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Would it be helpful to see, on FreeBMDresults, the County and/or subdistricts? [migrated]

Inspired by Harry Vervet's work - What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths? here at Free UK Genealogy we are wondering if it would be helpful if we could use ...
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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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Meaning of profession Batswoman on marriage certificate

On my parents marriage certificate it says that my mums profession was a Batswoman: The year is 1963 and the location Warminster, England. My mother tells me that at the time she was a carer for a ...
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Finding information about Brick Kiln - Motcombe - Dorset

My 2nd Great Grandmother's birth certificate arrived today. She was born in 1858 and according to the entry the place of birth was: Brick Kiln, Motcombe The registration district was Shaftesbury ...
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Time difference between banns and marriage

I have understood that banns / marriages were a maximum of 3 months apart. So I am confused. Take these two individuals: William Finsley Partridge Mary Elizabeth Brown Take these banns: The source:...
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Adoption records in 1871 based on census info

I have just stumbled over the fact that my Great x 3 Grandmother remarried a Charles Chant. My Great x 2 Grandfather Henry is listed along with his sister Fanny as step children. Does this mean ...
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Understanding prison sentence records - England - 1880s

I am not familiar with reading prison records. This actual document is typed so it is clear. The date is 14 April 1888 in Dorset. It seems to me that John Coke ( a son of my ancestor ) was involved ...
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Prison offence - trespassing underwood fence

I have come across this prison offence for one of my ancestors: I have read the offence to be: Trespass, Damaging Underwood fence This offence was in 1844. I understand this offence to mean that ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about products administered / surname

Here are my remaining transcription queries on page 3 to complete the asylum case notes: 7.7.17 Has an attack of vomiting and is very weak. Has been put to bed in hospital. Milk ???. 2.9.17 ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about Unions and First Names

We are nearly complete with transcribing the lunacy case notes for my ancestor. I could not have done it without everyone's help and it has been interesting learning a few things along the way. I ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about the patients health

With the exception of this currently open question (from the list below), there is one more deciphering issue on page 2 of 3 in these lunacy case notes of my ancestor. 11.8.16 Is much better now ???...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patient “quotations”

My ancestor was reported to say the following statements: "Don't ??? kill me" "Oh do ??? spare my life!" At first I wondered if the word I can't decipher stood for you all but then the ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about a suspicious mark / Diarrhoea

These are the last entries on page 2 of the case notes before the document continues with a final page in another volume. 2.3.17 P. back in 7 with Diarrhoea. Frequently complains after ??? when ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about General appearance / Description of Bodily Symptoms

Has a wild and terrified expression. A few stumps of teeth remain. Lips dry. Tongue ??? and dry. Pupils of medium size, equal, regular, react to light and to accommodation. ??? ??? ???. Planter ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about administering Brandy and Milk

This is a continuation of: Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patients previous history Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about nurses entry? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about symptoms of inflammation

This is a continuation of Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 3 Deciphering Lunacy Asylum ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about escaping through a window

This is a continuation of Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 3 Where I made a request for ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about administering Paraldehyde

This is a continuation of: Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Where I made a request for deciphering phrases on my Great Great ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about nurses entry?

This is a continuation of Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? where I made a request for deciphering phrases on my Great Great Grandmothers case notes. Slept 11 hours last night. Takes ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patients previous history

I obtained the case notes for my Great Great Grandmother (Lunacy Asylum). I am slowly working through the text and here is a sentence I am not fully sure about: At the moment I have: Neuralgia &...
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British Farthing, 1658, Thomas Snook, Stalbridg (Stalbridge, Dorset)

Below is an image of a British farthing dated 1658 and bearing the name Thomas Snook with a place name of Stalbridg (Stalbridge, Dorset). The Snook (or Snooke) surname was present in Stalbridge over ...
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Searching for Austrian WW2 Prisoner of War who was held in Worcestershire, England?

