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Sources of German birth records (outside FamilySearch)

Most of my ancestors are German or Russian and I tend to use FamilySearch a lot. However, about two months ago, the search stopped working for me and I haven't yet found a fix. Are there any other ...
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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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Sources for the birth of Elizabeth Shaw Whaley in Connecticut c.1813?

I have undocumented family genealogy records that Elizabeth Shaw Whaley: was born 6 Feb 1813 in Montville, Connecticut to William Patten Whaley and Philena Haughton married Elijah Genubeth Strong (...
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What word appears after after the birthdate of this Scottish record?

I hope this is not something obvious... I have tried to figure out what the word following the birthdate here is: "Patrick Dunlop shepherd in Brukside and Jean Wood his spouse had a son baptized named ...
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Elinor is a Hassall (identifying a Welsh woman born in the late 18th century from a single record)

In 1805, according to the Bishops Transcripts for Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Elinor Hassall married John John. John, his descendants and relatives of the family were predominantly ...
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Could 'Annie' be a Pseudonym for Augusta

There is a branch of my paternal grandmother's family that I am currently trying to document. I have a copy of her grandfather's (my great grandfather) birth certificate. I apologise for that rather ...
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Should I ignore possible family information because it far too precise for its age?

I ran across this info on a possible family member, but it seems far too precise for a 250+ year old large family. Does it make sense to ignore possible family information because it far too precise ...
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Is this Birth Certificate acceptable as proof of surnames?

I have a copy of a Queensland Birth Certificate for a different individual issued in 2010 for a birth that occurred in 1959. For the name of the child, there is no surname. For previous children of ...
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How do I verify 2 William Watsons are the same person?

Bourne Russell captained the "Lady Rowena" to Australia in 1829. On board was an apprentice sailor named William Watson. How do I verify this William was the same William born to Bourne Russell and ...
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What constitutes Employment in Labour of a Child in England & Wales?

In 1883, a Requisition for a certified copy of birth for the purposes of the Elementary Education Act, 1876 was made for a youth born in 1872. Given he was 11, would the request have been for ...
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What is required to prove who I am?

When recording myself in my family tree, what is required for proof of who I am? I have my mother telling me my name is George XXXXX, I have obtained a birth certificate for a George XXXXX born on the ...
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

How do I find my 4th great grandfather's Scottish parents? Rear Admiral Donald Campbell 1752-1819 was a contemporary of Nelson's & also served with the Portuguese Navy. I can trace his career, ...
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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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Citing local BMD registrations in England and Wales

The index of civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales can be found on the FreeBMD Web site. This is not yet complete but fuller versions can also be found on the ...
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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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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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Seeking birth record for Ellen/Elinor, wife of John Billington, who arrived on Mayflower?

What is known about the Mayflower passenger Ellen/Elinor Billington? Specifically, what was her maiden name and who were her parents? She was the wife of John Billington and mother of Francis ...
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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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Finding twins in England and Wales civil registrations?

How do I find twins in the England and Wales civil registrations? In one of my workshops, I was given some information about a couple in the UK who had identical twin daughters. Although I knew their ...
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Finding birth certificate of someone born on a military base in Germany

I am looking for a relative, probably born on a military base in Germany around 1954. I found her and her mother on a passenger list coming from Germany back into a port in NY in 1954. The mother was ...
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Seeking birth record for Thomas Eustice who married at Helston, Cornwall in 1867?

Cannot find birth record for Thomas EUSTICE. At time of his marriage, Helston Registry Office, Cornwall,Dec.28 1867, to Matilda GAY, he is shown as an agricultural labourer, living at Wendron St., ...
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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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Is a Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate a primary source?

Do I accept a Certified Document as a primary source and trust it outright or do I need to view the original the Document is transcribed from?
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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 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 birth record for William R Rediker who was born ca 1832 in USA?

My 2x Grandfather William R Rediker passed in 1884. He is laid to rest at Bennett Cemetery, in Cheatham County, Tennessee, USA. The information I've obtained is as follows: U.S. Census 1880, 1870, ...
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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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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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Finding New York birth record from around 1804?

My 3rd great grandfather, Charles James Sanderson, was born around 1804 in New York according to the 1851 and 1861 England Census (and some other references I've been able to find). The earliest ...
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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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Birth record for Illinois or Michigan birth in 1881?

I am having trouble locating a reliable birth record for a person in my tree. According to the 1900 census record, a certain Mollie Goetz/Getz was born in Feb 1881 in Illinois. "United States ...
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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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