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Finding Staquet/Degueldre/Casimir marriage record, likely in Pennsylvania?

I have information that my paternal great grandmother, Leonie Casimir (who settled in Philadelphia, PA, in the US), was married to Jean Baptiste Degueldre. Marriage took place July 30, 1883, in Meux, ...
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Finding marriage location / records of parents in 1920s Blair Co, PA?

I think my parents were married in 1926 or 1927 in Blair county, PA. Their names are Charles Elmer Coughenour and Irene Catherine Fabian. How can I find a marriage record that shows when and where ...
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Identifying Pennsylvania ancestors born early 1900s?

I have hit a brickwall when trying to find any information on my great grandparents on my grandfather's side. I found his obituary online when I was actually looking for my uncle's obituary on my ...
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Understanding 1807-1812 Pennsylvania land records document?

We found this record a while ago, and have always been a bit puzzled by it, so I'm hoping for some input. The first bit appears that Sarah Penrod may still be living (dated 1807). The second bit dated ...
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Finding Specific Railroad Segments in the United Started named after employees?

I have found at least two references in notes passed down to my be others that indicated they might have Railroad spur / section was named after them. Searching Newspaper.com and Google Books while ...
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Who were the parents of Joseph Souser b. 1815 d. 1883 in Pennsylvania?

My long ongoing brick wall that I have been trying to break down for 15+ years is who the parents of Joseph ?NMN? Souser b.4/25/1815 (Pennsylvania?) d. 1/7/1883 (Dauphin, PA). Married Emilian Ickes ...
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Finding details of an 1821 Berks County Pennsylvania Guardian appointment of two minors?

I am looking on Ancestry.com and trying to locate the detail of the following records to establish more information and parents and the orphans themselves. It is known two Michael Saussers were 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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Was it common for German women to use their maiden names in the early 19th century?

I have a German third great grandmother who appears to have used her maiden name at times as well as her married name. She appears with her husband in 1824 in Armstrong County, PA on a communicant ...
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Spelling of Original Hungarian or Czechoslovakian surname?

I am working on tracing my girlfriend's family tree. Her last name is Paul, however her great-great grandfather immigrated from either Hungary or Czechoslovakia depending on who you ask. They say ...
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Looking for 1869 birth certificate in Pennsylvania?

My grandmother was born in Scranton, lackawanna, PA abt. 1869, how do I get hold of a birth certificate.Born 1869 then shown in 1880 U.S. census as living with family she is recorded as niece then ...
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What civil documents would exist for a mid-19th Century Central Pennsylvania Marriage?

I am searching for a civil record marriage record for an individual who (according to family records) got married in central Pennsylvania in 1835 at the age of 20. To date I have not been able to ...
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Sources of Philadelphia Quaker records besides Swarthmore College

I have an ancestor who was born in 1811 in Philadelphia, per her death record and census records. She was married in Ireland and the births of her children are listed in the Quaker records in the ...
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Did indentured servants in 1700s Pennsylvania receive different types of land warrants from what other immigrants to PA received?

I have an ancestor who left Northern Ireland (probably County Down) sometime around 1745-1750 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. I think he may have come to America as an indentured servant ...
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Seeking parents' names for Shadrach/Shedrick Montgomery, born 1790 in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA?

My family is looking for our great-great grandfathers parents' names. His name is Shadrach or Shedrick Montgomery, and he was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1790. How can we find a birth record ...
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How to identify individual family members / household size on early US Censuses Pre-1830 NY & PA?

In some of 1780 through the 1820 censuses they only seem to list the head of household and some statistics on household size. The NY & PA state censuses provide some more detail for tax purposes ...
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Meaning of the “(O)” and “(X)” in various places in name on Pennsylvania Early German Pioneers Book

I am looking at some names in the "Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808, Vol. 1". Throughout the passenger lists there are ...
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Allegheny County, Lilly PA, April 1924 List of those Involved in KKK & Residents Clash

I am finding evidence that a distant cousin may have participated in or been an organizer of the Lilly, PA Klu Klux Klan incident where 400 armed Klan members attempted a cross burning in the town and ...
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How to interpret Quaker dates entered after 1752 but referring to before 1752?

Consider the following Quaker document: http://sharing.ancestry.com/5454387?h=94e830 Which Ancestry.com shows as having these details for Hannah Wright: Name: Hannah Wright Birth Date: 27 Nov ...
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Where can I find Pennsylvania Archives Series II?

I'm trying to locate the probate of James Wright from March 4, 1760 in Frederick County, Virginia and see references on the web to it being in Pennsylvania Archives Series II. I cannot find any such ...
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How to interpret Quaker dates in the eleventh or twelfth month with only one year?

If I have a Quaker date that only lists one year and is in the eleventh or twelfth month, should I assume it is Julian year and not Gregorian? For example, see this entry: http://sharing.ancestry....
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

I am looking for a different style of database that would allow me to execute an iterative search that instead of searching by name, it allows me to search primarily by birth date by area to get a ...
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Pennsylvania cultural transition from German to English and guidance on Englishification?

I am trying to perform some research in the Pennsylvania area and have run into a couple of instances where I encountered German and English transitions or just pure German; specifically in tombstones ...
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Reports of Run Aways, Homeless Children, Orphaned Children in ~1815-1830 PA?

I have a significant gap in my lineage and am trying to determine additional sources to check to make the linkage. The story goes that my many greats grandfather born in 1815 was a run away and ...
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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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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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How to find parents of Elizabeth Meyers (1820-1880), wife of the Amish Benjamin Miller in 19th Century Pennsylvania?

Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies (Gingerich & Krieder, 1986) gives an Elizabeth Meyers (born 13 Oct 1820 and died 17 Oct 1880) as the wife of Benjamin Miller (1816-1888, of the Christian ...
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How would you handle a census record that is almost certainly the target family but which has too many discrepancies?

Anna M. Alischer married Charles John Brockhouse in 1928 and had 3 children (1930, 1934, 1942). In 1930 they were enumerated in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. I think I've identified the ...
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Confirming Ancestry.com tree information about Anthony White (b. 1700, Luenbeg, Scotland)?

I realize that ancestry.com is a mix of user input and archived records, but as a programmer I firmly believe in the GIGO theory (Garbage in, garbage out). I have gone through hints and trees, and I ...
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Finding origin of Samuel Brierton (Brereton) born about 1800 in Pennsylvania (perhaps Illinois)?

I have been searching, in vain, for my gr.gr.gr. Grandfather, Samuel Brierton. All information I have says that he was born in Pennsylvania abt. 1800, parents were born in Wales and he then doesn't ...
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Pennsylvania Tax Records

In a 1791 tax record for Bedford County, PA, my relative is listed as a single freeman "on hous and lott". Does this mean he owned the property, was renting, or lived with someone else? He would have ...