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How accurate do late 20th century Genealogical histories of New England in early 19th century tend to be?

I am sure there is a term or phrase for this sort of publication-- but unfortunately I don't know the correct one! I have used/referred to "Christopher Noble of Portsmouth, N.H. and some of his ...
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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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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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Finding UK record(s) of British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s?

My great-grandfather is British. He was in Japan during the 1890s working with trade. His wife's name is Kogiku. The couple had three sons. My great-grandfather is thought to have returned to ...
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Finding evidence for divorce of Hugh Sillars and Agnes Macculloch in mid-19th Century Scotland?

This question involves some of the same family as an earlier question of mine (Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?) but is ...
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Finding Devon parish marriage records?

My husband's family came to the US from England; some of the family stayed in the US, and some returned to the UK. I have many records from my husband's grandfather's generation that indicate his ...
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Locating an elusive UK birth record (Mary Ann Harper born circa 1865 possibly Dudley, England)?

I have a female great grand-mother in England for whom I have her marriage certificate and her death certificate, plus census records from marriage until death. From these I know her unmarried name, ...
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19th Century Debtors Prison Records, London

I have found (I think) two records for Demetrius Rogers in Ancestry's Marshalsea (London) debtors prison records. The first has "Dematris Rogers" brought into custody on 11 Sep 1812: (This record ...
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Finding church records for Koselitz, Saxony, Germany?

I am looking for the records of Lutheran Johan Mueller, born 22 June, 1826 in Koselitz, Saxony. He came to the US in 1845. Where are church records now located for someone born in 1826 in Koselitz, ...
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Identifying photograph which may be Margaret Morgan (1808-1902) taken at Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales?

Below is a photograph (I apologize for the quality; it is not in my possession to re-scan) of a woman who I think could be my 3rd great grandmother Margaret Morgan who was: christened on 28 Aug 1808 ...
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Finding descendants of British great grand uncle who emigrated to Australia?

From Finding UK record(s) of British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s? I have received the information of the person with the possibility of great-grandfather. However, I ...
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Are there records for Whitecross Debtors Prison Turnkeys in 19th Century London?

Nether Fustian Continuations and a Drink for Desperate Men Too often, I underestimate human ingenuity. I had never imagined, for example, that a man would wreath himself in cow-guts full of gin. But ...
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How are the grandchildren related to the head of household in this census?

Whenever I find a census household, I try to confirm the relationships listed in the census by looking for vital records or other information. The formatting of this 1891 Census entry has been ...
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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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What is German translation of this Marriage record written in Kurrent?

I have an photo of a computer showing a scan of a marriage register for the household shown in this answer which is also written in German using Kurrent style of cursive: I'd like to know what the ...
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Finding ships sailing from Germany to Brazil between 1824 to 1830?

Is it possible to find the names of ships used to transport German emigrants to Brazil in the period of 1824 to 1830? I am specially looking for ships in the period 1827-1829.
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Identifying Lemuel K. Preston's 1830s-era birth place of “Broome, L. C.”?

In his 1852 Providence, Rhode Island, marriage record,1 Lemuel Keyser "L. K." Preston (ca1828-ca1881) was reported born "Broome, L.C.," the son of Michael and Mary Preston. I interpret the reference,...
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What proportion of the births or baptisms of children were recorded in early nineteenth century England?

It's usual to search for a baptism record as a substitute birth record in England in the period prior to the start of Civil Registration (i.e. pre-1837.) (Baptism records may also include birth ...
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Where is Mary Elizabeth Richardson in the UK 1891 Census?

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth ("Mary"), was born to Richard and Penelope Hill in Islington, London, on 01 Jan 1857. She is found with Richard, her stepmother Annie, and brother Richard D in ...
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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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How might a “nurse-child” have been placed with their carers?

In the 1861 census of England, the sister of one of my ancestors is shown living as a 'nurse-child' some distance across London from where her mother was in hospital. How would the placement of a ...
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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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Learning German scripts (handwriting and printing) used in 19th century records

In my related question about finding parish records in Saxony, Germany lejonet reminded me about other resources for Werdau in the Family History Catalog. The Family History Library has resident ...
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Financial preconditions on Jews for marriage in early 19th century in Germany?

In 1822, Abraham Decker, age 24, married Rebecka Aron from Mettenheim, age 27 in Gauersheim, in the the Pfalz region of Germany. Their ages were given in the marriage announcements posted in the ...
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Using new GRO Index Online to make birth families more complete?

I have understood for years that my 2nd great grandparents William Henry Rouse and Agnes Green had 10 children in Truro, Cornwall, England before they emigrated to South Australia in 1880 with eight ...
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Finding 1863 birth of John Sellars and death of his father Robert (British subjects) around 1870 in Panama/Colombia?

