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For questions about ancestors and records in the USA. This includes previous political entities within the geographical boundaries of the present-day USA, such as the relevant European colonies. Also …
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For questions about research in the period from 1801 to 1900.
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For questions about ancestors and records in the country of England. Also tag the county if the question is specific to that county.
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For questions about how to conduct genealogy research and best practices for genealogy research.
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For questions about research in the period from 1901 to 2000.
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For questions about ancestors living or visiting Germany, and records originating in Germany. This includes previous political entities within the geographical boundaries of the present-day Germany.
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For questions about records produced by governments through enumeration and collection of information about a population. Use this tag in conjunction with the relevant country and date tag.
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For questions about documents pertaining to military personnel or units, including service records, muster rolls, medal rolls, casualty lists, regimental log books, etc.
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For questions about research in the period from 1701 to 1800.
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For questions about documents pertaining to an individual person's birth, including birth certificates, registers and indexes
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For questions about the process and records associated with people entering and settling in a country or place to which they were not native.
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For questions about software which can help with genealogy or family history research or record keeping. Do not use for questions about websites (which has a separate tag).
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For questions about marriage certificates, registers, indexes, marriage licenses, records of dowries, marriage taxes, and other documents pertaining to a couple's marriage.
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The study of historical handwriting and inscriptions, including analysing and reading manuscripts.
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For questions about the use, distribution, origin and etymology of surnames, also known as family names or last names.
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For questions about using DNA to further knowledge of family history, relationships, ethnic origin, and overall ancestry. Most common tests include Y-STR/Y-SNP DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and Aut…
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For questions about documents pertaining to a person's death, including death certificates, registers and indexes.
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for general questions about finding or using birth, marriage and death records. If the question is about one specific record type, such as birth-records, use th…
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An individual piece of information from a single source: E.g. Birth/Death Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Obituaries, Photos of grave markers, a journal entry, etc.
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For questions about using the website and products of this commercial genealogy company and its subsidiaries (Ancestry.co.uk, Ancestry.ca, etc.)
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For questions about ancestors living or visiting Poland, and records originating in Poland. The status and boundaries of Poland have varied significantly in history. This tag may be used for the previ…
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For questions about New York City (i.e. five boroughs of Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island). For other counties of New York State use the new-york-state tag.
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For questions about ancestors living or visiting the UK, and records originating in the UK. If the question is about a specific country within the UK – England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland – …
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For questions about visually representing data in a way that reflects the parent-child and spousal relationships of a group of people.
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For questions about ancestors and records in Australia. Also tag the state if the question is specific to that state.
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documents, registers, publications, artefacts, people, websites and other sources of information used in genealogy and family history research.
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For questions about ancestors and records in Wales. Also tag the county if the question is specific to that county.
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Determining the relationship between two people.
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For questions about the use of GEDCOM files, the de facto standard file format for exchange of genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication.
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For questions about ancestors and records in Scotland. Also tag the county if the question is specific to that county.
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For questions about relatives involved in World War II (WWII or WW2), or family history events associated with this wartime period. WWII, also known as the Second World War, lasted from 1939 to 1945.
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For questions about ancestors and records in the US state of New York, including questions pertaining to the period before the state's admission to the US (1788) when it was a Dutch and later British …
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For questions about common methods for recording and interpreting names of people or places.
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For questions about ancestors living or visiting Russia, and records originating in Russia. This includes all of its incarnations since the establishment of Rus'lands in the 9th Century, the establish…
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For questions about determining or interpreting the job, profession or avocation of an ancestor.
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For questions pertaining to the county of Cornwall at the south west tip of England. Known as Kernow in the Cornish language.