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Where to begin with British, French, and Belgian ancestry?

I have just recently began my search to find my family history. I traced back using the family tree app my great, great, great great Grandfather; Benoit (Benedict) Spennewyn, but cannot seem to get ...
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Finding UK deportation records for 1923 for Julius Brust

Julius Brust was Russian by birth. He was convicted in 1923 of arson and Served 4 years imprisonment in UK, and then deported to Poland. Where can I find records of that deportation?
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Becoming Australian citizens after British ancestors came to Australia?

Between 23 Aug 1849 and 4 Mar 1880, 28 of my direct ancestors (10 x 3rd great grandparents, 16 x 2nd great grandparents and 2 x great grandparents) emigrated from England, Scotland and Wales to South ...
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Deportees from Australia to UK early 1900's

I am trying to confirm the claim that a relative was deported form Australia back to UK in the early 1900's. I can find any number of sources for people being transported from UK to Australia but ...
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Where can you find UK marriage records post 2005?

Trying to trace descendants of soldiers who fought with my father in Burma in WW2 and need to find marriage records for granddaughters of one such soldier but can only find marriage records up to 2005....
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Sharing DNA record between two ancestry accounts

My DNA record is in my Australian account and I have activated a UK ancestry account, how do I get the UK account to recognise the DNA record in my Australian account. The reason I did this is because ...
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Finding records of Army Service pre-1841 in England

I am researching my 3G GF James Vincent. I have what looks like his baptism (2 Feb 1779, Wilton Wiltshire), and I have found him in the 1841 census living just outside Salisbury, occupation is 'Army ...
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WW2 Royal Navy Patrol service records mystery

I have a copy of my Great Uncle's sevice record and I'm really stuck on finding out one of the base/ship he is listed as serving with. He sadly died due to illness while on active service in 1943 and ...
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Finding WWII Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Records?

Are there any records for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? Albert George Adcock was in the RFA at Chatham about 1934 he was posted to Hong Kong and was captain of the Navy tug "Enticer". He was drowned at ...
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Why would my grandmother's surname only be founded in 1875?

I have been exploring the various ancestries in my family and all of them can be traced quite far back, except for one. My grandmother's ancestry can be traced no further back than the late 1800s, and ...
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Committed for Postnatal Depression 1930-40?

Scenario: 1930-40's UK. A new mother "Mary" (fake name) was institutionalised in an "asylum" for what the records state to be "postnatal depression". The records frustratingly do not elaborate ...
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St. John's in St. Mary's

For the situation listed at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/9477351f-6383-4ccc-a986-0d6f22a9c904: St. John's lay in the ecclesiastical parish of St. Mary's but was neither a ...
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United Kingdom 1921 census example forms and guidance

I'm preparing for the release during 2022 of the UK 1921 census records (England & Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). [Note: there was no census taken of Northern Ireland ...
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Passenger manifests - internal sailings uk?

Being ignorant of these matters I presume a list/timetable of sailings still exists. from this I might be able to shortlist any sailing that might give me the information I'm searching for. Firstly, ...
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Record of 2/10 Baluch Regiment soldier in the British archives?

My grandfather served in 2/10 Baluch Regiment, under British Army during the 2nd World War. What was the fate of those who were loyal to the British? Any record details with British Army HQ?
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Where can I find early-20th century residence and trade information in the United Kingdom?

I'm trying to fill in the gaps between the records I already have about William Henry Cole, born in Slapton, Devon, England around 1890, died in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. The relevant part of ...
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Does anyone know where Gilford, Yorkshire is / was?

I found the census entry below and I read the place of birth for William Thacker as Gilford, Yorkshire. I have been unable to find a location for this or anything similar. Does anyone have any ...
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Finding S.S. Merion Passenger List sailing from Liverpool in 1904

My grandfather's "Declaration of Intention" states he came to the United States aboard the S.S. Merion, sailing from Liverpool, in 1904. I have hit a brick wall trying to find the ship's ...
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What were UK reserved occupations during World War 2?

In the United Kingdom, men in certain essential occupations were exempt from military service in World War 2. Which occupations were reserved? Is there an accesible list or reference book I could ...
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Fact type to enter for the 1939 Register?

For each person, I usually enter each census as a fact in my software, to keep track of who I've identified in each census. However when it comes to the UK 1939 Register this becomes problematic. ...
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Is surname Ede of Northern European origin and rare in England?

I am trying to identify my British great-grandfather. I have investigated him in Japan and narrowed the candidates down to eight. I then checked those eight candidates in detail; seven of them seem ...
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Seeking 1841/1851 Census Records for Ryle Holme, perhaps in Manchester, England?

I am interested in Ryle Holme who is the uncle of C.Z. Ede, a candidate for my great-grandfather, who I have asked about in a number of previous questions. He was greatly concerned with the Meiji ...
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Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns?

I have located a record for Alfred Clarke in the United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records. The TNA record series number is WO 97, and the original images are available at Find My Past. ...
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Index for Abney Park Cemetery London UK?

Does anyone know if the above cemetery has ever been indexed and if so is there an online database available either free or subscribed?
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Are adoption records for the U.K. available for 1892?

