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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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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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Coat of arms origin

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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Looking for two Greek passengers who probably arrived in New York in 1923

I'm trying to locate the following family (both Greek) on the passenger lists: George (Georgios) Vogiatzis Charalampos Vogiatzis Must have arrived in New York probably in 1923 after the Minor Asia ...
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Linking two brothers via gravestones

I am doing research about my great-grandfather who was Jewish and had a brother who survived the Holocaust in Ukraine. I've found a gravestone image via a website which documents Jewish genealogy ...
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Are there Naturalization records specific to displaced ethnic Jews?

From WW1-WW2, are there a set of records for Jews seperate from other naturalization records in the U.S., if so, where can they be accessed?
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How can I find out what WPA projects took place in my (or my relatives') hometown?

Several of the city directory listings I've found list people as being employed by the WPA (Work Projects Administration). Most listings merely say the person was employed by the WPA with no ...
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What are some ways to find my haplogroup through my raw DNA data?

I just got my results from ancestryDNA. What are some ways to find my haplogroup through my raw DNA data?
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Who would someone in convict shipping to Australia (ca 1830s-1840s) have worked for?

My great,great grandfather, Walter Cole, was born at Ottery St.Mary, Devon, England in 1810. The family oral history is he shipped convicts to Australia approximately in the 1830's and 1840's. He ...
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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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Source data that establishes the link between two “brothers”

On Ancestry, I have found a tree that traces from one of my ancestors back to 1465. The person's name at that point is John Tilston (1465-1506). The tree I was using asserted that John's father was ...
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Mary and Mally - were they used interchangeably in Yorkshire in the late 18th century?

In my previous question on Finding the Fatherless Feathers, I made reference to a Mally Thomas with whom the Feather siblings seemed to be lodging in 1841, in Heptonstall. In 1851, Sarah Feather was ...
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How can I determine what records are available in a particular locale?

A common question that any researcher asks themselves is, "What records are available?" How can that question be easily answered for a particular locale and time period? I know that I could inspect ...
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Finding the Fatherless Feathers

How common is it to be unable to find baptismal records of a whole family in early 19th century England? In one tree I am researching, there is a John Feather, who Census records locate in 1861 and ...
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How can I access records from Morocco?

My father was born in Fes, Morocco in 1936. He left to go to Israel in the 1950's. Does anyone know what type of records were kept in that time period or earlier? Were any kept at all? I don't ...
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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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Trace my sister?

My father passed away almost 30 years ago at age 65. Prior to marrying my mother, he married another woman and had a daughter from her, then divorced around 1947-48.. He never really spoke about ...
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Locating a marriage record for Jacob Bennett and his wife Zipporah in 18th century Connecticut

Jacob Bennett was born in 1735 in Connecticut according to AGBI and Barbour Collection. My father's research showed Jacob married Zipporah but he did not cite his sources nor know Zipporah's maiden ...
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Locating a Massachusetts marriage record circa 1760 for Robert Gray and Margaret parents of John Gray (b 1763, Worcester MA)

Rice, Franklin P. Page 116 of "Worcester Births, Marriages, and Deaths (Worcester Society of Antiquity, 1894)" has: GRAY, John, s. of Robert, Jr. and Margaret, (born) Aug. 16, 1763. [Baptism ...
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Ancestry.com tree correctness for Anthony White, B 1700 Luenbeg, Scotland. Wife - Mary Ralston

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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Jacob FIsher and Sarah Hodges (married 7 Oct 1773 in Sharon, MA) - who were their childen?

Page 27 of the Sharon, Massachusetts Vital Records show Jacob Fisher and his wife Sarah had a son Jacob born 30 Apr 1776: Jacob, s. of Jacob and Sarah, Apr. 30, 1776 Page 94 of those records show a ...
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Strategy for distinguishing between two possible baptisms, and thus people, parents, etc

My partner has an ancestor, Peggy Crossley, probably born around 1750, who married Henry Rawlinson in Burnley, Lancaster (source) in October 1767. I have two candidate baptismal records that seem ...
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Sources for the birth of Elizabeth Shaw Whaley in Connecticut circa 1813

I have undocumented family genealogy records that Elizabeth Shaw Whaley: was born 6 FEB 1813 in Montville, Connecticut to William Patten Whaley and Philena Haughton married Elijah Genubeth Strong ...
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Do any records of the building of the First Parish Church of Norwell exist?

The First Parish Church of Norwell has records back to 1642 and has scanned all of the church records to facilitate historical and genealogical research. See ...
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Brick Wall: What happened to John White & his Brother or Sister?

All information below was obtained through ancestry.co.uk My Great Grandfather, Thomas White was one of 6 children born to Baldwin White, b1862 in Salcombe, Devon & Rachel Arminia Fox, b1864 in ...
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Cornish parish records lost in fire?

I have a brickwall in the form of my great great grandfather whom I know from our family bible was born in Cornwall in 1811. I've found him (Robert Chapman and his wife Elizabeth nee Shapling and ...
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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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Why was Flossie baptised twice?

