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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Locating Welsh 1939 Register information that is referred to in "See INSTRUCTIONS" column

From The National Archives' Research Guide on the 1939 Register: 8. What does it mean when an entry is crossed out and marked ‘See page…?’ These refer to ‘continuation entries’ where the line in the ‘...
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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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Finding evidence for Daniel Connors' birth in Wales about 1880?

One way forward would be to look for documents in the United States which confirm the birthdate of your mystery man, for example military records or an entry on the ssdi if he has one. If the ...
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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

As far as I am aware there are no centralised records that include documentation of how estates were distributed, whether or not a valid will existed. In addition to the suggestions made by @...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

I have now seen the six documents mentioned in the question and transcribed them: 1. THESE are to Certify, That John Smyth Son of Jeremiah Smyth Mariner, by Mary his Wife, of the Parish of St ...
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Finding wills/probate for printers of Brecon, Wales who died in 1794, 1820 and 1839?

There are a limited number of places that a will would be located for these individuals. If you cannot locate one after ruling out all the options below, it would be reasonable to conclude that they ...
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