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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

I thought I had found the death certificate for my grandfather Thomas Jones (born 1905) but the recent availability of the 1939 register and the Midlands Electoral Rolls have proven me wrong (see Back ...
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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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How can I establish (and describe) my confidence that the child and adult are the same person?

My two general questions are: At what point can one say that, yes, the adult you have identified as your ancestor is the same person as the child you think might be your ancestor, and that you have ...
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What records might be created in England when people are re-interred?

There are two people in my database that seem to have two records about their burials -- one in Massachusetts, and one in Devon. I haven't found any other information that would indicate these are ...
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What are Marriage Banns and how can I use them in my research?

There are three dates listed on my third great grandfather's 1825 Church of England Parish Register of marriages: Oct 23, Oct 30, and Nov 6 All Saints, Tower Hamlets, London, England Source ...
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Finding Devon parish marriage records?

My husband's family came to the US from England; some of the family stayed in the US, and some returned to the UK. I have many records from my husband's grandfather's generation that indicate his ...
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Locating an elusive UK birth record (Mary Ann Harper born circa 1865 possibly Dudley, England)?

I have a female great grand-mother in England for whom I have her marriage certificate and her death certificate, plus census records from marriage until death. From these I know her unmarried name, ...
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19th Century Debtors Prison Records, London

I have found (I think) two records for Demetrius Rogers in Ancestry's Marshalsea (London) debtors prison records. The first has "Dematris Rogers" brought into custody on 11 Sep 1812: (This record ...
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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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Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?

My 4th great grandparents Robert Chichester (1767-1830) and Martha Noake (1762-1836) married on 13 Apr 1797 at Branscombe, Devon and had five children: Priscilla (my 3rd great grandmother) was born ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

My 4th great grandfather John Smyth was a Captain's Clerk on the HMS Firm when he married Sarah Osment on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England. When he was buried at Bunhill Fields Burial ...
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Finding descendants of British great grand uncle who emigrated to Australia?

From Finding UK record(s) of British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s? I have received the information of the person with the possibility of great-grandfather. However, I ...
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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 ...
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How can I find out about military service in WW1 for an English veteran?

My grandfather, Robert Wright (born 1896, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; and still living there in the 1911 census), fought in WW1 and was (according to family oral tradition) gassed while he ...
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Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)

What strategies should I adopt to find an elusive ancestor in the early twentieth century? He may have deserted his family, so I can't rely on records of a wife of children to corroborate ...
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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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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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Are there records for Whitecross Debtors Prison Turnkeys in 19th Century London?

Nether Fustian Continuations and a Drink for Desperate Men Too often, I underestimate human ingenuity. I had never imagined, for example, that a man would wreath himself in cow-guts full of gin. But ...
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Why would a family baptise at a parish but not marry or bury there?

I am researching the ancestors of Clementia Underhill, who married William Caldicott in 1703. According to her burial record from 1760, she was born in about 1675. I believe that she was the daughter ...
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How are the grandchildren related to the head of household in this census?

Whenever I find a census household, I try to confirm the relationships listed in the census by looking for vital records or other information. The formatting of this 1891 Census entry has been ...
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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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Where is Mary Elizabeth Richardson in the UK 1891 Census?

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth ("Mary"), was born to Richard and Penelope Hill in Islington, London, on 01 Jan 1857. She is found with Richard, her stepmother Annie, and brother Richard D in ...
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How might a “nurse-child” have been placed with their carers?

In the 1861 census of England, the sister of one of my ancestors is shown living as a 'nurse-child' some distance across London from where her mother was in hospital. How would the placement of a ...
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What Island is likely to be mentioned on 19th Century Somerset Will?

Today I obtained the 1836 Will of my 4th great grandmother Martha Chichester (nee Noake) who lived in Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. She mentions two sons living at an Island of ?????? which I am ...
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Using new GRO Index Online to make birth families more complete?

I have understood for years that my 2nd great grandparents William Henry Rouse and Agnes Green had 10 children in Truro, Cornwall, England before they emigrated to South Australia in 1880 with eight ...
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Finding birth record of Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier, Frenchman who married (1869) and died (1882) in London?

I'm researching my girlfriend's family tree and I've hit a brick wall in France as I have absolutely no experience using french records. I have traced back to Pierre Louis Oscar/Oscard Cordier born ...
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Did Somerset Militia recruit local Cornish soldiers when based at/near Truro around 1798?

Finding late 18th Century service record of soldier William Hobbs in Somersetshire Militia? was a question about my 4th great grandfather William Hobbs who married Jane Courtenay at Truro St Mary, ...
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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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Where is the 1911 Census record relating to Milly Bungay/Mason/Weston?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1945 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Where is the Marriage of Milly Bungay/Mason/Weston to John Weston?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1945 which has been recently verified using the ...
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What happened to the original household schedules used to produce the 1939 Register?

The dataset called the 1939 Register of England & Wales, released on FindMyPast, is comprised of the enumerator's transcript books (National Archives RG 101). Using the King's household as an ...
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Where is the marriage of F. M. Weston/Mason to a Goodman?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1947 which has been recently verified using the ...
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What records might survive of nautical assessor who died on London Docks in second half of 18th century?

In Could John Stacy who lived/married at London and later lived at Exmouth (Devon) have been baptized in 1759 at North Petherton (Somerset)? I have been trying to identify the parents of John Stacy (...
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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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Proving Jane Middleton of Somerset only Next of Kin in 1872 to Thomas Chichester who died 1838 in Guyana?

From the England & Wales National Probate Calendar entry below I know that my 3rd great grand uncle Thomas Chichester (who is mentioned in Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, ...
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Status of Ted Wildy's UK Marriage Witness Index?

In the 1990's, Ted Wildy of New Zealand created an index of marriage witnesses, which had contributions of the names of the witnesses of many marriages in the UK (as well as Australia and New Zealand)....
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Finding the Fatherless Feathers

How common is it to be unable to find baptismal records of a whole family in early 19th century England? In one tree I am researching, there is a John Feather, who Census records locate in 1861 and ...
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Is there a comprehensive repository of pre-1841 local censuses in Britain available online?

The first national Census in Britain was in 1841, but there are several local enumerations of populations of particular parishes and towns, for example: The parish censuses listed in the answers to ...
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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 can I assess the statistical probability that an individual is the one I seek?

I have an ancestor Caroline Ellen Brown (also mentioned in this question: How might a "nurse-child" have been placed with their carers?) for whom the marriage and birth records are elusive. ...