Questions tagged [19th-century]

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Narrowing down date of immigration from England to USA?

I have an ancestor named Richard Dugdale who was probably born in 1845 (although 1844 and 1848 are also possible) somewhere in England (possibly Manchester or Bristol) and died in 1909 in ...
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What does “Discharged by Proclamation” mean?

The Nottingham Review for August 1819 reports that a young woman charged with the murder of her bastard child, lately delivered, was discharged by proclamation. I guess this means she was seen as ...
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Comparing 1842 and 1861 signatures of William Barrett?

I have spent a long time trying to trace my gg grandfather William Barrett. I believe he married twice first at the age of 20 in 1842 and secondly at the age of 39 in 1861. The top signature is ...
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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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Finding widow's relinquishment from 1844 Ohio probate record?

Probate record for George Hay, died 1844, Hamilton Cty, Ohio, has a note that reads "Widows relinquishment filed"...and nowhere can I find the widow's name! The Guardianship notes for the children ...
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Seeking English burial/death record prior to 1837?

I'm looking for a burial/death record for a woman that I only have her married name for. I also can't find a birth or marriage record. Her name is Hannah Evans, born in Leominster, Herefordshire, ...
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Is Saisy a known 19th century Irish/English nickname for Sarah?

In the 1873 diary of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox (1797-1874), written at Fullarton, South Australia, he writes about his son William (1821-1902) and another person who I suspect to be ...
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Parish residency in 19th century Cornwall?

In 18th and 19th century church parish marriage records in Cornwall, UK, the bride and groom's residences are indicated as one of three things: of the same parish as the marriage (usually just ...
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Birth records for Baltimore Maryland in the 1840s

I am trying to locate birth records for my 2nd great grandfather, Jesse Carson so I can possibly trace the Carson family back a little further. Archive.com was not helpful, it didn't provide me any ...
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Determining relationship between James Stanford Scott and John Stanford Girdler?

My 3x great grandfather James Stanford Scott was born in 1816 in Middlesex, England. He was named in the will of John Stanford Girdler who left everything in trust to him. He was only 5 at the time ...
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Immigration Records for William Jacka circa 1860 to 1875 from England to Australia?

My GGGrandfather arrived in Australia somewhere between 1860 and 1875. His name is William Jacka. He was supposed to be travelling with his two brothers. We have newspaper reports of him in Bulli ...
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Seeking immigration to Bolivia for German ancestor in 1910-1915?

I'm looking for immigration records between 1890-1903 in Argentina. My great grand dad was hired from Germany to work in Bolivia, he worked in the Zeller house. We lost are family record. I know when ...
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Looking for the actual location of my grandfather's birthplace

My paternal grandfather listed his birthplace as Salash, Russia in his Army enlistment. He was born in 1885. Does anyone know if this is a real village, and if so, where it was located? Also, I ...
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Locating birthplace of Herman Malies born around 1870 in Baden, Germany?

I am looking for birth information for Herman Malies born around 1870 in Baden, Germany. I have found him in Camden New Jersey but cannot find any thing before that time.
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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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Where is town of Pogena, Russia (or Lithuania) where ancestor born in 1885?

On my grandfather's naturalization papers, birthplace is listed as Pogena, Russia. It may be located in Lithuania. His name is Julius Albert Knoll. I am also looking for my grandmother's ...
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What is difference between city, town, village, and township in Wisconsin?

I am doing research on my ancestors from Wisconsin, I would like to know what the difference is between a town, a township, a city, and a village. The place name is often different on different ...
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Interpreting 1832-1839 Bodmin Gaol records for George Wills of Illogan?

My 3rd great grandfather George Wills was baptised on 13 Jul 1806 at Illogan to Richard and Susanna (nee Scoble). On 11 Jan 1834 he married Frances Angove at Illogan. On 10 Jan 1836 George and ...
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Analyzing Wurttemberg church records discovered via FamilySearch?

I am researching an ancestor, Johann Gottlieb Berner, and I am finding two people by this name in FamilySearch: JGB, born in Unterturkheim, Wurttemberg on 12 Jan 1847 to Gottlieb Berner and Regina ...
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Seeking German Meir Family living in 1930s Łódź (Poland)?

My great grand parents were Krzysztof & Magdelana Meier. They lived in Łódź, Poland. I have an address for Meiers in 1930. My grandparents, Arno & Julianna Hennig, had 6 children 3 boys and 3 ...
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Determining the relationship between Richard Holmes and Thomas Holme?

I am a member of Ancestry.com, and I tested my DNA there. As a result, I found that I have a blood relationship with a person called John Holme. He was born in Croston, Lancashire in 1754. His father ...
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What happened to the 1896 London census records?

A little known fact is that a census of London was performed in 1896. On GENUKI it states: A quinquennial census was held covering the London County Council area on 29 March 1896, paid for by ...
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Looking for shipping information leaving England in September 1879 for Japan

I am looking for shipping information about one James Main Dixon (1856 (Paisley)-1933 (Los Angeles)) who left England in September 1879 for Yokohama, Japan. He stayed in Japan from 1880 through 1892 ...
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Finding parents for ancestor born in 1820 at New York who has no birh record?

