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John Sherwood Clarke: Explaining the two surnames and finding his birth record in France?

An ancestor, John Sherwood, is noted on his marriage certificate to Maria Berry on 7/4/1834 as being 'aka John Sherwood Clarke'. From later Bedfordshire censuses, he appears to have been born in ...
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Determining the location of No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station in March 1917?

A British soldier I am researching died at No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station on 25 Mar 1917. He has a memorial at Varennes Military Cemetery, in Somme, France, which was presumably nearby to the CCS. ...
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Name Changes in New York City during 1830s?

Are there records for people who changed their names in New York City (NYC) in the 1830's? My ancestor was from France and changed his name after arriving in NYC in the 1830's.
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Translation & Transcription Request, French birth record from 1842

I am looking for a translation and transcription for a french record that @nkjt kindly found in Finding birth record of Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier, Frenchman who married (1869) and died (1882) in ...
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Who are the parents of Diedrich Peron, born about 1803 in France

Diedrich was born in France in about 1803 and his wife Regina was born in Württemberg, Germany in about 1812. Dedrick and Regina met and fell in love but strong opposition to their courtship was ...
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Seeking Army Records for Jean Baptiste Cordier an officer in the French Army

I'm looking for army records relating to Jean Baptiste Cordier. He is listed on his son, Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier's marriage record as shown here: I have absolutely no idea where to start with ...
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Reading place of birth in France on 1881 Census for Camberwell (London)?

I'm looking in to a person, Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier and one thing I'm still struggling with is finding where in France he is from. In the above picture is him in the 1881 Census, he is a Pastry ...
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Finding birth record of Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier, Frenchman who married (1869) and died (1882) in London?

I'm researching my girlfriend's family tree and I've hit a brick wall in France as I have absolutely no experience using french records. I have traced back to Pierre Louis Oscar/Oscard Cordier born ...
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Where were Bavarian soldiers of E/R 14 imprisoned on farm in Normandy? [duplicate]

Father entered Bavarian army in WW1 in Germany on August 30, 1914. He was in E/R 14, taken prisoner and sent to Normandy, France on a farm. Where was the farm?
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Identifying signature in marriage record from Paris in 1901?

I need help identifying the first name of the signature in the center of the image below. I believe the surname is Pattison. It's from the bottom of the marriage record of my grandparents in Paris in ...
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Finding date and battle of wounding for First World War English Private Arthur Higgins in France?

My father, Private Arthur Higgins No 2163, was born 4 Jul 1893, and was in the 5th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment which landed in France on 5 Mar 1915 and was repatriated to England on ...
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French migrants to Puerto Rico 1800-1870

How did immigrants travel to get to Puerto Rico in the period from 1800-1870? Where can I find information about the ships?
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Determining the origin of a coat of arms sketch?

Here's sketch of my family's coat of arms – those are some warriors and lions and oak leaves. I read it's supposed to be the copy of some coat of arms from Notre Dame in Paris. We also got this coat ...
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How to track late 18th century migrants from France to Pennsylvania, possibly via Louisiana?

The Francois Dusnesmil family eventually arrived at the French Azilum colony in Pennsylvania. Where did Francois Dusnesmil with his wife Eliza Champion and 3 children arrive in America? I would like ...
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Sources for late 19th and early 20th century Belgium and France?

I have in my tree an interesting, if hard to pin down, individual named Francis (sometimes François) Unwin who was apparently born in Brussels around 1885. I first encountered him in the 1891 Census ...
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Determining cause of death in France in 1908?

I am trying to find the cause of death for a Thomas Gordon Dickinson who died in Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1908. I have his French death certificate, but it does not state the cause of death, neither do the ...