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Finding service history of ancestor in Abwehr during World War 2?

I have evidence that my ancestor worked under a pseudonym in the Abwehr. He joined the allied forces in April 45 in Italy. I have his British war record, but not his German one. I have asked ...
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What might word like “dofhoadayne” mean in mid-17th Century Will from Dorset, England?

The man I believe to be my 9th great grandfather William Noake wrote his Will on 2 Jan 1648 at Longburton, Dorset, England, and a cropped image from very near the beginning of that document appears ...
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Help parsing a census record (including inlaws)

So I'm getting a bit confused trying to parse this census record: [Charles] Graham is the grandfather I care about. My mother doesn't know much about him since he died when she was young, but the ...
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Any Records of Social Security Payouts?

I think it's unlikely but I'm trying to track down some info on my grandfather. Records I've seen lead me to believe he was married prior to getting together with my grandmother, who was also ...
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Tracing male ancestor born late 19th century in North Carolina?

I am trying to locate any information on my grandfather. His name (I think) was Allie T. Russell and he was born 2/29/1892 in North Carolina. I do have a copy of his revised birth certificate. It ...
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Tracing genealogy of people with particular Polish surname?

I am trying to trace the genealogy of one or more people with the surname "Wozniack." I believe that it is Polish name and that these people are of Polish descent Where in Poland are people with ...
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finding my Romanian family [duplicate]

I am trying to find my family from Romania but not having any luck. All I have is my fathers name and that he was born and lived in Gusterista, Sibiu but that's all I have and I want to search my ...
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Finding Romanian ancestors?

I have just married my husband, who is Romanian, and I want to add his family to my family tree. However, we do not know where to start because we cannot find a website that helps. His father is ...
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Finding original name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

My grandfather was born in Ohio in 1909. He was said to have changed his name at the age of 17 and left home. I know he had siblings, but not the names of any of his family. How would I find out ...
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When were passports first issued in the USA?

Would a US immigrant from Germany traveling back to Germany in the 1850's have a passport. Where are these records?
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Finding World War 2 Royal Naval Reserve Record of Edgar Graham?

My late Paternal Grand-dad, was Edgar Graham, b.1880, Manchester, Lancs. He served in WW1 as an Assistant Engine Room Artificer; reaching Chief E.R.A. towards the end of The War. I have his full ...
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What German provinces were recorded in the 1920 Census?

In the 1920 Census, my husband's grandmother and great-grandmother were enumerated with a birthplace Saxony. There is a note next to the birthplace which may be in a different hand that says Ger ...
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Locating Manorial Records of Copyhold in mid-19th Century Staffordshire, England?

In 1837-1839 and 1842, my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox was listed as a voter living at Wheaton Aston in the Parish of Lapley, Staffordshire, England and was qualified to vote by owning ...
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Researching family history in Albania?

We have been looking for records of Bektash Shkembi from Albania and have not been able to find any. Does anyone have any suggestions where to begin researching family history in Albania so that we ...
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What is the name of the sister and what is the town in this passenger list?

I am trying to research my husband's grandparents. They arrived in St. Albans, Vermont, in 1913 from or through Canada, emigrating from Poland/Russia. This is from the column that states who is their ...
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Discovering descendants of 19th Century German immigrant to Australia who served in World War 2?

My ancestor Phillip Post came to Australia from Eltville near Frankfurt in about 1860. He had a son Conrad from whom I know I descend. How would I discover the descendants of Phillip Post who ...
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Cantonist Records

Two of my ancestors were forcibly drafted into the Russian Army as part of the Cantonist decree. Where can I find the records of those draftees?
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List of Sacraments on Catholic Death Register doesn't include Marriage

Today in the mail I received a copy of the death register for Maryanna Zierak. The list of Sacraments includes Confirmation, Communion, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick). Why doesn't it ...
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Where can I find early-20th century residence and trade information in the United Kingdom?

I'm trying to fill in the gaps between the records I already have about William Henry Cole, born in Slapton, Devon, England around 1890, died in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. The relevant part of ...
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Personal family history website with rich media support?

I have some family members who have been asking for a family website wherewith they can assemble both family history information and upload pictures (sometimes with stories) and so forth in a friendly ...
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Assessing the coverage of various collections

This is perhaps a little more of a meta-question, but it has come to mind repeatedly over the past few weeks. I'll start with a specific example. In this question, I bring up the case of my ...
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Ancestors in Lemberg (Lviv) and Czyczkow/y

My great-grandfather was born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine). However, I am unsure how to proceed to further back in the family tree. I have written to the archives in Lviv which hold the ...
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Familial Terminology in Colonial America

Recently I posted a question about my ancestor John White. In order to find out a little more about him, I read some of the descriptions of him more carefully and came across the following quote (from ...
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Resolving conflicts between conclusions of different researchers (internet & professional historian)?

One of my ancestors was named John White. He was a very early settler of Ohio, marrying Priscilla Devol in 1790 when Ohio was still part of the Northwest Territory. Here is a timeline with some ...
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Interpreting “From what County selected” column on mid-19th Century Passenger List (England - South Australia)?

