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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

The name is Agnes. You can compare each of the letters to those shown in this BYU Script Tutorial for German handwriting. I extracted the relevant letters from the alphabet image on that site, and ...
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What is this place in County of York on UK War Office Marriage Record?

It says "Leeds in the County of York"
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Identifying the cause of death

The cause of death was: Haemorrhage from Duodenal ulcer
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Meaning of “dofhoadayne” in 1648 Will of William Noake from Longburton, Dorset, England?

It says "Doth Ordayne" as in "I doeth Ordain this my Last Will and Testament" example - William Shakespeare's Will of 1616 - "I, William Shackspeare of Stratford-upon-Avon in the county of Warwick, ...
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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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Deciphering three words from mid 19th Century Cornwall Marriage Certificate?

It's "Superintendent Registrar's Certificate" - though I admit it does help to know the various ways of getting married rather than rely on the text. Generally marriages in the Church of England would ...
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Deciphering cause of death?

1a Left Ventricular Failure (b) Myocardial Degeneration (c) Arterio sclerosis Certified by C. J. C. Leggins MRCS In other words, left-sided heart failure.
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What is the first word in this baptism record?

Imprimis is Latin for "firstly". The word commonly appears in lists in parish registers and wills, preceding the first item.
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What is the teacher's last name?

The teacher's name is Elizabeth Ullrich. From the report card, we can see that the school was in Rhode Island. There is a report titled RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL REPORT, prepared for the Rhode Island ...
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Was William Chichester recorded as Judge in 1841 Census at Dymock, Gloucestershire, England?

Annoying...! I think the word is "Indep", meaning "Independent", as in "Of Independent means". "I" and "J" do seem to be very similar in many hands and I'm not sure what to say the difference is. I'...
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Reading comment in 1825 baptism register?

The note reads: "According to the Cert[ifica]te of the Rev[eren]d G. Morland transmitted to me 30th August." An Act for the better regulating and preserving Parish and other Registers of Births, ...
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Deciphering 1868 Irish marriage record?

Counkilla or Ceancullig (Gaelic: Ceann Coille) is located just north of Drimoleague. It is a townland in Drimoleague parish. Clearly there are numerous spelling variations of this place that you may ...
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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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Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate

My reading is "profesión, sus labores". In view of the 1970 film "De profesión, sus labores" I take it this is how one says "housewife/domestic duties" on a Spanish Death certificate. See also the ...
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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

A completely different direction - is it clear that the name wasn't written by that person themselves in cyrillic script? The image can also be read as Russian cursive handwriting, spelling 'Одес', ...
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Deciphering an Intended Marriage from England around 1800

"Know all men by these presents, that we George Dutton of Coddington in the County and Diocese of Chester, farmer, and Robert Ruscoe of Aldersey in the same county, farmer, are holden and firmly bound ...
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What is this town in Macedonia, Greece?

I am not an expert on Macedonian place names or history but from Macedonian Village Names THE NAMES OF 804 MACEDONIAN VILLAGES IN AEGEAN MACEDONIA, occupied by Greece in 1912, that have ...
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Identifying cause of death on Scottish record

Paralysis. Determining the underlying cause is pure speculation, but suffice it to say that the person had some sort of neurologic disorder. Causes could range from trauma to infectious or ...
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What is being recorded in this Latin church vital record?

Mathias, Andreæ [Kousheg?] ejusque uxoris gertrudis [Vidmagesin?], fil. legit. sub Dno [Ashiber?], baptizatus est 13 Januarÿ 1771 per M. ?. D. Mathiam [Mervezh?] cooperat. Patrini Anton Kovatschetski ...
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What is name of this 1927 town in Missouri?

The handwriting isn't great (and it hasn't come through well on the pdf copy), but the Address is given as "Independence MO". The downstroke of the J of "Jr" crosses the last "e" of "Independence". ...
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What is name of this Captain in War of 1812?

The name of the Captain would appear to be "Cannon" in the first image (appearing more legibly in "Captain Wm Cannons Company" in the second). The phrase at the end is "per annum" (compare the "p" ...
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What is the house number on this 1891 Census record?

The UK and Ireland censuses are available from multiple places: Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage to name a few. FamilySearch has transcripts, but it links to FindMyPast for the images. I can ...
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Reading a will to get land information?

Here are some links to handwriting tutorials and other articles to help you get started: Palaeography: reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800: A practical online tutorial from The National Archives (UK) ...
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Reading Finnish Parish Records

I would read Kaisa's birth record as Torparen Josef Johansson Törmänens & hru Anna Greta Matts drs barn: Caisa Fredrika. Faddr: Pehr Majala med hru Greta Mathilda; Matts Törmänen med hru Anna ...
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What is written after John Lark's name?

The words after John Larke's name are "Single Man" it's just the top of the a doesn't go all the way over. Compare to "Single Woman" after Elizabeth's name. I would interpret it as meaning he was a ...
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What does huba mean in this Polish Catholic marriage record?

Some small differences, especially in word endings: Inter Josephum Wojnowski viduus de Bialybrod operanium et Hedwigem Wojleckem de huba Lukowo non uxor atam ad contrahendum matrimonium ...
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What are these words in the 1841 will of Elisha Strong?

The Said Eunice Strong shall pay one third for the support & education of Lucy Strong and Julia C Strong until they are eighteen years of age and the remaining two thirds for their support to ...
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Where was Berditoscher, Russia in 1912?

Passenger lists can be difficult to decipher, and I think the transcriber has interpreted the place name incorrectly. I think a more accurate transcription would be: Berditschew. Translating place ...
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What is the meaning of the handwritten notation on the pension record of Charles Clements?

The descriptive pamphlet for NARA microcopy publication T718 is a reproduction of its entry in the print catalog of microfilm publications. It contains a roll list and a brief description of the ...
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Locating "Bankhead of ..." in parish of Forfar

It appears to be: "Bankhead of Turfbeg" Turfbeg is a district to the north-east of the modern town, in roughly the same place as "Bankhead" on this snippet from an 1850 map by James Knox: ...
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