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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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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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Groom's birth place entry additions

I read Andrievci, Kreis Brod in Slawonien heimatszuständig nach Klattau gl. Bez. in Böhmen The answer to your question lies in "heimatzuständig" or also only "zuständig" (responsible) in other ...
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Making it easier to read scans of records when other side of page bleeds through?

Yes! This is probably possible in any image manipulation program, but I have found that the Wolfram Mathematica software is a very powerful tool for this sort of work. A home use licence costs $A295 ...
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Who officiated at this baptism? (need help with handwriting)

I think the writing in the last column of entry 499 says: A. Pope Offg Min. [Officiating Minister] and that the occupation is: Mariner
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Separating families with identical parents' names in the same parish in Norfolk, England from 1730-1760?

It's crucial that you get hold of the originals (or rather, images of them). I think you realise this by the fact that you say "Normally I would try to look up the original records". But because there ...
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Locating Hungary Civil Registration original indexes?

If you're willing to put in a little time and effort, it's possible you don't need the indexes. You linked to the Hungary Civil Registration collection here: https://www.familysearch.org/search/...
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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

Baptisms and burials moved to pre-printed books in 1813 as a result of Rose's "Act for better regulating and preserving Parish and other Registers of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials in ...
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Finding Catholic parish belonging to street in Brno

The Digital Archive of Brno (Brünn) has the 1890 census (advance to p. 2) with Konstantin, Leopoldina (or Leopoldine) and a birth date of 1886 März (March) 12. There is a column for Geburtsort, ...
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St. John's in St. Mary's

We would be foolish to expect anything, in my view. The ways that subsidiary churches / chapels of any sort are recorded cover just about any option. Sometimes they appear in the parish register with ...
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Why might I be unable to find a parish burial record?

My general advice on finding records in a particular area is in this answer: What records are available in a particular locale? My checklist looks like this: Learn what records might have been ...
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Does "Mr" in a marriage record indicate a minister? (Or, did Rev James Nasmyth marry Lady Gordinstoun?)

This is the image from the source linked in your question: I retweeted your question during a chat today, and Fergus Smith at http://www.oldscottish.com/ kindly gave this answer (you can see from the ...
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Seeking Russian Orthodox Church Records 1840-1900 for Lagody, Poland/Russia (now Belarus)?

Lahady didn't have their own orthodox church, so their parish was in Szchuchin (Shchuchin) - foto of the church here, and you need records of the church in Shchuchin. Records of this parish are in ...
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How to differentiate John Ormond (husband of Katharine Henderson) from others of the same name?

One of the pitfalls of being self-taught when you're doing genealogy research (as I was when first starting out) is that you can pick up bad habits from using tools like hints which are intended to '...
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Separating families with identical parents' names in the same parish in Norfolk, England from 1730-1760?

Let's assume for the moment that all of the records you need will be found in Cantley (a perilous assumption, but we'll start with Cantley before we work outwards to neighboring parishes). Let's ...
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Finding church / parish records for Kent?

Ancestry.co.uk Many original parish records for Bexley, Bexleyheath and Sidcup can be viewed on Ancestry.co.uk. See: Bexley, Kent, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1558-1812 Bexley, Kent, ...
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What could the numbers after an affidavit of a burial mean?

I have no previous experience in this but I think it may be related to the Burial in Woollen Acts: The first Act was passed in 1666 (18 & 19 Cha. II c. 4 1666), and the second, and rather ...
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List of Sacraments on Catholic Death Register doesn't include Marriage

My guess would be that the sacraments listed in the death register might be those which are associated with someone's death. Any marriage which took place would be in a separate register -- baptisms ...
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Irregular Session Catholic Marriage in Scotland's OPR

The primary purpose of the OPRs was to record baptisms, marriages and (if you are really, really lucky) burials carried out by a Church of Scotland minister in that parish. While there seems to have ...
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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

Family Search Research Wiki: Church of England Parish Registers says: Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials These events were recorded on blank pages in a bound register. The ...
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Making it easier to read scans of records when other side of page bleeds through?

When making the copy originally, use a black background rather than the white copier cover. This reduces the contrast on the opposite side and therefore the bleed through.
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Finding church / parish records for Kent?

The Kent History and Library Centre serves a the county archive, but it does not cover all of the historical county. For counties adjacent to London and where county boundaries have changed over time, ...
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Explaining major discrepancies between Bishop's Transcripts and Parish Registers?

The September 2015 issue of the Society of Genealogists' Magazine (p420) notes missing burials in Sussex, in the early 1800s. The problem originated from the Priest completing the register once a year ...
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"Jos" name in itself or a short form of "Joseph" or "Johannes"?

From what I have seen in baptism/marriage/death entries Jos. is a common abbreviation of Joseph. John (Johann, in Latin Joannes/Ioannes) would have been abbreviated as Joan., Joa. or Joh. See e.g. ...
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Side notes with dates on parish records

Is there a column heading or is this in a page margin? Typically printed baptismal records had extra columns for confirmations, and for comments. I've also seen vaccination records, emigration notes, ...
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Vertical line and colon ("|:") in register entry

I don't have a definitive answer and can just refer to my experience. I have seen this often in parish registers when referring to how something is said, spoken or generally known e.g. like house ...
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Name of the church for this parish register?

According to the site ORIGINIS, there is a parish Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours in the municipality of Richelieu: Richelieu (Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours) Paroisse (Parish): Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours ...
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Was she really a Lark?

I know you have solved this, but this is my rationale. The most likely solution is that it is a transcription error, and Matthew's surname should have been transcribed as Moore. As it is so easy to ...
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