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The name is Agnes. You can compare each of the letters to those shown in this BYU Script Tutorial for German handwriting. I extracted the relevant letters from the alphabet image on that site, and put them together in one image. I've included your image below for easy comparison.


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Very simply, an illegitimate child whose father did not consent to being included on the certificate (from 1875, if the child was illegitimate the father had to be present at the birth registration to be named; before that the mother could name a father but it wasn't verified), or an illegitimate child whose father was 'unknown' would not have a father's ...


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Yes, it is fair to infer that Mary and Sarah were twins. The indexes were compiled quarterly, meaning that children born over nine months apart should appear in different quarters. If one was registered late then they often are entered in the index in the correct quarter as well, with a reference in the margin such as "see Dec '37". The fact that both of ...


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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 informant was not stated. Births and deaths in the English / Welsh registration system, and apparently the Irish I see from the image here, can only be reported by ...


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Here are the questions that I would investigate, that might help determine who this extra household member was: Have you looked at the census page image to verify it was indexed correctly? This is the most frequent issue. Are there any notes in the margin beside this entry, that point to another page or another family? Indexers almost always ignore these, ...


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Coverage of the birth registrations on FreeBMD is given in "Coverage Charts - Births" - these look complete for the years around 1884. However, I am unclear how well the data in Ancestry reflects that on the FreeBMD site. It is possible that the Ancestry data is an older version and not as complete. You probably appreciate perfectly well that the FreeBMD ...


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Your father's birth certificate accurately reflects the information provided to the authorities at the time of his birth. That's all it can do: a birth certificate is not proof of biological parentage but a legal document. For any birth certificate, we have to consider how accurate the information was given a number of factors: legal requirements (in ...


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When you see a date reference in the form Q4 1968, you are looking at what is referred to as a quarter date. Birth Registrations In the United Kingdom, once births are registered, a summary of the information is collected and published in a quarterly index. You can use the index reference to order a certificate for England and Wales via gov.uk -- the ...


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My first step was to look for the births of children registered with the surname Harris and the mother's maiden name of Earley from 1911 onwards, using the GRO indices. I found 4: Cyril Alexander Harris 1913M quarter Cardiff Austin Harris 1914S quarter Cardiff Esme Harris 1916D quarter Llanelly Jeanie Harris 1918S quarter Llanelly (The GRO indices with ...


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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 that didn't pan out. To read about the path that led to the answer, go down an entire section, to "I'm getting nowhere fast." The full page is on FamilySearch (...


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First, investigate the birth registrations (using the GRO website -- free but you do have to register) for Margaret Amy Williams and Margaret Ann Williams in the June and September quarters in 1899 (both quarters because she was born so close to the June quarter end) and compare the maiden names of the mother with the maiden names of Frederick Williams to ...


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There would be no requirement to produce a birth certificate to get married (and still isn't -although you do now need to produce some proof of identity- most use a passport). Likewise there is no need to have a birth certificate to vote now, so unlikely to have been necessary at any time. The rate of non-registration of births was quite low by the time ...


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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 crucial search term "British Nationality Law" which led to a helpful article at Wikipedia, and from there, to another Wikipedia article: History of British ...


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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 professional to help you, especially since you live outside of the USA. There are several questions on this site about doing research in New York, and some on ...


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First off, the more information you have the easier this will be. You'll optimally want to know the: Port of departure Date of departure Ship name Port of arrival Date of arrival ...and any other information about the voyage you can lay your eyes on. As far as I know, very few, if any, ship records exist pre-1800. These are spotty at best and rather ...


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I think the answer to your question may be that you will need to ask Queensland's Registrar-General in order to find out. The process is described on a Queensland Government page entitled Applying for a birth certificate which says that your husband will need to: Include proof of eligibility To determine that eligibility there is a PDF on the same ...


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Unfortunately it isn't definite proof that he is, but equally does not rule him out either. DNA testing will be the only way of proving 100% and everything else will be about the weight of evidence. So objectively gathering as much as you can both for and against would be the way forward. Is John named on the birth certificate as McAllister or Strachan? ...


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Since you are accessing the database Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 on Ancestry.com, look the database up in the Card Catalog. Under the section About Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 there is a description of the database, which includes the county codes. County 57 is Dallas County. FamilySearch has a collection Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997 which is described ...


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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 an initial idea about what the letters are likely to be you can use the following tool to generate a sample which you can check against: http://altdeutsche-...


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The father's given name is Marx Mayer. At the first appearance of this name he is further identified by the words "der Kaufmann" (merchant or business man). At the bottom of the document his name appears again. The line before that reads "Read, accepted and signed". The handwritten word is "unterschrieben", indicating that the words in the second line ...


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Using birth date and birth registration data from my one-place study, I was able to assess how many births occurred in the year they were registered. The data is from all the individuals on the 1939 Register in an East Midland parish, born more than 100 years ago (1916 or earlier). The corresponding GRO birth index entry was located for each 1939 Register ...


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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 register in the place of the mother's maiden surname. There is no specific column in the birth register for the mother's maiden surname. In compiling this ...


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I suspect it was the 1939 Register, as that shows a Catherine Cowin with birth date 24 Dec 1878 living in Liverpool C.B. Keep in mind that birth dates on the 1939 Register were recorded as given by the household head, and errors were not uncommon. Frequently I find the year slightly off. For more information on birth date errors see How accurate are birth ...


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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 if Thomas appears in those records. That might lead to further clues for research. For example, the pay books for Chatham Rope Yard, covering the years 1683 to ...


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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 Population History of England, 1541-1871 by E. A. Wrigley and R. S. Schofield (2010). There are chapters and chapters of statistics and commentary on this subject, so I'...


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The information in the index makes it straightforward to find the original birth record, if you know of what it is an index. In this case, it is quite self-explanatory, this is an index of centrally-archived births in the state of Massachusetts between 1916 and 1920. You know that the birth was in the town of Worcester, archived in volume 178, page 92, of ...


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Great explanation from @AdrianB38! It appears to me that the script reads, "Tabulate."


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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 birth, marriage and death of an individual. ... In England & Wales, up to that time, the government had relied very much on the church to register ...


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Part of your difficulty lies in the way the big data sites like Ancestry encourage us to 'do genealogy' -- we look for our 'people' by cherry-picking the most likely matches to the person we're seeking, then we try to assemble all the bits we've found into a recognizable portrait of a person. Hint-based or index-driven searching encourages us to take the ...


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