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Listing Protocol when there is birth name and other “also known as”?

I have been researching many (Australian) military/archival records and found a relatively small number of people who signed up for WWI and WWII did so in a name different to their birth name. For ...
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How to access digitised content at a FamilySearch Affiliate Library?

One of my local libraries is listed on the FamilySearch FHC finder page as an Affiliate Library (not an LDS facility). Since stopping microfilm ordering last month, many digitised microfilms have a ...
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Pomerania isn't Germany anymore – where are records archived?

My ancestors were Germans who migrated to Brazil in 1879. My great-grandfather left Hamburg in 1879 with his family. I have found them in Hamburg Passenger Lists (Departure Records) 1850-1934. ...
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What to do with an ancestor's diary?

I just received a couple of diaries spanning a few years in the early 20th century from a relative. She told me she would like to see them be donated to the local historical society, but to feel free ...
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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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Finding archival records for tracing father of illegitimate child in mid 1880s County Down, Ireland?

In a couple of weeks, I will be travelling to Ireland for a two-week vacation. Part of my trip will be spent in the Belfast area, visiting both the General Register Office for Northern Ireland (GRONI)...
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Is there a centralized Historical Society index / database for the United States?

Is there a centralized directory or database of local historical societies or organizations for the United States which shows the information and services they provide in a consistent format for each ...
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Where to donate records related to South Australian United Ancient Order of Druids?

When my father passed away, among his possessions were some items related to The South Australian United Ancient Order of Druids. He had been its Secretary in Moonta (South Australia) for many years ...
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Huguenot lineage from Flanders creates a brick wall

I have been researching the family history of my wife and I, and whilst researching my wife’s family history, it appears that her mother was descended from Huguenots. My wife's mother's maiden name ...
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How should I distinguish between the US and UK National Archives?

We have the US National Archives and the UK National Archives. They are both referred to as "the National Archives." What is the most common and well understood way of distinguishing between the two? ...
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When archiving photos, what scan quality should you typically import them at?

There are no shortage of things you can do to photos when you scan them in for archival purposes. You can set the scan resolution, the file's DPI, and you can even post process them to enhance them to ...
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Preservation of original documents and photographs

Over the Christmas period this year I was staying with my elderly Grandfather and knowing my interest in the family history, he pulled out a load of certificates and documents from my late ...
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Cornish parish records lost in fire?

I have a brickwall in the form of my great great grandfather whom I know from our family bible was born in Cornwall in 1811. I've found him (Robert Chapman and his wife Elizabeth nee Shapling and ...
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Sharing Pictures or Data for access by future researchers?

I only recently started my family history quest and have various (captioned) photos & other items regarding people not related to me. Save starting my own web site, is there some place I can ...
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Making your first trip to a courthouse

I am lucky enough to live within an hour's drive of a Texas county that is significant to my family history. I hear many people talk about going to the courthouse for research, but I still find it ...
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Should I donate my family photos to an archive?

I have quite a lot of photos from 1890 - 1930 of my ancestors. They are mainly family snaps but some have historical buildings in the shot. All are from Australia. Is there a benefit to donate them to ...
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Commencing local historical society genealogy?

I'm new to all this. My local small-town historical society is interested in capturing the local history genealogy (and tying it to its small artifacts collection). It seems most genealogy software ...
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Why are scanning devices (such as FlipPal) allowed in some archives, but not in others?

The American National Archives and Library of Congress both allow the scanning of documents with some scanners (see what's allowed and what's not). FlipPal is one of their approved ones. Lorine ...