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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 births and deaths. The key pieces of information to consider are: The GRO indexes were compiled quarterly (that is, at the end of March, June, September, and ...


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As @TomH indirectly suggests, it is possible to request your father's Service Records from the UK's Ministry of Defence. See https://www.gov.uk/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records, in particular the section "Service records of deceased Service personnel". Obtaining Service Records has a bad reputation because of the time it takes and the ...


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The information on the census forms that you can see online is only as good as the knowledge (and truthfullness) of the person providing the information to the enumerator. So, depending on who told the enumerator about Mary Williams: They may not have known so guessed They lied They did not remember correctly In addition the forms you see are not the forms ...


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I don't think this is a comprehensive answer, but I will outline my process for dealing with record hints on services which offer them like Ancestry and Find My Past. Assemble all the information you already know (as you've done in writing the question). Make a timeline and work from the 'last seen' date forward in small increments, or work outward from ...


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My first step was to look for the births of children registered with the surname Harris and the mother's maiden name of Earley from 1911 onwards, using the GRO indices. I found 4: Cyril Alexander Harris 1913M quarter Cardiff Austin Harris 1914S quarter Cardiff Esme Harris 1916D quarter Llanelly Jeanie Harris 1918S quarter Llanelly (The GRO indices with ...


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Baptisms and burials moved to pre-printed books in 1813 as a result of Rose's "Act for better regulating and preserving Parish and other Registers of Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials in England [28th June 1812]" of 1812 Marriages had been pre-printed from 1754, as a result of Hardwicke's "Act for the better preventing of clandestine Marriages. (1753)...


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For an 'out of the box' answer -- one of the more interesting blog posts I've come across recently is from Kenneth Marks' site The Ancestor Hunt where he offers a series of lessons on how to do newspaper research, including 8 Ways to Overcome OCR Errors when Searching Newspapers. Unlike Soundex, he focuses on substituting letters which have the same shapes ...


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Common names are always difficult because there are so many false positives. With such a common name as Thomas Jones, I would not search public death records or look for the death certificate until I had the precise place and date of death or burial. To attempt to pin Mr. Jones down, I would search in two areas: First I'd try searching the obituary ...


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I suspect it was the 1939 Register, as that shows a Catherine Cowin with birth date 24 Dec 1878 living in Liverpool C.B. Keep in mind that birth dates on the 1939 Register were recorded as given by the household head, and errors were not uncommon. Frequently I find the year slightly off. For more information on birth date errors see How accurate are birth ...


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On the night of Saturday 19 December 1942, there was a fire at a store in Hayes, Middlesex. The store, the responsibility of the Office of Works, contained a large amount of furniture but in addition it contained the census records for England & Wales for 1931, that is the whole of the schedules, enumeration books and plans. They were all ...


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I'm surprised no-one seems to have mentioned using wildcards. Provided the search engine of the site you are using will support it (and Ancestry is pretty limited in this regard), putting in "Harp*" will deal with the most obvious variant endings and you can vary the position of the asterisk and the number of letters to what suits. I've had a lot of ...


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If I am correct the Charles Fredrick Evans as required by you is listed as a Gunner in the Royal Artillery. His service number was 1801591 and you could follow him up on line via Forces war records, if required for a fee. He is also listed under find a grave index, death 28 Feb 1945 and Listed with his mother Emma Elizabeth Evans, aged 42, when he was aged 7,...


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The tight hair and tight button-down clothing make me think pre-1890. There was a rage of puffy shoulders and sleeves that began around 1895 and became outlandish by 1905. Subject appears to be between 65 and 80. Her crooked smile may indicate some worn or missing teeth. :) Probably a widow, since she is aged and posing alone. She may be holding the ...


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To be useful, information not only needs to be right but also clear and accessible. Perhaps after due digging thru a dictionary or some other reference, someone can eventually figure out what "r" or "v" means. However, far more people will understand "p 11". From your description, it seems this ultimately conveys the same information, so it makes sense to ...


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It seems like the next step in utilizing the information from the will of John Francis in 1809 would be to locate the information related to this probate in the death duty registers which date from 1796 to 1903. These records should provide details about how the deceased persons effects were actually distributed and to whom. Additional information you could ...


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If you look at the page 1939 Register Service on the Health & Social Care Information Centre website, the site says: The 1939 Register Service (cost recovery) enables you to request data held on the 1939 Register for England and Wales, as recorded on 29 September 1939. After explaining what data can be found on the Register and whose information ...


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As previously mentioned all the schedules were lost, but if you want to learn more about the census and the reports that were generated from the data before the schedules were lost, here are some resources. What? No British Censuses for 1931 or 1941? published 17 Jun 2011 on the Family Search blog 200 Years of the Census: Census 1911-2001 (Office of ...


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As I understand, you have no other specific record that would link John Smyth to Wales. With this in mind I first think you should not get too caught up in the spelling of the name - John Smyth, John Smith, John Smythe. While the Smyth spelling may be less common, the spellings may have been phonetically identical. You should be prepared to see variability ...


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The proof has now been substantially improved from its original form, however I will leave the critique below as a (hopefully) useful list of things to think about when trying to locate the correct baptism record for an ancestor. We all have brickwalls in our family tree where there are several individuals in a parish with exactly the same name, and it can ...


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I also have concerns that any proof which looks at only parish registers and census records meets the standard for a reasonably exhaustive search. To Harry's excellent answer I would add the following caution -- in a recent class on Non-Conformist church records that I took from the Family History Library, the instructor warned that there was a high ...


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Not very helpful but in the two cases where I have acted as the Executor of a will, I would say that the sole documentation generated was: The will itself; The Request for Probate; The information about the estate sent off with(?) the Request for Probate and destined for HM Revenue & Customs so that they knew the size of the estate and how much ...


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My wife had an ancestor who was extremely difficult to find, but I later discovered she was in a mental asylum. What confused me is that when she was committed, her husband apparently disowned her and gave the institution no information. He listed himself in the next census as single and but there was no death certificate between that and the previous census....


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Brute force searching is sometimes the way to go. I found your wife's great grandmother's birth record on Familysearch. Esme Katherine Earley England and Wales Birth Registration Index Name Esme Katherine Earley Event Type Birth Registration Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun Registration Year 1887 Registration District Cardiff County ...


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I asked this question directly on Facebook. The response I recieved is that, yes: "The Register was updated until 1991 when it ceased to be a working document". This means that for married women, "in the vast majority of cases" they will be recorded under both their married and maiden names. They say, "We'll be showing both maiden and married names and ...


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Family Search Research Wiki: Church of England Parish Registers says: Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials These events were recorded on blank pages in a bound register. The events of baptism, marriage, and burial were all recorded in one volume until 1754, when a law required that marriages be recorded in a separate book. Banns, or ...


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It is true to say that a death can only be registered in the district in which it occurred. What can happen is that the information can be given to a registrar in another district who completes a legal form called a declaration and then sends that on to the correct district where the registration then actually takes place. The resultant register entry will ...


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I can only say that when I submitted a Probate Application Form earlier this year, one of the documents required to go with it, was an "Official copy of death certificate or coroner's letter". The current form has no other space for the place of death, so the only current source can be the death certificate. The interesting aspect is that the idea that a ...


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I am confident this is simply an error in indexing, and the surname should have been indexed as Howels. This can be confirmed by looking at the index and images for this baptism register on FindMyPast. You will also note that this Priscilla cannot be your ancestor because she is found in the burials for the same parish in 1782.


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