6th great grandparents are Jeremiah and Mary Smyth who baptised four children at Oxwich, Glamorgan, Wales: 16 Jan 1737, Jeremiah, s. of Jeremiah & Mary Smith 25 Feb 1739, ...
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What might someone being a "real Object of Charity" in 1753 London indicate about their circumstances?

Today I received a scan of the admission papers of John Smyth (who I believe to be my 4th great grandfather) into Greenwich Hospital School. The first page reads (with handwritten parts italicized): ...
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Comparing currency in different time periods?

In the question How to order copies of English wills (post-1858)? I used as examples these two Probate Calendar entries, which are for a husband and wife. At the bottom I added some notes about the ...
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