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Where to find Brazil immigration records of ancestor from Italy?

I'm looking for an ancestor who moved from Italy to Brazil between 1800 and 1900. Where can I find Brazilian immigration records?
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Finding state records for Veneto region after 1815

I have been relying on this website for the records during the Napoleonic times: http://dl.antenati.san.beniculturali.it/en/gallery But after 1815 there is nothing. Are there any records from that ...
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How do immigrants change their names?

My grandfather was born in Sweden in 1877 and he was a Johansson. He came to the U.S. in 1891 and the next record I can find is his Naturalization and his name is now Erickson. Where did he get his ...
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Determining if ancestor was freemason in Pennsylvania

All my life my dad and grandfather told me that my 2nd great grandfather was a Freemason, His name was Solomon Leighty he lived 1840 till 1885 in Westmoreland county Pennsylvania. He lived in or near ...
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John Rebbler/Latour of New Orleans brickwall and adoption

My great, great grandfather, John E. Latour was always listed as the son of James A. Latour and Emma C. Lacqueret in different family trees. I had no luck for years finding much about this couple, ...
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Denmark marriage 1842, in German, has term “Vau. Attest” What does it mean?

I have roughly translated about a dozen ancestral marriage records from Sønderborg Parish, Aabenraa-Sønderborg Amt in southern Denmark. All are in German and I understand them except for the reference ...
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Identifying father of Jacob David Keil born 1854 around Lemberg

My great grandfather was Jacob David Keil was born in 1854 and lived somewhere around Lemberg/Lwow/Lviv Dobrotvor. My great grandmother Lottie Keil was born 1860 . They had 4 children Samuel born 1888,...
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Translating French documents [closed]

I need some help translating a couple of documents from 1800's France. The first one is this birth record for Philippe Kindelberger.
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Abbreviation “H.M.C” in Sands Directory

What does "H.M.C." stand for in the following entry in the Sands Directory Street Index for Balmain, New South Wales, in 1890? Henry Gill was about 64 at that time. He had owned and run a ...
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How to interpret this19th century Ukrainian Jewish birth index result?

I found these search results among Ukrainian Births on JewishGen: I would like help interpreting the second column. The three rows of headers are: Father, Grandfather Mother, Grandfather Mother, ...
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Looking for the Hans Hanson (Hansson, Hansen) family who came to North America via Quebec in 1870

I have tracked the Hanson family (Hanna, Hans, Jens, infant) from Gothenburg to Hull to Liverpool to Quebec (aboard the Allan Line SS Germany) but her husband and other son (Hans and Nils) were not ...
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Looking for Adam Gould and Rachel Burkholder in 18th/19th century Pennsylvania?

I can find a later Adam Gould and Rachel Burkholder in McKeesport but I am looking for an earlier couple that may have lived in Westmoreland County PA. They would be the parents of the Adam in ...
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New Hampshire Poor Farm Records

I am looking for listings or names of men who were paupers in the Nashua or Hillsborough County poor farms (aka pauper farms aka town farms aka poor houses) in 1855-1857. Does anyone know if records ...
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How did the lives of Worcestershire nail-makers change 1840-1880?

The 1851 Census of England and Wales shows my ancestors living in Forge Lane, Halesowen, Worcestershire. Not only are all the adult males on the page working as gun barrel forgers, but also every ...
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Was this common usage of “mother-in-law” in late 19th century in US census?

I have been researching my great-grandfather in US records and the 1880 census of his household referred to a middle-aged woman with different last name living in the household as his "mother in ...
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Finding 19th-century passenger arrivals to the United States

My great-grandfather Aloysius Deckert was born in Germany and died in Albany, New York in 1901. How can I find his arrival in the United States?
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What does birthplace: “Cold Rain,” Ireland imply?

On a 1908 Pennsylvania death certificate for John Stewart, 82, his birthplace is listed as "Cold Rain" Ireland. Irony aside, I think it can be safely assumed that this is a butchering of ...
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Researching Kisting immigration to Namibia?

I am looking for the information of Rudolf Kisting who ended up in Namibia possibly between 1850 and 1900. He married a namibian women with the surname Wimmerth and died in around 1950 in Namibia. ...
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Missing birth records for Great Grandfather - London, UK

I have been tracing my ancestors to Italy and have accounted for all their vital BMD records, with the exception of just one, which is my British-born Great Grandfather, Baptista Sabini, and his birth ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

My relatives were from Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907. Is this now in Poland? Where? I will be travelling to Poland in a month and I would like to find this place.
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Travelling within the UK in 1800s

My 4th great-grandfather was a weaver who was born in 1772 and was married, lived and died in the Wigan area. I have found a record dated 1801, for someone with the same name, age and occupation in ...
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What determined whether someone received parish relief or went to the workhouse?

Parish relief, an early form of benefit system, existed in England simultaneously alongside the workhouses. I'd like to understand what the system was that determined whether a person was eligible for ...
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Name Changes in New York City during 1830s?

Are there records for people who changed their names in New York City (NYC) in the 1830's? My ancestor was from France and changed his name after arriving in NYC in the 1830's.
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Transcription of an 1835 will entry in Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills record

I have transcribed the will of a likely ancestor in a tree I am building for a friend, but can't get one last word. Can anyone tell me what the word is? It is just three words from the end, between &...
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Finding Death Certificates in Puerto Rico

My Great grandfather arrived in Puerto Rico in 1939 (?).His name was Jules Jean Joseph Olivieri Perreymond, known as Julio Olivieri or Oliviery in PR. After 1886 he disappears from birth records of ...
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Seeking information on Noble Hutchinson Fleming of Cork, Ireland [closed]

Noble Hutchinson Fleming was born in Cork in 1827 and later emigrated to London. I would like to know more about the family.
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Understanding meaning of professions in 19th century Calabria, Italy?

