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What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

Understanding precisely how the GRO indexes are organized can give us key information about individual entries. The marriage index is a whole other kettle of fish, so this answer pertains only to ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

If they were catholic or protestant Statistically (based location, given names and surname), as ethnic Poles and living in rural Upper Silesia, your great-great-grandparents were Catholic. (Catholics ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I wanted to address a point that originally came up in the comments to bgwiehle's answer. Places are known by different names throughout their history. If a place was called by a particular name ...
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Changing birth certificate paternity in Oklahoma, USA?

Your father's birth certificate accurately reflects the information provided to the authorities at the time of his birth. That's all it can do: a birth certificate is not proof of biological parentage ...
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Determining parents of 19th Century Swiss ancestor?

I think your "Lauraine" is Lausanne, which is a city in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. (There is also the French region of Lorraine, if someone's understanding of European geography was especially ...
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Pre 1794 records for Rothenditmold, Kassel, Hessen, Germany?

I am no export on Hesse, but I did a little research: Your LAGIS results are civil registration which started in 1874. Church records for several parishes in today’s city of Kassel were destroyed ...
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Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

I suggest you obtain a copy of Winifred's birth certificate. It can be ordered from the GRO website. In the New GRO index, here is her entry: As you can see, the Mother's maiden surname is given as ...
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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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Where can I access annual reports of the registrar-general for England after 1920?

The British Library appear to have two collections, one covering 1838 to 1920 and a second covering 1921 to 1968 when they seem to have ceased according to the British Library catalog entry. The ...
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What are the names in this Status Animarum from Slovenia?

The page is written in German, in the Kurrent handwriting style 12. Joseph Gregorzhizh Klein=Zirnik 13. März '802 Weib [=wife], Maria Jurglizh 8. Dec. '805 Sohn [=son], Franz ...
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Run away marriage: why did people go to Maryland?

For those interested, the marriage certificate has been found. While the law forcing couples to wait 2 days between the license and the marriage had significantly reduced the number of couples going ...
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Finding the parents of Caroline Hipp in Bruckinthal Germany

From the Hankinson News, October 15, 1959: "K. BOMMERSBACH, Funeral services were held on Saturday morning at 10 AM., from St. Philips Church at Hankinson for Mrs. Martin (Karoline) ...
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Whether to trust (and what to record) from handwritten record of birth with one date and type written page with two dates?

I'll answer the question from the question title first -- if a single source gives you two dates, yes, you need to record both of them, along with any other identifying information that tells you ...
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Is it possible to obtain a copy of the original record from 'Ireland Marriages 1845‐1958'

The simplest method is to order a copy of the register from GRO Ireland in Roscommon. Research copies can (as of March 2016) be obtained for €4. I do not believe there is currently the facility to ...
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What does location Boshte mean?

The place may be Boršt, Slovenia. (See Boste for an alternate spelling of the name that is closer to the spelling used by the church record). When a placename is (probably) mis-spelled, try Fuzzy ...
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How can I distinguish between name changes and missing records?

You've done a really good job with the documents you have. Going through what you posted I came to the same conclusions. The most logical answer is that David and Jane only had one son. But all of ...
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What information would be on a 1915 Arkansas death certificate?

Many of the online guides on US Vital Records give an overview of what information may be on the death certificates. Some examples for Arkansas: Ancestry's About the Database for its database ...
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Locating ancestor's birth town in New York State?

Since the information you have so far is not helping, it might be better to try an indirect approach. Here are some things to try. Make a list of all the source material you have about your ...
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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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What age was marriage without parental consent available in Wisconsin in 1895?

A state's age of consent for marriage (without parents' permission) today is not necessarily the same as the age of consent for marriage (without parents' permission) a century ago. My husband's ...
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Finding 1832 birth details in Romania for Wolf Finkelstein?

One full side of my family, also Jewish, was born in Romania, and I know its not easy to find the town or area of origin. Finkelstein is a very common name, so it is important you try to narrow down ...
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What do index numbers mean in Rhode Island Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths?

You didn't say where this image comes from, but comparing it to another image I found on Google+, I am guessing that this refers to the material which has been published in electronic form in the ...
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Relocating christening record for Margaret Morgan, believed to be 1808 at St James, Bristol, England?

Have you tried FreeREG this lists all the PR's that they have currently transcribed and also has links to other sites that may have what you are looking for. Also the Forebears site has lots of ...
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Locating possible marriage between English woman and Danish man in (probably) late 19th century?

We had established in previous answers that a fragment of the family tree can be at http://zohrabfamily.atwebpages.com/ztbltre3.html (lines 252-256) and you have reminded us of the 1871 Census record. ...
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Where to find online records of New York City Potter's Field / Hart Island pre-1980?

Most of this answer has negative search results -- because it's impossible to look for records online without first knowing more about the nature of the original records and their repositories. See ...
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What information is contained in Isle of Man birth, marriage, and death certificates?

There is a useful guide here: https://www.manxbmd.com/records.html The only example I have obtained is for a birth (1946) and on that the information is exactly what I would expect from a register ...
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What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Gregorcčič at Roženberk 6?

Corrections Andreas Gregorzhizh ... Sohn, Johann 12 Apr. '811 30 ??? ??? Hube? do. Mathia ... do. Andreas ... Tochter, Anna 18. Apr. '809 unehel. T. [=uneheliche Tochter, =...
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