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*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
**:-An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|abbreviation]] of their given name. **:-Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation. **:-Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands. *Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as wellsearch results.
*Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this collection, nearby locations include the bordering counties of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent.
*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See [[England Nonconformist Church Records]] for more information.
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