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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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Reading information about illegitimate children in Brackenhammer family, Kirchheim, Germany

Unless a specific line needs to addressed further, the transcript is as complete as possible at this time. (Image unavoidable, tables not possible here). "?" where unsure. s/o = struck out Notes: ...
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Why might someone be listed amongst "Additional Individuals Bounded" in 1806 Cornwall Bastardy Papers?

No, it is dangerous to speculate that Joseph may have been the father. Although it is not stated what these "papers" are, I suspect these records are bastardy bonds. Joseph was simply a bondsman. ...
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How to reach out to strangers that could be relatives from an illegitimate birth?

There is no single best way to do this but in my research I have come across some similar situations including for some close family as well as had people reach out to me trying to establish a ...
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How is it possible that my ancestor left the workhouse so quickly with a baby?

My great grandmother was in a similar situation in workhouses in London, I wondered a similar question. I discovered she relied heavily on her sisters as well as the workhouse's related "receiving ...
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How to reach out to strangers that could be relatives from an illegitimate birth?

Rather than a lawyer, which might give the wrong impression, I would suggest you look for someone who provides counselling and intermediary services for adoption reunions. While your family's case is ...
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Looking for information on fathers of children born out of wedlock

Here's the checklist I use when when trying to find records about a place or topic: Learn what records might have been created in a particular time and place. Research which of those records might ...
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If mother's maiden name is listed as same as child's last name, is child illegitimate?

Yes, the information provided on the document suggests that John was probably illegitimate. However, don't assume anything. The only way to verify whether this is true is by finding additional ...
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Linking Sojourners to Illegitimacy at Launceston, Cornwall in 1790s?

As commented by @HarryVervet: I think the sojourner part of your question is answered here: Meaning of term Sojourner on 1794 Marriage Record at Marystow (Devon) for John Creber? Consequently, ...
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Reading information about illegitimate children in Brackenhammer family, Kirchheim, Germany

This is an improved family record of my ancestor August Hermann Friedrich Brackenhammer: This is the familiy table of my ancestors of that time:
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Why might someone be listed amongst "Additional Individuals Bounded" in 1806 Cornwall Bastardy Papers?

I have not yet sighted the original document but I now know where it is located and that the bond value was £100. Reference: RO/4218 Description: Eliz. Jenkin, single, now with child. Bond: Wm. ...
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Verifying illegitimacy of 1911 German birth?

There are cases in Germany where the parents are contractually obligated to pass the mother's surname on to all or some of their children. It could be connected to an ancestor's dowry or to a piece of ...

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