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If mother's maiden name is listed as same as child's last name, is child illegitimate?

If the Tennessee death certificate for John Tindell (1836-1915) leaves the father's name blank and fills in the mother's maiden name as Jane Tindell, should I infer that John was illegitimate, or is ...
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Finding grave of mother who died in Chicago in 1974?

I don't know how to find my mother's grave site. She was: Born 1937 Died 1974 Chicago IL.60653
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Until what age did little boys in the early 1900s wear dresses?

I found a family photo from 1910. Someone wrote on the back that it was four sisters and a baby brother from my uncles and aunts. But that wouldn't work for the ages of those particular children. I ...
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Finding ship grandfather took from Liverpool, England to Quebec, CA arriving January 1900?

I am hoping to find the ship that my grandfather took from Liverpool, England to Quebec, CA that arrived January 1900. Isidore Segall's Naturalization papers give the above information. I have ...
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In the US, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, why did primarily the men only get naturalized?

In the US, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, why did primarily the men only get naturalized? Why didn't women get naturalized? I've heard some say it's because the citizenship status of the man is ...
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Other 'non-loyalist' Immigration to Canada following American Revolution from the US

I am trying to track down a few individuals that I are believed may have immigrated to Canada following the American Revolution but before the War of 1812. Assuming a primary motivation for moving to ...
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Seeking immigration record from Ireland to US in 1812?

I have been looking for immigration records for my 3rd great grandfather, John Wilson. He emigrated from County Down, Ireland to the US in 1812, according to a family datasheet whose author is ...
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Where can I find additional geneology resources for New York between 1775 and 1850?

Through Ancestry.com (US membership only - currently) I'm trying to determine if the Thompson side of my family tree tracks back to the McTavish clan of the Scottish Highlands since the name Thompson ...
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Tracing ca 1805 immigration via Port of Charleston, SC, USA from Germany?

My 4th great grandfather came into the USA via the Port of Charleston, SC as a bound boy, according to family history. Is there any place to find information regarding this? He arrived about the ...
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What is “Canada E” in the 1860 US Federal Census?

I am looking at the 1860 US Census Record of John Surarrer. The transcription of it states that he was born in "Canada E". Here is the image. Does this just mean Canada, or does the E give some kind ...
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Finding documentary evidence for father of somebody born 1903 in Kentucky, USA?

My Great Grandfather is George Ann Boyd born 1903 in Henderson Kentucky. I am looking for information on his father. It is rumored in my family he is the father. However, I want proof. George was ...
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Searching for birth record for Lucy Pratt Stowell b circa 1813 Norfolk/Plymouth Co, MA

As per my original question(s) here: How accurate do late 20th century Genealogical histories of New England in early 19th century tend to be? I am searching for a birth record for Lucy P. Stowell ...
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In the early 1900s, were Chicago deaths recorded by government?

I am looking for information on my great-great-grandfather, and I am just trying to figure this out. My great-grandfather was born in 1907 in Chicago to Polish immigrants, I have his baptismal ...
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What does confy stand for in Missouri (USA) city directory?

In city directories around 1906 to 1910 for Independency, Jackson, Missouri, what does the abbreviation "confy" stand for?
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Finding the parents of Caroline Hipp in Bruckinthal Germany

I have been looking for parents of Caroline Hipp Bommersbach for years and cannot find a clue as to who they were. Their daughter Carol was born 28 June 1883 in Bruckinthal,Germany. She was married 7 ...
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Finding parents in Germany of Jacob Drager (b. 1825; living Michigan, USA 1900)?

Does anyone have any information on the parents of Jacob Drager? Some of his information is below. Birth: June of 1825 Birth Place: Germany Wife: Gustina Rosomfsha Marriage: About 1867 in Wayne, ...
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What happens when a last will and testament enters probate?

In a newspaper, I found mention of an ancestor's last will and testament: Last will and testament of Ida O. Vannoske, late of Amsterdam, will admitted to probate. Letters testamentary Issued to ...
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How to identify formal military photos?

Is there a web site out there or some place to ask about the context of formal US military photos? I would like to know the time, location, and reason of a photo. For example, here are two photos ...
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Finding 1870 Federal Census image that corresponds to street address in Albany City, New York, USA?

From Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011 I know that in 1870 my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars was living or at ...
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Finding where US citizen owned land and/or was registered to vote in 1855?

As a spin off from my question What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?, I know (or at least it appears) that Moody M. Hale (or Hall?) was a U.S. land owner and voter in 1855 ...
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What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?

In the 1855 New York State Census the household (Residence: Albany City, Ward 6, Albany, New York, USA, Line Number: 12, Sheet Number: 1) of my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars, a Ship Carpenter, ...
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Finding a birth record for Samuel McReynolds?

I can't find a birth record for an ancestor of mine, Samuel McReynolds (1847-1905).   The reason I am trying to find this is that I have no idea who his parents are and I am hoping to find that out.  ...
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How to connect digitized images to a map?

This is similar to the earlier question How to index your own digitalized records? but with a twist. One of my places of interest uses a lot and block survey system and has maps available for ...
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What do index numbers mean in Rhode Island Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths?

I've been unable to figure out what these index numbers in the leftmost column of Rhode Island Marriage, Births, and Deaths registers indicate. The image below is from the first page of the ...
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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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Rule of Thumb for when Anglo-American surnames became standardized?

There are good Q&A's on this site about how to identify alternative versions of a given surname, but I have a different question more related to this and this. I know that when I'm looking at ...
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Can we estimate the distribution of last names in 19th century Rhode Island?

I am researching the histories of a number of Rhode Island families. It would be very useful for me if I had historical data on the distribution of last names in Rhode Island at any point before the ...
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Adding adoptive grandfather's surname in Texas, USA?

My husband's grandmother married a man who adopted her son, but he kept his original surname. Due to family issues, my husband was raised most of his life by his adoptive grandfather. He is ...
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How to find cousin who lives in Grape Vine, Texas, USA?

I am trying to find an older cousin who has vital information that I would like to know in order to do my family history research. I know the city and state which is Grape Vine, Texas, USA.
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WW2 Discharge Papers Codes

On the World War 2-era WD AGO Form 53-55, which was the four-page honorable discharge form, there is a code or reference in Box 32 (Battles and Campaigns) which on my father-in-law's form says ...
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Genealogical Standard way to record the US, USA, United States, United States of America?

What is the genealogical standard way to record specifically the United States of America? I want to be clear this question is specific to storing "United States of America", not a general how to ...
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Birth Record for Son of Scottish Surgeon Attached to Canadian Regiment During US Occupation

James Davidson, Surgeon, born in Scotland, attached to Royal Canadian Emigrant regiment 1775-1779, and then attached to the 84th regiment from 1781-1785. Official posting (documented) is to Quebec ...
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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. ...
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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 ...