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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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Reading comment in 1825 baptism register?

The note reads: "According to the Cert[ifica]te of the Rev[eren]d G. Morland transmitted to me 30th August." An Act for the better regulating and preserving Parish and other Registers of Births, ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I may be stating the obvious here, but as the etymology of this abbreviation is not covered in PolyGeo's answer: Xember and its associated abbreviations are using X, the Roman numeral 10, to ...
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Danish printed forms - alphabet?

This is Fraktur script, used in Germanic countries. The text above says Forældrenes Navn, Stand, Haandtering og Bopæl which translates to Parents' Name, Condition, Occupation and Residence If you ...
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Understanding Irish Baptismal registration of Owen Leahy in 19 Aug 1852

First, a note on how to read this page. This documents the baptism and "reception into the church" of multiple people, one per line. Only the first date of each month is fully spelled out, ...
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What are spurious baptisms?

An archaic meaning of spurious was illegitimate. See: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/spurious
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What month does Xemb. mean?

To be more confident that "Xemb. means December" (which I suspect it probably does) you could look at slightly earlier entries in the same set of records for abbreviations like VIIemb., VIIIob./...
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Could Snows X be intersection of Snowsfield and Crucifix Lane, Bermondsey?

I think that the "X" is actually just a poorly formed "F". I looked at the Rocque Map for that part of Bermondsey. Although the map is a little earlier (it's dated 1746), it gives a pretty good idea ...
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

As a fellow rookie, one trick the others haven't mentioned, is to search the marriage registers in the parishes of Thorganby, Nether Poppleton, Fulford and Stillingfleet in the years 1740-1780 for ...
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What is word relating to wife of father in 1759 English (Somerset) baptism record?

It looks like Corfe to me which, as @PolyGeo suggested, is a village near Pitminster.
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Understanding wording of 1720 baptism at Stogumber, Somerset, England?

The "y" is actually a thorn, so the text seems to read: July the 24th a girl that liveth with Stephen Dudderidge called Elizabeth. It is an unusual form of words though.
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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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Birth certificate v Baptism entry

A Guide to Using the Records of Civil Registration from the Society of Genealogists says: The records of civil registration in England & Wales, which commenced on 1 July 1837, relate to the ...
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Finding TNA Discovery catalog entries for digital images on Ancestry?

Using the catalog reference for Alfred and Emily's marriage as a clue, I moved to the next image on Ancestry and looked at the top right corner of the following page: I started from the catalog ...
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Finding source of father's first name on 1713 Staffordshire baptism from FamilySearch index?

It's always worth double-checking to see whether the online image comes from the original register or the Bishop's Transcripts. I've certainly sometimes found that the transcriptions on sites like ...
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How do I determine when to search for non-conformist birth/baptism records?

In my experience, there is no prescribed way to determine whether a search for non-conformist records will be fruitful. You can look at given names in the family. For example, certain biblical names ...
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Finding out what church a 19th century English family belonged to?

First, did he marry? If so, check his marriage certificate. Was the ceremony carried out as CofE, non-conformist, RC, etc...? That might tell you what registers you're going to need to check. Next, ...
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Understanding Cursive Script Irish Baptismal Reg Entry March 1846, accessed via RC Parish Records National Library Ireland

It is Catherine Dignan or possibly its variant Degnan. The same surname is in the next line written more clearly for Bridget Dignan. There is a 1b written at the end of the name which you have to ...
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Was Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer from Weiterode baptised twice?

Note that the record of January 1822 has a small cross beside it. This usually means that the child did not survive very long, and I have seen instances (in Southern Germany) where a separate burial ...
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Meaning of "vous condition" on baptism records from Maine and Canada in Drouin Collection?

The FamilySearch Research Wiki's French Wordlist has this entry: baptisé sous condition = conditionally baptized Could this be the phrase you are seeing? Conditional baptisms are performed where ...
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When, where and to whom was William Henry Rouse born in about 1832 near Truro (or Redruth), Cornwall?

In the 1851 Census there is a William Rouse aged 18 living with his brother-in-law's family. William Hobbs Elizabeth Hobbs (Nee Rouse) Elizabeth Jane Hobbs Kitty Rouse (Mother in law) William Rouse (...
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Proving parents of Thomas Morgan of Tre-bryn, Pencoed, Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales about 1808 were Thomas and Ann?

I also have concerns that any proof which looks at only parish registers and census records meets the standard for a reasonably exhaustive search. To Harry's excellent answer I would add the ...
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Proving parents of Thomas Morgan of Tre-bryn, Pencoed, Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales about 1808 were Thomas and Ann?

The proof has now been substantially improved from its original form, however I will leave the critique below as a (hopefully) useful list of things to think about when trying to locate the correct ...
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Finding out what church a 19th century English family belonged to?

For planning your search, try FamilySearch's England Jurisdictions 1851, a GIS-based system which can be accessed at https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/. The first link leads to the article in the ...
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

The following may be relevant (and should also be available on Ancestry). Reference: PROB 11/1815/360 Description: Will of Robert Fowler, Farmer of Thorganby , Yorkshire Date: 31 May 1833 Held ...
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