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How to find current Name (or location) of “Russian” town recorded in 1910?

A passenger arrived in the port of New York on the ship Philadelphia in 1910. His residence, as listed on the Ellis Island manifest, is transcribed as "Ruistikovicz, Russia". The passenger is said ...
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How to find information about a Dachau Internee?

I am posting here as I have no idea where to begin. And information that I have is limited and Im hoping that somebody can point me in the right direction. My Great Uncle was a political prisoner ...
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Does this headwear tell me anything about the individual wearing it?

This image of a member of the Women's Institute in Dorset at a Christmas Party around 1953 shows a woman wearing a very distinctive head-dress. All the other women in the picture are bare-headed or ...
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How can I learn more about my father, who was born in Spain and lived in Morocco?

My father was born in La Linea, Spain. He said he played football for Morocco and also was married there. He spent many years in Morocco in the 1940's. How can I learn more about him?
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How can I find Swiss ancestors who were living in Zurich in the 1950s?

What is the best method for finding Swiss ancestors that were living in Zurich in the 1950's. I have names and birthdates but have not had any contact with them from about 1960.
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What uses are there for the Social Security Number (SSN) of a deceased ancestor?

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI), or Death Master File (DMF) is an index of the deaths of US persons that have been notified to the US Social Security. It's available online at various places ...
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Finding who lived at an address in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1957

I am helping a relative with some research. A now deceased ancestor emigrated from the UK to Canada in 1957. We have the UK departure record and the US arrival record. The arrival shows them as going ...
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What are good search techniques for finding people who have moved within the same geographical area?

In an answer to the question How would you handle a census record that is almost certainly the target family but which has too many discrepancies? I wrote about a family in my research area for which ...
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Where were my parents married?

My parents were married 59 years ago today (Christmas day 1954). The problem is that I can not find their marriage license anywhere and to add to the problem my mother was 1/2 black and in Georgia ...
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How can I identify people in 20th-century photo albums once the older relatives are gone?

My husband and I, and our siblings, are now the oldest generation in our families. We have photos which have been discovered or have come down to us when our parents died. I have another friend who ...
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How to find a passenger who left NYC to europe around 1885-1913.

How to find a passenger manifest who left New York City to Europe around 1885-1913? I know he arrived to New York City, and there are 4 records at Ellis Island of people who would match him almost ...
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Marine Corps Muster Roll abbreviations

my question is similar to What is the meaning of these remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers? but with different abbreviations that I can't find the answer to. Below is the transcription I have. I ...
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Where can I find death records for Germany post 1919?

My grandfather (Emil Schweiss born February 1864) was interned during the 1st World War and repatriated to Germany in I think 1919, but I have never been able to find out when he died, where he died, ...
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How to find someone from Canada who has not been heard of since about 1939?

I have been searching for my grandfather John Howard Coulter. Born Bellaire on 2/22/1896. He married Clara Mae Newton and had two daughters Mildred and Edna. He left the family abt 1939 and never ...
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How to find records of a refugee from the Nazis?

I am trying to find my husband's great gradnmother's details. She was born on July 15, 1913 in Germany or Poland. Her name was Mae Bernstein. Her parents were Max and Edith Bernstein (from her ...
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How do I find a Canadian address that appears to go missing between Censuses?

I'm looking for a record for 426 Clinton Street, Toronto in the 1921 Census. In the 1911 Census this was Toronto West, Ward 5, Sub-District 65. The 400 block is north of Bloor Street, but only south ...
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Looking for my grandfather in Germany

I'm trying to locate my mums real father. She was born in Bad-Tolz Germany in 1947 and brought up by her maternal aunt & uncle. She came to Aust when she was 3 years old & was never told who ...
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Why wait more than 3 years to file the Petition for Naturalization?

Naturalization in the US was a two step process from 1790 through at least the mid 1900s (I don't know how it works now). The first step was filing a Declaration of Intention which could be done after ...
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Is there a way to track komagata maru's travellers

There were 20 people allowed into Canada from the ship komagata maru http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komagata_Maru_incident Is there a way to identify who were the 20 people allowed entry?
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How did Doris Sparrell (1892-1985) spend her time as a young lady?

What did young women like Doris Sparrell (b. 11 Dec. 1892; d. 10 Jul. 1985; lived in MA, USA) do for entertainment as teenagers?
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Where to find records of arrest in pre WW II Germany?

A German Jew I am researching was arrested in Germany some time around 1935. He was released some time thereafter, and emigrated to the United states in 1936. I am wondering where to look for such ...
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How to trace ancestors in 20th century Romania?

Sanda Yordanova Genova was born in Braila in 1911. Yordan Genov Date of birth: 06/02/1907 Place of birth: Cerna Name of spouse: Maria Todorova Ilieva Nikola Todorov Bonchev Date of birth: ...
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What port or border crossing would immigrants to Minnesota likely have used?

I have some Austrian/Ukrainian ancestors that first settled in Minnesota for a brief time after immigrating to the United States around 1900. What was likely their point of entry into the US? Family ...
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What does it mean for woman to have the title of Mistress in a marriage record?

I found a marriage record* where the woman has the title of "Mistress". What does that title mean in this case? I know that title of "Mistress" has multiple meanings. The woman was previously married ...
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Brick Wall: Searching for Grandfather - C&EI Railroad Employee in 1948 - who the heck was he?

