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Meaning of “Map” as birthplace on NY 1855 Census?

On the 1855 NY Census, one of my relatives (Mary Whitney) has a birthplace noted as "Map". According to the instructions on the census form, that field contains one of the following: the NY county ...
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19th Century Debtors Prison Records, London

I have found (I think) two records for Demetrius Rogers in Ancestry's Marshalsea (London) debtors prison records. The first has "Dematris Rogers" brought into custody on 11 Sep 1812: (This record ...
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What is the first word in this baptism record?

My transcript from Bishop's Transcripts, Church of England, Parish of Melbourne, Cambridgeshire. 1616 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9T9-6BN5?i=41&cat=1109075 J***rimis Thomas ...
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Who are the Campbells in this document?

These documents are from the Warren County, Mississippi probate records of Mississippi Emily (Strong) Folkes. The administratrix was her daughter Ida W. (Folkes) Smith. This Administrator's Bond ...
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What are the dates on these documents?

This document from a Mississippi probate record has what appears to be a date at the top: Later on the page, I see: The following page shows this date: What are these dates? Is what looks to me ...
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What is Ellen M Berry's relationship in this Census Record?

I'm looking at the 1880 census record for a Ellen M Berry. She stuck out to me as odd, being much younger than anyone else in the family, despite the transcription saying she was a daughter. She also ...
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Deciphering place name in 1841 Census for Tavistock, Devon, England?

The image below is from the 1841 Census at Tavistock, Devon, and includes my 4th great grandparents John Creber and Harriet (nee Palmer). I have been trying to make out the name of the PLACE where ...
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Using signature comparison as genealogical evidence?

Often when I am clutching at straws to determine the relationship between individuals or families, I will compare signatures from the relevant documents. There is an inherent bias in my interpretation ...
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What is the spelling of this hand written name?

The 31 Dec 1814 marriage of Moses Ragan and Miss Polly Walker in Nelson, Kentucky, United States shown here states: Know all men by these presents, that we Moses Ragan & Charles Walker are ...
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Is it really written “Bauer” here?

The profession of my ancestors is indicated in a catholic church book from Upper Silesia. I'm fairly confident they were farmers, so it should be written Bauer since the register is written in German. ...
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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

I cannot read this name, which is the name of one of the older sisters of my great-grandfather. It is supposed to be a german female name. This was written in 1878. Sample of handwriting by the ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Bennett in World War I photograph (1917)?

For more background to this question please see Identifying Australian soldier named Williams in World War I photograph (1917)? This is a photograph of what I believe to be an Australian soldier from ...
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Identifying Australian soldier named Williams in World War I photograph (1917)?

Recently, I was able to obtain an image of a page from my grandmother's 1917 autograph book. Her name was Gwenyth Jean Stacy (born 16 Dec 1902 at St Peters, Adelaide, South Australia) and at the time ...
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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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How to interpret hand written will that refers to children and possibly in-laws?

I'm looking at the March 8, 1869 will of Samuel Fought in Monroe, Cumberland, Pennsylvania shown here: I'm having trouble reading the names of his children. As best as I can tell it reads ...
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Reading information about illegitimate children in Brackenhammer family, Kirchheim, Germany

There was a lot of information about many different illegitimate children in family, however it is hard to read. Can anyone help ? The father had two wives, the first 10 kids are from his first wife, ...
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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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Reading name and occupation of 18th century ancestors from Kirchheim unter Teck, Württemberg, Germany?

Here is the family record of one my ancestors, Tobias Brackenhammer, Coachmann (germ. Kutscher) and Ana Maria Gollmar from Kirchheim unter Teck, Württemberg, Germany. Below the name of the couple is ...
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Reading comment in 1825 baptism register?

I'm trying to read the comment that has been added above the curate's signature in the final column of an 1825 baptism record from Lancaster Priory: It relates to a second entry that appears a few ...
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What are these words in the 1841 will of Elisha Strong?

I was able to read most of the words in Elisha Strong's 1841 will but not the two shown in red below. My transcription includes: The Said Eunice Strong shall pay one third for the support & ...
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Identifying difficult words in 1651 will

I am transcribing a Nottinghamshire will and probate bond dated 1651, and two passages of the will are eluding me. In the first passage the testator bequeaths unto his "sonne my house & my ...
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Reading Irish birthplace on 1851 Wales Census?

I am looking for help reading the word after Dublin Ireland on the third line down (Christopher Brangham) in the Where Born section. I think this might be the name of a place in County Dublin or the ...
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What Polish village is named in this document?

This draft registration card lists a birth location of what looks like Soodlikof, Poland, but I cannot find any record of such a place. This relative was a Jew born in 1888, so the location is likely ...
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How to read Swiss Church Book / Kirchenbücher Collection Indexes?

