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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 grandmother and 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 Ger ...
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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 can I find out which Freemasons' lodge my 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 ...
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How should I distinguish between the US and UK National Archives?

We have the US National Archives and the UK National Archives. They are both referred to as "the National Archives." What is the most common and well understood way of distinguishing between the two? ...
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How can I find information about an Allied WWII Prisoner of War in Germany?

I'm looking for information about an American POW (Prisoner of War) at Stalag Luft 1 in Germany during World War II. What free records of pilots/POWS, etc. are available online?
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Is there a national death registry?

I believe at least 2-3 of my family branches ended in deaths that were not handled by family (meaning they died alone or no one bothered telling anyone), so the only record of what happened to them ...
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How to find marriage record from just possible year(s) when state archive has no record?

My GG-Grandparents had 8 children, lived in Massachusetts, USA. The Massachusetts Archive has no record of marriage and all I have is that 1st child was born in 1891 (Brockton, MA). My GG ...
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What was the “Old War” and how should I interpret this pension index card?

I'm looking at this old military pension file index. Jeptha Tallant is listed under the heading "Old War" -- which war is it referring to? I believe he was born in 1811, so the Revolutionary War ...
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What uses are there for the Social Security Number (SSN) of a deceased ancestor?

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI), or Death Master File (DMF) is an index of the deaths of US persons that have been notified to the US Social Security. It's available online at various places ...
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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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Is there a legal standard for Heraldry & Family Coats of Arms in U.S.?

How can I know that a rendering of Heraldry or a Coat of Arms from a website is legit? What is the legal standard in the U.S.?
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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 do C-1 and B-2 mean on 1957 US Immigration record?

Can anyone help with what C-1 and B-2 mean in the last column on the image below mean please? Searches on Google now only relate to current Visa requirements I cannot find what these historical ...
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What are good search techniques for finding people who have moved within the same geographical area?

In an answer to the question How would you handle a census record that is almost certainly the target family but which has too many discrepancies? I wrote about a family in my research area for which ...
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Where were my parents married?

My parents were married 59 years ago today (Christmas day 1954). The problem is that I can not find their marriage license anywhere and to add to the problem my mother was 1/2 black and in Georgia ...
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First wife / birth mother left out of history?

Alice Bell Snider (b. 28 Jul 1867, d. 8 Feb 1945 in Henry Co., Iowa) is listed in family records (and indeed in other people's records online) as the daughter of George W. Snider (1839-1905) and ...
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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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Where can I find information on buildings that have been demolished?

I'd appreciate suggestions from anyone who has traced the history of houses, multi-family residences, and commercial buildings, on how to find more information about buildings which no longer exist. ...
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What is my relationship to the spouse of my cousin?

If my cousin gets married am I now related to his new wife's immediate family. Would I be related to his new wife's brother or sister?
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Where can I find non-resident schedules and absent household schedules for the US Federal Census?

On page 6 of the 1940 Census Enumerator's instructions (page 4 of the printed manual) paragraph 19 reads: Nonresident schedule. -- Members of a household who object to being included in the ...
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What is the meaning of “Bound To” in this 18th Century US (Virginia) Will?

A 1771 document from Sussex Co, Virginia states "Robert Sammons, orphan of John Sammons, dec'd, aged about 6, bound to John Hicks". What does "bound to" mean in that context?
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Marine Corps Muster Roll abbreviations

my question is similar to What is the meaning of these remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers? but with different abbreviations that I can't find the answer to. Below is the transcription I have. I ...
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How to find service record of Boston police detective (1945-1968)?

I have had no luck finding archives Det regarding Frank Murphy, (Franny, Francis). As a boy My Grandmother would show me a photo album with page after page of his exploits on and off duty! I was ...
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How can I find ships records and death information for Richard Turkington?

My gg-grandfather came to New York City sometime prior to my ggrandfather's birth in 1838. His wife was Bessie Louden, and my g-grandfather was orphaned at age 13, around 1851. This information ...
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Transients and New Arrivals in the U.S. 1940 census

I've been trying to find the 1940 census entry of Sara Katharina Guenther, born 05 Jul 1908 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. She had just arrived back in the port of New York NY on ...