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Finding ancestors in Wisconsin from 1871 and onwards?

I am looking for my ancestors who migrated from Gunnarskog, Sweden to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (their end destination) in 1871, namely: Marta Nilsdotter (born 1818) Simon Jansson (husband, born ...
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How to narrow down date of U.S. census data collection before 1850?

Starting in 1850, the U.S. census had a date at the top of the page for when the enumeration was recorded for the families on that page. I was looking at the 1830 census and 1840 census in Claiborne, ...
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Obtaining 1973 baptism record in San Diego, California, USA?

How might one go about getting a baptism record for a person born in San Diego in 1973? The name of at least one family Catholic church is known.
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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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Where is Hockaday School 1940 census page?

I'm looking for a student who I believe attended the Hockaday boarding school for girls during the 1940 census. I used http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html to lookup the ED number of 255-181 for ...
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Searching for Immigration record of Henry Semler and wife Hulda Lange from Germany to US ca 1879?

I am searching for the immigration record of great grandfather Henry Semler (born ca 1848) and his wife Hulda Lange (born ca 1848) from German to New York, around the time of their marriage in 1879, ...
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At what port did Lorance Effler born about 1787 in Germany come to the US?

My 4th great-grandfather came into the USA from Germany (Prussia) between 1805-1810. He arrived into the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, supposedly as a bound boy. I've heard that his brother ...
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How and when did my Grandfather come to America?

My Grandfather John Ross came to America in January, February, March of 1912. I have been unable to find any information on the ship he came on or port of arrival. He came from Birkenhead, ...
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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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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

I was going through some old photos and newspaper clippings that my grandmother (1913-2007) left behind here in Norway, when I came across this photo of a uniformed young man. To be honest I have no ...
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Meaning of WW I service record abbreviation “Awarded MCC”?

WW I service record abbreviation "Awarded MCC" 11th Engineers AEF (U.S. Army). What does "MCC" stand for?
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Finding 1812 Virginia militia records

I have an ancestor who served in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812. What is a good resource to learn more about this military unit?
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Locating Robert Bruce Moore who was born 1893 in Texas and disappeared in about 1917?

Robert Bruce Moore: was born in Oct 1893 in Texas, USA was recorded in 1900 census in Justice Precinct 1, Young County, Texas, USA as being born Oct 1893 in Texas was recorded in 1910 census in ...
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Where would I find a copy of a US patent from 1905?

Attached is an image from the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office from 1905. On the last line you can see patent 804,529 was issued to Minna B. Foster of Sausalito, CA on 14 Nov that ...
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if my great grandmother was honduran and great grandfather scottish, what does that make me? [duplicate]

my great grandmother was Honduran and she married a Scottish man where they then moved to Jamaica to have my grandmother who married a Jamaican man. what would i say i mixed with?
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Locating information on grandparents? [closed]

I have the birthday, death date, burial place, spouses, children, and even military records, but I still can not locate any information on my grandpa or grandmas past information. I don't know where ...
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Finding birth parents in Utah 1865

One of my (very) great grandmothers is known as Mary Alzina Knapp Smith. She was adopted by Elias and Amy Jane Smith upon the death of her mother in childbirth. Elias wrote a letter (Or so I am ...
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Meaning of “In Whose Lot Interred: Hugh Sellars” at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in 1872?

I have previously asked several questions about my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars/Sillars that included Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York ...
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Finding first marriage of William Franklin Greenfield of Patterson, Caldwell County, North Carolina, USA?

1I have been researching my Great-Grandfather, William Franklin Greenfield for many years and this is the timeline I have for him: William was born around 1854 or so. William was married to my ...
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Discovering New York City death and burial location?

A search result for my great uncle Salvador M Campos appeared recently in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on Ancestry (in the Death and Wills category). Salvador M ...
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Traded a dollar for a Penney?

My (very...) great grand-father Silas Carpenter married a woman by the name of Phebe Penn(e)y on 27 Mar 1804, likely in Pittstown, New York. There's a family legend that states that Silas used to ...
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Finding death record without knowing death date?

I can trace an ancestor of mine, Samuel McReynolds b. 1812 Tenn, up to the Arkansas (Sebastian county) 1880 census, but loose him after that. I am trying to find a record that will help me determine ...
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In 17th century Scotland/Virginia, could a Jr. have a different name than his father?

According to all known records, John Burnett (b. Scotland 1610, d. Virginia 1686) had sons named John and Thomas. The will of John's widow, Lucretia, refers to "MY ELDEST SON JOHN BURNETT" and "my ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

I'm looking at the probate record of Samuel Bangs, who died in 1786 (Or thereabouts) in Dutchess County, New York. I'm noticing that his wife, Thankful, was still alive, and there are mention of ...
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Who were the parents of the Anna who married Elisha Strong?

Benjamin Dwight's History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong says that Elisha Strong "m. Anna Pinneo, b. in 1746 (dau., as the author supposes, of Dea. James Pinneo of Lebanon, Ct., and Priscilla ...
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Getting information from closed mental institution in California, USA?

My great-uncle's wife was committed to Camarillo State Hospital in California for something over 30 years, until her death in 1967. She has no descendants. I have become very interested in this ...
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Meaning of source numbers in U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

There are 3 records in The U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about the marriage of Luke Lea and Elizabeth Wilson, showing two different birth states for her: Source number: ...
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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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How to determine county from county number in Texas birth index?

The Texas birth index from 1956 gives a county number of 057 for a birth record I found, how can you determine what county that corresponds to, and more generally, how can I map any county number in ...
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How can I find historical city directories for the United States?

I want to search the entire U.S. from 1750 to 1959 for residences. I have found the Polk city directories in the archives of some libraries in several cities, and it is useful. But I have to travel ...
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Finding obituaries for people who died in Houston, Texas in the 1930s?

Where can I locate an obituary for Bert Newton Long who died July 11, 1935 in Houston, Texas? His grandchild gave me his name, and only knew he died there. All other known relatives know nothing. I ...
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How to read Tennessee marriage record

I am trying to interpret the bottom marriage record from Ancestry.com's "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002": I know that the couple getting married is Lyman J. Strong and Martha H. Green. What ...
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Reconciling mid-18th century US marriage records for James Lea and Ann/Anne Tolbert/Herndon?

I am finding contradictory information about James Lea (of 18th c. America) [JL] and whether he married Ann/Anne Holbert or Terndon. Of course, it is possible that there is more than one James Lea. ...
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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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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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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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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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Other 'non-loyalist' Immigration to Canada following American Revolution from the US

I am trying to track down a few individuals that I believe 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 ...