On 6 September 1903, Flossy Maud Mary Ann Mogg was baptised in Stalbridge Parish Church, Dorset England. Her birth date was given as 10 December 1897, and her parents as Walter Mogg (Farmer) and his ...
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Finding Expanded Royal Family Lineages

While aggregating some genealogy data for my family, I recently came across something that has my daughters and I pretty excited. It would seem that, on my wife's side, there is a traceable lineage ...
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WW2 Royal Navy Records

Are there likely to be records to access for more information for my father (deceased in 1993)? He served aboard a number of ships (land sites) from 1943-46. I have his certificate of service which ...
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Circus Ancestors

I am trying to find the family name of the trapeze act (and ideally the individuals) who toured Ireland back in the 1950's with the Chipperfield Circus. I'm struggling to find any resources that ...
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Could these three personae be collapsed to a single individual?

I believe that the following represents a plausible case to describe the life of one man. William Harley (3) Married Margaret Heathwood(e) in Brisbane, Queensland 22 September 1863 (Reg# 1863/B671) ...
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Who established the Wagga Country Fire Brigade?

I am seeking information on the Country Fire Brigade in New South Wales and in particular the establishment of the Wagga Wagga unit. This relates to my search for information on Thomas (Tot) Linsell ...
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What are the pros and cons of joining a Family History Society to advance my research?

I live in a town with a Family History Society and an Historical Society. The Family History Society aims include: conduct meetings organise guest speakers purchase of research resources for use in ...
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Why would these 3 be buried westward facing?

3 related family members were buried (Church of England, deaths from 1913-1926) at Bell, Queensland cemetery facing westward. They are the only 3 doing so. What may have been the reason/cause for this ...
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Why was the burial of a Bradley not registered at Bell cemetery?

Charles Vylett Rowland died on 7/1/1913 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He was buried in Bell cemetery and is noted as the first registered grave. However, a Bradley was buried there previously. ...
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Where do I find records for artist competitions from the 1880s?

Family writings describe Blanche Elliott Watson (Sydney, 9/5/1863 - 27/3/1919) as a good artist by the age of 17. It records how she beat close on a thousand competitors in "black and white" (pencil ...
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What convict records for Australia exist?

Esther Emma Leach, born Sydney 15/5/1824, may have been the daughter of a convict transported to Australia in 1813. How do I find convict records not from the first 3 fleets?
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What constitutes Employment in Labour of a Child in England & Wales

In 1883, a Requisition for a certified copy of birth for the purposes of the Elementary Education Act, 1876 was made for a youth born in 1872. Given he was 11, would the request have been for ...
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What records are available for this person?

Elizabeth Watson was born about 1793 at Winchelsea, Sussex, England. She is listed as mother to William Bourne Russell Watson, born 30 June 1815 at Winchelsea, Sussex, England. Family folk lore says ...
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Who killed Katherine Ann (McFee) or (McPhee) Stevens?

Katherine Ann (McFee) or (McPhee) Stevens, was the wife of Mr. Byron E. Stevens. The couple resided in Brooklyn Ward 7, New York, USA with their 5 daughters(1). Story has it that Katherine was killed ...
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How do I read this descendants tree?

I have, using Ancestry.co.uk found a link in my distant heritage to the Prettyjohn (variations: Prettejohn, Petitjohn) family originally located in Devon. One great source of information on this ...
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Help needed understanding an occupation: “Viewer”

On my parent's marriage certificate dated 1954, my mother's occupation is given as "Viewer". From oral testimony, I know that they met while both working at the Rover car factory in Solihull, UK. ...
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How to find Indentured Servants? Buffalo, NY or Canada?

I've tried the City Hall on my last trip to Buffalo with no luck. All I know is my greatgrandmother was given to a family as a young girl. She came to the USA sometime around 1880 to 1884, and I ...
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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 ...
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Has a modern genealogy been traced back to a biblical person?

I have heard claims that people have traced their genealogy back to King David of the Old Testament. But I've also heard that most (if not all) have major gaps or assumptions in the lineage. Is there ...
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On what ship did Franz Joseph Kerber (1825-1873) immigrate to the US?

Franz Joseph Kerber was born in Jan 1825 in Munich, Barvaria. In the 1860 census he was married and my greatgrandmother had been born in 1858. In 1862, he ran the saloon at 82 Front St in Worcester, ...
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BARLOW's Ancestrial Question? Malone, Franklin County, NY or St. Lawrence County, NY

How or where does one find records prior to 1838 for Franklin & St. Lawrence County, NY? Hiram Wheeler Barlow (28 Sep 1820-27 Aug 1876) and his ancestry (parents). It is believed he was born ...
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Is there a single place I could go in Italy to view birth records from Northern Italy from 1750-1850?

Where can I go (physically) in Italy to find records from the 1750-1850, for people who were born in the North of Italy? I know that each city would have their registries, but I am missing the exact ...
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What is the advantage of submitting my research to a GENDEX site?

Does submitting my research to a GENDEX site increase the likelihood of others requesting information from me?