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What is this place in County of York on UK War Office Marriage Record?

It says "Leeds in the County of York"
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What is written over some of these Irish birth records?

I can't read the script yet. But we can say what it meant - if you look at the vertical annotation to the right, it explains that the registrations were cancelled because the qualification of the ...
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Lunacy - what does it mean?

While the exact diagnosis is almost certainly impossible without data from elsewhere that probably doesn't exist, we should at least attempt to see how the words were used at that time. Anyone ...
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Identifying cause of death on Scottish record

Paralysis. Determining the underlying cause is pure speculation, but suffice it to say that the person had some sort of neurologic disorder. Causes could range from trauma to infectious or ...
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What newspapers/magazines would people have used in Solloghodmore Ireland around 1850?

Most countries have what was called a "Union List of Newspapers", published by their National Library. These are now being migrated to online catalogues and databases. As SOLLOGHODMORE is in ...
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Providing evidence of Consent of Parents for Marriage by minor in England in early 1800s?

The rules had been set out in Hardwicke's Marriage Act 1753. The Act required that, for a marriage to be valid, it had to be performed in a church and either after the publication of banns or the ...
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What does house number "Bk" mean? (19th century UK rate books)

Bk will be an abbreviation of "Back" likely meaning that it's the rear part of a back-to-back house. In some areas (particularly Birmingham) such houses were commonly built around courtyards ...
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What is German translation of this Marriage record written in Kurrent?

Header in Gothic typeface & German language; some words use archaic spelling: [Seite] 114, Trauungs=Buch Jahr Monath und Tag der Trauung. Bräutigam -Wohnort -Haus Nro. -Taufnahme [sic], Familien=...
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Was this common usage of "mother-in-law" in late 19th century in US census?

Consider that the "mother-in-law" could actually be a stepmother. It would not be unusual for those two terms to be used interchangeably. Also consider that mistakes happen, and it may not ...
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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

I also found it useful to have this PDF around for comparing the letters. The benefit being you can zoom it in quite a bit: https://feefhs.org/sites/default/files/guide/german-gothic.pdf Once you get ...
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Records of miners in the California Gold Rush?

When we can't find a person in a collection of historical records, or don't have enough information to know if it is our ancestor or not, it helps to widen the search -- and the same is true for ...
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Death of an American in Paris

If you are only looking for the date, you can search online the City of Paris civil registry reconstituted books. Select Acte de décès (Death record) for Type d'acte, enter the last name of your ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

We probably can't prove that "Soldier Matthew" is the same as "Family Matthew", but we can seek to demonstrate that they are not the same person. If, for example, the military records show that ...
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What circumstances could lead to these birth registrations?

The crux of this question is what does the "-" in the Mother's Maiden Surname column on the new GRO indexes mean? The fact that there is a dash in the index does not mean there is a dash in the birth ...
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What happened to the 1896 London census records?

In a presentation at USCIS, historian Marian Smith answered a similar question by going through the correspondence for the agencies involved in order to trace what happened to the records. Just as ...
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An explanation for unusual birth record

Chatham Dockyard was one of the main Royal Navy Dockyards. As a rope-maker, it's certainly possible that he was working there. You might want to look at Records of Royal Naval dockyard staff to see ...
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What are the names in this Status Animarum from Slovenia?

The page is written in German, in the Kurrent handwriting style 12. Joseph Gregorzhizh Klein=Zirnik 13. März '802 Weib [=wife], Maria Jurglizh 8. Dec. '805 Sohn [=son], Franz ...
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What is the meaning of the cross symbol I see added to individuals in Status Animarium records?

Generally, a cross preceeding or following a name indicates "deceased". If there is a date, it is "died on" (that date). Both styles were used over centuries of records, although my subjective ...
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Finding British militia records?

The answers, such as they are, are probably available only at Kew with the Muster Books and Pay Lists (that's one document produced every quarter, usually). See TNA Guide on Militia The problem is ...
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What proportion of the births or baptisms of children were recorded in early nineteenth century England?

There have been a number of attempts to estimate these values, knowing that it is very challenging to count things that didn't happen. A good summary of available statistics is given in The ...
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Finding out what church a 19th century English family belonged to?

I would first caution: In searching for his baptism record, you could be searching for something which simply has never existed. Baptism was neither a legal nor cultural imperative in the 1860s in ...
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What is written over some of these Irish birth records?

Great explanation from @AdrianB38! It appears to me that the script reads, "Tabulate."
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How to interpret this19th century Ukrainian Jewish birth index result?

The normal way that JewishGen represents Ukrainian birth records is like this: where in the second column, the top box contains the father's name (Ber) above the father's father's name (Perel). So ...
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Name Changes in New York City during 1830s?

For an overview and timeline for New York Law, see the New York State Archives' research guide Naturalization and Related Records: Records of Name Changes. If you're looking for a formal legal ...
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