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Confirming death details of gentleman born 1921, died 1970-75 (probably California) and buried in Wilkes County, Georgia, USA?

I believe a particular gentleman was born in 1921, and died probably in California between 1970 to 1975, but was buried in Wilkes County, Georgia where he was born. He had been a merchant seaman at ...
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What happened to Nathan Stein and Sarah Goldberg Stein who were living in London 1897?

On 28 Feb 1897 Nathan/ Nissen Stein, a bootmaker, lived at 27 Winterton Street in London. He had at least two children, a daughter Ada/Ida born about 1877 in and a daughter born about 1893. Both ...
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World War I Military service for Canada by Belgian living in USA?

My grandfather was born in Belgium, emigrated to the U.S. in 1906 through Ellis Island, then moved to Pennsylvania. He later moved to Detroit, Michigan and started a family. In 1917 he went to Canada ...
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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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Requesting copies of WWII Draft Registration cards?

Background An ancestor of mine from Iowa should have registered for the WWII draft in the Fourth Registration, which is also known as the Old Man’s Registration. FamilySearch has a collection for ...
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Does New York have a central depository for divorce records?

One of my mother's cousins, once removed, is either a divorcee or a bigamist; hard to tell since his first wife referred to herself as "widowed" in a census survey, and yet, afterwards, her "late" ...
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Looking for information on fathers of children born out of wedlock

My aunt had a baby out of wedlock in Florida in the late 1930s or as late as 1941. My cousin has asked me to find out who his father is. Were mothers required to name the father back then, and that ...
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Lists of ships arriving in US or Canadian Atlantic ports by date in 1912?

I'm working on figuring out which ship my great-grandfather came across, and there doesn't seem to be a record of it on the major indexes. So I'm wanting to do a research trip and look at the National ...
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How to overcome, within reason, constraints in the US on obtaining older records not yet at 50/100 year mark?

Very much understanding the privacy concerns of possibly living individuals in the last 100 years I was wondering if there is alternative repositories for obtaining the details for genealogical ...
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Passenger Lists for 1912 in to the United States, for ships near the RMS Titanic

I've long heard a story that my Great Grandfather was going to travel on the Titanic, but ended up choosing another ship. Supposedly his ship was close enough that they heard the SOS call for the ...
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Genealogical records from Rensselaer county?

I'm looking for genealogical records, specifically marriages and births, from the late 1700's and early 1800's from Rensselaer county. I'm struggling to find a good source of them online. Is there ...
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Who were parents of Nettie A Priddy born 1867 in Tennessee, USA?

I am looking for the parents of Nettie A Priddy, born 4 July 1867 in Tennessee, United States and died 17 May 1891 in Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas, United States. She was married to James Edwin ...
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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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What does “Do” mean in the birthplace field of the 1850 US Census?

I am reviewing a 1850 Census Image for Western Pennsylvania, and under place of birth I see both what looks like a "Pa" and a "Do". I know some of the individuals marked "Do" were born in ...
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What does a star symbol mean on a Marine Corps Muster Roll?

On the Marine Corps muster rolls for July, 1944, I am interested as to what the star symbol means next to a person's name?
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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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Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872?

I have asked an earlier question relating to my fourth great grandfather Hugh Sillars/Sellars: Finding evidence for divorce of Hugh Sillars and Agnes Macculloch in mid-19th Century Scotland? who ...
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How old did you have to be to marry in WI in 1895 and what do you think the priest's comments meant?

I have a marriage contract/certificate that I'm a little confused by and was hoping for some help/clarification on. Mamie Price was born on 10 November 1875 in Wisconsin. Birth date is from death ...
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Help parsing a census record (including inlaws)

So I'm getting a bit confused trying to parse this census record: [Charles] Graham is the grandfather I care about. My mother doesn't know much about him since he died when she was young, but the ...
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Any Records of Social Security Payouts?

I think it's unlikely but I'm trying to track down some info on my grandfather. Records I've seen lead me to believe he was married prior to getting together with my grandmother, who was also ...
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Tracing male ancestor born late 19th century in North Carolina?

I am trying to locate any information on my grandfather. His name (I think) was Allie T. Russell and he was born 2/29/1892 in North Carolina. I do have a copy of his revised birth certificate. It ...
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Finding original name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

My grandfather was born in Ohio in 1909. He was said to have changed his name at the age of 17 and left home. I know he had siblings, but not the names of any of his family. How would I find out ...
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When were passports first issued in the USA?

Would a US immigrant from Germany traveling back to Germany in the 1850's have a passport. Where are these records?
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What German provinces were recorded in the 1920 Census?

