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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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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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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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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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Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

Winnifred Lydia O'Brien 1896–1979 BIRTH 30 OCT 1896 • Stroud, Gloucestershire, England DEATH 28 NOV 1979 • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada I believe I have found my great-grandmother in ...
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Private baptism in one church followed by baptism in another?

I have definitively identified my ancestor John Charles Wright born circa 1830, but have two conflicting baptism records for him that I need to reconcile. John Charles Wright maintained all his life ...
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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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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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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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Interpreting names and abbreviations at the end of wills?

I have been transcribing several wills over the last few months and am pretty much done. However, at the end of the wills, after the names of the witnesses there are letters that I think are shorthand ...
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Researching photographers in England and the UK

While collecting census records for my husband’s family in South Devon, England, I found an 1861 census entry for their family with a visitor/boarder who was a photographer. William Haddy was born ...
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Deciding between multiple birth names and dates?

I have some differences on the certificates and census information. Birth Certificate: Name: Edith Nellie Hardiman Birth Date: 16 Sep 1892 Birth Location: Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire, England ...
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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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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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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 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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When was Paul Theodore Spranger deported back to Germany?

Paul Spranger was a German waiter born Brandenberg, Germany September, 1871. He married Eliza Emma Fisher in London 1908 and they had a daughter Pauline Theodora in 1909. I believe Paul was interned ...
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Determining which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot, Cornwall, England, in 1688?

My 7th great grandmother Blanch Hambly married John Geach on 25 Apr 1688 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England. John had been baptised on 15 Mar 1658 at Menheniot. There are two candidates for Blanch's ...
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Finding period travel information -- or How far away is too far?

This is related to the question Why would a family baptise at a parish but not marry or bury there?. If you've exhausted all the records available to you for a parish, and you want to widen your ...
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How to order copies of English wills (post-1858)?

I have the following entry from the National Probate calendar and would like to find the will: ELLIOTT Augusta of The Myrtles Slapton near Kingsbridge Devonshire widow died 17 April 1947 Probate ...
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Cause of death on an 1871 British Death certificate

I have a death certificate for a woman who died at the age of 42. The cause of death is listed as "disease of the brain". I am not sure what that could mean. Did they mean meningitis or some type of ...
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Why was ancestor imprisoned in Bodmin Gaol?

I have located my 3rd times Great Grandfather in Bodmin Gaol from Ancestry records but no details of why he was there. I have the following information and would be grateful if you were able to let ...
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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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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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Becoming a master tailor?

At the time of the 1841 census, one of my ancestors in Nottinghamshire, England was undertaking his apprenticeship with a tailor. A decade later, on the 1851 census, my ancestor is recorded as a "...
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Identifying difficult words in 1651 will?

I am transcribing a Nottinghamshire will and probate bond dated 1651, and two passages of the will are eluding me. In the first passage the testator bequeaths unto his "sonne my house & my ...
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Descendants of Sir William Blackstone, a historical puzzle

I have been researching my paternal line and have come across a stumbling block. My line can be traced pretty easily back to the beginning of the 19th century in Ohio, where we come across one ...
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Reading a word in an 1841 census image

I'm struggling to read part of an 1841 census record: The difficult element is at the far right of the line for Saml Brown Gamekeeper (in the column headed Where born in Scotland Ireland or Foreign ...
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Seeking to verify 1862 Scottish marriage, birth and death records for a Henry Clifford stationed with the Royal Navy at Leith

In researching Henry Clifford (b 1839, Ewell, Surrey), grandparents' names in lieu of parents' names disallows certainty of his marriage to a Jane Young in Edinburgh 1862. Henry volunteered w/the ...
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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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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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Accessing returns from the Marriage Duty Act (1695)?

In The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History, on the subject of the Marriage Duty Act (1695), David Hey writes: A tax on 'Marriages, Births and Burials and upon Bachelors and Widowers for ...
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How and when did my Grandfather come to America?

My Grandfather John Ross came to America in January, February, March of 1912. I have been unable to find any information on the ship he came on or port of arrival. He came from Birkenhead, England....
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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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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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Pre-official adoption years

If a child born at England in 1914 was placed in foster care and stayed with their foster family, wouldn't that child somehow have to prove their identity when they started work? For example, they ...
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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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Assessing the frequency of surname in an 18th century English parish

I have a set of marriage and baptism records for an 18th century/early 19th century English parish, and want to assess the probability that the participants are related in some way, before I spend ...
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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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Does this headwear tell me anything about the individual wearing it?

This image of a member of the Women's Institute in Dorset at a Christmas Party around 1953 shows a woman wearing a very distinctive head-dress. All the other women in the picture are bare-headed or ...
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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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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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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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What's on the right-hand page of the 1939 Register?

Looking at the images for the 1939 Register, FindMyPast only displays the left-hand page and the first column of the right-hand page: I have heard that the right-hand page contains "sensitive medical ...
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Was William Chichester recorded as Judge in 1841 Census at Dymock, Gloucestershire, England?

The picture below is from the 1841 England Census for my 4th great grand uncle William Chichester. "England and Wales Census, 1841," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M7MX-...
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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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Locating records of a man employed by Rufford Abbey for 70 years?

Rufford Abbey, early 20th century, photo credit ruffLives I have an ancestor who appears to have been employed at Rufford Abbey in Nottinghamshire his entire life. When he died aged about 87 in 1850, ...
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Did my potential ancestor lie about his wife dying so that he could marry again?

I am researching my 2x great-grandmother. Her life has been quite the mystery. Ann Norah O'Brien Birth ABT 1860 • England Death 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom She married ...
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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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