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Has the 1524 Lay Subsidy for Cambridgeshire (UK) been transcribed and published?

Has the 1524 Lay Subsidy for Cambridgeshire (UK) been transcribed and published? If so, where can I find a copy? National Archives and County Records Office sources aren't showing any holdings
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

This is a worked case study and is intended as a supplement to the related question Finding Devon parish marriage records?. There are two different websites which offer help with determining the ...
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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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Determining the relationship between Richard Holmes and Thomas Holme?

I am a member of Ancestry.com, and I tested my DNA there. As a result, I found that I have a blood relationship with a person called John Holme. He was born in Croston, Lancashire in 1754. His father ...
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Identifying parents of John & William Milman who were baptised 1800 & 1805 at Okehampton, Devon, England?

Susanna Millman was my 3rd great grandmother and she married William Creber on 25 Dec 1820 at Marystow, Devon, England. She is mentioned in Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on ...
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What happened to the 1896 London census records?

A little known fact is that a census of London was performed in 1896. On GENUKI it states: A quinquennial census was held covering the London County Council area on 29 March 1896, paid for by ...
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Looking for shipping information leaving England in September 1879 for Japan

I am looking for shipping information about one James Main Dixon (1856 (Paisley)-1933 (Los Angeles)) who left England in September 1879 for Yokohama, Japan. He stayed in Japan from 1880 through 1892 ...
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How were absentees recorded on the Protestation Returns?

The Protestation Returns of 1641/2 are currently being digitised and made freely accessible on the UK Parliament website. My understanding is that for each parish the oath was performed by everybody ...
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Who was William Chittel (Chettle) of Studley?

A friend owns an English lantern clock with the inscription "Wm Chittel of Studly". The clock dates to about 1635, and probably before 1642 as it is decorated with a ring of flowers that was used ...
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Y-DNA haplogroup R1a1ab2 Z93 Z94 in England?

I have just had my DNA results returned and my Y-DNA has come back as this. I am from East Anglia and my family has been documented in this region for the last thousand years, I am rather confused ...
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Interpreting the year a 16th century will was written?

How would you interpret the year this 16th century Nottinghamshire will was written, and why? yeare of our lorde god one thousande .......................... The year is not as I expected based on ...
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What circumstances could lead to these birth registrations?

In 1857S, the GRO marriage indices have a Thirza (or Thurza) Broad marrying William Harper in Wantage. This is the only record I have found that refers to William. Thurza Broad appears in the 1841 (...
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Finding when and why ancestor was in Bodmin Gaol ca 1835-1839?

I'm looking for inmate records for Bodmin Gaol jail in the UK circa 1835-1839. My 4th great-grandfather Phillip Stephen Rule (born 1777) was an inmate there based on records I have found on ancestry....
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Trying to find birth and death info for Thomas and Sarah Bissell

I am trying to find birth and death info for Thomas and Sarah Bissell. Thomas Bissell's Christening date is December 25, 1787 in Saint Thomas',Dudley,Worcester,England but I do not have any birth ...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

The GRO Index, both the old and new versions, is the cornerstone of genealogy in England and Wales. So much so that for years I have been making certain assumptions based on GRO Index data. For ...
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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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Deciphering word related to Farrier occupation in 1881 Census?

I have a word under the job description title of my ancestor that I can't understand. The top line: Farrier (unknown word) Smith then follows: Farriers Wife Farrierboy Farriers Daughter ditto ...
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What is the accuracy of FindMyPast's MarriageFinder tool?

While trying to identify family relationships surrounding my ancestors in England, I found that FindMyPast has a "MarriageFinder" tool that identifies marriage relationships based on England marriage ...
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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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Reading 1625 burial record from East Quantoxhead, Somerset, England?

The image below is the burial record of a woman that I think I can prove to be my 10th great grandmother, Margarett Dayworthie, who married Peter Blackwell on 30 Nov 1587 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset,...
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Where is the farm/hamlet of Barah in 1820s North Cornwall?

I cannot determine the location of the place of residence for John and Jane Short, at the time of baptism of their son, also John Short, 9 July 1826 in Jacobstow Parish church, hundred of Stratton, ...
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Who was in Edingley Cricket Club in 1920?

I have a photo of Edingley Cricket Club from Nottinghamshire in 1920 (helpfully the photo is titled and dated). I would like to attempt to identify the people in the photograph. Might there be a list ...
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Tracing ancestor CF Evans who died in World War 2 (aged 39 in 1945)?

I am stuck at first-base in trying to trace my UK ancestry. My grandfather died in World War 2 in 1945 at 39 years of age (according to the War Grave Commission). He was discharged from the Royal ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

This question is, although a little late, inspired by the Weekly Topic Challenge on "correlating military service records with other sources". It's also part of an effort to re-examine some of the "...
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Birth record for a Jane Glasson in 18th century Cornwall?

Jane Glasson married John Short in Whitstone Parish, North Cornwall, England, 6 Jan 1821. http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/search-database/more-info/?t=marriages&id=587662 Her headstone in ...
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Compiler / Author of printed Landowner record books in England and Wales?

