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Finding 1941 death record or gravesite for Eli(as) Weinstock in Cernauti

I am searching for a death record or gravesite for Eli(as) Weinstock who lived in Cernauti in 1941. He was a journalist. He died on Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) in Sep 1941 and I know he died on ...
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Monumental Inscriptions - Churchyard of St Mary & St Chad in Brewood, Staffordshire

Is anyone aware of an online-accessable index/list of the MI's for this churchyard? I cannot find such on the CD of Staffordshire MI's published by BMSGH (Midland-Ancestors) nor within the ...
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Understanding name on German headstone

I can use an online translator to understand the first half: Bertha M, wife of John Shrader, died May 17, 1885. Age 34 years, 6 months, 28 days. This matches my other records for this person, maiden ...
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Where does the extra information come from on FindAGrave.com?

On FindAGrave.com, I often find information in the record that is not included in the headstone. An example can be found in the tombstone of my 2nd great grandfather John Coleman Thomas Ross. I know ...
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Translating grave marker written in Hebrew?

I'm doing the tree and need to know who this man's parents are, anyone know Hebrew?
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How can a gravestone and death certificate be a year out? [duplicate]

Of a death certificate and a gravestone, which record should be trusted more in determining birth date? is a similar question and I was interested in rolling out my own question on this subject. My ...
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Is there a meaning in a name marked on the rear of a headstone rather than the front?

I have found a family headstone with the names of the deceased on the front (with many details), and a military cross (for their son) in front of the stone. On the rear of the stone is a name and age, ...
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Is Sarah M. Robinson's mother Anna Strong really Eleanor Denton?

The 1885 Detroit, Michigan, death certificate of Sarah M. Robinson (b. c. 1812, New York) lists her as the daughter of James Strong and Anna Strong, both born in New York. She is buried in Elmwood ...
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Given Name in parenthesis on Cemetery Stones

I know the maiden name of someone is sometimes shown in parenthesis on a headstone. But I have sometimes seen first names with a name following that in parenthesis, for example: In cases like this, ...
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Does "in the 70th year of her life" mean she was 69?

I'm transcribing and tabulating some inscriptions from our local churchyard. Some are easy: "... who departed this life on the 8 of June 1801 Aged 72 Years". That means, I think, that she died on or ...
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Finding more information about Rhode Island grave stone bearing date range 1897-1923?

Some ancestors of mine immigrated to the US. Jose Correia in 1915 and afterwards his wife, child and mother-in-law. It seems his wife died while in labor and afterwards the family came back to ...
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Locating my great grandfather's grave in Romania?

My sister found my great grandmother's grave in Romania. But she could not find my great grandfather's grave. We don't know his name. His children were Israel and Louis Shrager. Where can I get help?
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Making sense of conflicting death dates for Juliet D. (Strong) Wilder?

Julia/Juliet/Juliette D. (Strong) Wilder is known to be the daughter of James A. and Eleanor (Denton) Strong: Michigan census records show James (1850, 1860) and Eleanor Strong (1850) living with ...
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Finding photo of Robert Mason's 1890 Headstone on Isle of Wight?

Robert Mason is my 2x Great Grandfather. He died in 1890 from Phthisis, or T.B. I am descended through one of his daughters whom when she died left with her things a note which is assumed to be her ...
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How to recover information from a well weathered limestone tombstone?

I have several times now encountered limestone tombstones that are well weathered, as well as sometimes just dirty or have broken and have been face down or face up for years. There are numerous ...
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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

My 4th great grandmother Ebbot Martin was baptised on 7 Nov 1773 at Beaworthy, Devon, England. Ebbot married John Millman on 14 Sep 1795, also at Beaworthy. John and Ebbot had at least nine children:...
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Finding the burial place of British service members killed in WW2

I am trying to find out where my granddad is buried. He was a Corporal with the Lancashire Fusiliers serving in the second World War.
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How to preserve deteriorating gravestones, and enlist family support to do so?

My question relates to what can be done to preserve deteriorating gravestones of ancestors, particularly in a South Australian context. I already know it is important to locate and photograph them, ...
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What might "serpent" on 19th century Australian gravestone indicate or suggest?

This is not a great photo but it comes from the gravestone of my great-great-great-granfather James Smyth Stacy, a Boot and Shoe Maker, who was buried in Adelaide (South Australia) in 1864. A symbol ...
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Gravestones without date of death seems odd. Is it common?

One of my objectives is to find the gravestones of my ancestors. I notice many of them have date of death and age of the deceased instead of the birthday. This makes a certain sense to me since it's ...
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Why would these 3 be buried westward facing?

3 related family members were buried (Church of England, deaths from 1913-1926) at Bell, Queensland cemetery facing westward. They are the only 3 doing so. What may have been the reason/cause for this ...
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Locating 18th/19th century grave in Massachusetts?

I am trying to help a friend. He has a Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Robert Lenthall Eells, buried in the Hanover Center Cemetery in Hanover, Massachusetts ( findagrave, googlemaps). I grew up ...
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Uncovering residents of cemetery when headstones are losing legibility?

My relatives are in a cemetery where the gravestones are losing their readability. The hamlet office does not know who is buried in some of the graves anymore and they have asked our family for help. ...
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Of a death certificate and a gravestone, which record should be trusted more in determining birth date?

I have an ancestor for whom I have very little information for. I am trying to identify the exact birth date for this person. I have a death certificate which lists the birth date as "May 1st", ...
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Are there any privacy issues regarding publishing the image of a grave marker online?

I know that some families have 'family plots' and cemeteries on private land, but there are so many cemeteries open to the public - Am I allowed to just take a photo of any tombstone and publish it ...