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A reference work listing the names (and other relevant characteristics) of the geographical features of an area at a specified point in time.

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Where would Talne, Vine, Germany or Talue, Germany be today?

I am attempting to find my stepsisters 2nd Great Grandfathers birth town. He immigrated to the US in 1885, but documents show he was born in Talne, Vine, Germany in 1865. His last name is Ulatowski. ...
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Where was Grebenrodt in Hesse, Germany, in the late 1500s?

In Sippenbuch der Stadt Sontra in Hessen (etwa 1700 - 1825) 4. Teil, Wilm Sippel gives the following entry on page 205: (13893) SIPPEL,Marx in 6445 Heinebach, siehe Urkunden in Sippel 5, S.219-220 ...
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Specifying a Place Name in US With Regard to Time Frame

I understand that a pre-Independence place name will be different than a post-Independence place name (e.g., "Colony of Virginia, Royal Colony of Great Britain" & "Virginia" ......
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Where is Stofano, Poland?

My grandpa's immigration record lists his birthplace as "Stofano, Poland", but I can't find a town by this name online. He was born in 1911 and the record is from 1950. The records are ...
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Pennsylvania Birth-records

I’m looking for any evidence of the Pennsylvania births of my two cousins. Soon after their 1886 marriage, their parents, Peter Robinson and his wife Anna Robinson nee’ Brammer, made a short trip in ...
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Where is "Perthall"?

In looking at this source for Edward Dickinson, it states he is from Perthall (presumably in the UK). I don't find such a place on the map. Where would it be? https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/...
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German or Czech town (or city)

I have a document issued during 1940's by German authorities which shows my great-grandfather's place of birth. I am trying to determine where the place is. The town or city in either Germany or the ...
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Where was Ponisci(or Pouiszi), Russia?

Before my great gran died, she tasked me in finding out more about her mothers Russian heritage. I have deducted that, before she immigrated to America, she lived somewhere called Ponisci, Russia. ...
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Where would Büchenan have been in Thuringia in 1730?

This is a marriage record from Mihla, Germany, in 1730. My best reading of the 2nd and 3rd lines is: Hanß Georg Monton, Bürgers Zu Creuzburg, [mia?] [und?] An= spänners und Schultzens Zu Büchenan ...
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Where was Ormalonsok Hungary?

In an effort to locate my grandfather's Hungarian birth certificate (born in 1924) I need to narrow down his place of residence/birth prior to him immigrating abroad. On the ships manifest it shows ...
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Where is Brunfelt, Germany?

I've run into two marriage records from the 1650s, from Mihla, Germany, describing someone as being from "Brunfelt". It could perhaps also be read "Branhalt". However, I cannot ...
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Finding 1939 birth place in Pomerania, Poland

I am looking for my mother's birth place and where she last lived in Pomerania 1924/1939. The documents I have are confusing. One states her place of birth as Kisiewe. Another states Kiczewa. Nearest ...
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Where was Kolashine, Russia?

I am researching my great-grandmother. In a naturalization form on 1936-04-23, she listed her place and date of birth as Kolashine, Russia, 1888-11-09. Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/...
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Where was Mishaf, Russia-Poland?

I am researching my great-grandfather. In a naturalization form on 1936-04-23, he listed his place and date of birth as Mishaf, Poland-Russia, 1884-08-24. Source: https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/...
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Identifying location of Suelewa in 1912 Russia

I am trying to trace Valentina Korzauthkowska who could be my beloved aunt Valentine. She immigrated to the US and arrived in NYC on the Rijindam on June 19, 1912 from Rotterdam. Her manifests says ...
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Chruszow, Poland,1901

I am trying to locate my Grandfather's Birth records. He lists "Chruszow, Poland,1901" as his birthplace. What would Chruszow, Poland, now be known as? What Parish would I search for ...
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Locating Old Sakaran Bessarabia near Kishinef [closed]

Trying to find Old Sakaran near Kishinev in Bessarabia.
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Locating town named Tavlik(?) near Lithuania

I have recordings of my grandfather's cousin interviewing his father about life in Lithuania during the late 1800s and early 1900s. My great great grandfather describes his life as a young child, in ...
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Name of Klawinin today and where is it?

I have a grandparent whose US Declaration of Intention states that they were born in Klawinin which in 1878 was part of Russian Poland. Can you tell me what that town is called today and where it ...
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Where in Handbridge is / was the Rook or Rock?

On the 1841 census, Frances Potter was living in Handbridge, Chester, and the place is listed as "Rook" or "Rock". I have been to Handbridge many times but have never come across this place before. ...
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Locating burial in Veles ein stadt am agaisczea Meer

My grandfathers name was Adam Fischler died 2.8.1944. According to the letter that I have he was buried in Veles ein stadt am agaisczea Meer. I cannot find that on a map. He was born in Stari ...
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Locating 1912 Russian town of Novoe Kurhane

My grandfather came to USA in 1912. In his Federal Naturalization record he said his town was Novoe Kurhane in Russia. I can't find the town on maps. Does anyone know where Novoe Kurhane was or ...
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Stuwkach, Poland listed in Obituary

Trying to find out where Stuwkach, Poland refers to in my great grandmothers obituary. She was born in 1894 and immigrated in 1911 (according to the 1930 US census) was Roman Catholic Her obit is ...
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Location on map of BARESNO in Poland/Russia+1880-1912?

