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Would having the exact same GRO Birth Index reference mean two children born to the same parents were twins?

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 ...
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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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Explaining unknown person found in family listing in 1940 Federal Census of Iowa?

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 ...
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Changing birth certificate paternity in Oklahoma, USA?

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 ...
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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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What documents were needed for a woman to register to vote in UK elections after 1918

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 ...
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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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Struggling to read birth record of my German Jewish great-grandfather

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 ...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

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 ...
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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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Backtracking to find source of birth date?

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 ...
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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 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 parents and precise Date of Birth for child born in Massachusetts in 1919?

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-...
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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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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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Deciding between multiple birth names and dates?

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 ...
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Ancestor born in Bristol City workhouse?

A good place to start researching workhouses is workhouses.org.uk. They have a page about Bristol Workhouse. Bristol actually maintained two workhouses: The Clifton Union workhouse at 100 Fishponds ...
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Ancestor born in Bristol City workhouse?

An address would only be shown in column 5 (mother's name) when the mother's usual address at the time of the birth is different to that shown as the place of birth. So you would read that she was ...
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Dealing with different birthplace and names of parents in England?

To expand on @JanMurphy's first method, there's a set of rules that genealogists use when they get stuck: If you can't go backwards, go forwards If you can't go forwards, go sideways If you can'...
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Resolving conflicting GRO birth and death registration indexes?

My suspicion is that the printed index (and therefore FreeBMD) is correct. I used FreeBMD to search - because it doesn't demand boring stuff like names. All the analysis below describes the content of ...
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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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Why is my great grandmother from England's birth registration later than the 42 days given to register?

Although past the statutory 42 days that a birth was supposed to be registered by, they were still well within the time allowed to register free of charge. There was no fine for being late to ...
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Seeking death/burial record in Germany for man born 1922?

In Germany, records on birth, marriage and death are kept by the ''Standesamt'' (registrar’s office). Depending on the kind of record, they are kept at least for: 110 years (birth records) 80 years ...
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Birth registration listed in Ancestry but missing from GRO Index Online?

Give Hight a try instead of Slight! This isn't the first time I've seen H mistaken for Sl.
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Birth registration listed in Ancestry but missing from GRO Index Online?

My advice to anyone searching the GRO indexes is to search all available sites and compare them. Note the differences in page numbers. GRO: Name: WILLS, ELLEN MAUD mother's maiden name: - ...
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