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Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?

On advice of @efgen I split this question into two - one for New York and one for Panama, but left the same detail for both thinking the fact that Robert Sellars was in both geographic areas might ...
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Finding records of professional athlete and trainer who married 1911 at Cardiff, Wales?

I have a marriage certificate for my wife's great Grandfather. According to the certificate, he was born about 1885. He signed it as "Alexander Campbell Harris". He stated that his father ...
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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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How can I find a professional genealogist to perform a search in Italy?

I need a professional genealogist who can get a copy of the birth certificate of my great grandfather who was born in Piemonte region (Italy) in the year 1875 or 1876. He came to Argentina when he was ...
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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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Were Scottish middle names sometimes added later? Eg. Campbell

I have asked questions relating to Alexander Campbell Harris before. You may recall that I had issues with his year of birth due to differences between the information on the marriage and death ...
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Finding living individual from Queensland, Australia, when not much information is known?

I am working on an individual about whom very little is known. His daughter knows his name and is able to estimate his age. Our information doesn't really help us identify him well. He was born in ...
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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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Children born overseas to British Subjects -- what is their citizenship status?

My husband's great-grandparents came to the USA in 1898, and returned in 1904. While they were in the USA, they had two girls, one born in 1898, the other in 1900. On the 1911 Census (England), the ...
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Looking for 1901 birth/baptismal certificate in Poland?

I am trying to locate my grandfather's birth record, his parents' marriage certificate or anything else that will help me delve back into my family's history in Poland. Grandfather: Jan Zaluga, born ...
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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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Recording name for infant who died unnamed?

Going back in my genealogy, I find children who died in infancy. Some were given names, some weren't. How should I record those with no given names? Often there were multiple unnamed children in a ...
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What is the correct location for a person born at sea?

I have an individual recorded as having been born aboard a ship while travelling from Norway to the United States. As far as location goes what is the correct way to document this birth?
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Reducing cost of BMD Certificates in England and Wales?

The cost of BMD certificates from the General Records Office (GRO) of England and Wales is quite expensive (£9.25 at time of writing) but what is preventing the obvious streamlining of this? The GRO, ...
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Seeking copy of 19th century South African birth certificate?

I'm trying to find the birth certificate of my wife's great grandmother who was probably born in Durban, South Africa in 1884. I'm currently unable to find any online resources for this. If such a ...
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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 ...
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What are some possible reasons that a father's name is missing from a birth certificate - England?

I posted a previous question about my great-grandmother before but I ordered her birth certificate from the New GRO index https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/indexes_search.asp However, ...
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How to get birth and death cerificate from Istanbul, Turkey in 1902-1905?

How can a non-Turkish speaking amateur get a copy of a birth certificate for a grandmother born in Istanbul, Turkey (1902) and a death certificate for a grand-grand father buried at Eyup Cemetery in ...
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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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Birth record for a Jane Glasson in 18th century Cornwall?

Jane Glasson married John Short in Whitstone Parish, North Cornwall, England, 6 Jan 1821. They were both listed as "otp", meaning that they had lived in the parish for at least 3 weeks and ...
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Finding records prior to 1838 for Malone, Franklin County, NY or St. Lawrence County, NY?

How or where does one find records prior to 1838 for Franklin & St. Lawrence County, NY? Hiram Wheeler Barlow (28 Sep 1820-27 Aug 1876) and his ancestry (parents). It is believed he was born ...
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How did two birth records from the same sub-district end up in different districts?

I have found a curious inconsistency in registration districts for a couple of 1850s English birth records. I was looking for children of David Hill and his wife Jane (nee Harris) of Little Rissington,...
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Ancestor born in Bristol City workhouse?

My 2x great-grandmother's life has been quite a mystery. Ann Norah O'Brien Birth ABT 1860 • England Death 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom She went by the name Norah O'...
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Locating parents and siblings of someone born in Oklahoma (1903)?

My grandfather was possibly born in Dewey, Oklahoma. I'm trying to locate his siblings and parents. I've Googled and found the following: Tunin, Robert T. 1903 – 1989 (Grandfather) Tunin, Abbie ...
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How to interpret differences between different birth indices in England and Wales

While exploring the possibilities of the new GRO indices, I've come across an anomaly that I can't (yet) explain. For example: Various databases based on the 'old' GRO indices show a total of 5 ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

My father (1919-1984) married a woman (born in 1922) in 1943 and had a daughter on 6/18/44 whose name is unknown, prior to getting divorced and marrying my mother. They were married for only a few ...
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Penalty for late registration of birth in England?

My great grandmother was born in January 1905, but her birth was not registered until June quarter (i.e. April or later). Her son's birth in the 1920s was registered 57 days after his birth. Births ...
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Finding record of Peter J Starrs in USA prior to 1870 Census?

I have hit a roadblock tracing the Starrs family in Ireland. Peter J Starrs, born about 1836 in Ireland, immigrated to New York between then and 1860 (most likely in the 1850s). I cannot find who ...
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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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GRO rules for sub-districts of birth registrations?

This is a worked case study related to What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths? Nicholas Tabb's WWI Draft Registration card lists his birth date as 31 Oct 1887 ...
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Seeking birth record for Margery/Margaret Eddison b. abt 1879 in Scotland?

Margery (or possibly Margaret) Eddison is my 2nd great grandmother. Eddison is her maiden name. I have been unable to find her birth or any records for her. I know about her only because my dad told ...
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Seeking birth record for Jacob Schulthess from Wangen an der Aare in Switzerland?

I'm just getting started researching my husband's family who came from Wangen an der Aare, Bern Canton, Switzerland. I'm looking for Jacob Schulthess birth record who was born 29 Jan 1892 in Wangen ...
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Locating Birth Certificates in Spain using Census Info

I want to try and obtain accurate details about my Great Grandparents birth (ie. obtain certificates) on my Grandfathers side. My mother has provided photos of them to me and told me a bit about them. ...
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Locating a birth record for Mary Harris circa November 1919

The story with Mary Harris started out with my research for Alexander Campbell Harris records in Wales. Eventually I located a burial entry for Alexander at Llanelli Cemetery and they kindly provided ...
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