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Parish registers for Belper, Derbyshire, England

Does anyone know of a good searchable (i.e. CD or Web site) source for parish registers for Belper in Derbyshire (UK)? I have tried to contact the Derbyshire family history society for information but ...
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Citing local BMD registrations in England and Wales

The index of civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales can be found on the FreeBMD Web site. This is not yet complete but fuller versions can also be found on the ...
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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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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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Did Carl M. Olson of Göteburg (Sweden) take 19th century photos in England, and if so, approximately when?

I have a photograph of an ancestor from England who I believe was born in 1818 (in Somerset) but became a police constable and lived in Devon, Gloucestershire and London later in life. I am guessing ...
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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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Ancestry of Christian Penn (d. 1684; m. Francis Eaton, then Francis Billington, both of Mayflower)?

Does anyone know the ancestry of Christian (or Christina) Penn, who came to Plymouth colony on the Ann in 1623? She married first Francis Eaton (Mayflower) then Francis Billington (another Mayflower ...
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Finding twins in England and Wales civil registrations?

How do I find twins in the England and Wales civil registrations? In one of my workshops, I was given some information about a couple in the UK who had identical twin daughters. Although I knew their ...
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Where can I list my DNA in Europe (England) to improve the chances of making a match with other researchers?

My DNA is listed on several USA sites. Does any one know of similar sites in Europe (England) where I can try to make a match?
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Seeking birth record for Thomas Eustice who married at Helston, Cornwall in 1867?

Cannot find birth record for Thomas EUSTICE. At time of his marriage, Helston Registry Office, Cornwall,Dec.28 1867, to Matilda GAY, he is shown as an agricultural labourer, living at Wendron St., ...
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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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Finding detailed UK Naval Records (1920's)

I have the Naval summary of an ancestor (Who served in the UK Navy during the 1920's) which lists the bases and ships he served on, with a small bit of other information too. The document I have isn'...
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Reducing cost of BMD Certificates in England and Wales?

The cost of BMD certificates from the General Records Office (GRO) of England and Wales is quite expensive (£9.25 at time of writing) but what is preventing the obvious streamlining of this? The GRO, ...
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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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Researching a New England sea captain prior to the US Revolution

My many-greats grandfather, James Newton Sparrell (~1740-1773), was a sea captain who settled in Scituate, MA after marrying Ruth Vinal, a local. Verbal tradition has that he was born in England, ...
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Finding New York birth record from around 1804?

My 3rd great grandfather, Charles James Sanderson, was born around 1804 in New York according to the 1851 and 1861 England Census (and some other references I've been able to find). The earliest ...
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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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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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