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How should place names be recorded?

I have been entering place names into genealogical records from smallest to largest location (i.e. town/locality, county/parish/district, state/province, country). Where one part is not known, I have ...
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Is there a way to store data in software programs that will minimize losses when exporting to GEDCOM?

I am looking to circumvent a possible problem when I start to share my information with relatives. I see that while GEDCOM is supported to some fashion by most programs, there are shortfalls in each. ...
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Why are there multiple Parishes listed for Births & Baptisms in Scotlands People?

When searching ScotlandsPeople it sometimes seems to list two parishes together. For example: Urquhart and Glenmoriston Old or West Kilpatrick Ardnamurchan and Strontian or Sunart Why would this be?
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Validating place names that no longer exist?

For the places mentioned in my family history I'm looking to make sure I have the native spelling correct. The problem is that many events' places no longer exist. Some places (like Prussia) are not ...
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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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When (if ever) is it acceptable to drop "shire" from a UK county name?

This question is sparked by an amendment made to a previous question made by ColeValleyGirl (for which I thank her). I "believed" (possibly from seeing it on birth records, but I cannot cite an ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

This question is related to: Should I use the modern (what it is called now) or historical (what it was called) place name? There is no doubt that the standard is to record the name of the place as it ...
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Where is the farm/hamlet of Barah in 1820s North Cornwall?

I cannot determine the location of the place of residence for John and Jane Short, at the time of baptism of their son, also John Short, 9 July 1826 in Jacobstow Parish church, hundred of Stratton, ...
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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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Can you identify this Russian town: "Chashvato, Podolski"?

Can you identify the name of the USSR town referenced in the 1910-1914 images below? My maternal grandfather's side references several different places in various naturalization records & ship ...
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What is this city name in this passenger list from Russia/Poland in late 19th/early 20th century?

The full passenger list can be found below -- I'm looking at the entry for "Stanislaw Walczykowski" line 20. What is the name of the city he identified as last place of residence and birth place? It ...
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name "Swel"

I have the WWI registration records of my great-great grandpa who was supposedly born in Russia in 1890-1892. He emigrated to the US (Chicago) in around 1910, I think. The typed up transcript on their ...
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Standardizing place names when city sprawls across county borders?

Some genealogical software draws on the API for Google Maps so the user can plot the events on a map. This might be a desktop-based application such as Calico Pie's Family Historian, or a web-based ...
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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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Is there any place like "Wertinberge" in Germany?

The 1850 census taker did their best for Mary Fox's birthplace, but I can't really decipher it: I strongly suspect this is somewhere in Germany, because family lore says Mary Fox and her family came ...
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Looking for location in 1910 Russia (family spoke Polish)

I am looking for the locations of two towns in 1910 Russia. They are listed as Dolowicz and Nalkozile (spelling is unclear) in this passanger manifest from Hamburg. When they arrived in America, ...
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What kind of a place name or institution is 'Mansfield Statutes'?

In transcribing an 1825 Settlement Examination from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the following line appears to read: William Brough "then hired at Mansfield Statutes to Mr. Milward of Epperstone for a ...
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Where is Lebonnaire in Canada?

I have a record that indicates a great aunt was born "at" (not "in") Lebonnaire, Canada. The record does not indicate which Province. I know her father was Canadian, her mother was from New Jersey....
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Deciphering place names in Northern Alsace?

I am having some difficulties with a 1797 marriage record from Birlenbach, Northern Alsace (departement Bas-Rhin), specifically some of the geography. The record is hard to retrieve (all they let me ...
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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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Current name of Jatotowicze village from 1903 Russia?

I'm trying to locate the current name of the village my grandmother was born. She was born in 1903 in the village of Jatotowicze, in or near the township if Iwje, in the province of Nowogrodek. She is ...
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Identifying Mignovich village in Russia/Belarus?

I am trying to find information on my paternal grandfather's line, he immigrated to the US from Mignovich or Mignovichi village in Belarus in the early 1900's, we are looking for ancestors there? He ...
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What are these place names (in present-day Slovakia) from this US passenger list in 1913?

The full passenger list can be found below -- I'm looking at the entry for "Ignatz Schwarz" line 14. What is the name of the city he identified as last place of residence (also same thing as ...
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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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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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Place of birth listed on immigration docs but where in Russia is Kosnitza/Kosnitze?

My Jewish family who came to Canada in 1924, from Bucharest on the SS Madonna, list their nationality as Russian, 4 family members put their place of birth as Kosnitza, and Kosnitze. Does anyone ...
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Where would this town/area be located in Poland, today?

I have a few various names of villages/towns that my family came from in Poland/Russia. They came to America before WWI around 1914 and much of Poland was Russia at the time. Many town names have ...
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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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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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How to find current Name (or location) of "Russian" town recorded in 1910?

A passenger arrived in the port of New York on the ship Philadelphia in 1910. His residence, as listed on the Ellis Island manifest, is transcribed as "Ruistikovicz, Russia". The passenger is said ...
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Where was Shankston in Ayr in 1868?

I have a marriage certificate from 1868. It is in the parish of Old Cunmock, in the County of Ayr in Scotland. For the husband to be (Samuel Harris) it says his usual place of residence was Shankston. ...
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Information from passenger list/ship manifest from 1912 NY - Polish/Russian city and names

The full passenger list can be found below – I'm looking at the entry for "Jankel Samolicz" on line 30 (the final line). Can you help me to read some of the information? I'm trying to figure out: the ...
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Where is/was location of Balintuger, Fife, Scotland?

My 4th great grandmother Elizabeth Doig was born/baptised on 16 May 1790 at Monimail, Fife, Scotland and she married John Moore on 30 Nov 1817 at Cupar, Fife, Scotland. Her parents were Robert Doig ...
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Where was BurÿHaüs near 1663 Breitau?

Three people in the 1663 baptism record from Breitau, Germany, in north-eastern Hesse, are listed as being from "BurÿHaüs". I can find nothing even close to that name in that area. Can ...
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Montmorency Island, Québéc?

I have lots of records that allegedly come from churches in “Montmorency I., Québec, Canada.” I had assumed that the ‘I’ was for Île (Island). But I cannot find such a place in Canada—not even a ...
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Where is (or was) Trabash in Quebec?

In my efforts to track down my eloped 3xgreat-grandparents Edward McDowell and Susan of unknown surname (he'd been her family's coachman, possibly somewhere near Plymouth in Devonshire, and she was '...
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Setting up Locations in Family Tree Maker 2017?

For those of us interested in switching to FTM2017: In a recent demo of this version locally, entering Locations was shown as: only 4 places were to be used and they were City, County, State, Country;...
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Transcribing place of occupation (Coal Pit) and information about it

I am trying to determine the Coal Pit where Samuel Harris was stated to have been working on 13 Feb 1877 in Irvine. I can make out: Samuel Harris Engineman at Bay? Coal Pit I tried to google it (eg: ...
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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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