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Who is (was) Gertrude Aubrey Barber, compiler of thousands of Grave inscriptions?

Gertrude A. Barber compiled a great many lists of genealogical interest, does anyone know who she was and her story? Some background: My ancestor is alleged to be buried in a 1795 Cemetery in NY. ...
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Identifying freemason regalia from New York

I just found out that my late grandfather was a Freemason. I know he was with the grand lodge of New York. I even have his membership number. I am mostly curious about his regalia. He has some ...
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How can I verify a record of burial on Hart Island, New York?

I have found a FindAGrave memorial that lists a Nathain Affelder, died December 3, 1944. The memorial notes that Nathain Affelder was buried on Hart Island. The person who posted the memorial is no ...
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Birth Record Missing: Joseph C. (POLEO) O'BRIEN 1921 - 1981

My project invlolves finding the proof of birth for: Joseph C. (POLEO) O'BRIEN (born, orphaned, adopted?) Apparent info (not certain) is: BIRTH 05 JUN 1921 • Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA DEATH 11 ...
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Arrival ports for Irish Immigrants to the US?

I'm trying to find my Irish ancestors point of entry. My Great Great Grandparents were married in 1869 in Ireland. Their first child my Great Grandmother was born in the U.S. either New York or New ...
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How to search for a New York area 20th century building by its appearance?

I have these photos I inherited from my father of a building near a water feature that was taken around June 1958 in the New York City area, in a roll of film that is right before some photos of West ...
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What kinds of landmarks in a photo will help you identify an intersection in an historical New York City photo?

I have this photo from around June 1958 that I'm pretty sure is in New York City and I'm trying to identify the intersection. The reflection of what is off camera across the street to the right may ...
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What is this military related building in New York City area?

I have three photos of what appear to be the same building, taken in consecutive succession on the same roll of film around June 1958. I see military folks in the photos. The photos are taken near ...
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What are these New York area buildings?

I've got two photos of buildings taken around June 1958. They are labeled as being Tarrytown, New York, but I wasn't able to find the building they go to. If not Tarrytown, I would expect them to be ...
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Finding 1920s Adoption Information in New York State?

I am looking to find information on my deceased grandmother's adoption. The story is that she was adopted from a New York orphanage in the 20's or so I am guessing since she was born in 1925. She ...
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Locating ancestor's birth town in New York State?

I am in the process of applying for my Italian citizenship and need many documents. The last document I need is my grandmother's birth certificate. She was born in 1916. On her marriage certificate ...
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Proving the father of Elijah Butterfield born 1792 in Washington County, New York

Need help getting my DAR application approved. The only ancestor I haven't proved yet is the link between Elijah Butterfield born November 24, 1792 in Kingsbury, Washington County, New York, and his ...
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What lodge did my grandfather belong to?

What lodge did my grandfather Jac C Holman belong to in New York State in the twentieth century? Does that lodge currently accept women in the twenty-first century?
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Finding information about employment at Remington c. 1917

My great-great grandfather Richard M. Dugdale was a machinist and engineer. During World War One, he was employed by the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, NY. I believe he started working there in late ...
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Adoption in New York 1927

I have my mothers adoption papers from New York in 1927. The name given as the person giving her up for adoption is suspect in my opinion. Was it possible in that day to use another name to hide their ...
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Early NY and PA research

I've hit a difficult spot in my research, and I'm hoping for some research suggestions. My ancestor, Christian Rice was born in Orange County NY in 1762 ("near Goshen"). In his pension application, he ...
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Why is Maria listed twice in this 18th century church record?

I see a Maria Lent listed twice in a church record shown at Ancestry.com: Also the year is unclear and entered twice there: Name: Maria Lent Gender: Female Event Type: Baptism Birth Date: 10 Feb ...
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Did General Winfield Scott have any grandchildren?

I am trying to either disprove, or find evidence for, an old family story. According to my deceased grandfather, Winfield S Burns (1911-1982), the first male son has been named Winfield Scott in honor ...
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Meaning of "Map" as birthplace on NY 1855 Census?

On the 1855 NY Census, one of my relatives (Mary Whitney) has a birthplace noted as "Map". According to the instructions on the census form, that field contains one of the following: the NY county ...
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Who are the parents of Diedrich Peron, born about 1803 in France

Diedrich was born in France in about 1803 and his wife Regina was born in Württemberg, Germany in about 1812. Dedrick and Regina met and fell in love but strong opposition to their courtship was ...
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Would variety store in Albany, New York, USA (1862-1872) leave records and what would it sell?

As mentioned in Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872? my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars and his second wife Mary had a ...
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What is the significance of the name at the end of this 1843 advertisement?

The following advertisement appeared in The New York State Register (1843). What is the meaning of the name at the bottom of the page, "Col. Lyman J. Strong, New-Orleans", in this context?
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Meaning of "In Whose Lot Interred: Hugh Sellars" at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in 1872?

I have previously asked several questions about my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars/Sillars that included Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York ...
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Traded a dollar for a Penney?

My (very...) great grand-father Silas Carpenter married a woman by the name of Phebe Penn(e)y on 27 Mar 1804, likely in Pittstown, New York. There's a family legend that states that Silas used to ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

I'm looking at the probate record of Samuel Bangs, who died in 1786 (Or thereabouts) in Dutchess County, New York. I'm noticing that his wife, Thankful, was still alive, and there are mention of ...
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Finding information about 1920s adoption in New York State?

