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Questions tagged [indexing]

For questions about finding, using or making indexes of genealogical records.

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Reading surname from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943?

I’m currently indexing records from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943. I’m having trouble reading the surname of a particular crew member. As usual with indexing, r, s, u, n, t, w, and ...
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Indexing nE census record at FamilySearch?

I do indexing of records on FamilySearch. I've come across something a bit confusing to me, as a newer indexer. This image is from the Native American Census Rolls 1885-1940. Reservation: Blackfeet ...
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Finding 1879 Rhode Island marriage record from Ancestry index-only result?

A year or so ago I found this index-only marriage record for Richard Griffiths Jr. (no idea why they added a second "Griffiths" in) and Mary Gomersall on Ancestry. I believe it is for the right couple ...
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Understanding Index to Death Duty Registers 1796-1903 for 1799 death in Radnorshire, Wales?

This question is closely related to Finding wills/probate for printers of Brecon, Wales who died in 1794, 1820 and 1839? where @HarryVervet provided an excellent answer. Today I came across a record ...
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Finding where a marriage took place from the GRO index reference?

This is a worked case study and is intended as a supplement to the related question Finding Devon parish marriage records?. There are two different websites which offer help with determining the ...
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What does “Occasional Copy” refer to in the new GRO Index?

On some entries in the recently released Online GRO Index there are birth and death entries with the notation "Occasional Copy: A". For example: What does "Occasional Copy" refer to and why might an ...
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Clarification on GRO index marriage reference?

Does what you see when referring to the index include the witnesses or just the people getting married?
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What “hidden” clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
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Identifying Robert Chichester listed amongst British Guiana Colonists?

British Guiana Colonists is an index of 18th and 19th century residents of the colonies of Berbice, Demerara, and Essequebo ... compiled and maintained by Tikwis Begbie from a wide variety of ...
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Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

When I do not need or wish to obtain a death certificate, I have often used the National Probate Calendar for England & Wales as my main source for death date and place information (in conjunction,...
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How to cite the National Probate Calendar?

The National Probate Calendar for England and Wales is now available on multiple websites (Ancestry.co.uk, Gov.uk, FindMyPast). Not all of these sites are fully name-indexed. I would like to know the ...
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Searching databases for ancestors with aliases?

I have a probable ancestor about whom I know very little, except for the fact that he used an alias and he is mentioned in his father-in-law's will. The two names are quite common - something along ...
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How to determine county from county number in Texas birth index?

The Texas birth index from 1956 gives a county number of 057 for a birth record I found, how can you determine what county that corresponds to, and more generally, how can I map any county number in ...
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How to locate 1940 United States census pages by address?

I'm not able to locate a George Bismark Foster, married to Ola Kathleen Mundy in the 1940 census records by name search. I know they were still alive because I have found an April 27, 1942 WWII draft ...
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Understanding Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index Numbers?

I am referring to the record marked with an arrow. Can someone tell me what do the numbers or letters in parenthesis after his name and before his birth date mean ? Also on the extracted info on the ...
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What do index numbers mean in Rhode Island Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths?

I've been unable to figure out what these index numbers in the leftmost column of Rhode Island Marriage, Births, and Deaths registers indicate. The image below is from the first page of the Births/...
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How should I organise my family archive?

I want to create a family archive of all the physical (non-digital) artefacts I have collected over the years and have wrestled with the proper way to do this with many false starts. I need a ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records?

Since I asked the question about working with unindexed probate records, I have located some card indexes for administrations in Queens County New York online (as images which can be browsed) and one ...
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Is there Index to Cornish Mining Captains that might include Richard Boyens (1750-1838)?

My 5th great grandfather Richard Boyens (sometimes spelled Boyns) was a Cornish mining captain who lived from 1750 to 1838. I am confident that he is my direct ancestor from this link which refers to ...
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What to think about information in FamilySearch search windows that then don't appear in the entry?

I am in a situation where I found a matching birth date in a baptism certificate through the search function of family search, but upon following the link to the index, I don't find that information ...
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How can I correct Ellis Island Indexes?

I found several entries in the Ellis Island index where I am sure that I know better than the index. Is it possible to file corrections somewhere? I don't even know, to be honest, whether the index is ...
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How to index your own digitalized records?

I recently started to digitalize some church records. A photo of each double page, each double page between 5 and 15 entries. I got over 1000 photos which I renamed (church - running number - year - ...
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Where do I find the record pointed to by a naturalization index?

I found an image of an index record for a declaration of intent in a New York court, published online as part of the collection Alphabetical Index to Declarations of Intention of the U.S. District ...
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What does it mean if a probate index lists a person's record as “Insanity of”, instead of “Estate of”?

I found my ancestor listed in a probate index for McLeod County, Minnesota, USA around the year 1882. His record is in the format "Last Name, First Name, Insanity of", instead of "Last Name, First ...