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Which exemptions to proof of parents' death are available to obtain an unredacted SSA application?

I filed for a copy of the original Social Security application of my paternal grandfather. The photocopy of the form was returned, redacted to remove his parents' names (which was the whole point of ...
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How to search for a New York area 20th century building by its appearance?

I have these photos I inherited from my father of a building near a water feature that was taken around June 1958 in the New York City area, in a roll of film that is right before some photos of West ...
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What is this military related building in New York City area?

I have three photos of what appear to be the same building, taken in consecutive succession on the same roll of film around June 1958. I see military folks in the photos. The photos are taken near ...
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Identifying paternal grandfather using DNA tests if birth name is unknown

My paternal grandfather was raised by others and took their name, but he was not officially adopted. I have no idea of his real name. Can I still find him/family with DNA test(s) and, if so, which ...
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How to Search Directories by Address (not name)

I have searched online for this information, taken the Stack Exchange tour and searched previous questions for one that might answer my question; e.g., Ancestry, online search for Cole’s or Polk’s ...
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Female WW2 U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls

in my Great Grandmother's United States Marine Corps muster roll record the following information appears to be provided: 055 1-17 & 19...30, D, FPOSF; 18, only, sk qtrs. How do I interpret this?
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Finding Moroccan ancestors [closed]

I would like to find some family members, but I don`t really know if they exist or not. I only have our last name and my grandpa's name, who I have never met. His name is possibly Adnane Toujjani, ...
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New Jersey Marriage Index

I found an entry for a 1923 marriage on the New Jersey Marriage Index. It references a VOL and Page #. Where can I view the Volumes?
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Determining cause of 1908 death in France

How do I find the cause of death for a Thomas Gordon Dickinson who died in Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1908? I have his French death certificate, but it does not state the cause of death, neither do the ...
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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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Deportees to the Baragan Steppe, 1950s

Is there a public record that lists the names of the people who were sent to Baragan Steppe? On June 17th, 1951, 9413 people from a security zone in Romania that bordered Yugoslaviawere were ...
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

One of the people I am researching appears to have changed her name: in the 1915 NYC census she appears as Reva Osernoff, living with the Axel family: Similarly in the 1920 federal and 1930 censuses: ...
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Seeking current location of shtetl from 1900 named Sukaron?

My grandfather came over from a small village (shtetl) near Odessa in Ukraine c.1900. The name as it was told to me was "Sukaron" (I am most likely misspelling it). I am turning 70 years old this ...
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Why would relatives in Massachusetts cross New Hampshire border to be married?

I have been doing some genealogical research, and have stumbled across an unusual scenario. Several relatives, between 1930 and 1960, traveled from Lawrence, MA to Windham, NH to be married. As far as ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I have a glossy photo, measuring 2.75"×4.5", that I'm trying to date. Clues are: The toy tricycle. The clothing of the child. (Is this a boy or a girl?) The style of home in the background. The ...
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Finding immigration record from Greece to U.S.A in about 1890-1950?

My grandfather was born in Vourlia, Lakonia, Greece and arrived by ship to America somewhere between 1890-1940. His name was Karabineris Nikolaos (Nick), son of George. How can I find his ...
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What was occupation of Viewer?

On my parent's marriage certificate dated 1954, my mother's occupation is given as "Viewer". From oral testimony, I know that they met while both working at the Rover car factory in Solihull, UK. I'...
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Tracking 1st arrival of two brothers to US in early 20th century?

Gregor and Lluk Lakuriqi arrived in the U.S. in 1911. They stayed until 1919, left and came back in 1920. Here is a timeline for them: Gregor born 1894 in Albania (then Turkey), Greek Orthodox Lluk ...
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What records are available that might contain someone’s blood type?

What records are available that might contain someone’s blood type? Blood types can be helpful in determining paternity or non-paternity. Obviously, we would prefer to use DNA tests, but for people ...
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Where can I find early-20th century residence and trade information in the United Kingdom?

I'm trying to fill in the gaps between the records I already have about William Henry Cole, born in Slapton, Devon, England around 1890, died in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. The relevant part of ...
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What German provinces were recorded in the 1920 Census?

In the 1920 Census, my husband's great-grandmother and 2-great-grandmother were enumerated with a birthplace Saxony. The instructions for the 1920 Census question Column 19. Place of birth of person: ...
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Looking for information on Trude Schneider, a member of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, Nazi youth league for girls

Trude Schneider was a member of the BDM. My father served in WWII and somehow ended up with her photo album which details her summer in 1940 youth camp, some of that time near Nuremberg. I would love ...
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Locating Hungary Civil Registration original indexes?

I am looking for the 24 February 1911 marriage entry between Marie Emma Kafka-Somfai (Mária Kafka-Somfai) and Dr. Karl Ritter von Taussig (Károly Taussig). (The only thing I have found was his death ...
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Finding birth and death dates for brother who was born and died in Bucharest, Romania during 1930s?

