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Identifying US Military Uniform

I've been trying to figure out if there's any information I could dig out of this photograph. Family lore says it's a photo of my great-great-grandfather. He's rather a man of mystery and this is one ...
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Polk directories Ishpeming Michigan for the years of 1880-1904?

I’m looking for specific information on what types of businesses were at a specific address in Ishpeming Michigan. It’s now a printing place but it was built in 1881, I know there’s been many ...
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Finding names of people serving at Harlingen Air Force Base in Texas during 1950s?

I'm looking for a man, and proving that the one I've found served at Harlingen Air Force Base during the 1950s, would confirm that it's the right man of that name. Are those records available online?
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Acronyms from 1952 US Army document

Seems the US Army in the 1950's was in love with acronyms even more than the 1975-1985 Navy I was in. An excerpt from orders for my wife's late step-father: 15 Oct 1952 US Army Hospital 8079th AU ...
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What is meaning of MOS 3060 in 1950-1952 documents from US Army service?

I have 1950-1952 documents from a relative's US Army service.  What is the meaning of MOS 3060?
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Seeking change of name documents for Manhattan in 1890s

My Great Grandfather Moritz Stechil, was a widow and married in Manhattan September 13, 1891. However, when my grandfather was born, the last name changed to Steckler. My grandfather’s birth ...
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Naturalization Record

This is a follow-up to a Seeking 1945 New Jersey Death Record. I am looking for the naturalization record of Jani Keleshi (birth name). He was born in Berat, Albania during the 1890s; at that time it ...
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Finding Combat Records of Ancestor's Unit from World War 2

I started doing research on the service history for my grandmother's brother who died in Europe during the second World War. I have his serial number and his unit (K Company, 110th Infantry Regiment, ...
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Finding information on Emigration ships (UK to US) in 1841

My 3x great grandfather and his family of 5 emigrated to the US , arriving in New York on 16 July 1841 from Liverpool UK on board the Ship Splendid (or Splendid of New York). Archives image I would ...
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Identifying the cause of death

This is a photo of my ancestors cause of death. For the life of me I cannot decipher what it says. If anyone has a good idea or even a hint of what it is please let me know!
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Using name numbering for fathers, sons, etc

In my family, we have Bill Jones, his son Bill R Jones, and a grandson Bill G Jones. Can the grandson properly use Bill Jones III (the third)?
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Tracing ancestor with 1910 Wisconsin Birth Registration but nothing afterwards

I have located my ancestor Serafina Alice Brylski's 22 OCT 1910 Registration of birth and nothing else after that. Serafina Alice Brylski 1910– BIRTH 22 OCT 1910 • Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ...
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Manhattan Name Change Records

My great grandfather immigrated to NYC from Lomza Gubernia of Biyalstok Province of Russian EMpire (Poland today) in 1885. We don't know his original name, though the family lore is his name was ...
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How do immigrants change their names?

My grandfather was born in Sweden in 1877 and he was a Johansson. He came to the U.S. in 1891 and the next record I can find is his Naturalization and his name is now Erickson. Where did he get his ...
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Finding person by birthdate alone

In February, 1903 Leiser and Nachman Feinstein left Timkowitz (Slutsk), Belarus and sailed via Hamburg for New York where their mother Minka Cohen Feinstein collected them and brought them to join her ...
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Was this common usage of "mother-in-law" in late 19th century in US census?

I have been researching my great-grandfather in US records and the 1880 census of his household referred to a middle-aged woman with different last name living in the household as his "mother in ...
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Finding 19th-century passenger arrivals to the United States

My great-grandfather Aloysius Deckert was born in Germany and died in Albany, New York in 1901. How can I find his arrival in the United States?
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What does GO#4HQ mean on the DD214 Service Record?

On my fathers DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, in the section Decorations and citations, it lists Purple Heart with 3 oak clusters GO#4HQ. What does that mean?
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Looking for the Hans Hanson (Hansson, Hansen) family who came to North America via Quebec in 1870

I have tracked the Hanson family (Hanna, Hans, Jens, infant) from Gothenburg to Hull to Liverpool to Quebec (aboard the Allan Line SS Germany) but her husband and other son (Hans and Nils) were not ...
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Finding record of US name change in 1920s in New York?

My Grandmother immigrated to the US from England in 1911. She appears as Sophie Charney in the 1920 US census, but in 1924 she appears as Shirley Charney in the New York State marriage record to my ...
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What does VSP mean in the book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783?

In the book ''The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson, published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. in 1984, I find on page 349 it lists an entry for ...
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Why would someone born in the U.S. file a petition for naturalization?

I was look at Ancestry's "Pennsylvania, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931" and noticed that several of the entries for Schuykill County were for people born in the U.S. In a few ...
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Finding S.S. Merion Passenger List sailing from Liverpool in 1904

My grandfather's "Declaration of Intention" states he came to the United States aboard the S.S. Merion, sailing from Liverpool, in 1904. I have hit a brick wall trying to find the ship's ...
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Finding the port for a 1905 arrival to United States?

My grandfather John Gibson Gowans immigrated the second time to the United States from Scotland on a ship called The Caledonia in 1905. This was his 2nd time as his parents first immigrated in 1888 ...
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What year to record for info discovered in annual City Directories?

The 1909 edition of the Atlanta (not that it matters what city) records that my relative died on December 13, 1907. This gets me wondering how early in 1908 they started working on the 1909 Directory, ...
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Do petitions for naturalization indicate the date of the first arrival to a country or the last time they had entered the country when filing?

In the United States in 1927, on the Petition for Naturalization (Form 2204-L), applicants would complete the line : I emigrated from .... in .... For example, here is a Petition FHL Film # 004112253 ...
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Finding 1854 USA immigration record for Prussian ancestor

I’m trying to trace my family. At this point, I have found out my great grandfather was the 1st to enter the country. His name was William Koch. I’m not sure if that is the Americanized version. He ...
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What qualifies as next-of-kin for a US SF-180, Request Pertaining to Military Records?

The SF 180 seems to conflict itself on what qualifies as next-of-kin. The instructions, lacking "grandchild", state this: However, the fillable form has a drop-down field for next-of-kin, ...
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Where are US WW2 "War Bride" Marriage Records Located?

My grandparents were married in Regensburg, Germany. My grandfather was a part of the 250th Station Hospital and he married a German woman who was admitted to the US under PL 271 AKA "The War ...
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Can niece not connect to my paternal line but her daughter connects to my maternal and paternal side?

My niece is a dna match 2112 cM over 80 segments. She only matches on my maternal side of the family. Her daughter is a dna match of 1118 cM over 46 segments. She matches both my maternal and paternal ...
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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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