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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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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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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 is the UK death index publicly available beyond 1998?

There is no UK death index as England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are administered separately. For the England and Wales birth and death index (current through 2021 as of writing), ...
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What is the meaning of the cross symbol I see added to individuals in Status Animarium records?

Generally, a cross preceeding or following a name indicates "deceased". If there is a date, it is "died on" (that date). Both styles were used over centuries of records, although my subjective ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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In vital records at the Paris (France) Archives, what is the meaning of "ter" in the Numéro de l'acte (record number)?

These may be references to deaths overseas, copied into the locality where the person lived. According to Familysearch: The death of a soldier who died away from home is usually noted in the death ...
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Ordering certificates from the Corella Registry Office in Spain

According to https://www.mjusticia.gob.es/BUSCADIR/ServletControlador the correct office is Tudela. So they would forward if needed to Corella City Hall:
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Where is the UK death index publicly available beyond 1998?

Where is Ancestry getting it from, and can I just search it or will I need another subscription? What is this and where is it from? To find out where Ancestry is getting the data from for any ...
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What town is meant by the location Gorn. Laknic?

Place is probably Gorenje Lakovnice, Novo Mesto, Slovenia, "and belongs to the Parish of Novo Mesto–Šmihel". As in a previous answer, Fuzzy Gazetteer and GOV led to the above result. In the record ...
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What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Gregorcčič at Roženberk 6?

A few corrections: Audmnad = Andreas Aiuer = Anna Martin = Mathia(s)? Not sure about the surname.
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What are names and dates in this Status Animarum for Mali Cirnik 13?

Most of your transcript matches my reading. Corrections/alternate transcriptions: ...Weib, Maria Sladizh ... ...Tochter, Maria ...geheirathet nach Posharzhe Rikarerd? Johanistha[l?, ...
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Finding parents of Maria Cima of Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain?

You can request birth, marriage and death certificates to the Spanish Civil Registry. There are records since 1870. In your case, you will find the Civil Registry of O Porriño under Galicia, ...
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Annual report of the Town of Plymouth, MA [1925]

As you may know, what you are looking at are the Town Reports for the town of Plymouth. Almost every town in New England publishes a town report every spring for Town Meeting(usually March). Many ...
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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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