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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Deciding between two baptism records from ca 1744 for Thomas Fowler of Thorganby (Yorkshire, England)

You've made some rookie mistakes here (don't worry, we've ALL done it). It's possible that neither one of these matches are your person. We tend to fall into the trap of thinking all record sets are ...
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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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Why would a family misspell their surname?

Sometimes it was to avoid embarrassment e.g. Ramsbottom becoming Reams. Here is a more recent typical local example from rural Ireland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_O%27Connor_(...
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Historical Census and Authenticity

There was a newly-wed couple in 1930 in Ohio who was recorded twice: in the households of both sets of parents. There was a family in 1930 in Texas that was recorded twice: they moved between the ...
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What does 'civil' mean in a location

I believe this is a quirk in the way FamilySearch indexed a particular town record book for Minot, Maine. Many, if not all, of the entries from the indexing of the film (#11550) of that book use "...
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Tracing Romanian & Hungarian ancestry?

There is no problem to get the church records from former Austro-Hungary territory. Firstly, you need to decrease the searching area to one or two counties or towns. Then, you can continue you ...
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Is genealogy compiled in 1922 for Stowell family of Higham, MA generally accurate?

Honestly there is no such thing as "generally accurate" in genealogy. Within a compiled genealogy you can find examples of accurate and inaccurate information. For example, information on generations ...
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Where to find Brazil immigration records of ancestor from Italy?

Family Search has a very good database of documents. But be aware that different regions have different states of completion. For example, the state of ParanĂ¡ seems to have plenty of indexed death ...
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