The website The Genealogist has a series of printed books which list landowners by county. Each county book has a heading with the name of the county, followed by the Population in 1871, number of ...
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How to interpret differences between different birth indices in England and Wales

While exploring the possibilities of the new GRO indices, I've come across an anomaly that I can't (yet) explain. For example: Various databases based on the 'old' GRO indices show a total of 5 ...
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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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Birth registration listed in Ancestry but missing from GRO Index Online?

The England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 lists the birth of my 2nd great grandmother: Name Elizabeth Slight Registration Year 1853 Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun ...
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Did Richard Hill and Blanche Todd live in India in the late 19th Century?

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Hill had a brother, Richard Demetrius Hill, born in Islington in 1858. He was living with his family in the 1861 census, and with his uncle in 1871. After that,...
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What does “Occasional Copy” refer to in the new GRO Index?

On some entries in the recently released Online GRO Index there are birth and death entries with the notation "Occasional Copy: A". For example: What does "Occasional Copy" refer to and why might an ...
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Apprenticeship records or trade information for 1830s Sheffield, Yorkshire?

This is the same family as in the related question Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s? I have two references to George Hindley in Sheffield, Yorkshire -- both identify him as a ...
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Why might someone be listed amongst “Additional Individuals Bounded” in 1806 Cornwall Bastardy Papers?

On 24 Nov 1806, my 4th great grandfather Joseph Billin was listed amongst the "Additional Individuals Bounded" in the Helston Bastardy Papers 1729-1823. At the time "JENKIN Elizabeth, Helston, ...
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Seeking ca 1801 records of 1st Helston Volunteers?

My 4th great grandfather Joseph Billin(g) lived from 1776 to 1839 and was a Tailor, Mercer & Draper at Helston, Cornwall, England, where he was baptised, married and buried. Today I found in ...
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At what age did girls leave home in 1880s England?

Ellen Sutton (born to Harriet and John Sutton 1868 in Wolverhampton) appears in the 1871 Census, but not the 1881 Census, even though her siblings do. The death index shows that a 4-year-old Ellen ...
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If widow remarries, do English records ca 1820 show maiden name?

In England, if a widow remarries, is the marriage record more likely to show her maiden name, or the married name from her previous marriage (circa 1820)?. From what I understand, in Scotland, a widow ...
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Identifying birth family of Joan Befford/Beauford/Beaford who married John Hobb in 1708 at Launceston, Cornwall?

I've just found that my 8th great grandfather John Hobb married his wife in 1708 in Cornwall - Launceston, St Mary Magdalene. The wife's name is listed as Joan Befford. Upon searching for her birth, ...
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Did bigamous marriages need to be annulled?

I have a great great uncle Ernest who was legally married in England in 1905. He and wife went separate ways shortly after the birth of their daughter, who died at 11 months, but they did not divorce. ...
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Reading entry from Quarter Sessions Order Book of Dorset, England 1682-1693?

The clipped image below comes from the Dorset, England, Quarter Sessions Order Books, 1625-1905 via Ancestry.com: Name: Arthurus Bewsey Event Date: 1682-1693 Event Place: Dorset, England ...
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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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Can I determine the relationship between Mary Anne Wright (nee Harper) and Charles William Kimmons?

In the 1901 census for England, Mary Ann Wright (nee Harper) was living in Kings Norton, Worcestershire (not Birmingham) with her husband Stanley and her children. In the 1911 census she's shown as a ...
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Two different marriage dates for the same couple?

I'm digging through online records and researching Charles and Mary Ann Kirby (listed as maiden name of Hart) who came to Canada from Yorkshire England. I found one record that has their wedding as ...
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Why would people have to pay marriage licence bonds?

Why would two people over 21 have to pay a Licence bond in Wiltshire in the 1700s? My 4x great grandparents paid a bond, even though they were both over 21.
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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

I've a very recent example of a will in my family in which none of the bequests was actually paid due to a change in circumstances, and this has set me thinking about which records would show what ...
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Can you date this photograph of my grandmother Elsie Lillian Hall Kerby?

My grandmother Elsie was born in 1891 in Gravesend, Kent, England. She met and married my grandfather Seth Kerby (post WWI he was USN stationed in England)in Gravesend. She immigrated to the US in ...
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When might this photograph have been taken and why?

I have in my possession a postcard that shows an colorised black-and-white image supposedly of my father (born 1927) and an unidentified girl. I'm pretty certain this wasn't his usual garb at the ...
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Finding TNA Discovery catalog entries for digital images on Ancestry?

This question concerns the family of Alfred Clarke, who served in the 4th Brigade of the Royal Artillery. They appear in some of my previous questions, including Were British Army families stationed ...
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Finding prison records for Bodmin Bridewell in Cornwall?

In the National Archives there is a record that belongs to my 4th great grandfather William Hobbs. The Session held at Bodmin names his wife as Jane (nee Courtenay) and also Jane's sister Philippa. ...
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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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8-year old male ancestor sailed alone from Liverpool to Philadelphia in 1840

The family always told us about Reuben sailing from Liverpool to Philadelphia in 1840 with his father, and being left in Philadelphia with his uncle to grow up in uncle's family, with the father ...

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