I am attempting to locate the parents of my 3x Great Grandfather. There is no birth certificate as he was born in 1820 in New York, New York. That birth date and location comes from this 1850 ...
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Finding parents for early-20th century immigrant to US from Germany?

I am looking for the names of the parents of my great grandmother Emilie Hannaman-Heunemann-Honneman? She was born about 1883. She immigrated to US in 1906 from Berlin. She married my great ...
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Was William Campbell both married and having another relationship?

William Campbell born 1816/1819 Creich, Sutherland, Scotland, was the husband of Elspeth Matheson (born 1820 Rogart, sutherland) and had 6 children and as far as I can ascertain had a relationship ...
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What circumstances could lead to these birth registrations?

In 1857S, the GRO marriage indices have a Thirza (or Thurza) Broad marrying William Harper in Wantage. This is the only record I have found that refers to William. Thurza Broad appears in the 1841 (...
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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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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

This question is, although a little late, inspired by the Weekly Topic Challenge on "correlating military service records with other sources". It's also part of an effort to re-examine some of the "...
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Compiler / Author of printed Landowner record books in England and Wales?

The website The Genealogist has a series of printed books which list landowners by county. Each county book has a heading with the name of the county, followed by the Population in 1871, number of ...
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Locating information on John Megone from 1800's Ireland

I'm trying to location more information on my 4th great grandparents John Megone (born around 1817) and his wife Agnes Galbraith (born around 1822). I've hit a brick wall. I can tell from the 1861 ...
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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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Seeking Russian Orthodox Church Records 1840-1900 for Lagody, Poland/Russia (now Belarus)?

My grandfather was born in 1885 at Lagody/Lagodi, Poland/Russia (Vilna/Wilna gubernia) and came to USA 1911. Lagody/Lagoda/Lahady is now in Belarus (Hrodna/Grodno province) and is still a small ...
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Finding Death Record for Swiss lady who emigrated to US in 1880s?

My great grandmother Katherina Schober VonNeiderhauser Bahler: Was widowed (with 6 children) Then married Johannes Bahler Had one child with Johannes in Wattenvil, Switzerland Then immigrated to the ...
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Identifying person in two 19th century photos (one from Hannover)?

I found these 2 photographs in a cache of old family photos. I suspect they are of my 2nd great grandfather. I know from other sources that he was from Hannover and is the only family member that is ...
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Military Record is the first sign of existence

Are there any accessible records of missing persons in Scotland for the mid 19th Century? I ask as I have a brick wall with my Great Great Grandfather, David Brighton (1825-1891). The earliest ...
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Death of an American in Paris

I would like to find death records for an American ancestor who died on a business trip to Paris in about 1840. What would be some good online sources or specific record sets to try?
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Did Richard Hill and Blanche Todd live in India in the late 19th Century?

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Hill had a brother, Richard Demetrius Hill, born in Islington in 1858. He was living with his family in the 1861 census, and with his uncle in 1871. After that,...
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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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Seeking records for Thomas Chorley of Madras, India (born 1821, died 1843)?

Thomas Chorley: was born 1821 at Madras, India died 1843 at Madras, India "India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGPT-1JR : 3 ...
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Apprenticeship records or trade information for 1830s Sheffield, Yorkshire?

This is the same family as in the related question Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s? I have two references to George Hindley in Sheffield, Yorkshire -- both identify him as a ...
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Lunacy - what does it mean?

My 39 year old great great grandfather died of "lunacy" in 1845. He was married with two small children. He was a tailor. He lived in Leith, Edinburgh. What would or could be the meaning of "Lunacy" ...
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Did Jacob Bertschinger move from Aldingen to Calw in early 19th century Germany?

Jacob Bertschinger was born on Nov 20, 1828 in Aldingen (near Spaichingen) on the right side of the Neckar river in southern Germany). He came from a long line of farmers who had been living within ...
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In 1888, what does “smothering at the heart” mean?

The following is the front side of a surgeon's certificate for my 3x-great grandfather (and part of a civil war pension application for his widow). It was created in 1888. At one point, he describes ...
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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 TNA Discovery catalog entries for digital images on Ancestry?

This question concerns the family of Alfred Clarke, who served in the 4th Brigade of the Royal Artillery. They appear in some of my previous questions, including Were British Army families stationed ...
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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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Records of miners in the California Gold Rush?

I am looking for an ancestor who may have been in Grass Valley, Yuba Co., CA in 1850 as a gold miner. Did miners leave any records? I did not see any references to mining in the FamilySearch WIKI for ...
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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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Identifying parents of Adelhaid Marx (died 1920/45) of rabbinic family from western Germany?

My great-great-grandmother, Adelheid Marx was a descendant of the Marx rabbinic family from western Germany. Her husband was Albert Westheim (d c. 1915) and her children include my great-grandmother, ...

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