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Understanding baptism entry in 1718 from Rockensüß

I'm trying to understand this baptism entry: I have transcribed it to read: d. 28. ejusd. h. mat. 1. Joh. Märtin Christoph. mit Cath. Schweitzer alh. in ein ehlichtes erz. Söhnl. n. Joh.n. Märtin ...
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Does the word 'foreign' apply to Irish in Bishop's transcripts from English Baptism records 18th century

I'm researching English records and came across a Bishop's transcript of a baptism in Worcestershire. The year is 1789. The records says: "Sarah daughter of Samuel and Mary Brooks Foreign"....
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Transcribing place of occupation (Coal Pit) and information about it

I am trying to determine the Coal Pit where Samuel Harris was stated to have been working on 13 Feb 1877 in Irvine. I can make out: Samuel Harris Engineman at Bay? Coal Pit I tried to google it (eg: ...
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Transcribing testimonial

I am attempting to transcribe a testimonial for a grandaunt of my wife: So far, I have come up with the following: University of London Courtauld Institute of Art 20 Portman Square, London, W.I. ...
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Decipher Handwritten cause of death 25yr old male 1918

I cannot make out first word in cause of death right before “intestinal obstruction” also the contributor line. Can anyone read it?
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Who did Hanß Burckhardt marry in Madelungen in 1659?

Unfortunately, I cannot read the name of the woman Hanß Burckhardt married here, in Madelungen in 1659. Can anyone make out either of her names here?
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Interpreting parentage in a 17th century German marriage record when the father is not mentioned

It's been my experience over the past year of reviewing ~500 years of marriage records from the same town that in the later 1600s through the earlier 1800s they almost always used the same rough ...
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Reading Johann Wilhelm's surname and father's profession

I'm trying to parse this text: As near as I can read it, Johann Wilhelm's last name was Graun? And his father, Johann Georg Graun[?] was a "Bürger und Schwein[dnenifter?]" - citizen and ...
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Reading name of father on German baptism record for Maria Magdalena Burkhardt Langenheld

The excerpt here is from the baptism record of Maria Magdalena Burkhardt Langenheld, an illegitimate birth in 1779. It transcribes as "(...)inn Langenheldin, durch [?] er zeugtes Töchterlein, ...
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Who did Emerich Braunschweig marry?

This is the church book entry for my 11ggf Emerich Braunschweig's marriage, in 1593. It is in German. Unfortunately, I can't make out anything legible here other than his name. I'm hoping that ...
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Transcription of baptism record handwriting

I am having trouble deciphering some of this baptism record. It seems to be a match for a William John Gifford, whose parents were William and Lydia, servants in Belgravia. I think there's a small ...
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Transcription of an 1835 will entry in Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills record

I have transcribed the will of a likely ancestor in a tree I am building for a friend, but can't get one last word. Can anyone tell me what the word is? It is just three words from the end, between &...
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Identify the first letter in this surname on a German birth certificate

This is an extract from my great-grandfather's birth certificate. The official had suprisingly nice and clear hand-writing, but I have trouble identifying the first letter in my great-great-...
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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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Reading place-names in 1906 Denmark Census image?

This question has been split off from Reading religion column in 1906 Denmark Census image? Can anyone assist me to finish off reading the details of this 1906 Danish census? The image is from ...
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Reading occupation in 1906 Denmark Census image?

This question has been split off from Reading place names in 1906 Denmark Census image? Can anyone assist me to finish off reading the details of this 1906 Danish census? The image is from ...
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Reading religion column in 1906 Denmark Census image?

For ease of answering I have split this question into 3 separate questions. Can anyone assist me to finish off reading the details of this 1906 Danish census? The image is from FamilySearch who cite ...
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Should a transcript appear in both the media and the citation?

Take this media entry: As you can see, I added it as a transcript. And take this citation: I have added the transcript in both places.
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I find The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va., from 1653 to 1812 that reads in part: Sarah Trigg ye dautr of Daniell & Susannah Trigg baptz 26th of Xemb. 1686 I'm guessing ...
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Reading words on old document relating to share of Will?

I was just given this old document by my grandmother. It is a document relating to a share of a Will in which her grandmother was mentioned (Emily Pynn nee Hughes). There are a few words I cannot make ...
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Best practices for producing document abstracts or summaries?

I usually transcribe documents or manuscripts in full so that I do not miss important details. However, often these documents ramble on for pages and pages of legal jargon, so it is useful to produce ...
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Did Edward Buten change his name from Edward Bulen?

For several years I have hit a dead end with one branch of my family tree. My Great Grandfather Edward Buten married by Great Grandmother Elizabeth Mary Ann Dunnington in 1893 at the Islington ...
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What does this Y symbol abbreviate in a Quaker birth record?

You can view the document here: http://sharing.ancestry.com/5447249?h=386203 For each birth, it reads something like this example: Mary Wright (Daughter of James Wright & Mary his wife) was ...
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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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What tools are available to support transcription on Mac OS X?

I am looking for software that helps me to transcribe scanned documents. I am aware of two solutions, GenScriber (Windows, Linux) and Transcript (Windows). Is there something like that for Mac OS X? ...
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Where is the transcription effort for various census and other large record sets documented?

I am looking for a description of the process that was used to transcribe data in the various censuses (US, UK, etc.). I would like to know some basic statistics about the process: When was it done ...
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Where can I get help transcribing and translating Danish records?

I do a lot of research in Danish parish registers, and often find these hard to read. I'd like to find a website where I can submit an image of a record and get help transcribing and translating it. ...
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Copyright Issues with Content Providers

Many people are, or have been, confused by the T&C's of the online content providers regarding copyright and sharing. Some of these seem excessively stringent. This question relates specifically ...
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What criteria should I look for to publish my cemetery records online?

I have several complete cemetery headstone transcriptions and some additional partial cemeteries. None appear to be indexed online. What criteria from free sites or free content on paid sites should I ...
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