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Finding alternatives to World War 2 U.S. Army records burnt in1973

My grandfather JOHN ARAQUE enlisted in San Francisco (California) in Dec 1942. All i can find is his rank at enlistment (Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Private) but nothing about what he ...
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Reading US Marine Muster roll

number 438 Donald R. Petit, joined the US Marines on the 14th December, 1942. He was my father. He was a journalist and founder of the "boot" marine newspaper/magazine. What does the rest of the ...
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Learning about father's WWII US Army military experience [duplicate]

I know he started as a bugler, he was in transportation and served in Italy and maybe ended the war in Germany. He was discharged as a second lieutenant. He also spent at least 20 years in the Army ...
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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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How can I determine whether there are BSI (Board of Special Inquiry) minutes or records for an alien on a list of detained aliens?

How can I determine whether there are BSI (Board of Special Inquiry) minutes or records for an alien on a "List of Detained Aliens" or "Record of Aliens Held for Special Inquiry"? Were there always ...
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My mother was adopted but i have no information to find her birth parents, what should i do to find them?

My mother was adopted but i have no information to find her birth parents, what should i do to find them? She was born in 1957 in Florida that's all I know. I do not know any other details except the ...
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Finding birth/baptism record for Owen Melvin B. Pinkerton born in Indiana around 1872

My Great Grandfather was Owen Melvin B. Pinkerton born in Indiana around 1872. He was supposedly adopted by the Pinkerton's Married and had children in Kansas. Wife Florence Munkres. Children Harvey, ...
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Location of Route 1, Grants Pass, Oregon USA

I am trying to find the location of the addresses: R.F.D 1, Grants Pass (1934-1944) and Rt 1, Box 413 Grants Pass (1946). My great-grandmother and her husband, Thomas Albert Bird, lived in Grants Pass ...
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Changed Birth Certificate number

The certificate number on my grandfather's birth certificate from 1893 was changed. You can see the original, crossed out number just above the new number. When he passed, and the family found his ...
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USMC WW1 Muster Roll abbreviated term S.O.S

Reviewing my Great Uncles death in WW1, I see the term "24 trans to S.O.S" in his Company Muster Roll. He served in the 6th Marine Regiment attached to the US Army 2nd Infantry Division, Third ...
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Translating 1914 Postcard in German sent from USA to Germany

Is anyone able to translate this 1914 postcard my grandfather sent to his sister in 1914?
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In a Record of Detained Aliens, what “Cause of detention” is “To call”?

Looking at ship passenger manifests and a related "Record of Detained Aliens", and in the "Cause of detention" column is sometimes listed "To call". To call what and why? Examples are: Katie Scahill ...
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Identifying numbers on the United States Immigrant Identification Card

The green "Immigrant Identification Card" issued by the United States Department of Labor includes an immigration visa number, a longer red number, and in this case, a stamped black number on the ...
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Determining if ancestor was freemason in Pennsylvania

All my life my dad and grandfather told me that my 2nd great grandfather was a Freemason, His name was Solomon Leighty he lived 1840 till 1885 in Westmoreland county Pennsylvania. He lived in or near ...
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How can I find the images where the data was sourced for the 'Germans to America, 1850-1897' database?

I found my ancestor in the 'Germans to America, 1850-1897' database on Family Search FamilySearch has this info about the database: United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897 Data files ...
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Name change documentation for child naturalized in the United States via his father

According to NARA's online research guide Naturalization Records, in the United States: From 1790 to 1940, children under the age of 21 automatically became naturalized citizens upon the ...
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What does un mean in the column for immigration year on the 1920 US census?

What does un mean in the column for immigration year on the 1920 United States census? Other people have a year entered.
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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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Alien Passenger (1917) who became Relative to be joined (1920): how to reconcile address discrepancies?

From a previous question it was noted that a certain Alien Passenger arriving at Providence RI in 1917, gave as an Address of a female cousin to be joined: 868 Broad Street, Central Falls From ...
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What is written in this excerpt from a Manifest of Alien Passengers for the US arriving at Providence?

I'm having difficulties reading a field from a specific column from a List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival In this case Port of ...
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Most current information on parents of Lydia Redfield Bayley?

Can someone please provide a source(s) for the most current information on the parents of Lydia Redfield Bayley/Bailey? History of New London, Connecticut: from the first survey of ... Caulkins, ...
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Familysearch terms of use (2018) and “ownership” of information?

It seems to me that the copyright and ownership of historical images and information is legal quagmire that does not lend itself to straight forward answers. As an example: According to ...
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What does “care of” mean in the 18th century with respect to letters?

In The Virginia Genealogist. Washington, DC: J. F. Dorman, 1957 - 2006. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.) Name: Col. Abraham TRIGG; Record: ...
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Understanding the organization of New York City Marriage records (1850's)

In my quest to find the original marriage record of James C. Redenburgh and Mary Jones (m. 5 Oct 1853), I found that his marriage was could be found in FHL Microfilm 1,671,673. So I accessed that film ...
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Acquisition of US citizenship by children under Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

I am pursuing recognition of German citizenship through descent. My grandparents and my father (born 1950) emigrated to the United States in 1952, with my grandfather holding German nationality. My ...
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Date and Cause of death numbers on New York Passenger list?

