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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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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

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 ...
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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

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 ...
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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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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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Do any fragments of the 1931 census of England & Wales survive?

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 ...
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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

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*" ...
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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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Identifying photograph which may be Margaret Morgan (1808-1902) taken at Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales?

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 ...
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Citation of both folio and page in England census

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 "...
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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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Was the 1939 Register really updated after the end of National Registration?

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 ...
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Do any fragments of the 1931 census of England & Wales survive?

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 ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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What happened to the original household schedules used to produce the 1939 Register?

Audrey Collins' blog post National registration day: 29 September 1939 says: The completed household schedules were collected and returned to each local National Registration Office, but they did ...
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Was the 1939 Register really updated after the end of National Registration?

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, "...
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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

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 ...
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Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

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 ...
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Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

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 ...
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Determining surname for 1782 baptism in Breconshire, Wales?

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 ...
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