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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 ...
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Understanding wording of 1720 baptism at Stogumber, Somerset, England?

My 5th great grandparents William Sellick/Selleck and his wife Alice had children baptised at Stogumber, Somerset, England in 1744, 1747, 1749, 1752, 1755, 1757, 1759 and 1762. I have not found a ...
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Distinguishing 3rd cousin from half sibling?

Two sisters married two men, one gave birth to my mother. The other gave birth to the mother of Miss X We grew up believing we (miss x and I,) were distant cousins. A statement in an argument by my ...
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Finding source of father's first name on 1713 Staffordshire baptism from FamilySearch index?

William Fletcher, who I believe to have been my 6th great grandfather was baptised on 27 Sep 1713 at St Mary, Brewood, Staffordshire, England. The image of that baptism, from FindMyPast's ...
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Doing neighborhood or street address research in England?

In the related question Starting pre-1837 research in England and Wales? I have residence information for George Hindley and Hannah Drake from their civil marriage certificate and a census enumeration,...
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Seeking early 17th Century Birth Place, probably in Kent, England?

My family are traced back to Westerham Kent with the following entry Thomas Wallis married Katherine Allingham 06th April 1641 in Westerham Kent BUT i cannot find in any records where Thomas Wallis ...
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Finding other sources for the information on a death certificate?

I'm considering ordering the death certificate from the GRO for a relative who died in England. But before I order it, I want to make sure I have the right person. What information am I likely to ...
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Looking for the 1901 census record of Annie Elizabeth Ward

I'm looking for a 1901 census record of Annie Elizabeth Ward (maiden name I think is Campbell). According to the previous post and digging around I've done, in the 1911 census Annie Elizabeth and ...
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Looking for marriage of Annie Elizabeth to James Spencer Ward, ca 1900 in Cheshire?

I'm having a really hard time tracking down a marriage between an Annie Elizabeth (unsure of her maiden name) and a James Spencer Ward. They had children Rose Gertrude, Evelyn, Thomas and James and ...
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Determining cause of 1958 death in England?

I have an ancestor who died rather young (late forties) at a time when there was no major military conflict. This was post-1900 as well so life expectancy wouldn't excuse this as a natural death. He ...
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Identifying birth family of Elizabeth Chichester who married in 1799 at Old Cleeve, Somerset, England?

Elizabeth Chichester married William Clarke on 5 Feb 1799 at Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. I have not found a baptism record for Elizabeth, and as a result I am seeking alternative types of evidence ...
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Looking for marriage record of Albert Augur near Bermondsey (London) around 1870?

Albert Augur is my 3rd great grandfather. I have been able to find records for my other English ancestors with ease, but he seems to be a tough nut to crack. Anyway, I will list what I know about him ...
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Narrowing down date of immigration from England to USA?

I have an ancestor named Richard Dugdale who was probably born in 1845 (although 1844 and 1848 are also possible) somewhere in England (possibly Manchester or Bristol) and died in 1909 in ...
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What does “Discharged by Proclamation” mean?

The Nottingham Review for August 1819 reports that a young woman charged with the murder of her bastard child, lately delivered, was discharged by proclamation. I guess this means she was seen as ...
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Why name John Doe as surety?

It's not uncommon to find John Doe named as surety on a bond, as shown in the eighteenth century probate bond below: Either there were an awful lot of John Does in Leicestershire, or John Doe was ...
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Comparing 1842 and 1861 signatures of William Barrett?

I have spent a long time trying to trace my gg grandfather William Barrett. I believe he married twice first at the age of 20 in 1842 and secondly at the age of 39 in 1861. The top signature is ...
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What does “living 15 Rich. II” mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England?

What does "living 15 Rich. II" mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England? This is a notation used in the British Roots of Maryland Families II by Robert W. Barnes regarding the Bysshe Family....
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What was surname of Susan/Susanna, wife of Edward McDowell, from Devon area in abt 1800?

There is an old story in my mother's family of my great-great-great-grandmother Susan having come from a wealthy family but been 'cut off with an angry shilling' when she married the family coachman, ...
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Is Saisy a known 19th century Irish/English nickname for Sarah?

In the 1873 diary of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox (1797-1874), written at Fullarton, South Australia, he writes about his son William (1821-1902) and another person who I suspect to be ...
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Parish residency in 19th century Cornwall?

In 18th and 19th century church parish marriage records in Cornwall, UK, the bride and groom's residences are indicated as one of three things: of the same parish as the marriage (usually just ...
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Who raised two orphaned children in 1765?

A mother died 11 January 1765, two weeks after the baptism of two children. Her gravestone refers to leaving two children and a friend. One source (local history group) says father died in the same ...
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Verifying facts and relationships given in 16th century visitations?

Owing to the fortuitous survival of various parish registers and wills I have managed to trace, with good certainty, one of my lines of ancestry back to one Margaret Bowyer who was born in ...

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