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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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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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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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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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Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel who died in World War 2?

My grandmother's brother was in the Royal Navy during WW2 and was killed. I know very little about him other than his name and I think I have the year he was born. By searching his name - William ...
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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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When (if ever) is it acceptable to drop “shire” from a UK county name?

This question is sparked by an amendment made to a previous question made by ColeValleyGirl (for which I thank her). I "believed" (possibly from seeing it on birth records, but I cannot cite an ...
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Status of Ted Wildy's UK Marriage Witness Index?

In the 1990's, Ted Wildy of New Zealand created an index of marriage witnesses, which had contributions of the names of the witnesses of many marriages in the UK (as well as Australia and New Zealand)....
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Do passenger lists for departures from the UK exist pre 1890?

Findmypast.co.uk has passenger lists for ships departing from the UK beginning in 1890. What about dates before 1890? Do the records exist anywhere? I'm particularly interested in departures to the US ...
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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate Smyth child named after someone from her Osment family?

My 5th great grandparents Sarah Osment and John Smyth married on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon. The ten children I have for them, who appear to have all been christened in or near London, ...
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Applying a corrected relationship to a census on Ancestry

Ancestry.com provide a way of applying per-user corrections to census records. However, this only supports changes to a personal name, place of birth, or date of birth. I would like to report a ...
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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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Where to find records relating to Great Britain's Black Act?

Family story indicates that a John Edmonds, born about 1716 in Wales, was banished to America about 1732 for "dogging a pet deer". Supposedly, he settled around Jamestown, Virginia. Having recently ...
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Interpreting UK Census

On a UK census the 1st column is the Schedule Number. The 2nd column contains the street name or name of house but rarely the house number. Where there are several families living on a street is there ...
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Could 'Annie' be a Pseudonym for Augusta

There is a branch of my paternal grandmother's family that I am currently trying to document. I have a copy of her grandfather's (my great grandfather) birth certificate. I apologise for that rather ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

This question is related to: Should I use the modern (what it is called now) or historical (what it was called) place name? There is no doubt that the standard is to record the name of the place as it ...
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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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Finding World War 2 Royal Naval Reserve Record of Edgar Graham?

My late Paternal Grand-dad, was Edgar Graham, b.1880, Manchester, Lancs. He served in WW1 as an Assistant Engine Room Artificer; reaching Chief E.R.A. towards the end of The War. I have his full ...
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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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Finding World War 2 Army or Navy service record for resident of Sussex, England?

Peter Evelyn Graham was born in 1923 in London and died in 1972 in Sussex. He was in the services but not sure which one: Army records, his name hasn't come up. Navy records have a leading seaman ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Birth Record for Son of Scottish Surgeon Attached to Canadian Regiment During US Occupation

James Davidson, Surgeon, born in Scotland, attached to Royal Canadian Emigrant regiment 1775-1779, and then attached to the 84th regiment from 1781-1785. Official posting (documented) is to Quebec ...
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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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Why did the executor or administrator for somebody dying intestate in UK in 1800s have to pay a bond?

I have received 2 wills in the UK only to find the person died intestate and those responsible for administering their estate had to pay a bond, which is described on a separate printed page. What is ...
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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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Interpreting tours of duty on British Army service records?

More details about this service member are in my question Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns? Alfred Clarke, b. 1840, from Brighton, Sussex, England, ...
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What can I assume from consecutive regimental numbers?

I am researching the military history of my grandfather and his brothers in World War 1. My initial clue was a newspaper cutting from 1917 that identified one of the brothers as the recipient of a DCM ...
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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

My 2x Great Grandfather served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1889 to 1902. I have a copy of his service records. Which I have downloaded from FindMyPast, the images can be found at the bottom of ...
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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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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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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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How do I learn the details about a British Army pension delivery, 1813?

An Irish ancestor, a veteran of 23 years, was discharged from the British Army in 1813 and pensioned (lame arm) as a Sergeant Major. From British Military records I know he enlisted in Loughgilley, ...
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Tracing 20th Century UK family history in Brighton, Sussex, England?

I'm looking for any descendants of a particular gent who resided in Brighton, Sussex, England in 1950. I have the gent's first two initials and surname, and residential (street) address. Can anyone ...
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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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UK census shows visiting family but no owners

I'm researching the history of my house, so technically not genealogical, but it still involves sifting through censuses. The first census (UK census) on which the property appears is from 1881. At ...
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Which ship did my father serve on with RNP 2420

My father (now deceased) served in a Royal Navy Party in 45. RNP 2420 - Force W. How do I find which ship he served on? His number was P/LX 24536. His name was Peter Lornie. He began service in 1940 ...
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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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Why would a regular soldier join a militia? Circa 1795/1800s

Has anyone ever come across an instance where a soldier has left the regular army and joined a militia? I have an ancestor who served with the 3rd or King's Own Regiment of Dragoons in the 1790s on ...
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Did the Army know when somebody in the Reserves died?

I have now obtained my grandfather (TJ)'s Army Records and they're a very interesting read... To put it mildly, he was neither a good soldier nor one who believed in staying with the colours ...
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Getting information from Navy service record if date of death unknown?

I am helping a friend research her father who was born in 1917. The only document she has, of his, is his marriage certificate...giving his name, father's name and name of spouse and profession. ...
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UK death certificate details in 1908

Can anyone tell me what sort of information I will find on an UK death certificate from 1908? I think my great-great-grandfather died in a work house in 1908 and was hoping his death may have been ...
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Can anyone decipher the name of this Royal Navy ship in Beruit in 1861?

Can anyone work out what the name of this ship is for me please it is from the 1861 census reference RG9/4441/232/30 Thanks for any suggestions
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How should I distinguish between the US and UK National Archives?

We have the US National Archives and the UK National Archives. They are both referred to as "the National Archives." What is the most common and well understood way of distinguishing between the two? ...
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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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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?