I am trying to find out the date and cause of death of a passenger in the New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 on Ancestry. The passenger is ...
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Finding a death record from Manhattan (New York City)?

The person I am looking for died in Manhattan, NY 16 May 1864. The only document I've been able to find (thus far) is what appears to be an index of deaths shared on Ancestry. The record I'm ...
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Understanding code in Dutch Reformed Church Record

This marriage record is from the U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989 > New York > New York City > NY Marriages, Book 32 database at Ancestry. The excerpt below is from ...
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Route of ships going from Norway to US in 1912

I finally was able to get the name of the ship my great-grandfather traveled to from Norway to Newport News, Virginia. That ship is the Noruega, run by Norway-Mexico Gulf Line, and I am fairly ...
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Using NYPL's City Directories of New York City

I am searching 1900-1910 city Directories for Manhatten,the New York public library digitized these and they are available for view at thier digital Collections website here is 1901 What I can't ...
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Usual ports of arrivals by nation (case of Albania)

Are there statistics on the ports of arrivals by nation? In particular, I am interested in the ports of entries of Albanians before WWI and WWII to the US.
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Run away marriage: why did people go to Maryland?

I am tracking the marriage certificate of a couple who lived in NYC and who reportedly ran away in Maryland to get married between 1940 and 1945. NYC marriage indexes are available and it is true they ...
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Can genetic genealogy identify father of male first cousins with same first name?

Samuel had two sons, Joseph and Abraham in the 1740's (in New Jersey) Joseph had a son, Levi Abraham had a son, Levi One of these (Levi) sons has no further history, the other Levi married and had ...
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Seeking information about Immigration to America from Austria?

My Great Grandfather, Joseph F. Kohl was born in Austria in 1860. Sometime in his life, he moved to America where his wife Vincencia Puhair gave birth to their child Frank James Kohl. I was wondering ...
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Understanding the indexing process used to produce records searches?

So I'm having some difficulty using ancestry's search engine to locate someone in a Massachusetts Index of Marriages. Rather than trying to problem solve that directly, it occurred to me that having ...
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What does M mean in the 'Free or Slave' field in the 1850 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule?

What does 'M' mean in the 'Free or Slave' field in the 1850 US Federal Census Mortality Schedule?
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WWII Draft Records for Washington State

My father was drafted into WWII in 1943-44. I have searched online resources extensively for his Draft Registration Card, coming up with nothing. (This surprises me as I have easily been able to find ...
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Cannot find an immigrant in the 1860/70 US Census

In the US Census from 1860 and 1870, I am looking for a German immigrant named Gustav Adolf (or Adolph) Neumann, born October 27, 1824 in Leipzig, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany, who immigrated to the ...
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Father and Son on Same Tax List

A father (for instance James Sr) is on the same tax list in Kentucky with three young men (James Jr., Joseph and William) with the last surname, who could be his sons or nephews. James Sr is listed ...
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What is the teacher's last name?

Recently, I found my great-great grandmother's (Emily Griffiths) 5th grade report card from 1895 nailed to the wall in the attic over the garage (don't ask me why it was there, I took it down and put ...
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What are “I”-prefixed travel document numbers on INS Form I-415 ship manifests?

On the INS Form I-415 being issued in 1952, there is a column that refers to "travel document no." and "nationality". Nationality is obvious, but the travel document number is not. What does a travel ...
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How to decode / read US Veterans Bureau Form 7202?

In doing some family background research, I came across an old military service record which says it is a "Form 7202 - Rev. Sept., 1927". I would like to decipher the meanings of the various codes to ...
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How to find a slater named Patrick M Golden in 1870 records?

According to this image from NARA microfilm publication M233, published as part of United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, Irish immigrant Patrick Golden worked as a slater ...
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What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann - part II?

In light of former questions asked on Genealogy Stackexchange like What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann, 1859 immigrant to the US? and Finding clues for a missing immigrant in the 1870 Census?, I ...
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Interpreting genealogical dates [duplicate]

Example: So when was Mary actually baptized? 1744 or 1745 ? Is there something I need to understand about why it would have been reported with two different dates?
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What is the meaning of Xed out entries in Massachusetts vital records?

For the neophyte (me), I'd like to understand the significance of an entry in a marriage register that appears to have been X'ed out. In the following the fields for date of marriage, ages, and ...
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What is the meaning of the handwritten notation on the pension record of Charles Clements?

I am trying to interpret this US Revolutionary War pension payment record: I am interested in the date of death of Charles Clements of Flauvanna, Virginia. The line for him ends with this notation: ...
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What do you do with photos after scanning them?

I've acquired four trunks filled with old pictures, some in frames, some loose, that I'm planning on scanning into my genealogy program. What does one do with them after scanning? Surely you wouldn'...
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Who were the wives of John Ervin (1791-1843)?

According to Benjamin Shinn in Biographical Memories of Blackford County (The Bowen Publishing Company, 1900, p. 240): John Ervin was prominent among the early settlers. His early life was spent ...
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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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