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What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

Understanding precisely how the GRO indexes are organized can give us key information about individual entries. The marriage index is a whole other kettle of fish, so this answer pertains only to ...
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What does "Occasional Copy" refer to in the new GRO Index?

It may be a sign that someone submitted a correction after the initial registration. I was not able to find a reference from the GRO's guidance on birth certificates, but in the guides provided for ...
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How to determine county from county number in Texas birth index?

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 ...
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Clarification on GRO index marriage reference?

The GRO (General Register Office) Index of Marriages contains only the names of the bride and groom, not witnesses. I expect this question arises from the fact that often more than 2 people have the ...
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Finding 1879 Rhode Island marriage record from Ancestry index-only result?

This doesn't answer your question, but you should be aware that you don't need to have an Ancestry subscription to view the Ancestry Card Catalog. Once your subscription lapses, your account should ...
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How to index your own digitalized records?

I am one of the cofounders of ENISoftware, which just released ENIndexer. I don't believe our software would be right for your needs, as it is primarily a solution for creating "back of the book" ...
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How to determine county from county number in Texas birth index?

I found a source for these using Google to search "texas county code numbers". They seem to come from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and 057 matches Dallas county there. The codes there ...
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Understanding Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index Numbers?

The image shown in the question is from Ancestry's Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930. In the About section, one is directed to FamilySearch's wiki page, Belgium, Antwerp, Police ...
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What do index numbers mean in Rhode Island Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths?

You didn't say where this image comes from, but comparing it to another image I found on Google+, I am guessing that this refers to the material which has been published in electronic form in the ...
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Understanding Index to Death Duty Registers 1796-1903 for 1799 death in Radnorshire, Wales?

A fairly important piece of information omitted is what IR 27/17 actually contains. As you know, it is an index to the Death Duty registers. But this particular piece (IR 27/17) is an index to the ...
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Indexing nE census record at FamilySearch?

In a footnote in Kirsty Gover's Tribal Constitutionalism (p 122), citing an interview with genealogist Rita Souther, the author notes that N.E. stood for Not Eligible: Some base rolls exclude non-...
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Understanding the indexing process used to produce records searches?

Let's start with the original source material which you could use if you were at the Massachusetts Archives. The following quotes are excerpted from the article Massachusetts Vital Records in the ...
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Finding 1879 Rhode Island marriage record from Ancestry index-only result?

The index record is still present in Ancestry.com but no longer has the doubling up of Griffiths: Name: Mary B Gomersall Spouse: Richard Griffiths Jr Marriage Date: 14 Sep 1879 You may be ...
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Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

It is true to say that a death can only be registered in the district in which it occurred. What can happen is that the information can be given to a registrar in another district who completes a ...
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Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

I can only say that when I submitted a Probate Application Form earlier this year, one of the documents required to go with it, was an "Official copy of death certificate or coroner's letter". The ...
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Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains that might include Richard Boyens (1750-1838)?

The National Archives' research guide on Mines and Mining says that the Archives does not hold personnel records, and directs the researcher to local record offices. The Cornwall Record Office has a ...
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How to locate 1940 United States census pages by address?

I found the page here: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27818-9190-18?cc=2000219 By using this tool: http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html To look up the address of University ...
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Understanding Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index Numbers?

The number 195012 is the file number of the Antwerp Police Report. Go to FamilySearch.org and look under Europe and Belgium. There you will find documents that can be browsed. Click on it and you will ...
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How should I organise my family archive?

I'm going to have a go at some suggestions on how this might be done, using several different software packages for Mac. I am not aware of Windows equivalents for Yojimbo or DevonThink. There is a ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records?

Hypothesis: Could "317" be a case number in the New York, Queens County, mixed proceedings, 1899-1932 Mixed proceedings, case no. 305-319, 1902, DGS 5041799 (digital images online -- no ...
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How to index your own digitalized records?

I just saw the announcement of ENIndexer (Mac, Windows). It helps to create name indexes for books and similar documents. There is however no linking to source files. There is a trial available, the ...
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Searching databases for ancestors with aliases?

I use FamilySearch a lot, from my experience it will depend on what name he legally used. They do not have a special name database, just what the records list. For instance I have one great uncle that ...
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How should I organise my family archive?

Cyndi's List has one category within Organizing Your Research called Filing Systems. http://www.cyndislist.com/organizing/filing/ And along with research logs to track and find documents again https:/...
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How to cite the National Probate Calendar?

I believe that the only information you need to locate an entry is the year that probate was granted and the name of the deceased. The calendars were produced annually, listing all grants of probate ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

UKBMD has pages which list the names of places within a registration district -- the page for Kingsbridge shows the following civil parishes later in the alphabet than Stokenham: Strete Thurlestone ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

The expected page range for March quarter 1878 marriages in Kingsbridge Registration District is: 313-329. Anglican marriages are organized alphabetically by name of parish, then at the end are the ...
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Reading surname from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943?

From the original images, the nationality looks like 'Swedis' (probably 'Swedish', obviously). For the surname, the best fit appears to be "Nystrom", although I'd like to see more examples of the ...
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Indexing nE census record at FamilySearch?

This question isn't a good fit for this site. We can't tell you how FamilySearch would like you to index this record -- only FamilySearch can do that. "What does the 'nE' in the census number ...
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Identifying Robert Chichester listed amongst British Guiana Colonists?

I have now made contact with Tikwis Begbie who has sent me the notes held offline from the site on the name Chichester. From those it appears that the Robert Chichester mentioned on the site is my ...
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How to cite the National Probate Calendar?

I would suggest that the best way is to imagine someone trying to locate the entry on a microfiche version. If they can do that using your citation, then surely they can do it using another website ...
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