I am looking for precise dates of birth and death for my brother. All that I know is that he was born in Bucharest, Romania between 1933 to 1935 and died in 1935 in the same location. So was he was ...
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Tracing Hungarian birth and marriage records

I am trying to trace birth father's birth and marriage records. He died when I was very young and I was later adopted by my stepfather so my birth father's details no longer show on my birth ...
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Finding Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) when Notary's name is known?

I have found an entry for a marriage in one of the Répertoires de notaires (Notarial Repertoires) in Ancestry's database Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1626-1935 and I am trying to find the ...
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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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was proof of first wife's death required for marriage in England in 1938?

My parents marriage certificate in 1938 shows my father as a widower but I have been unable to find a previous marriage or any records showing him as being married before. Would proof of first wife's ...
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Finding when parents married in Modesto, California, USA

I need to know what year and month my parents married in Modesto, California, USA. How can I find out?
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Take a punch at this (or...identifying a boxer?)

I have found the photo below amid a collection of family photographs. I don't think it's a relative, as we don't – to my knowledge – have any boxers in the family. But I am hoping to identify who this ...
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India death records from c.1947?

I have a relative who lived in India later in life but am struggling to identify exactly when he died. He was British but was in Punjab, India by 1911 (he appears on the UK 1911 census as he was in ...
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How to find Romanian (and Canadian-Romanian) ancestry online

Origins of my Romanian grandfather (born Montreal, Canada in 1914). His family had emigrated to Canada, where he was born, but returned to Romania after a few years. Later he joined the British Army ...
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Looking for birth records in what was Oppeln, Germany?

My mother's parents' names were Wawrzysniec and Anna Klak. Their children were born between 1923 and 1941. I am unable to locate any birth record for their children from Grudschütz (Gruden 1939-1945)...
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Getting copy of 1947 marriage licence in Georgia (USA)

My parents got married in 1947 somewhere in Georgia, in August. I have looked everywhere for a copy of their marriage licence.. where should I be looking? Herbert Eugene MCNUTT 4-26-1929 BORN IN ...
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Looking for family of Heinrich Märte from Sipplingen, Germany?

I am looking for information on Heinrich Märte (my grandfather) and his family. He was born on July 1, 1912 in Sipplingen and died On April 19, 1944 when the military plane crashed in Geierswalde ...
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Finding 20th Century vital records in Germany?

Every person I look for with few exceptions I find no records for. For example: First: Heinz Last: Zaun Birth: Germany Date: 1928 Death: Germany Date: 1957 I know this to be true, his son is ...
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Finding out which Freemasons' lodge ancestor 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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Determining if German naturalized in South Africa

My Grandfather was born in Germany 31 October 1900, in Koningsberg. He came to South Africa 22 July 1930 according to Table Bay stamp in passport. I have no idea if he became a South African citizen ...
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How would a woman born 1935 in Poland end up in Germany in 1953?

Looking into the family history of a friend of a friend, I have brief details of two events for her mother, both of them from a birth certificate. The mother (surname Stickel) was born in Warka (...
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What is this German document from the mid-1950s?

I've been asked to look into the ancestry of a friend of a friend, who was adopted mid-1950s in Germany. She has a document, but doesn't know whether it's a birth certificate or something related to ...
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World War I Draft Registration (US) card office markings?

My great-uncle Lester Clifton of Springfield, Illinois registered for the WWI draft and on the bottom left side of the draft card is a large zero or uppercase 'O'. I cannot find out what this ...
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Comparing currency in different time periods?

In the question How to order copies of English wills (post-1858)? I used as examples these two Probate Calendar entries, which are for a husband and wife. At the bottom I added some notes about the ...
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What kinds of landmarks in a photo will help you identify an intersection in an historical New York City photo?

I have this photo from around June 1958 that I'm pretty sure is in New York City and I'm trying to identify the intersection. The reflection of what is off camera across the street to the right may ...
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What are these New York area buildings?

I've got two photos of buildings taken around June 1958. They are labeled as being Tarrytown, New York, but I wasn't able to find the building they go to. If not Tarrytown, I would expect them to be ...
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Why might somebody apply for a English copy birth certificate in the first half of the 20th century?

I have just received a bundle of copies of family history material found when my late aunt died (in 2013). Including copies of some certificates which I already have... except. Why might somebody ...
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Online resources for Cuban genealogy?

Is there an online source of information that can be publicly accessed which contains Cuban genealogy data? I have searched around but have not been able to find any. In my specific case I am trying ...
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German documents [closed]

So recently I was gifted a number of old documents , passports with photos vaccine records medal award certificates. I'm clueless as to what they all say from what I can see the young man was a nazi ...
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Seeking mother’s German passport

In a recent question (German documents) an understanding of a number of German documents that had come into the possession of @Cat was sought. I recognize the first as being the passport of my mother ...
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Understanding Bessarabia for genealogy?

My grandparents, Albert Miller (Müller), born 1901, and Maria Staubert, born 1905, grew up in nearby villages in Beassarabia, perhaps Leipzig and another. They met and and married in 1925 (I ...
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Researching ancestors of someone adopted from Hungary?

One of my close living relatives was adopted from Hungary at the age of two, in 1991. Unfortunately, the only real information we currently have is the full name of her birth mother and her city of ...

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