This question is related to Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?. I have a Scottish ancestor, Robert Sellars born 1830, ...
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Finding 1832 birth details in Romania for Wolf Finkelstein?

Wolf Finkelstein was my great-great grandfather. He was born in Romania in 1832 which was before that country came into existence. I don't know how to find out anything about him such as who his ...
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Finding online parish records for churches in Werdau, Saxony, Germany

I'm studying a group of Germans that immigrated to the United States around 1860 to the mid-1880s. My source for their birth place is their local court naturalization papers on FamilySearch. Many of ...
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Researching English/Christian families in India during first half of 19th century?

Are there any online sources of information for (English) Christian families in India? I'm particularly interested in the first half of the nineteenth century.
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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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Who are the Ancestors of William Yensull?

William Yensull (also spelled Yensule or Yencule) became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States on April 20th, 1896. Based on his Naturalization Certificate, issued in the Illinois county of ...
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What is uniform worn by Herr Schedler in photo taken late 19th century in Hannover?

I have a scan of this photo. It is believed to be the brother of Pauline Schedler (1860 - 1937). She was born in Thann, Alsace, France and family legend has it she fled to the UK in the 1870s during ...
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Finding the Fatherless Feathers

How common is it to be unable to find baptismal records of a whole family in early 19th century England? In one tree I am researching, there is a John Feather, who Census records locate in 1861 and ...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Anyone who has done genealogical research on England in the 17th through 19th centuries will have noticed it: a parade of Johns, Williams and Thomases, accompanied by Marys, Elizabeths and Annes. ...
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What does it mean if cause of death is listed as “Insanity” in late 1800s?

My great, great grandmother's cause of death is listed as "Insanity" on her death record, and I'm not sure what this means. She died in Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota in 1872 at age 37, and had ...
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How to Trace Ancestors to Switzerland

Some of my Zimmerman ancestors emigrated from Switzerland to the United States (Tuscarawas, Ohio) in the mid 1800s. When I find them on U.S. Census records, there are a bunch of other Zimmerman ...
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How were the beneficiaries of the 1872 Will of Mary Rogers related?

My fourth great grandmother was Elizabeth Crawley, born 1791, probably in London. She married William Stretch in 1819 in Whitechapel. The witnesses to their marriage were D. Rogers and Mary Rogers, ...
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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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Is there a comprehensive repository of pre-1841 local censuses in Britain available online?

The first national Census in Britain was in 1841, but there are several local enumerations of populations of particular parishes and towns, for example: The parish censuses listed in the answers to ...
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How can I assess the statistical probability that an individual is the one I seek?

I have an ancestor Caroline Ellen Brown (also mentioned in this question: How might a "nurse-child" have been placed with their carers?) for whom the marriage and birth records are elusive. ...
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What determined which prisoners sentenced to transportation were actually transported?

Thomas Duffett (baptised 1785 Stalbridge, Dorset, England) had a couple of run-ins with the law and got himself sentenced to 7 years transportation. Twice. But he never left the country. The first ...
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Reading given name of German great-grandaunt?

I cannot read this name, which is the name of one of the older sisters of my great-grandfather. It is supposed to be a german female name. This was written in 1878. Sample of handwriting by the same ...
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What does location Boshte mean?

I've got a Status Animarium from Ljubljana in the early 1800s written in German using Kurrent handwriting and it lists a birth location as ditto Boshte, underlined in red, but I don't understand what ...
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Finding passenger list of ship with German immigrants to Brazil in 1824

I got the important information: name of the ship (George Friedrich), it's commandant, it's capitan (Johann Peter Christian Rosilius) the date and place of departure and arrival (Altona Port Germany ...
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At what ages did British students enroll in school in the late 1800s and early 1900s?

The Archives and Records Association (ARA) in the UK and Ireland is leading a National Digitisation Project and one of the products of this effort has been published by Find My Past: England and ...
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How can I establish an early 19th century birthplace?

I have been investigating my ancestor, Vestus/Sylvester Blackstone with a goal of getting an accurate timeline for some of the major events in his life. I am trying to resolve a number of ...
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What is this Delaware marriage document?

I recently found (via ancestry.com) this document regarding the marriage of my great-grandparents (specifically my father's mother's parents) in 1883, from the Delaware Marriage Records, 1744-1912. ...
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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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Would there be 1830-1850 US naturalization records for children born Canada to parents born in US when relocating back to US?

Michael Preston (1792-1849) was born in New Hampshire; his first wife, Mary Merrill, was born there in 1795. This couple removed to Canada not long after their marriage, ca18 June 1816. Most or all of ...
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Searching for registries of persons who were born in Portugal or Brazil 1850-1930? [closed]

Are there good public sites available that have information about Portugal and Brazil ? They don't need to be in portuguese, I just need information about genealogy and registries of persons who were ...