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Things that can hamper FH research in registers.

benny1982

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Before 1800 we do tend to head into very murky waters and records back then can vary. What often can really hamper further research is a small gap in a parish register where your ancestor may have been baptised for example. But there are many other things such as

When a potential ancestor leaves a will he just says "to all my children" without saying their names, or just their first names but no married names for his or her daughters. "To my daughters Elizabeth and Margaret". So you are no further in knowing if it is the right ancestor.

Many burials not giving an age at burial pre 1813 when registers were standardised.

You look at the witnesses to post 1754 marriages hoping they were relatives, and then find the witnesses to your ancestor's wedding were regular witnesses. Ie church members, or parish clerks, local pillars of the community etc. Or the witnesses were just friends, which will not help with the genealogy research.
 

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