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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 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 countries speaking Germanic languages (Germany : German; Denmark : Danish; mid-1800s Norway : Dano-Norwegian; etc.). In your case, the language looks like Danish or ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Meaning of conditional residence in 1871 baptismal record in Kilkenny, Ireland?

Even though (Conditional) is written in the Residence column, I suspect that it is the baptism which is Conditional rather than the residence because the Wikipedia entry for Conditional baptism says: ...
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Where did this baptism take place?

It looks to be Bryn Engan, which is likely to be Capel Bryn Engan in the parish of Llanystumdwy in Caernarfonshire. Coflein describes the place as follows: BRYNENGAN CHAPEL (WELSH CALVINISTIC ...
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Assessing the frequency of surname in an 18th century English parish

According to GENUKI, the population of Rowley Regis parish in 1801 was around 5000 people and it only really started growing in the 1820s. It was presumably a bit lower in the 18th century. That's not ...
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How should I interpret this sequence of records?

I've thought about your question for a while and can't give a definite answer, but I think I can suggest some tentative conclusions and avenues for further investigation. First, to sum up - you know ...
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Would a deceased father be named on his child's baptism record?

Yes, a deceased parent could be named on the baptism record. I have numerous instances of this in my tree. Often, the father was not present at his child's baptism, even if living, due to work or ...
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Translating a handwritten Ireland baptism record

The parish register is in Latin. This is far from unusual in Roman Catholic registers from rural Irish parishes. The Irish Genealogy Toolkit has a useful page on Latin in Irish Catholic parish ...
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