This is not a pure Italian translation issue, it looks, after investigation and discussion with Italian native speakers, a question more related of how professions are recorded in Calabria (or whole ...
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What is the earliest age a boy in England could get married in the 1800s?

My wife has an ancestor named Charles Davies. The 1841 and 1851 Wales censuses as well as his marriage record state that he was born in Flintshire, Wales between 1813 and 1816. A search for his ...
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Where can I find a Dutch record of birth for Louis Edward Schaap?

I'm looking for a birth or civil record for Louis Edward Schaap. He was supposedly born in 'Holland' in abt 1845 according to the 1871, 1881 and 1891 UK Census. He married Clara Matilda Bish in 1876 ...
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Identifying when and where photo of man wearing German Waffenrock uniform might have been taken?

I recently was given this photo by a cousin who was wondering if I knew who this person was. I figured the first thing I need to figure out is about when and where this photo was taken. From the ...
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My family migrated from Lübeck to Guatemala

My great grandfather migrated from Lübeck to Guatemala in the late 1880's. I am trying to find certified records of his family left behind in Germany. I tried writing to the city hall but I haven't ...
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Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns?

I have located a record for Alfred Clarke in the United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records. The TNA record series number is WO 97, and the original images are available at Find My Past. ...
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Banns read multiple times at St Brides, Fleet Street early 19th century

I have copies of the Banns read for James Henry Hunter and Charlotte Matilda Thomas as follows: 1819: 30 May, 6 June and 13 June 1820:16 November, 3 December and 10 December 1821: 9 December, 16 ...
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Did General Winfield Scott have any grandchildren?

I am trying to either disprove, or find evidence for, an old family story. According to my deceased grandfather, Winfield S Burns (1911-1982), the first male son has been named Winfield Scott in honor ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I am looking for info about my great-great-grandparents. The info I'm looking for is: Dates and locations of their birth, marriage and death Go back further in time and find their ancestry Whether ...
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How can I distinguish between name changes and missing records?

Every now and again I come across a person, who seems to have changed their name. For example, a birth/baptism record may have one name, while subsequent records (marriage, census…) use another for ...
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Is surname Judah/Juddah Jewish?

My 4th great grandfather had the surname Judah. Before coming to the U.S in the early 1800's it was spelled Juddah. I'm trying to understand if this is a true Jewish last name and if someone could ...
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Forced Emigration of Zipf ancestors from South-West Germany (Baden/Wurtenburg) in mid 19th century?

I was told from a researcher a while ago about a forced Emigration in 3 or so villages in South-West Germany in the 19th century. From what I can remember the people were vagabonds or just general ...
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Where in England would a young man, 14-15, be sent to learn trade of an iron molder about 1815?

My ggf, Robert Stanton, was born somewhere in England about 1800. We do not know parents or siblings names. The first record we have is a baptism of a daughter in St Ann, County Antrim, Belfast, with ...
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What happened to captured confederate Woodman Stanton in Tennessee after US Civil War

My ggf brother, Woodman Stanton, born about 1838 possibly in Montgomery or Dickson County, Tennessee. In 1850:census he is in middle district, Dickson, TN. In 1860 census he is in district 1, Hardin ...
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Trying to find parents of William Carroll Gardner, born in 1828

I'm looking for the parents/family of my third-great-grandfather William Carroll Gardner (1828-1870). I know he was born in Tennessee, but the only records I can find for him are from Montevallo, ...
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Looking for jewish ancestor immigrant from swinchian pale of settlements to London

Previously I have asked Registration of Russian immigrants to England in late 19th century? about my great grandfather's diary which I am using to seek the roots of my family. In the diary he mentions ...
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Looking for this Fryer family in further records

I am currently researching the Fryer family and am trying to see if I can another Fryer family in Chester to mine. The family in question is found on the 1841 census in Chester, Cheshire at George ...
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French migrants to Puerto Rico 1800-1870

How did immigrants travel to get to Puerto Rico in the period from 1800-1870? Where can I find information about the ships?
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Finding 3rd great grandmother’s parents’ names around 1836 in Warren, Ohio?

She was born in 1836 in Warren, Ohio, as Elvira Scott, as she indicated on her marriage certificate in 1854 in Illinois. There were no birth records there in Ohio until 1867. On an 1860 US Census ...
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Looking for parents of Gustav Tesche (born 1877 Germany)

I am looking for the parents (German or other) ancestors of Gustav Tesche b. July 13th 1877 in Wahlsdorf (near Berlin), d. East-Berlin ca. 1968. He had two daughters (Gerda and Hiltrud) and one known ...
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Starting pre-1837 research in England and Wales?

What are some effective research strategies for England and Wales, when you are making the transition from the era of civil registration and censuses to the period before civil registration begins? ...
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Could photo be Edward Nettell (1812-1879) and Maria Hocking (1811-1902) of Illogan, Cornwall?

Below is a photograph from the album of my great grandfather Thomas Anslow Hitchcox. The album was given to Thomas by his mother (my 2nd great grandmother) whose maiden name was Emma Symons Treloar ...
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Old German script. What is the wife's name in this 1837 baptismal ledger from Stark County, Ohio?

The partial image below is from an 1837 baptismal register of a church located in Paris Township, Stark County, Ohio. It is written in old German script. At least to our knowledge, these ledgers have ...
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Searching for ancestor from Malta

I have found my great grandparent's marriage certificate from 1886 in England. However, he was a merchant seaman. I located a ship record where he was a cook in 1881 and it says he was from Malta. Got ...

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