In the 1980's I requested a birth record for my grandpa from the U.K. post office in London. The researcher couldn't find his name or anything like it for that year or for several years before or ...
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What documents were needed for a woman to register to vote in UK elections after 1918

This is a UK-related question, relating to the search for my grandmother's birth records. She lived between the late 1870s and 1946. I have found her mentioned in censuses from 1881 to 1911, and I ...
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How to lookup a UK census reference

I have the parameters of a UK census page in a citation and I would like to go directly to it in Ancestry. However, I cannot find the feature any more. For instance, series=RG13 (i.e. 1901), piece=...
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Are the Shoreditch Board of Guardians records for St. Leonards Workhouse online anywhere?

I'm trying to find information on someone who was born in October 1910 at 204 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch (London, UK) which I have come to learn was the St. Leonards workhouse and hospital. The short ...
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Seeking Royal Navy or Merchant Navy records of Arctic Convoys during World War 2?

How do I find my father's records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
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How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
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What are some possible reasons that a father's name is missing from a birth certificate - England?

I posted a previous question about my great-grandmother before but I ordered her birth certificate from the New GRO index https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/indexes_search.asp However, ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Kindertransport was an operation to save Jewish children from Germany and occupied countries in 1938 and 1939. Almost 10,000 children were transported to the UK through this program. While I have ...
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Finding UK immigration record for Isaac Gabriel of Russia?

I have located Isaac in the 1871 census, 29 years old and resident in London. He was not included in the 1861 census so I have concluded that he arrived in uk sometime between 1861and 1871. He became ...
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Finding immigration and surname record russia to Leeds uk

My great grandfather Jacob Masson came to Leeds in c.1900 from Odessa area i think in Russia, now Ukraine. I would like to find out his original surname and any passenger and immigration records. ...
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Searching for UK records when only minimal information to go on?

I'm trying to search for more information on a relative, but I'm a bit stumped. I'm trying to find information prior to her marriage which was in 1912. The only information I have of any certainty ...
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Estimating delivery time of GRO's new PDF format?

I have ordered a death certificate over the new PDF format from the GRO the other day and have been given an estimate date of 15th for it to be sent to my email; that's 5 working days. Can anyone who ...
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British War Medal

Could you tell me where I might apply for my grandfather's British War Medal his name is John Percy Blackburn, he joined the NREF in Murmansk 1918 Middlesex Regiment and was a 2nd lieutenant?
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How many British men and women were serving in the Boer War at the time of the 1901 census?

I have several young men and women who I cannot trace on the British 1901 census, despite numerous and extensive efforts. While there are a number of reasons why I might not be able to find them, one ...
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Understanding BWD Acronym in genealogy diagrams?

What does the acronym 'BWD' mean when it follows a name in a genealogy diagram? I can't seem to find this explanation anywhere.
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Understanding my father's Army service records (1946-1948)

I have obtained the army service records for my father (he did his national service between 1946 and 1948.) Not unexpectedly, the documents contain a wealth of abbreviations (or possibly acronyms) ...
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What did a 'chemist' do in the 1920s?

My great-aunt Susan Jane Wright declared her occupation as chemist/chemistry when she arrived in Canada from the UK on at least two occasions in the 1920s. Given the family background, I'm pretty ...
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What is Census occupation named Folder Work?

A Census record for London from 1901 includes “Folder Work” as the occupation of a 15-year-old boy. (What is possibly the same individual a decade later was occupied as a “Malsters Labourer”.): The ...
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Looking for John Ward, father of James Spencer Ward

I'm looking for a John Ward, father of James Spencer Ward. James Spencer Ward was born in Wrenbury, Cheshire some time in the 1830s. On James' wedding certificate to Mary Davies in Chester in 1864, ...
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Finding William Hudson Minnick from USA who in 1920 married Cecilia Mallon in Liverpool, UK?

I am researching my ancestor William Hudson Minnick who has this timeline. He may have been born in Iowa. He married my grandmother Cecilia Mallon in Liverpool, UK in 1920. The marriage certificate: ...
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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?

I have a relative who was serving in British Mandate Palestine, who in 1946 married a local woman in Jaffa. I have the marriage certificate from the GRO, but would there exist any records in Israel, ...
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Reading occupations in 1841 UK census for James Nichols and his father William?

I can not read either occupations on this 1841 UK census date for James Nichols and his father William Nichols, can somebody else read it? I can not find any occupations starting with PIN that match ...
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How to research German WWII prisoners of war in British captivity?

At the end of World War II, many German military units tried to avoid Soviet captivity by turning west and surrendering to western allied forces. While a simple request to the German Red Cross (...
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Where to find Land Girl Sources?

I have recently discovered through a relative that my late aunt was a Land Girl in Lincolnshire during WW2, a member of the Women's Land Army. Although there is a lot of good information about the ...
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What is this place in County of York on UK War Office Marriage Record?

I am indexing an image on FamilySearch for UK War Office Registers, Soldier Records, 1772-1935. This text in this image is the place of a marriage that took place on Dec, 11, 1825. I can make out the ...
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What does schedule number mean on 1939 Register?

What do the schedule numbers on each record represent on the 1939 Register?