A puzzle in the 1871 Census

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Researching theatrical ancestors has its pros and cons. On the plus side, they often get a lot of newspaper coverage during their careers, and if you’re lucky, you might find some promotional photographs. On the down¬†side, they tend to move around a lot so can be hard to find, and also use a variety of names, including on official documents. Continue reading

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Genealogical curiosities: boys or girls?

During my research, I’ve come across an odd phenomenon where girl children appear to have been registered as male at birth. So far I’ve found three examples, all different families, places and dates. In each case, the civil register states that the child is male¬†(and has a typically male name), but by the time of the baptism or next census, the child is female.

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