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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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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (https://genealogy.org.il) is in the process of indexing marriage and divorce records from the British Mandate period. You can search their database and see ...
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UK death certificate details in 1908

There is no such thing as a UK death certificate This question highlights a common misconception that the UK is more or less equivalent to England, but for genealogical purposes it is important to ...
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What did a 'chemist' do in the 1920s?

Chemist is one of those occupations that has several meanings, each of which brings another web of meanings and qualifications. From what you say, my initial suggestion would be that she worked in a ...
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What documents were needed for a woman to register to vote in UK elections after 1918

There would be no requirement to produce a birth certificate to get married (and still isn't -although you do now need to produce some proof of identity- most use a passport). Likewise there is no ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Yesterday, online records related to the Kindertransport children became available through FindMyPast: This is a fascinating collection of digitised government documents relating to the ...
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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate Smyth child named after someone from her Osment family?

It's very common for at least one child to have the mother's maiden name as a middle - it's a way of preserving a name that might otherwise be lost. I can't see I've ever seen a case where quite so ...
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Interpreting tours of duty on British Army service records?

I have been trying to check up on one of my Army pensioners (Private Samuel Bateman, 834, 49th Regiment of Foot) - he is recorded as 2y 10m on "China / Eastern Expedition" (the embarrassing-to-us-now ...
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Does anyone know where Gilford, Yorkshire is / was?

You may be looking for Guilthwaite. From Wikipedia: Guilthwaite is a hamlet in the civil parish of Whiston, in the Rotherham district lying to the south of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England. ...
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United Kingdom 1921 census example forms and guidance

The census forms and instructions for the 1921 census of England, Wales, and the islands can be found at Online Historical Population Reports (www.histpop.org). Navigate to TNA Census - Other > ...
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Finding the burial place of British service members killed in WW2

A search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission grave locator for service members from WW2 who served with the Lancashire Fusiliers with a rank of Corporal yields 103 records. If your granddad is ...
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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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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

One place you could start is with TNA's research guide on How to Look for Courts martial and desertion in the British Army 17th-20th centuries (tip courtesy of David Underdown on Twitter). Make a ...
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UK death certificate details in 1908

An England & Wales Death Certificate ordered from the General Register Office will contain a scanned image of the registrars written transcript. In more or less the same format as a Birth ...
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UK death certificate details in 1908

The informant on a death certificate has to be legally "qualified" to give the information. There is an order of precedence for qualification starting with a family relative, but can also, in a case ...
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UK death certificate details in 1908

One thing to bear in mind is that from 1904 onwards certificates tend to use euphemistic addresses for workhouses. As http://workhouses.org.uk/addresses/ explains the Registrar General directed that ...
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What did a 'chemist' do in the 1920s?

As already noted, a chemist could have been pretty much anyone preparing or dispensing pharmaceuticals or other preparations. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has kept a register of chemists, ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

Which county? I would suggest that deciding to align to what 'typical genealogists' do is not a good idea if it works counter to (a) your software or (b) your immediate intended audience. (Emphasis on ...
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What can I assume from consecutive regimental numbers?

These are reasonable assumptions, but not concrete proof. I have not looked at the Worcestershire Regiment before but the battalion structure for WW1 is given on The Long Long Trail. There appear to ...
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Finding UK immigration record for Isaac Gabriel of Russia?

There are naturalisation case papers at The National Archives for an Isaac Gabriel of Woolwich dated 1882 which seem likely to be for the same man. Those should give some background about him and his ...
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What documents were needed for a woman to register to vote in UK elections after 1918

Women's entitlement to vote began with the Representation of the People Act 1918. That allowed women over 30 years old, with certain other qualifications such as property ownership, to vote in the ...
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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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Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns?

I generally don't like it when records are described as "census substitutes" because I think it promotes the idea that censuses are more valuable than any other record you can find about a ...
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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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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate Smyth child named after someone from her Osment family?

My ancestor ROBERT OSMENT born 1742 married Mary Gloipen from Yealmpton 12 Jan 1765. ROBERT's daughter was CAROLINE JANE OSMENT. She moved to London and married JOHN BEARD. Some of the children ...
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