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What is the first word in this baptism record?

Imprimis is Latin for "firstly". The word commonly appears in lists in parish registers and wills, preceding the first item.
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What was the weather like?

Newspapers are the obvious source but thin out as one gets further back. One resource that is clearly a labour of love, records Historical Weather Events in the UK, collected (it looks like) from a ...
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Were bodies shipped overseas to be buried?

It would have been very uncommon, if it ever happened, in the 1600s. And if it did happen, I imagine it would have only have been for a person of significant wealth or importance. The journey across ...
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Why might name Ferdinando be found in early 17th century Cornwall baptisms?

According to the Oxford Dictionary of First Names: Ferdinand ♂ From a Spanish name, originally Ferdinando (now Hernán), which is of Germanic (Visigothic) origin, derived from farð ‘journey’ (or ...
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Interpreting 17th century German dates?

original, probably an exact transcript of the church register entry "verm. 2. post trin. 1649" with abbreviations expanded, German and Latin "vermahlt 2. [Sonntag] post Trinitatis 1649" ...
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Married couple presented for fornication in Nottinghamshire (1631)?

I am speaking from my experience of Scottish records but I have no reason to suspect that the practice was greatly different in England. In Scotland, couples were frequently rebuked for ante-nuptial ...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Oooh, I like this question. And I have data to contribute! This data set is from the Israel Genealogy Research Association's "All Israel Database" (http://genealogy.org.il/AID/index.php) which, as ...
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Reading entry from Quarter Sessions Order Book of Dorset, England 1682-1693?

Building on the previous answer, the section is headed: Recogn' contin' Respect' & capt' apud ult' sess' (roughly translated: recognizances respited and taken at the last sessions) The ...
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Reading entry from Quarter Sessions Order Book of Dorset, England 1682-1693?

The text is indeed Latin, although most words are English names, and some other words are English as well. What I read is this: Arthurus Bewcy de holnest agij. pro b.b. pro b.g. This agij could ...
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Meaning of Latin phrase "matr. contraxerunt" on 1642 Cornwall marriage record?

As this is Cornwall we have the advantage that images of the original registers are available on Familysearch, and after a bit of digging I found the relevant page. The transciption is pretty much as ...
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Determining which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot, Cornwall, England, in 1688?

Parish registers can only get you so far. You need to look at other sources. My first tack would be wills and probate since they often contain very useful genealogical information. A quick search of ...
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How to interpret Samuel Trigg in Early Virginia Immigrants repeated entries?

Let's look at the nature of the source first, using the Evidence Analysis Process Map, keeping in mind the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard and other good genealogical practices. On the EE ...
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What might "biblical" names for Abel/Foot and Noake children in 17-18th Century Devon indicate?

Biblical names may not necessarily signify non-conformist affiliations. There are certainly cases, even before non-conformism was around, where Biblical names more likely signified stronger than ...
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What might "biblical" names for Abel/Foot and Noake children in 17-18th Century Devon indicate?

Hmm - I think the answer might be "It seemed like a good idea at the time" more often than we care to imagine. My Pickstock families from mid-Cheshire in the 1800s seem to like to use more unusual ...
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What was the weather like?

You could try seeking any diaries from your time and place of interest. It is for a different hemisphere and different century but I am lucky enough to have an 1873 diary written by my 74 year old ...
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What was the weather like?

Not a perfect answer, but the Met Office has made historical data available here as part of the OpenGov scheme. It only goes back to 1853 so it doesn't cover your 17th-18th century criterion and ...
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Does "Mr" in a marriage record indicate a minister? (Or, did Rev James Nasmyth marry Lady Gordinstoun?)

This is the image from the source linked in your question: I retweeted your question during a chat today, and Fergus Smith at http://www.oldscottish.com/ kindly gave this answer (you can see from the ...
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Who was William Chittel (Chettle) of Studley?

It sounds like you and your friend have already made considerable effort in dating the clock. I won't question the expertise of whoever suggested it "dates to about 1635" and was "almost certainly ...
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Translating 1612 Dutch marriage record

I got a translation. For the record: The first the 7th July 1612 The second the 14th July 1612 The third the 21st of July 1612 Are married before Frans Adriaensz. van Leewen and ...
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What relation could godson be, and brothers of another surname?

A godson does not have to be any relation at all to his godparents, and often is not. I would think a godson is unlikely to also be a son-in-law, given godparents are named at the time of baptism (...
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Identifying difficult words in 1651 will?

Kayer = A coarse sieve used to winnow corn (separate large from small) https://books.google.com/books?id=tUYOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA31&dq=kayer++corn+-layer&hl=en&sa=X&ved=...
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Who was William Chittel (Chettle) of Studley?

An index to "Clocks Magazine" reports: Chittel, William, of Studley, May 2013 p14 Unfortunately the magazine's website is down at present, but the Google cache of it is available. Scroll down ...
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Connecting the Gassmanns of Untertürkheim and Fellbach

Have you done a literature search? (Familienkundlichen Literaturdatenbank, GoogleBooks, WorldCat, etc.) There are several periodical articles and books (in German) that seem to deal with the family ...
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Finding the parents of Guillielmus and Egidius Van Sever?

According to this marriage index (page 61, ) Franciscus Van Sever and Barbara Soetewey married at 27-01-1756, a number mentioned B338 There are no other Van Sever's mentioned in the index, also no "...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Excellent work showing the cross-cultural regularity. Collecting the name data and summarizing it reasonably is a huge amount of work. Thank you for your contribution to public knowledge! ...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Bottom Line: There is some evidence that the tendency for a few given names to dominate is also seen elsewhere in Europe, even if the top names are not John and Mary Evidence Point 1: Lowland ...
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Where is Daniel Trigg from Ancestry Source?

You can find Cavaliers and Pioneers : Vol. 2 1666-1695 Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents in a library near you by looking on Worldcat.org. After that, you can use research guides such as the ...
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