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Transcribing Weidelbach entry from 1735

I have another entry that's quite difficult to read, and for which I could use some help with transcription. So far, I have: Catharina Elisabetha. Joh. [?] Schwei- tzers und Anna Elisabetha [?]in ...
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Transcribing baptism entry from Oberellenbach in 1697

So far, I have this: den 17 Maj ist Elisabeth Schweitzern in [?] von [Zielkes?] kind mit Hans jacob [?] getaufft u. ihm d. nahme Martha Elisabeth von johanneß [?] Tochter von Cunnefeld gegeben ...
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Transcription and translation assistance for Bad Hersfeld entry from 1651

Here's what I have: den 26 Jan. Meister Johannes Schweitzer des Haußmans Sohn Johannes Sein pfatter wahr Hans Ott Kramer [?] sein Kind zum [Kalchobes?] pfatter war. die gantz [?], ist ihm der nahm ...
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Transcribing marriage record from Gilfershausen in 1761

I could use some assistance with obtaining a transcription for this image. This marriage entry is from the Iba/Gilfershausen Kirchenbuch 1742-1773. The handwriting is pretty poor overall, and this ...
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Where was Johann Wilhelm Schweizer from?

This is from the 1862 marriage entry for Johann Wilhelm Schweizer and Anna Katharina Leinhos, from Creuzburg, Thuringia, Germany. As best as I can read it, he is from "Mittirea", but I ...
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Reading the baptismal entry for Wolff Schweitzer's child (Sontra 1636)

I'm having a bit of trouble reading and translating the "Mar" section at the bottom here: At the moment, I have: Wolff Schweitzers kind hain Schwager gewaffen Hans Schmüch Mayer kind ...
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In medieval Germany, would a baptismal sponsor have to be confirmed?

I'm working with the earliest written church records in 1600s Germany, in the north-eastern Hesse area. I have a baptism record from 13 Apr 1611 where Hans Almerod is the sponsor for Johs Schmidt, ...
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Where was BurÿHaüs near 1663 Breitau?

Three people in the 1663 baptism record from Breitau, Germany, in north-eastern Hesse, are listed as being from "BurÿHaüs". I can find nothing even close to that name in that area. Can ...
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Interpreting communion/confirmation records from Sontra in 1606

I'm trying to properly interpret Protestant communion/confirmation records from 1606 in Sontra. According to https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sontra, in 1602 Sontra had 402 households and around 2000 ...
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Was Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer from Weiterode baptised twice?

I've run into an odd situation. Catharine Elisabeth Schweitzer was baptised in Weiterode in 1822. She is the first child of the parents. However, the next birth record for the same parents is from ...
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Reading the name of the father of Johann Henrich Illart (Mihla, 1731)

I cannot read the name of Johann Henrich Illart's father from either his baptism nor his burial record. It looks like "S__ndal" to my eye, and if I'm reading it right, it shows him as being ...
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Reading death record of Margret Hasert (1624)

This is one of the earliest Hasert/Schüchel records I've found, from Mihla, Germany in 1624. I'm having some difficulties reading it, however. The transcription as far as I can figure it out: Den 4 ...
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How to enhance digital images of partly damaged documents (German church book from 1657)?

I found the hardest yet to read document in my carrier, see below. Do you have any idea how to make the remaining information on that digital document (it is German from 1657) readable or is it lost ...
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Transcription assistance for a baptism record from 1620 in Mihla, Germany

The surnames here look quite interesting for two of my lines, but I'm having difficulty reading the writing. Can you fix the errors in my transcription? Sommabeu aliheniradias domini getauff Ni claus ...
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Where is Brunfelt, Germany?

I've run into two marriage records from the 1650s, from Mihla, Germany, describing someone as being from "Brunfelt". It could perhaps also be read "Branhalt". However, I cannot ...
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What name might "B." indicate in 16th or 17th century Germany?

I've run across the abbreviated name "B." in the oldest church books I am working with. I don't think I've seen it used after around the middle of the 17th century, but I've seen it in ...
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Monumental Inscriptions - Churchyard of St Mary & St Chad in Brewood, Staffordshire

Is anyone aware of an online-accessable index/list of the MI's for this churchyard? I cannot find such on the CD of Staffordshire MI's published by BMSGH (Midland-Ancestors) nor within the ...
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What day of the German church year would be "Festo Pascha II"?

I'm trying to figure out the proclamation dates for a marriage that took place on April 19 of 1836. The dates are given using the church dates, which seems to have been normal practice for around 50 ...
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Where might records from Wickershausen be found?

I have found a hint that at least one cousin many times removed lived in Wickershausen at some point in the 1780s. As best as I can tell, it looks like Wickershausen was some sort of large estate ...
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What was the standard for requiring an absolution in 1700's Denmark?

I understand that an absolution is an event to clear a couple from the sin of having a child out of wedlock. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Scandinavia_Absolution If a child was born out of ...
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What is the meaning of this symbol in a German churchbook?

This is from a church book from the Thuringia region. The priests often marked deaths with a cross symbol, and in more recent years, also a reference to the entry for that death. However, I notice ...
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Decoding abbreviations in Connecticut church records (pre-1800)

I've got an image from the "Connecticut Church Records Abstracts, 1630-1920", but I don't know what all the abbreviations mean. Izabel, wid. d. May 5, 1785 I got that, Isabelle (Johnson) ...
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Would a private adoption in Minnesota's Swedish community in 1880 been handled by the Lutheran Church?

My mother's mother, first name Anna, was born in Minnesota (probably Frontenac) in 1879, and privately adopted by Solomon Long and Anna Lindberg, who lived in Princeton, Minnesota. Anna wasn't listed ...
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What does branobilis/braenobilis mean?

