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For questions about ancestors or records in the UK. If the question is about a specific country within the UK – England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland – use the more specific country tag instead. The full name of the UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island. Prior to independence in 1922, Ireland was also part of the UK.

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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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Finding UK record(s) of British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s?

My great-grandfather is British. He was in Japan during the 1890s working with trade. His wife's name is Kogiku. The couple had three sons. My great-grandfather is thought to have returned to ...
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Validating Merchant Navy records?

My first post, apologies if I break protocol. My grandfather's name was Thomas John Hegarty, born Queenstown 26th June 1887. I was tracing his naval record and came across a record from 'another' ...
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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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Finding Passenger Lists for Det forenede Dampskibs-Selskab A/S (DFDS) steamships, particularly from Denmark to UK in 1913?

Background Many Europeans who immigrated to the US traveled through the UK. A Danish company called Det forenede Dampskibs-Selskab A/S (abbreviated DFDS) was frequently used to reach the UK from ...
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Finding the burial place of British service members killed in WW2

I am trying to find out where my granddad is buried. He was a Corporal with the Lancashire Fusiliers serving in the second World War.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to determine Royal Navy Reserves (RNR) service record number of particular individual?

What was my father’s service record number? His details: A/Surgeon Lt-Cdr Eric Edwin Kingsley Kilvert, RNR. He joined up in Feb 1940 at Chatham (HMS Pembroke)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reason for Discharge from British Army

I have a person who was discharged from the British Army "discharged under para 1805 (iii) (4)". Anyone know what that means, or where I can find the text of that regulation (preferably online)?

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