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What might word "wise" mean on 1764 Marriage Record of John Smyth and Sarah Osment from Stoke Damerel, Devon, England?

I think (having looked at the full page on FindMyPast) that it probably actually says "were" so that it reads: John Smith Captains Clarke of his Majestys Ship Firm and Sarah Osment of St Andrews ...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

This image is from the unit muster for whichever unit he was in at the time. It is a chronological record of who was in the unit at the time. The muster is created when the unit is formed and then ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

At the risk of further muddying the waters, “The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson” by James Stanier and John M’Arthur gives the following details of the life of Donald Campbell: Born ...
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Seeking to verify 1862 Scottish marriage, birth and death records for a Henry Clifford stationed with the Royal Navy at Leith

"Would an enlisted Royal Navy man marry onshore?" The only alternative that I can think of, is that he would be married by a Royal Navy Chaplain on board ship. The relevant National Archives (TNA) ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

As I understand, you have no other specific record that would link John Smyth to Wales. With this in mind I first think you should not get too caught up in the spelling of the name - John Smyth, John ...
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Finding World War 2 Royal Naval Reserve Record of Edgar Graham?

You may want to submit a Request for personal data and service records to the Ministry of Defence. I does not sound like the The National Archives (TNA) has complete Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) records ...
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Finding World War 2 English sailor’s number and ship name

If your Dad was in the Royal Navy, rather than the merchant navy: WW2 service records are still held by the Ministry of Defence; this page on the MOD website tells you how you can get a copy: https://...
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Finding World War 2 Royal Naval Reserve Record of Edgar Graham?

The National Archives' research guide Looking for records of a person in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve warns: Many records are online, but it is important to note that not all records survive....
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What records exist for survivors of the Spanish Armada?

Some ships were sent from Flanders to Scotland to return survivors back to Spain. A full account of the fate of survivors can be found in: The Downfall of the Spanish Armada in Ireland by Ken Douglas ...
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Seeking Royal Navy or Merchant Navy records of Arctic Convoys during World War 2?

If your father was an "Officer" in the Royal Navy during WWII He will be listed in the Royal Navy bi-annual "NAVY LIST". These "Navy Lists" record all British RN Officers and the ships upon which they ...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

The Marine Corps Muster Rolls have always presented very peculiar abbreviations and references. In this case, the first "No" column indicates how many Marines are counted within that particular rank, ...
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Seeking photos from HMS Glendower & Royal Arthur?

There is a chapter with photos on both HMS Royal Arthur and HMS Glendower in The Reminiscences of a Radar Plotter by John Barford Lindop ( Amazon Books ) where all, well ...
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Would Royal Navy Captain's Log (1759-1766) be likely to mention Captain's Clerk?

The Captains' Log Books in series ADM 51 have the following catalogue description: These logs were maintained by the captain of each ship in commission, and kept in manuscript form on a ...
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Was HMS Cumberland of 1748-1750 a fireship?

One clue I would consider is the rank mentioned for the individual in the linked question. The Steward in 18th century British navy was a civil position, hired by the Captain. If we look at Wikipedia ...
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U boat WW1 activity west of Ireland

http://westmayo.ie/german-submarines-in-north-mayo/ Memoirs of Henry, Michael. "BMH.WS1732", Page 3. http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/bureau-of-military-history-...
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Finding World War 2 English sailor’s number and ship name

Being new myself, I can only answer, not comment. I noticed there is no mention of whether or not the ship your dad served on was sunk or not. I did a fair bit of research myself on two distant ...
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Where is (or was) Trabash in Quebec?

Thanks to advice from in-laws in Quebec, it now seems likely to me that 'Trabash' (the term used for Edward McDowell's birthplace in the 1861 England census) was a garbling of Tadoussac, an old Quebec ...
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Where is (or was) Trabash in Quebec?

I don't know if this will help or make things worse. The vital and church records of Quebec (Collection Drouin) shows one Edward McDowell, baptized September 27, 1820, born August 22nd on a ship from ...
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Italian Navy National Service

A starting point for researching Italian Navy personnel may be La Regia Marina: If the information you are searching for are about a sailor who was your relative, and you know his name and (at ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

I have now seen the six documents mentioned in the question and transcribed them: 1. THESE are to Certify, That John Smyth Son of Jeremiah Smyth Mariner, by Mary his Wife, of the Parish of St ...
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Finding father who was in UK Royal Navy during 1960s?

If your father is no longer alive, and you are his 'Next of Kin' you can apply for his service record. You have to do this direct from the Royal Navy and on payment of a fee they will send you his ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

Source: the appendix of 'The Clan Campbell' by Major Sir Duncan Campbell, Vol IV, MacNiven & Wallace (Pub) 1916. pp397-401. Location: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. This book contains ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

Donald’s son, Henry Dundas, in a document of 1847, recorded that his father was ‘of Letham House, East Lothian’. This is near the town of Haddington, Scotland. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine of 1817 ...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

The abbreviation CofG in the Remarks column means for the Convenience of the Government. The term has been discussed on a page entitled Getting Out of the Military for Misc Reasons: Convenience of ...
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