I am looking for information on a World War 2 prisoner of war from Austria name Peter Schmidt who was brought to my farm in England every day to work. I believe he went back to Austria and had a ...
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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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How is it possible that my ancestor left the workhouse so quickly with a baby?

I am still researching my 2x great-grandmother. Ann Norah O'Brien BIRTH ABT 1860 • St Pancras, Middlesex, England DEATH 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom She had 5 ...
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Dealing with different birthplace and names of parents in England?

I am researching my 2x great-grandmother. (Ann) Norah O’Brien BIRTH ABT 1860 • St Pancras, Middlesex, England DEATH 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom Her life has been quite ...
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What might letters L.H.M. after name at Chelsea Hospital (London) burial mean?

In Ancestry.com's England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 there is an image from Piece 4330: Chelsea Hospital (Church of England non-parochial), 1691-1765 which ...
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What does 'in attendance' mean on an England death certificate?

This is the death certificate of my x2 great-grandmother. The informant is her eldest son. What does 'in attendance' mean on a death certificate? Does it mean that the person was with her when she ...
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How many generations is needed to go back to get an ethnicity estimate without a DNA test?

I'm a 3rd generation Canadian meaning that my great-grandparents were from Europe and my grandparents are Canadian born. I haven't completed my family tree yet but from the looks of it most of my ...
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Ancestors came to England on the “Belgian Mail Packet” in 1920/1921 - How to find those records?

My wife's grandmother (Annie Pieniążek, age 9) emigrated from Poland to Canada in the early 1920s. She travelled from Liverpool to Halifax on the "SS Canada", leaving 10-Feb-1921, and arriving 19-Feb. ...
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Looking for emigration records from Liverpool England in 1921

I have an arrival record for my wife's grandmother. She and her mother/brother/sister arrived in Halifax, Canada on the "SS Canada" in February 1921. The record said that the ship departed from ...
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Did my potential ancestor lie about his wife dying so that he could marry again?

I am researching my 2x great-grandmother. Her life has been quite the mystery. Ann Norah O'Brien Birth ABT 1860 • England Death 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom She married ...
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Ancestor born in Bristol City workhouse?

My 2x great-grandmother's life has been quite a mystery. Ann Norah O'Brien Birth ABT 1860 • England Death 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom She went by the name Norah O'...
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Where can I find more detailed prison records - Stroud, England?

My great-grandmother was an illegitimate child and it's not clear if the man her mother later married is her father or not. Winifred Lyida O'Brien BIRTH 30 OCT 1896 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, ...
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Why is my ancestor missing from the New GRO Index - England?

I found my 2x great-grandmother on the 1901 and 1911 censuses. Norah O'Brien Abt 1861 or 1866 St Albans 1901 census https://www.ancestry.ca/sharing/16562936?h=72ff1d&utm_campaign=bandido-...
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What are some possible reasons that a father's name is missing from a birth certificate - England?

I posted a previous question about my great-grandmother before but I ordered her birth certificate from the New GRO index https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/indexes_search.asp However, ...
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Providing evidence of Consent of Parents for Marriage by minor in England in early 1800s?

When a couple married in England in early 1800s, how would 'consent of the parents' be presented? Did they need a piece of paper, attendance of the parents or was their word good enough? In the ...
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How to identify 19th century birth record in England when uncertain of parent's given names?

This question refers to people in a previously posted question about the identity of the mother of Elizabeth Cowan, b. 29 Sep 1824, England, and d. 14 Oct 1896, Ohio, USA: Could "Our Mother" ...
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Deciding between multiple birth names and dates?

I have some differences on the certificates and census information. Birth Certificate: Name: Edith Nellie Hardiman Birth Date: 16 Sep 1892 Birth Location: Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire,...
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Deciphering hospital location on death certificate from 1977

I am trying to decipher this hospital location where my Great Grandmother died: I know it is in Salisbury but I am try to: Work out the correct name. Attempt to locate it online resource mentioning ...
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Birth certificate v Baptism entry

Bulford, Wiltshire, England Year: 1823 Why is it there are Baptism entries but no Birth entries?