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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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Why would a US Army armored cavalry infantryman have served in two different companies of the same regiment during WW2?

My grandfather was a part of the 63rd Army Division, 245th Regiment, K company and M company. What would be the most likely reason that he would have served in two different companies? My guess is ...
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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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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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