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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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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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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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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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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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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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Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate

This is a follow on from: Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate This is the first part of my Great Great Grandmothers ...
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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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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

I'm trying to determine my (step-)grandparents' birth place from the 1916 Canadian Census. The relevant portion is this: For context, here is the entire record. The people in question are listed as ...
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Determining what old document with Illegible handwriting says?

When looking through handwritten records, I found a document. Some fields are legible and matched information I already knew. However, the name is written illegibly. I cannot read it for the life of ...
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Techniques for reading poor or illegible images?

What techniques work for reading poor or illegible images of a source? Turning the source into a negative is one that's often quoted but what other techniques are valuable, and in what circumstances?
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Learning German scripts (handwriting and printing) used in 19th century records

In my related question about finding parish records in Saxony, Germany lejonet reminded me about other resources for Werdau in the Family History Catalog. The Family History Library has resident ...
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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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What is German translation of this Marriage record written in Kurrent?

I have an photo of a computer showing a scan of a marriage register for the household shown in this answer which is also written in German using Kurrent style of cursive: I'd like to know what the ...
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Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate

This is related to: Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate I am trying to decipher this cause of death. The added complication is ...
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Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate

This is a follow on from: Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate This is the first part of my Great Great Grandmothers death ...
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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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How can I find out the name of this street?

The image below comes from a page from the 1940 US Census: (Full size image here.) The page header from the Census is a poor scan. While I can make out the location as Washington DC, I'm unsure as ...
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Reading comment in 1825 baptism register?

I'm trying to read the comment that has been added above the curate's signature in the final column of an 1825 baptism record from Lancaster Priory: It relates to a second entry that appears a few ...
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Meaning of “dofhoadayne” in 1648 Will of William Noake from Longburton, Dorset, England?

The man I believe to be my 9th great grandfather William Noake wrote his Will on 2 Jan 1648 at Longburton, Dorset, England, and a cropped image from very near the beginning of that document appears ...
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Making it easier to read scans of records when other side of page bleeds through?

Sometimes the scans of parish registers and other old records show “bleed-through” from the other side of the page. Is there something I can do to make these images easier to read? Here are some ...
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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

I cannot read this name, which is the name of one of the older sisters of my great-grandfather. It is supposed to be a german female name. This was written in 1878. Sample of handwriting by the same ...
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What is written in this excerpt from a Manifest of Alien Passengers for the US arriving at Providence?

I'm having difficulties reading a field from a specific column from a List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival In this case Port of ...
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Reading a Canadian 'Oceans Arrival' form completed in 1924

I'm studying the FAN club of John Stanley Wright (mentioned at Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)) in an attempt to narrow down the date range for his ...
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What does location Boshte mean?

I've got a Status Animarium from Ljubljana in the early 1800s written in German using Kurrent handwriting and it lists a birth location as ditto Boshte, underlined in red, but I don't understand what ...
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Translating German/Latin in German marriage record from 1706?

Can anyone here help me decipher the salacious comments on this marriage record? I get the main points. On April 6, 1706, my x-great grandfather's brother Christoph (of Untertürkheim, Württemberg) ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Williams in World War I photograph (1917)?

Recently, I was able to obtain an image of a page from my grandmother's 1917 autograph book. Her name was Gwenyth Jean Stacy (born 16 Dec 1902 at St Peters, Adelaide, South Australia) and at the time ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Bennett in World War I photograph (1917)?

For more background to this question please see Identifying Australian soldier named Williams in World War I photograph (1917)? This is a photograph of what I believe to be an Australian soldier from ...
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Reading remarks from Royal Hospital, Chelsea record from early 19th century?

The below picture is cropped from an image at Ancestry.com's UK, Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Regimental Registers of Pensioners, 1713-1882: It relates to my 4th great grandfather Edmund Rouse who has ...
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What does Orring County North Carolina mean in Quaker records?

These pages from the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting records in North Carolina have several entries that refer to Orring County: Sarah Wright daughter of John & Rachel Wright was; born in North ...
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What is the spelling of this hand written name?

The 31 Dec 1814 marriage of Moses Ragan and Miss Polly Walker in Nelson, Kentucky, United States shown here states: Know all men by these presents, that we Moses Ragan & Charles Walker are held ...
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Who officiated at this baptism? (need help with handwriting)

This image was clipped from a baptism register that is part of the Devon Parish records at Find My Past. These are baptisms performed in the Year 1888-9 at Slapton, St James the Greater (snippet is ...
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Reading a will to get land information?

This is the will of William Linley. I am trying to work out what land he owned and where it went when he died. The property was in Oldbury (probably on-the-hill, rather than on-severn) in Glos. ...
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Reading surname in 1873 diary from Fullarton, South Australia?

I am currently transcribing the 1873 Diary of my 3rd Great Grandfather Thomas Hitchcox who lived at Fullarton (suburb of Adelaide), South Australia, when he wrote it. The image below contains a ...
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Transcribing Spanish text (and translating into English) on Death Certificate

My Great Grandfathers death certificate has this entry: I can make out some of the words but not all of them and would appreciate assistance in determining an accurate translation into English for my ...
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What are the names in this Status Animarum from Slovenia?

I have a Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 12 in the Šentrupert parish records stored at Ljubljana diocese in Austro-Hungarian Empire (present day Slovenia). The third line matches the birth date of ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about Unions and First Names

We are nearly complete with transcribing the lunacy case notes for my ancestor. I could not have done it without everyone's help and it has been interesting learning a few things along the way. I ...
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What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 13?

Here is a German Status Animarum for the Mali Cirnik 13 (Kleinz Zirnik) household in the Šentrupert parish in the early 1800s. I've added what I think are the names and dates as written in German, ...
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Interpreting 17th century German church record?

I'm an amateur genealogist and I have browsed through 17th and 18th century German church records in pursuit of my ancestry and I am now stuck. Background My sources come from: https://www.archion....
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Did the spelling of this surname change or is it misread?

I have several examples of this same surname over time as shared in this answer for a marriage record. Oldest example in Kurrent handwriting (around 1800): Groom of the marriage in 1837: Father of ...
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What is this first name for Gregorčič witness to marriage?

I have a marriage record from 1837 written in German with a groom's witness with surname Gregorčič (written Gregorzhizh in German). It appears close to Anton but that doesn't quite work to my eye, so ...
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How can I read and interpret old Danish script?

Normally I take script and put it into Google Translate. The problem is I can't read this script. It is legible however, this baptismal record is from 1706 and I don't have any experience with really ...
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