My 3rd great grandparents John Billin and Mary (nee Symons) with their four children (including my 2nd great grandmother Emma Symons Treloar Billin, aged 5) left Plymouth, Devon, England on 11 May ...
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Finding evidence for divorce in mid-19th Century Scotland?

This question involves some of the same family as an earlier question of mine (Where to find New York City/State records relating to British subjects born/died there mid 19th century?) but is intended ...
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Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

My dilemma is finding out about my great-grandfather's war history. Here's a brief summary of what I know. My father is Swiss. His father was Swiss' and served as a border guard in world war II. It's ...
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How to transfer data between different versions of gramps?

Using Gramps on Linux and Windows is causing problems with sharing the same data. Windows is on version 3.4.8 but Linux on 3.4.0. Data exported from Windows does not import into 3.4.0 on Linux. How ...
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Reading Finnish Parish Records

I believe this is the birth record of Kasia Fredrika Tormanen B: 15 JUN 1858, D: 17 SEP 1900 in Kemi, Finland. I am finding it very difficult to read and translate the writing on this page. ...
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Half brother, step brother, or no term

I was married before and had 3 children. My wife and I got divorced and have since remarried other people. My new wife and I had a son together and my ex wife and her new husband had a son. These ...
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What would “F.S.” abbreviation mean on 1841 Census Record from Cornwall?

On the 1841 Census Record for my 3rd great grandparents John Billin and Mary Symons, there is a notation that I am keen to clarify. The record for this family starts at the bottom of one page and ...
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Port of San Francisco ship departures late 1930's

I have been able to locate arrival records from Europe to the United States but have not been able to have success with the reverse. My grandfather and his mother returned back to Europe soon after ...
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Determining parents of 19th Century Swiss ancestor?

I started getting into genealogy thanks to Ancestry.com and I have run into a brick wall. I am looking for the parents of Christopher Stukey (born somewhere between 1843 and 1848 in Switzerland) his ...
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Getting started in Irish research

A friend's wife has started to research her family history, and has fallen at the first hurdle: one of her ancestors is Irish (born circa 1865 and died in Omagh, Northern Ireland in 1948 -- there's a ...
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Could an Ohio resident be in the Indiana militia? (Timeline resolution)

It is part of my family's tradition that a particular ancestor of mine was a participant in the Battle of Tippecanoe, on November 19, 1811, but I am having a little trouble confirming it. Here are ...
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Finding original surname of 20th Century Russian immigrant to United States?

My Great Grandfather Abraham moved here from Vilna Russia in early 1900's with his wife Udis Rose and two children, Arthor and Bella. They started in New York City and at some point changed the last ...
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Finding 20th Century Irish Ship Passenger to New York on Manifest?

I am trying to find a passenger ship manifest listing an individual (Thersa Briget Connellan) travelling from Ireland to the USA. She was born in Clare Ireland Apr. 27, 1908 and we have found her ...
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Washington County, Ohio in the 1810 Census

In ancestry.com's "About" section for the 1810 Census, we read the following: Schedules exist for 17 states and District of Columbia, Georgia territory, Mississippi territory, Louisiana territory, ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records

Since I asked the question about working with unindexed probate records, I have located some card indexes for administrations in Queens County New York online (as images which can be browsed) and one ...
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Where was Dalmasz, Russia?

I am trying to find information about my great grandfather. We have a Declaration of Intention for the United States of America, division of naturalization, which he signed. On the form it shows ...
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Interpreting British Army service records: tours of duty

More details about this service member are in my question Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns? Alfred Clarke, b. 1840, from Brighton, Sussex, England, ...
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How can I make it easier to read scans of records when the other side of the page bleeds through?

Sometimes the scans of parish registers and other old records show “bleed-through” from the other side of the page. Is there something I can do to make these images easier to read? Here are some ...
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Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns?

I have located a record for Alfred Clarke in the United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records. The TNA record series number is WO 97, and the original images are available at Find My Past. ...
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How can I establish an early 19th century birthplace?

I have been investigating my ancestor, Vestus/Sylvester Blackstone with a goal of getting an accurate timeline for some of the major events in his life. I am trying to resolve a number of ...
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Am I related to this family?

I have a puzzling genealogical question, but first you must be prefaced. My family tree contains two half-siblings. (Google "half-sibling family tree" to see what I mean.) Now my half siblings and I ...
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1answer
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Determining if Mayflower Descendant?

I am interested to know if I am a descendant from anyone on the Mayflower ship. I have access to ancestry.com and also Family Search. My genealogy goes back quite far in many different directions. ...
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1answer
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Finding records from the 'manor house'

I have an 1881 Census record for one of my research subjects where he appears as a servant at the local Manor house. Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails has a section on finding manor house records ...
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Names at the end of Wills

I have been transcribing several wills over the last few months and am pretty much done. However, at the end of the wills, after the names of the witnesses there are letters that I think are shorthand ...
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1answer
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Inferring father/son relationships from Senior (Sr.) / Junior (Jr.) naming?

As in my other questions, I am investigating the spread of the Blackstone family name in early America. I came across the following tidbits and I would like to know if my interpretation is (likely to ...
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What would Toller to Duke of Leeds do in Cornwall?

In another recent question (Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains?) I referred to my 5th great grandfather Richard Boyens (sometimes spelled Boyns) who I believe to have been a Mining Captain at ...

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