In the 1920 Census, my husband's great-grandmother and 2-great-grandmother were enumerated with a birthplace Saxony. There is a note next to the birthplace which may be in a different hand that says ...
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Could an Ohio resident be in the Indiana militia? (Timeline resolution)

It is part of my family's tradition that a particular ancestor of mine was a participant in the Battle of Tippecanoe, on November 19, 1811, but I am having a little trouble confirming it. Here are ...
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Finding original surname of 20th Century Russian immigrant to United States?

My Great Grandfather Abraham moved here from Vilna Russia in early 1900's with his wife Udis Rose and two children, Arthor and Bella. They started in New York City and at some point changed the last ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records

Since I asked the question about working with unindexed probate records, I have located some card indexes for administrations in Queens County New York online (as images which can be browsed) and one ...
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Determining if Mayflower Descendant?

I am interested to know if I am a descendant from anyone on the Mayflower ship. I have access to ancestry.com and also Family Search. My genealogy goes back quite far in many different directions. ...
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Resource for late 18th century immigrations?

As noted in Descendants of Sir William Blackstone, a historical puzzle, I have reason to believe that a (potential) ancestor of mine came to America somewhere in the years 1790-1810. He would have ...
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Descendants of Sir William Blackstone, a historical puzzle

I have been researching my paternal line and have come across a stumbling block. My line can be traced pretty easily back to the beginning of the 19th century in Ohio, where we come across one ...
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Finding William Hudson Minnick

I am researching my ancestor William Hudson Minnick. He married my grandmother Cecilia Mallon in Liverpool, UK in 1920. The marriage certificate states he was born around 1883/84. He was born in the ...
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I need help finding my ethnicity [duplicate]

My mom is half black and white and my dad is 75% mexican and 25% white. Whats the percentage of my ethnicities
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Understanding a notation in the Georgia Tax Digest 1793-1892

Martha Allison and David Allison(her son) are listed in this tax record. Also there is what looks like Trustee Boyd, Sophronia. This is his sister and I think she may have been dead at that time or ...
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Italian Government-Paid Passage

Why would the Italian government pay for passage of Italians to the US? What were the contours of this policy and does it reveal meaningful information about the recipients? In the manifest for a ...
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Finding Danish immigrant Grandmother under her prior name/ previous marriage name

Anna Christine (Kristine) Petersen, b Dec-12-1888 in Flauenskjold, Denmark. A servant. My GrF Joseph Conrad Kaiser b May 19, 1889 Chicago, Illinois married Anna on Dec. 1912 in Illinois. The info I ...
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How to find out which Freemasons' lodge grandfather belonged to?

I know my grandfather was a Freemason, but I don't know which order/lodge he was associated with. Short of contacting every lodge in the state, how can I find out? Are there records of this sort of ...
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Kit Carson & John Fremont expedition members

I am trying to confirm that an ancestor traveled west with Kit Carson and John Fremont in 1842-1846, in one or several of their expeditions to map out western trails. I am having trouble locating any ...
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Working with unindexed probate records?

FamilySearch.org makes images available for browsing before the indexes to the collections are available. Recently some probate collections have come online, and I have made a couple of tries at ...
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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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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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What fields are available from a Social Security Death Index (SSDI) search at different websites?

There are several different websites that offer a search form for the Social Security Death Index, the public-access extract of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File. Since ...
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What entitity compiles the “US Public Records Index”?

There are several compiled indices of US Public Records which have been referred to as the "US Public Records Index". In its various forms, it is compiled from an assortment of different records ...
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What reference materials discuss any “known issues” in the microfilms of 1930 US Federal Census?

I have been unable to locate some of the families I'm researching in the 1930 Census (for one example see my question What are good search techniques for finding people who have moved within the same ...
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Which parent generally named the babies in 18th and 19th century USA?

I have found, when researching long-dead ancestors, that sometimes the names that parents chose to give their children are the only glimpse I have into the inner life of those parents. When I look at ...
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How to find the address of a building in US censuses

Is there a way to know what address is dwelling #1847 in the St-Lawrence 1870 census ? ref question : How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?
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How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?

I have been looking for the death record of my great grandmother who died in Rochester around 1899. She was around 27 years of age at the time. Her maiden name was Mary Gagnon, wife of Joseph Bean ...
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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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Locating a deceased family member

My Great-Grandfather was born in Letten, Germany (right outside of Munich) in 1887. I have some information on him: He enlisted into the military (at Port Bremerhaven) in 1907 and I believe he was ...
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How did US census takers record household information?

I have run into a number of errors in the census where my ancestors and relatives are involved. Most notably my 2nd great-grandmother was recorded twice as Augustus A.-male (once in 1860 and again in ...
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What does “S” mean in the context of possessing a ticket for the next leg of a journey?

In this ticket manifest and other transatlantic passenger manifests that I have seen, it appears that the answers to the question "whether having a ticket to such final destination" (in column 14) are ...