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Genealogical Oddities (XXIII): A Belgian Baptism in Seville, 1868

A baptism recorded at Seville’s parish of San Roque in December 1868 must have tested the limits of the priest’s ability to spell phonetically – in the effort to detail so many foreign names and places, the child’s name seems to have been omitted from the entry, unless the name ‘Eduardo’ scribbled in the margin,…

Genealogical Oddities (XX): Three 16th century English merchants heading for Flanders

Registers covering assorted business transacted by the Cámara de Castilla in 1574 refer to permission granted on March 4th of that year to three Englishmen to travel through Spain on their way to Flanders. Stated to be merchants, they were William Caston, Gilbert Tickbone (or perhaps Tichbone) and David Stradling. The first two are enigmas…

Genealogical Oddities (XIX): An Anglo-American-Scandinavian family, Madrid 1910

The 1910 Madrid city census includes, at Calle Teruel Nº 1, ground floor, a most polyglot family. The widowed matriarch was English, her daughter apparently Scandinavian but born in Andalusia; her son-in-law [two years older than herself!] was American, and their child was born in Portugal. The informant for the census entry was Margaret Gray,…