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Why would a family misspell their surname?

One possibility is that whoever completed the census return adjusted the surname to, as they saw it, fit in. This is certainly known to happen in Scotland as this link https://www.scotlandspeople.gov....
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

As a fellow rookie, one trick the others haven't mentioned, is to search the marriage registers in the parishes of Thorganby, Nether Poppleton, Fulford and Stillingfleet in the years 1740-1780 for ...
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How to photograph documents on the screen of microfilm readers?

I do a couple different things that are compact and will not draw attention. This is to avoid the potential hassle of being questioned about the use of a professional camera / lens and full size ...
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Historical Census and Authenticity

When a question comes up about possible duplicate records and fraud, I think it's a good idea to step back and ask if you understand the record groups you are looking at. We have a similar question ...
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Where can I find early-20th century residence and trade information in the United Kingdom?

Re the period in Rock Ferry: Trade Directories for Cheshire can be found on the Cheshire Archives & Local Studies site - their scanned images of trade directories look useful as there are three ...
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How to photograph documents on the screen of microfilm readers?

What I do is: 1: Set up a tripod with my camera on it ( I use a DSLR) 2: Ensure that the camera and microfilm reader screen are in the same plane so that I end up with a square not distorted image ...
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Finding 1920s Adoption Information in New York State?

Okay, so there's good news and there's bad news. The bad news first: At the moment (February 2019) all New York State adoptees' Original Birth Certificates (OBC's), and usually their adoption ...
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Why would a family misspell their surname?

They were illiterate. They were literate, but someone else was doing the actual writing. I've got some really SPECTACULAR misspelling of he last names of my ancestors from the time when census ...
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Why would a family misspell their surname?

It probably doesn't apply in your case, but there are certainly cases of people changing the spelling of their name to appear less like a particular ethnicity. For a personal example, my grandfather ...
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Passenger list from Antwerp, Belgium to the UK in 1908?

Passenger lists to and from Europe were not routinely kept in the UK; only passenger lists from ports outside Europe were recorded. In a few cases passengers are listed where they joined at an ...
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Where to find Brazil immigration records of ancestor from Italy?

There is a Brazil Genealogy page at FamilySearch that leads to a Brazil Emigration and Immigration page that mentions Italy: From 1808 to 1940 immigrants came to Brazil from over 50 nations all ...
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How can I access records from Morocco?

In talking about jewish sephardic genealogy, seems visiting the Sephardic Genealogy site is a must. There you can read about what to expect in finding vital records for Morrocan Jewry. I began ...
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Source for Russian Army records for the WWI period

There is a Russian website that has a project going to provide the data within pdf format spreadsheets. These are also in Russian and provided according to Russian province. You can find these records ...
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Where to find Catholic Church records for the early 1800s Middlesex, England?

Westminster Diocesan Archives are based in Kensington and have a comprehensive guide to the sacramental registers they hold available through the Family History pages of their website. https://rcdow....
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

The following may be relevant (and should also be available on Ancestry). Reference: PROB 11/1815/360 Description: Will of Robert Fowler, Farmer of Thorganby , Yorkshire Date: 31 May 1833 Held ...
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Where can you find UK marriage records post 2005?

For England and Wales, there are indexes of marriages from the General Register Office extending up to very recently (I believe updated quarterly). However, they are not available online at this time. ...
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Where can I find early-20th century residence and trade information in the United Kingdom?

Most obvious thing to try would be Electoral Rolls which would show place of residence in October of each year. Even with often poor scanning I've had good results on ancestry for London - don't know ...
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Tracing Romanian & Hungarian ancestry?

You can do genealogy research in Romania, just that it has to be of the "legal" rather than the "purely historical" kind. What I mean is that you should start with your wife's birth certificate. It ...
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Tracing Romanian & Hungarian ancestry?

You're right, up until a few years ago it was very difficult to get any kinds of records from this area. The LDS has not gotten permission to film in the regional Romanian archives, though they've ...
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Would variety store in Albany, New York, USA (1862-1872) leave records and what would it sell?

What records were created? Some clues to what records might have been created can be found by looking at modern-day requirements for starting a business, then researching when that requirement was ...
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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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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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Why would a family misspell their surname?

In 19th century England there was strong anti Irish sentiment. In 1836 Benjamin Disraeli wrote this: [The Irish] hate our order, our civilization, our enterprising industry, our pure religion. This ...
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Why would a family misspell their surname?

Different spellings due to illiteracy are not limited to the 19th century, and there can be an additional component; I can attest to such a case. I grew up in a small town in upstate New York. One ...
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Where to find Catholic Church records for the early 1800s Middlesex, England?

The generally accepted source for information about what Roman Catholic parishes were where and when in England (and ?) is "Catholic Missions & Registers 1700-1880", vol. 1-6; Author: ...
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

I don't believe you have enough information to make a determination based on the Genealogical Proof Standard. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_Proof_Standard You might also check out this ...
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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

In Nether Poppleton Robert Fowler appears to have a large family - unless there's two Roberts with families almost overlapping. His children's names include Ann, Jane, Lucy, Margaret. Mary, Robert and ...
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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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