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How many British men and women were serving in the Boer War at the time of the 1901 census?

I have several young men and women who I cannot trace on the British 1901 census, despite numerous and extensive efforts. While there are a number of reasons why I might not be able to find them, one ...
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Understanding 1939 Registration district numbers?

In the top right hand corner of each page of the 1939 register is a a pair of numbers recording the Registration District and sub-district for that page. As has been commented on in a previous ...
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How can I distinguish between name changes and missing records?

Every now and again I come across a person, who seems to have changed their name. For example, a birth/baptism record may have one name, while subsequent records (marriage, census…) use another for ...
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Obtaining birth certificates from colonial Malacca/Straits Settlements

I'm looking to get a birth certificate of a family member who was (according to another relative who seemed not entirely certain) born in Malacca in the 1930s and died in Kuala Lumpur in the 1970s. ...
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Contacting family of Unteroffizier Wilhelm Braatz shot down in Battle of Britain?

Passed down to me is a service cap of a pilot of the Luftwaffe from WW2. During the battle of Britain in September 1940 an aircraft flew over east Sussex smoke pouring out behind. The service cap was ...
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Grandmother as spinster? (Staffordshire, 1736)

In her 1736 Staffordshire will, a woman named Mary Simpson named her grandson (John Bourne) executor. Bourne requested a proxy (George Hand), and in the proxy request, officials referred to Simpson ...
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Did the Army know when somebody in the Reserves died?

I have now obtained my grandfather (TJ)'s Army Records and they're a very interesting read... To put it mildly, he was neither a good soldier nor one who believed in staying with the colours ...
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Can I determine the relationship between Mary Anne Wright (nee Harper) and Charles William Kimmons?

In the 1901 census for England, Mary Ann Wright (nee Harper) was living in Kings Norton, Worcestershire (not Birmingham) with her husband Stanley and her children. In the 1911 census she's shown as a ...
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Researching German soldiers who were prisoners of war in US during WWII?

My father-in-law was in the Latvian army then conscripted into the German army. We believe he was captured by American forces in either North Africa or Italy and brought to the US. He was in a camp ...
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Finding records of emigration/immigration from Germany to South Africa?

My paternal grandfather was born in 1900 in Attenhoffen, Germany. He came to South Africa in the 1920s. My quest is to find out how and when? There is a story that he was a seaman who jumped ship in ...
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Historical records of money transfers for emigration (Remittance) from England?

A Wikipedia article defines Remittance as: A remittance is a transfer of money by a foreign worker to an individual in his or her home country. In a city directory from New England dated 1876, ...
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How long might a couple have 'courted' and been engaged in mid-nineteenth century Wales?

What might the 'courting' and engagement period have been for a young couple in mid-nineteenth century Merthyr Tydfil. Their ages were both recorded as 21 at their marriage in the Register Office (...
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Deciphering place names in Northern Alsace?

I am having some difficulties with a 1797 marriage record from Birlenbach, Northern Alsace (departement Bas-Rhin), specifically some of the geography. The record is hard to retrieve (all they let me ...
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Looking for information about Anna Oldag (*10 Oct 1866 in Warmbrunn)

According to her tombstone in the German Cemetery in Haifa, Israel, my great grandmother Anna Minna Martha Oldag (her maiden name) was born in Warmbrunn on 10 Oct 1866. I have tentatively identified ...
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Identifying the parents of Moritz Martin Bernhardt born 1827 Treptow Prussia

Moritz Martin Bernhardt is my great-grand father. I was able to learn his age and place of birth (1827 Treptow, Prussia) from his application for US Citizenship. I found his date and place of death (...

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