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== Parish History ==
BLACKBURN St Mary, '''a parish''', fourteen miles in length and ten in breadth, was formerly&nbsp;part of Whalley '''Parish'''. Blackburn is&nbsp;the head of a union, in the Lower division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the County of Lancaster; comprising the market-town and newly-enfranchised borough of Blackburn, which includes the '''chapelries ''' of Balderston, Billington-Langho, Brownhill, Over Darwen, Salesbury, Samlesbury, and Tockholes, and the townships of Clayton-leDale, Cuerdale, Lower Darwen, Dinkley, Eccleshill, Great and Little Harwood, Livesey, Mellor, Osbaldeston, Pleasington, Ramsgrave, Rishton, Walton-le-Dale, Wilpshire, and Witton, 31 miles southeast by south&nbsp;from Lancaster.<ref>''[[A Topographical Dictionary of England]]'' by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 270-275. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50805 Greatly adapted. Date accessed: 25 June 2010.</ref> Researchers may view a [[Comprehensive List of Blackburn Chapelries and Parish|Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish]]. A chapel also dedicated to St Clement has been erected; and the Vicar likewise presents to the incumbencies of Balderstone, Bamber-Bridge, Billington-Langho, Lower and Over Darwen, Feniscowles, Great Harwood, Mellor, Mellor-Brook, Salesbury, Samlesbury, Tockholes, Walton, and Witton. In the town are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Warrenites, also a Scottish kirk and a Roman Catholic chapel; and in the rural parts of the parish are various other meeting-houses for different denominations. The union of Blackburn comprises the entire parish, with the exception of the townships of Cuerdale, Samlesbury, and Walton, which are in the union of Preston; together with four townships of the parish of Whalley.
Researchers may view a [[Comprehensive List of Blackburn Chapelries and Parish|Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish]]. A chapel also dedicated to St Clement has been erected; and the Vicar likewise presents to the incumbencies of Balderstone, Bamber-Bridge, Billington-Langho, Lower and Over Darwen, Feniscowles, Great Harwood, Mellor, Mellor-Brook, Salesbury, Samlesbury, Tockholes, Walton, and Witton. In the town are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends, Independents, Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Warrenites, also a Scottish kirk and a Roman Catholic chapel; and in the rural parts of the parish are various other meeting-houses for different denominations. The union of Blackburn comprises the entire parish, with the exception of the townships of Cuerdale, Samlesbury, and Walton, which are in the union of Preston; together with four townships of the parish of Whalley.  ==== Blackburn Cathedral<br> ====
With the creation of the Diocese of Blackburn in 1926 (taken from the Diocese of Manchester) the impressive parish church of St Mary the Virgin was raised to cathedral status. The church, which was built in 1826 and designed by architect John Palmer, now forms the cathedral's nave.
The North transept contains eight misericords dating from the 15th century. It is not known at what time they arrived at the Cathedral, but they are believed to have originated at Whalley Abbey. This could mean that they were removed to a builder's yard after the Dissolution, but with the cathedral not being built until the 19th century, this allows for the possibility that they had lain unused for some 300 years.
