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Reading names on 1912 City of Chicago death certificate?

What are the names of the father and mother on this death 1912 death certificate? Her husband was known to have been born in Kiev, so it is likely she and her family are from Kiev (despite the ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

I provide a lot of background, which may not all be essential. Feel free to skip to the question. Background I was contacted by a woman who got a 3rd cousin match with me online. She told me that ...
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Where is (was) the Mormon Post Office in Utah Territory in 1860

In trying to unravel some family relations in Utah Territory, one of the source materials is the 1860 Federal Census: Paging through that census there are several Post Offices in Salt Lake County: ...
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Who was the Jackson Moore named in the 1838 will of Zachariah Green?

Zachariah Green's will, dated 13 August 1838, included bequests to: "my daughter Peggy Heardin" "my Grandson Jackson Moore" "my Grand daughter Emily Tesdel" The will was written in and probated in ...
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Strategies for finding biological grandparents using DNA matches?

I need some advice to help track down my biological grandmother. My father was adopted in 1920 and died in 2000 without knowing the identity of his biological parents. I have his birth certificate but ...
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What does MSW stand for in a book on University of Michigan sports?

I am researching a relative whose name appears in the book Michigan: Champions of the West. Much of the book consists of names, abbreviations, and years. Here is an excerpt: Bailey, Debi VB ...
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Finding birth father in the Merchant Marine?

I was told my birth father is from the Seattle WA area. He was adopted and is of American Indian descent. I know his name but am not publishing it here as he is less than 100 years old. In 1967 he ...
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Were bodies shipped overseas to be buried?

Would it be possible, during the 1600s, to die in the New World and have your body shipped/returned to where your family came from? I'm specifically looking at Mary Sharpe, Daughter of Jan and Henry ...
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Seeking Crew List for Prinz Oskar German Passenger Ship to Philadelphia, Pa circa 1914?

I am looking for information about the crew on the German Passenger Ship ****Prinz Oskar** which was detained (circa 1914) and confiscated by the US in Philadelphia,PA (1917) as a result of WWI. I ...
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Finding original spelling of Polish name Vazuka which was anglicized on arrival to US?

My last name is Vazuka, but it is polish and was anglicized upon arrival to the US. How do you spell it in Polish? How do you pronounce Vazuka in Polish?
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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 US marine ancestor without knowing birthdate?

I am trying to track down my US grandad / his family but keep hitting brick walls without his date of birth. I am English but my mum was born in Germany in 1949 to a German National mum and a US ...
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Finding parents for James Henry Posey who was born in Maryland 1831?

I have been looking for 2 years for the parents of: James Henry Posey Birth: 12 Sept 1831 St. Mary's Maryland, United States Death: 24 April 1914 Alexandria, Fairfax, Virginia, United States I ...
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Finding parent for William Jefferson KLJG-CYG who was born District of Columbia about 1810?

I have looked for 2 years and can't seem to find a parent for: William Jefferson Birth: About 1810 District of Columbia, United States Death: 1890 Alexandria, Virginia I can find several censuses ...
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Finding parents and precise Date of Birth for child born in Massachusetts in 1919?

The only record I can find for a child born in Massachusetts in 1919 has the name and year of birth, but not much else. This is a link from Ancestry.com's Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1860-1970 for ...
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Evaluating Ancestry databases without active subscription?

I have found a match in Ancestry's database U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 but the description is a bit vague. For example, I cannot see whether they all have photos. I want to make sure it's ...
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Finding Birth Parents of Child from New England in 1850s?

Ella Louisa Fuller, born 16 February 1850, was adopted by Hiram Fuller and his wife Emilie Louise Delaplaine. I'm not sure when the adoption occurred, but they had been living in Halifax, MA, and ...
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Barney DeVine Circus Performer from Ireland 1800-1860 [closed]

I'm looking for any information someone might have regarding Barney DeVine who was a circus performer in Ireland and came to the US around 1834.
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Could “Our Mother” be a term of endearment on 1855 headstone?

In researching my great great grandmother, Elizabeth Cowan Short, I have located her death record in Franklin County, Ohio, USA (1896), as well as her burial record. They record her birth as 29 ...
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Is Unregistered Death possible after 1900 in U.S.?

I am researching my great uncle, James Barton (no middle initial), trying to find a death record. I believe he was living in Mt. Victory, Hardin County, Ohio in 1900. I found a 'James Barton' married ...
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Interpreting Land Record Abstract pre-1730 Pennsylvania?

I am researching the 4 generations of my family that arrived in Chester County Pennsylvania between 1682-1715. In order to get a fuller picture of these ancestors, I've just begun looking through the ...
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What can I deduce (if anything) from these US City Directories

I'm looking at the City Directories for Youngstown, Ohio (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. ) My ancestor William ...
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Evaluating birth year when different on SSDI and gravestone?

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) states 1883 as birth year and grave stone says 1882. Which should I believe?
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What information is on Georgia birth certificates?

