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Take a punch at this (or...identifying a boxer?)

The "B" page of "Find your boxing ancestors" on boxinghistory.org.uk lists several Butlers but only three with the first initial "G" (as his shorts appear to be monogrammed "GB"). The first of these, ...
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Privacy restrictions for ordering death certificates in England?

First I feel obligated to say that there is no such thing as a UK death certificate. There are death certificates for England & Wales, then there are death certificates from Scotland, and there ...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

Adrian is correct -- as he suggested in the earlier answer, we can find some clues in Marian L. Smith's Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations. Let's look at the two lines you are most ...
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Did bigamous marriages need to be annulled?

Professor Rebecca Probert ("a leading authority on the history of marriage law and practice in England and Wales" to quote the blurb on her book) has written a useful book: Divorced, Bigamist, ...
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Finding record of immigration to Argentina from Spain?

I have great news for you. :) A 24 years old single man called Pedro Penalba Agueda arrived in Buenos Aires on 1930/03/18. The ship was "Conte Rosso". You can run the search here: https://cemla.com/...
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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (https://genealogy.org.il) is in the process of indexing marriage and divorce records from the British Mandate period. You can search their database and see ...
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What is the name of the sister and what is the town in this passenger list?

I think it might be Kovel. This link will also help. It says: "Volinsky = Volhynia. Prior to WW I, this was a province wholly within Russia. Between 1921 and WW II, it was split in half with the ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I had a quick look for the tricycle. I found a few similar ones on ebay and such, without any firm date information. The most useful example appears to be this auction for an "Antique Vintage Wooden ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

I don't think this is a comprehensive answer, but I will outline my process for dealing with record hints on services which offer them like Ancestry and Find My Past. Assemble all the information you ...
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Finding a town in Russia-Poland from 1910

I've left in my wrong turns below on purpose, to show the process of genealogical research and how to build evidence. This manifest is both correct and a red herring. It led me to some hypotheses ...
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Finding 1910 map of Russia?

Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe is a great site. If you are looking for a place in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Eastern Poland and Western Belarus, the topographic maps published by the Prussian ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Yesterday, online records related to the Kindertransport children became available through FindMyPast: This is a fascinating collection of digitised government documents relating to the ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

If your father lived in New York, there may be limits on how much information you have access to because of privacy restrictions. I think this is a case where you will be much better off hiring a ...
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Cannot find the town of Yobeneks, Russia

I checked my favorite town database for any appropriate towns in Eastern Europe starting with "Yob…" or "Job…" and came up blank. I also searched for any towns that ended in "…neks" or "…necks" and ...
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Children born overseas to British Subjects -- what is their citizenship status?

The page linked to in the answer by user3310902 discusses a particular court case, and the status of children born abroad to British parents isn't discussed there. However that page provided the ...
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What occupation is a "bottom puller"?

A bottom puller is an occupation in the manufacturer of shoes, so someone who worked on the soles of the shoes, but not likely in the assembly but literally making of the soles. It was likely someone ...
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How were non-Catholic births/weddings/deaths recorded in Mexico City (about 1926)

Civil Registration was around in Mexico from 1859 and enforced pretty well from 1867 onwards. The couple could therefore have registered their marriage legally outside the Catholic church. Actually, ...
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Bathing registers?

Searching for 'bathing registers' revealed this listing from The National Archives' catalog, describing part of RG 173 from the Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch: 173 - Suffolk Record Office, ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

"Ostroweic" doesn't seem like a plausible name in Polish language, very likely it is "Ostrówiec" or "Ostrowice". There is dozens of villages all over Poland with that name, including one relatively ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

Common names are always difficult because there are so many false positives. With such a common name as Thomas Jones, I would not search public death records or look for the death certificate until ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

Service records for those who served during the 20th century are held by the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) (part of the US National Archives in St Louis). ...
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Finding records of ancestor who died in London in 1948?

I did some hopefully-not-too-creepy sleuthing, but starting with your birth index record it was relatively straightforward to establish your mother's name, her marriage, and find her birth record. In ...
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Locating Hungary Civil Registration original indexes?

If you're willing to put in a little time and effort, it's possible you don't need the indexes. You linked to the Hungary Civil Registration collection here: https://www.familysearch.org/search/...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

Bad news: you very likely can't get access to a NYC birth certificate from someone who is not your parent from the 1943-1947 time period. Good news: you can check the NYC birth index and confirm that ...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

This image is from the unit muster for whichever unit he was in at the time. It is a chronological record of who was in the unit at the time. The muster is created when the unit is formed and then ...
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What records might be created in England when people are re-interred?

"Would a vicar enter a burial if no burial took place?" Possibly. I have seen (and started) more than one thread about exactly what the meaning of an entry in a burial register is. The "obvious" ...
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Finding late 1930's ship departures from the Port of San Francisco?

Jan Murphy's answer focused on resources. Mine is more about questions that may spark research paths. They may not all be answerable: Return to Europe, first "sent away by train" - How far did they ...
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Where can I find early-20th century residence and trade information in the United Kingdom?

Re the period in Rock Ferry: Trade Directories for Cheshire can be found on the Cheshire Archives & Local Studies site - their scanned images of trade directories look useful as there are three ...
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What German provinces were recorded in the 1920 Census?

You quoted the instructions to enumerators (previously in your question; now in the self-answer). That gives you what SHOULD have been recorded. Before 1918, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) did not ...
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