Where is the town of BARESNO located on a map in Poland/Russia in the time-frame 1880-1912?
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Locating town named Porshwel(?) in Lithuania

I have recordings of my grandfather's cousin interviewing his father about life in Lithuania during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Asked where he was born, my great great uncle says, "I was born ...
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Identifying city of Bacziw in Poland?

On my father's birth certificate and Naturalization papers, Bacziw, Poland is listed as his birthplace. Imagine my shock when I found these papers after his passing two years ago. All along, we were ...
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Changes in place names of birth [duplicate]

How should one report "place of birth" (or death) where the location has legally changed over time? Many locations experienced county name changes, or birth occurred in an area that later became a ...
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Finding place named St Lagille, France in 1914?

A 1914 USA immigration form says Marie Paudois was born in "St. Lagille, France" but a web search only turns up "Rue St. Lagille" in various French cities. Can't find a village or ...
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Reading city, town or name under Father in 1910 immigration record?

This is from the Father column in a document of immigration from 1910. I am trying to discover the name of the town/city/region in Russia they came from.
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What kind of name is Awakum?

My Russian grandfather was born in the late 1890's in the state of Wolynia, the county of Kovel, and the town of Lechiny. His father was called "Awakum". Does anyone know what kind of name that is ...
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Finding village called Rubel in Poland, pre WW2?

My grandfather apparently was from a small village in eastern poland, called Rubel. This is now Belarus. There must be a different way to spell it, as Rubel was the currency for Poland up until 1917. ...
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Where is/was village of Chalewisz in 1913 Russia?

My husband's father was born in 1896 in the then Russian Empire. He came to the US in 1913 on the ship Caronia. On the copy we have of the ship's manifest, it states he came from chalewisz. However, ...
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Reading city name in Eastern Europe on passport from around 1900?

Could you please help me to decipher the name of the city, region, and/or county? My grandma was born in the year 1901 and left Poland in the year 1925. She lived in Kovel, Poland for several years. I ...
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Where is Shemelincsi, Volynsk guberniya in Russia?

I'm trying to determine where in Russia the town/city from the passenger list actually is located in Russia today - below pic is for the passenger "Belinsky" showing contact and town/city for 1911 ...
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Is Russian village named Rawaliszki in 1912 still there?

My Grand father immigrated to the USA in 1912. On his entry to Ellis Island on the manifest list he listed his ethnic background as Poland/Russia, and the village he was born in is listed as ...
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Where is Trehavron, Kenwyn (Cornwall, England)?

Today I received the Death Certificate of my 3rd great grandfather Henry Green whose death was registered in the District of Kenwyn (Cornwall, England). It says fairly clearly that he died on 21 May ...
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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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Polish/ Russian Town - 1913

Grandmother & Father immigrated from Russia/Poland in 1913, from listed location of Jesnayewa, Russia/Poland. have not been able thus far to find this town/city to further advance information of ...
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Looking for very old water way in North Carolina?

I have scoured the internet and state archives. I am in need of locating this Oak(s) Branch off of Moon Creek in Caswell County, North Carolina. Attached is the original survey map. I have trolled ...
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Is Rygate, Surry the same as Reigate, Surrey?

One of my possible ancestors is from "Rygate, England". Googling that shows "Reigate, Surrey". When I force searches for "Rygate" it shows old references to places like Rygate Cathedral in Surry, ...
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Where was Babie, Russia (era 1890's)?

Where was Babie, Russia? My grandmother was born in 1890 from that town (now Poland, I believe.) I'm interested in knowing the religious affiliations or majority as there is a question of Jewish ...
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Where is Asszumki, Russia?

I was able to obtain the Petition for Naturalization from the National Archives showing the handwritten city of Asszumki. I have checked the shtetl finder. On my grandmother's Petition she stated he ...
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What is this town in Macedonia, Greece?

I have been indexing on a FamilySearch (US Oregon Draft Registration WWII, this particular record was registered in 1942) and have come across a place name in Macadonia, Greece that I can find no ...
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Where is Gellovsasvetgood, Eazasso, Russia?

My grandfather's military draft registration states that he is from, based on my interpretation of the handwriting, Gellovsasvetgood, Eazasso, Russia. I can't find any towns with similar spelling. I ...
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Looking for Deliatitz, Russia?

My grandfather was born in Deliatitz, Russia in 1899. I cannot find it on a map. Can anyone help? His name was Alexander Freed.
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Identifying Polish town recorded as Plugazewa, Russia in 1913?

Looking at my maternal grandmother's Ellis Island arrival document shows her hometown recorded as Plugazewa, Russia. No such place exists with that spelling. I'm almost certain the town was in ...
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Looking for the actual location of my grandfather's birthplace

My paternal grandfather listed his birthplace as Salash, Russia in his Army enlistment. He was born in 1885. Does anyone know if this is a real village, and if so, where it was located? Also, I ...
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Where is town Mieljkow in early 20th century Russia?

My ancestors came through Ellis Island in 1904. The last place of residence is listed as Mieljkow. We know it is in Russia. Does anyone know where it is? Only 1 Ellis Island arrival index uses ...
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Where is town of Pogena, Russia (or Lithuania) where ancestor born in 1885?

On my grandfather's naturalization papers, birthplace is listed as Pogena, Russia. It may be located in Lithuania. His name is Julius Albert Knoll. I am also looking for my grandmother's ...
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What is difference between city, town, village, and township in Wisconsin?

I am doing research on my ancestors from Wisconsin, I would like to know what the difference is between a town, a township, a city, and a village. The place name is often different on different ...
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