The US state of Georgia restricts access to birth certificates and they are behind a snail-mail pay wall. You can only legally request a birth certificate for yourself and certain close relatives. The ...
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Identifying John Morgan, son of Thomas D. Morgan (1809-1870)?

I have a real dilemma. I have found a DNA link to the Thomas Morgan (1791-1860) family through Frances Denira "Fanny" Morgan (1821-1899), daughter of Benjamin Francis Morgan (1762-1835), who was the ...
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Trying to find dates for cabinet cards with Brooklyn business information and addresses?

We have 2 cabinet cards and a cabinet-card-esque photograph that I believe are from the early 1900s that we are trying to date more concretely based on writing on the three cards. The first image has ...
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How old was infant considered to be in US in 1850?

In reading material for a course I'm doing on genealogy: A minor was one under 21 but over 7. An infant was usually under 8, but sometimes referred to those under 21. However, in some countries ...
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Submitting genealogy materials to US Library of Congress?

As of 2017-11-17, I'm still waiting for reply from the Local History and Genealogy Collection Development of the US Library of Congress, to my email on 2017-11-13: My late mother spent many hours ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

My late mother had an amateur interest in genealogy of our family. She gathered boxes of clippings and writings and photos, etc. She flew to Europe to visit sites and meet with descendents, etc. No ...
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John Rebbler/Latour of New Orleans brickwall and adoption

My great, great grandfather, John E. Latour was always listed as the son of James A. Latour and Emma C. Lacqueret in different family trees. I had no luck for years finding much about this couple, ...
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Seeking US death record from about 1912?

The family story says that my Grandfather Harry Avery died sometime in 1912. In 1906 he was in Jefferson Maine. [PAINTER AND PAPERHANGER]. In 1908 he was in Attleboro, Massachusetts where he married ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

My grandfather enlisted in the US Army in 1942. How can I find more details about his service?
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Differences in Half-Sibling Matches

This is a follow up to Probability of Specific Relationship from AncestryDNA? I have an Ancestry match with two half-sisters (same mother, different fathers). The older one by 16 years matches me ...
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Probability of Specific Relationship from AncestryDNA?

I have a DNA match on Ancestry.com that shows a possible 1st or 2nd cousin match at the level of 684 cM's (just barely inside the 680 - 1150 range) and across 29 strands of DNA for 1st cousin. There ...
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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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Identify immigration record for John Kelly, Ireland to Michigan about 1840's?

John Kelly or John W Kelly was born in Ireland about 1833. He likely immigrated prior to 1855 and married Mary Ling (also Irish) after arriving in the US. By 1860 he was a Teamster in Battle Creek, ...
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Seeking specific Massachusetts family history book?

I am looking to obtain a specific reference book, "The descendants of William Story: Who came to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1637 : the first eight generations" that was written by Robert L. Pratt in ...
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How can I get USCIS to send me electronic results instead of paper?

I've been researching relatives that immigrated to the United States during the early 20th century and have done search reports with USCIS Genealogy Index Search Request. In my index search requests, ...
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Deciphering part of 1799 probate from USA?

In the numbered parts (which I've highlighted) of the probate for Joseph Eayers pictured below: Does that mean Joseph was a widow? And what does the "third" and "excepted" part mean? Does "incapable ...
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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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Identifying parents of Orrin Badger who was born 1802 in New Hampshire, USA?

How can I determine Orrin Badger's parents? The timeline I currently have for him is that he: was born in New Hampshire in 1802 and died in Vermont in 1860. married in April of 1846 at Montpelier, ...
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Is there a way to search for 1935 inferred residence from the 1940 census?

I am searching for the birth father of someone conceived in 1935. They didn't marry and everyone was long gone by 1940. Is there a way to search the 1940 census to find who all said they were living ...
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Verifying adoption of ancestor born 1816 in Tennessee, USA?

I have a great grandmother who was born in 1816. Her name was Elizabeth G Smith Armstrong, born in Tennessee, and maybe married to William Armstrong who died in Yolo County California. In 1862 ...
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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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Why did many 19th century death certificates list age in years, months and days?

This isn't a question about any particular death certificate, but rather a general question. On modern birth certificates, say after 1950, the general style seems to be to give the date of death, the ...
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Narrowing down date of immigration from England to USA?

I have an ancestor named Richard Dugdale who was probably born in 1845 (although 1844 and 1848 are also possible) somewhere in England (possibly Manchester or Bristol) and died in 1909 in ...
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Locating given surname listed in Virginia Tax Records from late 18th and early 19th century?

I'm browsing the Binns Virginia Personal and Land tax records from 1780s, 1790s, and 1800s to try and locate more sources in my research. In so doing, Binns has some indexing, but it appears to be ...
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Batch person search by place of residence in historical US census?

My database contains the names of a long list of individuals and their place of residence, and I would like to retrieve the demographic information (gender, race, age, etc.) about the individuals the ...
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Are Orphanages Included in the U.S. Census?

My third great-grandmother was an orphan, whose mother passed away either during childbirth or shortly after, and whose father passed away January 24, 1880 when she was six years old. There is a ...