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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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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

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 ...
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Backtracking to find source of birth date?

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 ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

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 ...
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Tracing ancestor CF Evans who died in World War 2 (aged 39 in 1945)?

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, ...
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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

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 ...
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Proving parents of Thomas Morgan of Tre-bryn, Pencoed, Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales about 1808 were Thomas and Ann?

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 ...
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Proving parents of Thomas Morgan of Tre-bryn, Pencoed, Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales about 1808 were Thomas and Ann?

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 ...
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Confirming parentage of Mary (1771? - 1851) wife of John James in Llanfair Nant Y Gof, Pembrokeshire, Wales?

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 ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

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 ...
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Finding records of professional athlete and trainer who married 1911 at Cardiff, Wales?

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 ...
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Looking for birth record of Catherine Jones in Llanfynydd, circa 1882

The first thing to check is the marriage certificate for Catherine and John James Cowin (From FreeBMD: Q3 (Sept) 1903; Chester; Vol 8a; Page 843). The marriage record should give you the name of ...
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Where did this baptism take place?

It looks to be Bryn Engan, which is likely to be Capel Bryn Engan in the parish of Llanystumdwy in Caernarfonshire. Coflein describes the place as follows: BRYNENGAN CHAPEL (WELSH CALVINISTIC ...
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How to interpret differences between different birth indices in England and Wales

I have observed a similar problem with the Massachusetts State Archives' online searchable database for Vital Records, which can be accessed here: Search Vital Records (1841 - 1910). ("Vital Records" ...
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Help needed reading a place of birth in an 1871 census record from Glamorgan, Wales

I think it's Cwmneath. Aberdare is in the Neath valley and if you look at a map of South Wales, you'll see a road, the A465, called the Heads of the Valleys Road which runs from Merthyr down to Neath ...
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Finding more information about Brecon Arms pub and when specific individuals had occupancy as landlords

For the pub itself. change your focus from searching for people, and make the building your focus. Just like people, your three key points are the name, the time, and the place. Buildings aren't as ...
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1921 Census and noting name different in Ancestry

Ancestry online trees allow the users to record multiple names. Users can display them by going to the Filter drop down menu above the Facts column on the left-hand side of the profile, and then ...
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Proving parents of Thomas Morgan of Tre-bryn, Pencoed, Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales about 1808 were Thomas and Ann?

From the five census records my hypothesis is that Thomas was born at Pencoed, in the parish of Coychurch, in 1808-1809. Baptisms I found that between 1805 and 1812 there were at least 4 Thomas ...
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Finding marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales?

Today FindMyPast announced: Wales Parish Registers We’ve added a substantial tranche of new records to our exclusive collection of Welsh county baptisms, marriages, banns and burials. One ...
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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

Looking at the instructions for searching and ordering copies of wills on wills.gov.uk, 'Search for a Will': Not all grants of representation contain a will. Check the type of grant when you ...
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Locating a birth record for Mary Harris circa November 1919

Got it! 1920 M Quarter Llanelly 11A 2861 EARLEY HARRIS, MARY It did not occur to me that her birth was registered in 1920! I received the certificate yesterday and it was the right reference. She ...
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What does 'for the ferm' (or possibly 'farm' or possibly 'feren') mean in Welsh Land Tax records?

There are two spellings here – ferm and fearm – both of which, I suspect are a variant spelling of farm. The term is English, which explains why it does not show in a Welsh dictionary. A few excerpts ...
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How can we find a record that we see on Ancestry on another website?

Some public library systems subscribe to Ancestry Library Edition through ProQuest. Patrons of the library can access the full Ancestry records by logging in through their library (usually using a ...
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How can we find a record that we see on Ancestry on another website?

Since I don't have the Ancestry app installed at the moment, I'll use the web interface for these examples. Whether you have a subscription or not, you can learn more about the records from the main ...
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Interpreting a phrase in a Banns record from 1825 Pembrokeshire

It would have been for the period of the banns, rather than the lifetime of the parties. Lord Hardwick's Marriage Act which came into effect in 1764 stated that a marriage could only take place in ...
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