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The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created in 1926 from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The Diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, and the cities of Lancaster, and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley.<br>
==== Blackburn's Marrying&nbsp;Chapels ====
===== '''Online Records''' =====
Blackburn St Mary is an&nbsp;ancient parish with chapelries totalling&nbsp;about 45. The following chart lists those chapelry and&nbsp;parish&nbsp;registers which have thus far been transcribed and posted online in some format. Click the years to view online data for each church for the pertinent years you are trying to search. Original parish registers,&nbsp;Bishop’s transcripts and some transcribed&nbsp;church records exist for this parish, and including additional records&nbsp;such as parish chest records.&nbsp; These are held at the Lancashire Record Office, in Preston, Lancashire or, be sure to view a [[Comprehensive List of Blackburn Chapelries and Parish|Comprehensive List of Chapels in Blackburn St Mary Parish]] (then click the link for each church which takes you directly to&nbsp;the Family History Library&nbsp;online catalog for available microfilms to original registers).<br>
Blackburn St Mary parish registers and those registers of all of its smaller chapelries lying within its boundaries have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="6center" aligncolspan="center6" | '''BLACKBURN'''&nbsp;'''ST MARY THE VIRGIN PARISH'''''<b>&nbsp;</b>'''''(1600) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | '''[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5895 1600-1660]'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ALL SAINTS Chapelry&nbsp; (1840) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN CHRIST CHURCH Chapelry&nbsp; (1859) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN HOLY TRINITY Chapelry&nbsp; (1848) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST BARNABAS Chapelry&nbsp; (1876) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN&nbsp;ST&nbsp;CLEMENT&nbsp;(GREEN&nbsp;HAWORTH)&nbsp;Chapelry (1836) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST JOHN Chapelry&nbsp; (1825) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FS'''
| bgcolor="#66ffcc" | [http://familysearch.org '''1825-1853''']<br>
| bgcolor="#ccffff" | None
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST JUDE Chapelry&nbsp; (1901) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST LUKE BANK TOP Chapelry&nbsp; (1861) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST MATTHEW HIGHER AUDLEY Chapelry&nbsp; (1886) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN&nbsp;ST&nbsp;MICHAEL &amp;&nbsp;ALL&nbsp;ANGELS Chapelry (1839) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST PAUL Chapelry&nbsp; (1792) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST PETER Chapelry&nbsp; (1821) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST PHILIP Chapelry&nbsp; (1880) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST SILAS Chapelry&nbsp; (1885) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BLACKBURN ST THOMAS Chapelry&nbsp; (1865) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BAMBER BRIDGE ST SAVIOUR Chapelry&nbsp; (1761) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BALDERSTONE ST LEONARD Chapelry&nbsp; (1751) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BILLINGTON-LANGHO ST LEONARD Chapelry&nbsp; (1725) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | '''[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5895 Various Years]'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BROOKHOUSE ST JAMES Chapelry&nbsp; (1874) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''BROWNHILL ST GABRIEL (1828) Chapelry &nbsp;Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''COPY NOOK ST THOMAS Chapelry&nbsp; (1865) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''DAISYFIELD ST MICHAEL Chapelry&nbsp; (1848) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''FENISCLIFFE ST FRANCIS Chapelry&nbsp; (1887) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''FENISCOWLES IMMANUEL'''&nbsp;'''Chapelry&nbsp; (1836) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''GREAT HARWOOD ST BARTHOLOMEW Chapelry&nbsp; (1547) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | '''[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5895 1547-1812]'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''KNUDZEN&nbsp;ST&nbsp;OSWALD'S Chapelry (1874) Indexes''' - see also Whalley Parish
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''LARK HILL HOLY TRINITY Chapelry&nbsp; (1848) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''LITTLE HARWOOD ST STEPHEN Chapelry&nbsp; (1892) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''LIVESEY ST ANDREW Chapelry&nbsp; (1877) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''LOWER DARWEN ST JAMES Chapelry&nbsp; (1829) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''MELLOR ST MARY Chapelry&nbsp; (1829) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | [http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/cgi/deathind.cgi?county=lancashire '''1837-1964''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''MELLOR-BROOK ST SAVIOUR Chapelry&nbsp; (1824) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''OVER DARWEN ST JAMES Chapelry&nbsp; (1781) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''OVER DARWEN ST CUTHBERT Chapelry&nbsp; (1872) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''OVER DARWEN HOLY TRINITY (later known as ST PETER) Chapelry&nbsp; (1829) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''OVER DARWEN ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST Chapelry&nbsp; (1864) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''OVER DARWEN LOWER Chapelry&nbsp; (1751) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''SALESBURY ST PETER Chapelry&nbsp; (1807) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''SAMLESBURY ST LEONARD THE LESS Chapelry&nbsp; (1634) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''TOCKHOLES ST STEPHEN Chapelry&nbsp; (1775) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | None
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''WALTON-LE-DALE ST LEONARD Chapelry&nbsp; (1609) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
| bgcolor="#ffccff" | '''[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5895 1609-1812]'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''WITTON ST MARK Chapelry&nbsp; (1837) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffccff" | [http://www.lancashirebmd.org.uk/cgi/deathind.cgi?county=lancashire '''1837-1905''']
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" colspanalign="4center" aligncolspan="center4" | '''WITTON ST PHILIP Chapelry&nbsp; (1881) Indexes'''
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" |
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==== Probate records<br> ====
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to [[Lancashire Probate Records|Lancashire Probate Records]] to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
== Maps and Gazetteers<br> ==
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851]
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