I am trying to find out information on my great great uncle. I need some advice on how to go about finding the information. All I know about him other than his name at birth which I am unable to post (...
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Minimum age to be mentioned in a will?

Edward Penny died in 1824 in New York. A brief abstract of his will is as follows: EDWARD PENNY, Pittstown Wife: Phebe. Oldest son: Benjamin. Son: Ammiel. Oldest dau.: Esther Marvel. Daus.: Thankful ...
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Seeking additional genealogy resources for New York between 1775 and 1850?

Through Ancestry.com (US membership only - currently) I'm trying to determine if the Thompson side of my family tree tracks back to the McTavish clan of the Scottish Highlands since the name Thompson ...
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Where can I find New York state probate records after the 1920s?

FamilySearch has New York probate records for county courts but "most records end in the 1920s." I'm particularly interested in Montgomery county where FamilySearch only has records through 1922. ...
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What happens when a last will and testament enters probate?

In a newspaper, I found mention of an ancestor's last will and testament: Last will and testament of Ida O. Vannoske, late of Amsterdam, will admitted to probate. Letters testamentary Issued to ...
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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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Finding 1870 Federal Census image that corresponds to street address in Albany City, New York, USA?

From Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011 I know that in 1870 my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars was living or at ...
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What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?

In the 1855 New York State Census the household (Residence: Albany City, Ward 6, Albany, New York, USA, Line Number: 12, Sheet Number: 1) of my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars, a Ship Carpenter, ...
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Interpreting relationships to head of household in 1855 New York State Census?

As I delve deeper into the records of my Sillars/Sellars/Sellers ancestors in Albany, New York, USA, I am developing a much better picture of their lives there but numerous questions remain. Here I ...
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What records document how African Americans received their Surname in early New York state?

My understanding is that pre-American revolution New York state had free blacks and slaves, then during the war both sides offered freedom to those that fought. Eventually, in 1799 slavery was ...
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How to identify individual family members / household size on early US Censuses Pre-1830 NY & PA?

In some of 1780 through the 1820 censuses they only seem to list the head of household and some statistics on household size. The NY & PA state censuses provide some more detail for tax purposes ...
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Does New York state have a central depository for divorce records?

One of my mother's cousins, once removed, is either a divorcee or a bigamist; hard to tell since his first wife referred to herself as "widowed" in a census survey, and yet, afterwards, her "late" ...
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What churches in/near Ward 6, Albany, New York State might have baptized Scottish baby in 1854?

I have asked an earlier question about the brief time my 2nd great grandfather Robert John Steven Sellers and his parents Robert Sellers and Margaret Clacher spent at Albany in New York State as ...
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Genealogical records from Rensselaer county?

I'm looking for genealogical records, specifically marriages and births, from the late 1700's and early 1800's from Rensselaer county. I'm struggling to find a good source of them online. Is there ...
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

I am looking for a different style of database that would allow me to execute an iterative search that instead of searching by name, it allows me to search primarily by birth date by area to get a ...
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Finding death record for Sarah Jane Tompkins Furman in Washington, New York or another state after about 1910?

I can't find the death record for my great grandmother Sarah Jane Tompkins Furman. I have her birth and marriage records. She was born 19 July 1847 in Tarrytown, Westchester NY. She married Joseph ...
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Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872?

I have asked an earlier question relating to my fourth great grandfather Hugh Sillars/Sellars: Finding evidence for divorce of Hugh Sillars and Agnes Macculloch in mid-19th Century Scotland? who ...
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How to find address of building in New York State censuses (1870, St Lawrence, USA)?

Is there a way to know what address is dwelling #1847 in the St-Lawrence 1870 census ? ref question : How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?
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How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?

I have been looking for the death record of my great grandmother who died in Rochester around 1899. She was around 27 years of age at the time. Her maiden name was Mary Gagnon, wife of Joseph Bean (...
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Dixie Kiefer died on a mountain. Should I include the mountain's name in the place of death?

I discovered this weekend that Dixie Kiefer is my first cousin three times removed. Dixie was a well known, respected, and battered Navy commander. After surviving the sinking of the Yorktown and at ...
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Seeking birth or adoption record for adopted ancestor in 1860s USA?

My great-great-grandmother Leona was born in the early 1860s. She was adopted as a young child (we think less than five years old) when her mother died; her father was apparently unfit in some fashion,...
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How to find Indentured Servants in Buffalo, NY or Canada?

I've tried the City Hall on my last trip to Buffalo with no luck. All I know is my great grandmother was given to a family as a young girl. She came to the USA sometime around 1880 to 1884, and I ...
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How old *are* these people?

I have found records of the Axel family I am researching in several censuses. In addition, I have death records for both Peter and Sarah, the mother and father of the family. Below I present, in ...
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Where can I search for elusive vital records (birth, names of parents, death) for my great grandmother, Celina Drollet?

Celina/Salina Drollet (or Drowlette,Drolet,Draulette,Drollette,etc) (b. abt 1866) and James Comstock (b. 1874) were the parents of my grandmother Mary Amelia Comstock (Mary was b. Mar 1897 Saranac, NY ...
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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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