I recently discovered the Swiss Church / Kirchenbücher book collections, and though you can locate them on FamilySearch, you have to view them in a LDS Family History center or library. This creates ...
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Can you identify this Russian town: “Chashvato, Podolski”?

Can you identify the name of the USSR town referenced in the 1910-1914 images below? My maternal grandfather's side references several different places in various naturalization records & ship ...
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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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What does huba mean in this Polish Catholic marriage record?

I got my hands on a marriage record from Poland. It's written in Latin. Here's what I divined with the help of Google Translate: Inter Josephem Wojnowski viduam de Bialybrod operanium et ...
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What are the names of these Polish villages?

I found a seelenliste of the Wojnowski family which includes their places of birth. The only problem is that they were all born in different places (according to this) and some of the names are ...
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Reading 1900 U.S. Census Record?

I am doing research into family history and found the 1900 US census with an ancestor in it. The image below has 3 lines and 2 columns where the columns are (part of their) "name" and relationship to ...
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Reading handwriting of David L. Aldrich's Occupation in 1860 Census?

I am trying to figure out David L. Aldrich's occupation. By the 1860 Census and after, he is listed as a cotton manufacturer. I know that he was also involved with the Richmond Bank from 1856 on. But ...
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Deciphering an Intended Marriage from England around 1800

I have a record that is an Intent to Marriage for my very great grandparents George Dutton and Ann Davies. I'm trying to understand exactly what it means, including the handwritten portions. ...
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What is written after John Lark's name?

This snippet comes from Family Search and the parish of Trunch, Norfolk, England. I started looking at this record because I believe John Larke was married twice, once to an Elizabeth Vial, and a ...
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Was William Chichester recorded as Judge in 1841 Census at Dymock, Gloucestershire, England?

The picture below is from the 1841 England Census for my 4th great grand uncle William Chichester. "England and Wales Census, 1841," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M7MX-...
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Deciphering letters with “crossed lines” from 1813 Battle of Vittoria?

Can anyone help decipher this letter from a Lt. Moore of 1st Life Guards from the Battle of Vitoria in 1813? many thanks, also if interested there are two more pages!
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Learning German scripts (handwriting and printing) used in 19th century records

In my related question about finding parish records in Saxony, Germany lejonet reminded me about other resources for Werdau in the Family History Catalog. The Family History Library has resident ...
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Reading and interpreting baptismal record (from 1706) in old Danish script?

Normally I take script and put it into Google Translate. The problem is I can't read this script. It is legible however, this baptismal record is from 1706 and I don't have any experience with really ...
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Meaning of “dofhoadayne” in 1648 Will of William Noake from Longburton, 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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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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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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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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Interpreting names and abbreviations 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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Is “Incain” an old spelling of insane?

This bishop's transcript shows cause of death, which is quite illuminating especially the number that are just listed as "decline". The record at number 49, of William Towler, has cause of death ...
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Who officiated at this baptism? (need help with handwriting)

This image was clipped from a baptism register that is part of the Devon Parish records at Find My Past. These are baptisms performed in the Year 1888-9 at Slapton, St James the Greater (snippet is ...
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Deciphering three words from mid 19th Century Cornwall Marriage Certificate?

The image below has been clipped from the Marriage Certificate of my 3rd great grandparents Mary Symons and John Billin. That marriage took place on 5 Feb 1839 in the Chapel of Helston in the Parish ...
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Reading a Will to get land information

This is the will of William Linley. I am trying to work out what land he owned and where it went when he died. The property was in Oldbury (probably on-the-hill, rather than on-severn) in Glos. ...
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How to Decipher U.S. Passenger Manifest Text?

Would love some help with deciphering the attached Passenger Manifest. I can't make out the text in Line 14, Col 11 of the first image AND Line 14, Col 18 of the second image. The line in question (...
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Does the name on this record say Nikiefor?

I found a strange name on a baptismal record from Biały Kamień which is now part of Ukraine. The records are mostly in Polish and Latin. It looks like "Nikiefor" but that's a very strange name. I'...
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Is word (like) etus likely to appear on 19th Century Cornwall Will?

I have largely transcribed the 1840 Will of my 4th great grandfather William Symons of Helston in Cornwall but there is one word which eludes me and it appears twice. It looks to me like etus and I ...
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Decipher Writing (Philadelphia Street Address)

Trying to decipher this Philadelphia Street address from early 1900's. 1622 Cambria St Phila or 1622 Caroline St Phila There's another address on the manifest (5th from bottom) that looks similar ...
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What Island is likely to be mentioned on 19th Century Somerset Will?

Today I obtained the 1836 Will of my 4th great grandmother Martha Chichester (nee Noake) who lived in Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. She mentions two sons living at an Island of ?????? which I am ...