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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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How accurate are birth dates on the 1939 Register?

One of the most useful pieces of information on the 1939 Register is the date of birth, since there are no other country-wide records containing birth dates other than civil registration records. ...
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Meaning of term Sojourner on 1794 Marriage Record at Marystow (Devon) for John Creber?

A transcription of the Marriage Record of my 4th Great Grandfather John Creber to Harriet Palmer in Marystow, Devon, England on 9 Jun 1794 can be found in GENUKI. I am intrigued by his Parish being ...
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Organizing geographical reference material for English parishes?

Abstract: I prefer to standardize place names in Family Historian to take advantage of modern geo-coding and mapping features, and to record historical place names in research notes. But how do I ...
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Who are the parents of George Juden?

I've spent a lot of time working on this brick wall and I was hoping for a fresh pair of eyes, heres what I have: George Juden is my 3rd Great Grandfather, He married Elizabeth Salvage and had five ...
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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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Finding alternate indexes or record sets for passenger lists / ship manifests from Germany?

I'm researching German immigrants to the USA. Some of their records can be found in NARA's Access to Archival Databases, in this collection: Data Files Relating to the Immigration of Germans to the ...
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How did the lives of Worcestershire nail-makers change 1840-1880?

The 1851 Census of England and Wales shows my ancestors living in Forge Lane, Halesowen, Worcestershire. Not only are all the adult males on the page working as gun barrel forgers, but also every ...
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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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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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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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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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Who was the father of Thomas Jocelyn/Joslin who emigrated to Massachusetts in the Increase (1635)

It is well documented that Thomas Jocelin/Josselyn/Joslin/Jostlin (1592-1660) emigrated to the Massachusetts Colony on the Increase in 1635 with his wife Rebecca and children Rebecca, Dorothy, ...
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Finding records from the 'manor house'

I have an 1881 Census record for one of my research subjects where he appears as a servant at the local Manor house. Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails has a section on finding manor house records ...
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Seeking information on Noble Hutchinson Fleming of Cork, Ireland [closed]

Noble Hutchinson Fleming was born in Cork in 1827 and later emigrated to London. I would like to know more about the family.
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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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What is the earliest age a boy in England could get married in the 1800s?

My wife has an ancestor named Charles Davies. The 1841 and 1851 Wales censuses as well as his marriage record state that he was born in Flintshire, Wales between 1813 and 1816. A search for his ...
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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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Why might name Ferdinando be found in early 17th century Cornwall baptisms?

I have two direct ancestors named Ferdinando: Ferdinando Hicks, baptised 1 Jan 1630 at St Germans, Cornwall Ferdinando Sleep, baptised 13 Sep 1720 at Morval, Cornwall (who is a grandson of the above) ...
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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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Determining the area covered by an Enumeration District (ED) on the 1939 Register?

The way places are organized and indexed in the 1939 Register has me somewhat befuddled. Sometimes even when looking at an original page, the parish or village name is not shown, making it difficult ...
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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

My ancestor Mary Ann Harper is frustratingly elusive as mentioned here. However, Harper is a surname that would lend itself to different spellings in censuses, birth records and the like — ...
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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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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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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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Take a punch at this (or…identifying a boxer?)

I have found the photo below amid a collection of family photographs. I don't think it's a relative, as we don't – to my knowledge – have any boxers in the family. But I am hoping to identify who this ...
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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 ...
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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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Converting historic pounds, shillings and pence (£sd) to modern worth?

On other genealogy sites I often see people ask "what would £X be worth today" questions, and I never really have a good answer. Particularly with UK probate records becoming more accessible, it is ...
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Starting pre-1837 research in England and Wales?

What are some effective research strategies for England and Wales, when you are making the transition from the era of civil registration and censuses to the period before civil registration begins? ...
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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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Is the term “baptism” or “christening” more accurate in old parish registers?

Looking at Church of England parish registers from the 17th-18th centuries, some pages are titled "baptisms" while others "christenings". Now we use the terms more or less interchangeably, but would ...
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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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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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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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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 “hidden” clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
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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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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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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

My 3rd great grandfather George Wills was baptised on 13 Jul 1806 at Illogan to Richard and Susanna (nee Scoble). On 11 Jan 1834 he married Frances Angove at Illogan. On 10 Jan 1836 George and ...
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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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