I have a baptismal entry (http://data.matricula-online.eu/en/oesterreich/gurk/st-peter-im-katschtal/S65_003-1/?pg=88, 3. from the top) that I cannot reproduce here due to the CC-BY-NC-ND license which ...
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Would the custom of Charon's obol still be practised in 1722 in Carinthia, Austria?

In church death records I recently found odd remarks. In the Diocese of Gurk (Carinthia, Austria) in Malta in 1722 in several entries there is the term nauli morte or morte nauli. Example for a full ...
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Unreadable word in latin 18. century church death record

I'm unable to decrypt some word in a Latin church record of a death in 1769. It is available at Matricula Online (the second last entry on the page). Since the image is licensed CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 I ...
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Understanding code in Dutch Reformed Church Record

This marriage record is from the U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989 > New York > New York City > NY Marriages, Book 32 database at Ancestry. The excerpt below is from ...
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Any online access to Suchostaw, Galicia or Sukhostav, Ukraine church records from 1880s?

I'm looking for family information on Tymko or Tomko Napadij. He is my great grandfather and was born October 25, 1886. He emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada via Halifax. Are there any Austrian/Galician ...
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Which archives have the Imperial-era revision lists & metrical books from Kamchatka?

In Imperial Russia, the state and the state church kept two kinds of records particularly important for genealogists: revision lists (revizkie skazki) for tax assessments, and metrical books (...
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Where to find church records for Niedersachsen / Nordstemmen

I have a subscription to https://www.archion.de (a selection of german church records) but I cannot find records for the town of Barnten, which I would expect to find in an archive for Niedersachsen / ...
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What church was before St. Nicholas Church, Solohead and Oola, Ireland?

I'm looking for which church my family would have used in "Solohead and Oola". St. Nicholas (Solohead and Oola) Church was built in 1887. Did it replace another St. Nicholas Church? Or was there ...
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What is being recorded in this Latin church vital record?

I have a document from the Ljubljana archives in Slovenia that I do not understand: As best I can tell, it is written in Latin and there are alternating columns for male and female sex. I think a ...
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Finding out what church a 19th century English family belonged to?

I am trying to research the birth of a child in 1864 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire (England), and have run into a problem with the lack of a baptismal record. There was only one parish (All Saint's) for ...
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Establishing a link between birth and marriage records in an 18th German church register

I have been browsing a Lutheran church book for the town of Wetter, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Hesse in Germany that details 18th century birth and marriage records, and am trying to establish a link between ...
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When and why to cite contemporaneous certificates as artifacts?

In the 2007 version of Evidence Explained (I can't speak to the other editions), the section 7.24, Church Record Certificates, discusses the particulars of citing certificates for events such as ...
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Any Russian Orthodox records of Kamchatka priests around 1800?

Yakov Volkov might have been a priest in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky around 1800 or slightly before. The Irkutsk bishop who appointed or sent him might have been Beniamin Bagranskii (1789-1814). The "...
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Why is Maria listed twice in this 18th century church record?

I see a Maria Lent listed twice in a church record shown at Ancestry.com: Also the year is unclear and entered twice there: Name: Maria Lent Gender: Female Event Type: Baptism Birth Date: 10 Feb ...
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Tracking 1836 removal from Brewood to Tipton, Staffordshire?

The image below comes from Ancestry.com's England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 (Piece 2932: Brewood (Independent), 1810-1837) for Joseph Anslow and it appears to ...
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How were non-Catholic births/weddings/deaths recorded in Mexico City (about 1926)

If two non-Catholics married in 1924 in Mexico City, was it possible to marry outside the Catholic church? Case One: Both were Christian but not Catholic Case Two: Both were not Christian If so, ...
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Finding church records for the Kuck family in Grudziądz, Bydgoszcz, Poland?

Gottlieb Kuck was born in 1879 in Grudziądz, Russian Poland. Gottlieb married Dorothea Hefner 1903, and had children Frieda Katherine born 1905, Reinhold was born 1907. I am looking for Lutheran ...
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No first name on baptism record?

I'm looking at the indexed record of a Drumond, son of Walter Drumond and Jennat Mcneil, baptised 07 September 1732 in Drymen, Stirling, Scotland. This record strikes me as unusual, as there was no ...
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How do I find church records for Portugal?

I'd like to know how I can find church records for Portugal, as these records from the collection Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880 seem to be off-limits to 'non-members' in ...
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Tracing German ancestors in periods that are before church records?

the oldest male ancestor in my family tree is called Johann Neumann and was working as a notary (since 1672, probably baptised 1626?) in Mittelhausen, Allstedt in Thuringia, Germany and Taucha closed ...
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How can I find which parish a village in Poland belonged to?

Someone on Facebook just helped me find immigration records for the Vannoske family which point to Rudnicze, Poland as their place of origin. How can I figure out which parish that village belonged to?...
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Married couple presented for fornication in Nottinghamshire (1631)?

I have been searching for a marriage for Peter Allicocke and Ann. Peter and Ann had five children: Mary (1631), Elizabeth (1634), Peter (1637), Francis (1641), and Edward (1645-1662). The four ...
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What does "Full Baptist Communion" indicate?

I am trying to tie baptism records with my ancestors, and recently came across a copy of the baptist church records in the area. The name of this person is Edward Penny, born about 1742 in Harwich, ...
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Do any records of the building of the First Parish Church of Norwell exist?

The First Parish Church of Norwell has records back to 1642 and has scanned all of the church records to facilitate historical and genealogical research. See http://www.firstparishnorwell.org/archive....
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