I will do my best not to make this a novel. My mother never knew her father. She was the product of a very "brief" relationship that took place when my 16 year old grandmother was visiting her ...
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Help finding emigration records for Annie Smith

My Great Grandmother emigrated to Australia from the UK after the death of her husband so that she could be closer to the majority of her children who had travelled there earlier. My Grand father ...
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Locating a 20th century New York Death record

My Spanish great uncle was born Salvador Mouris Campos and naturalized as Compos. He was born July 1, 1886 and traveled from Havana to New York in 1917. Was subsequently drafted for WW1 that year. In ...
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1910 Census - and the last three columns

The last three columns in the 1910 US Census (columns 30, 31 and 32) have four numbers in them. Column 30 is supposedly about survivors of the Union or Confederate army, 31 is if you’re blind and 32 ...
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Why was my great-grandfather honorably discharged from the US Army so many times?

Just this morning I found the military records of my great-grandfather. The first thing I noticed among them are an unusual number of honorable discharge papers. Dates of Service | Reason ...
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Was there a special Marriage license for Non-US Citizens in 1925?

My Great Uncle and Aunt sailed from Belfast, Northern Ireland to New York in August 1925. They were married on 25th November 1925 in Philadelphia and i have never been able to obtain a wedding ...
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How can I find out where someone is actually buried?

I would like some guidance in tracing the burial place for a person who died in Surrey, England in the 20th or 21st century.
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My Great Grandfather Dissappeared - would like to find out what happen to him

My great grandfather John Albert Draper was born March 23, 1877 in Marshalltown Iowa to Nathan and Mary Ann Draper. He married my great grandmother in 1905 and by 1906 had left the family home. My ...
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looking for information on a marriage that took place in russia

My fathers parents where from poland, We know they escaped to Russia (sibir?) just before WWII and got married there. At a later time they moved to camp wegscheid near linz in Austria where my father ...
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How do I find my grandfather's original surname?

I'm trying to find my Grandfather's original name. He changed it when he became 18, back in 1941. He was an orphan and never told anyone what it was before he changed it. My dad always said Bair was ...
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Where else might I find a ship going from New York to London in Spring/Summer, 1911?

I am looking for the ship on which the following party traveled from New York to London in Spring or Summer, 1911: Charles Jay Foster Minna Cramer Foster Marie-Louise Foster Enid Foster Minna Van ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Kindertransport was an operation to save Jewish children from Germany and occupied countries in 1938 and 1939. Almost 10,000 children were transported to the UK through this program. I am looking for ...
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Pre-official adoption years

If a child born at England in 1914 was placed in foster care and stayed with their foster family, wouldn't that child somehow have to prove their identity when they started work? For example, they ...
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What is the meaning of these remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

I am trying to understand the full meaning of the remarks shown on this record from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Muster Rolls. This is from July, 1948. (column headers) (record in ...
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How to best track Romanian & Hungarian ancestry

My soon to be wife is Romanian, I would like to add her family to my tree so that any future children will have a more complete tree rather than just Dad's side. My issue is that her mother is the ...
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How can I learn about a Trade Union activist in the South Wales coalfield in the 1890s and 1900s?

My great-grandfather Thomas (Tom) Jones 1870 - 1946 lived in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales for most of his life. His occupations were variously recorded as: Haulier (1891 census, age 21) Coal ...
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Where should I start research for someone adopted from Eastern Europe?

One of my close living relatives was adopted from Hungary at the age of two, in 1991. Unfortunately, the only real information we currently have is the full name of her birth mother and her city of ...
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Seeking publication specifics for a 20th century news article (USA)

Charles H. Dillon (1889-1967) worked in different capacities for Western Union in Dallas, Texas. In the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote articles about the telegraph for the Texas Almanac and other ...
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Good public sites about Brazil / Portugal?

Are there good public sites available that have information about Portugal and Brazil ? They don't need to be in portuguese, I just need information about genealogy and registries of persons who were ...
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How do I identify the date a photo was taken or printed?

My wife's father was born in Queensland, Australia in 1930. He died in 1989. She has only 2 photos of him. One has no markings on the front or rear and nothing to identify the year taken. What avenues ...
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Instructions for World War I Draft Cards (US)?

I've been reviewing several US World War I Draft cards. Who determined whether someone was "tall", "medium", or "short"? Was there a standard range for "tall"? "medium"? "short"? Just thinking it ...
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Where do I find a 1910 map of Russia

Where do I find a map of 1910 Russia? My grandfather and his sister immigrated from a city that they spell differently on every document they complete. I would like to find the actual name and ...
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World War I Draft (US) card marking

My great-uncle Lester Clifton of Springfield, Illinois registered for the WWI draft and on the bottom left side of the draft card is a large zero or uppercase 'O'. I cannot find out what this ...
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Finding birth certificate of someone born on a military base in Germany

I am looking for a relative, probably born on a military base in Germany around 1954. I found her and her mother on a passenger list coming from Germany back into a port in NY in 1954. The mother was ...
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Deportees to the Baragan Steppe, 1950s

Is there a public record that lists the names of the people who were sent to Baragan Steppe? On June 17th, 1951, 9413 people from a security zone in Romania that bordered Yugoslaviawere were ...
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How do I find a living individual when not much information is known?

I am working on an individual about whom very little is known. His daughter knows his name and is able to estimate his age. Our information doesn't really help us identify him well. He was born in ...