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What fields are available from a Social Security Death Index (SSDI) search at different websites?

There are several different websites that offer a search form for the Social Security Death Index, the public-access extract of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File. Since ...
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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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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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My nana is Fully Puerto Rican & my mom is half what does that make me? [duplicate]

Okay so my nana is fully Puerto Rican & all of my moms side of the family is Puerto Rican. My mom is half Puerto Rican & half black. What does that make me?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 name for relationship to step daughter of step daughter [duplicate]

I have a stepdaughter and she has a stepdaughter. What would my stepdaughters' stepdaughter be to me?
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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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What is my relationship to the spouse of my cousin?

If my cousin gets married am I now related to his new wife's immediate family. Would I be related to his new wife's brother or sister?
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Two ships, two manifests, same passengers?

I knew that my great-grandmother arrived in the US from Italy in about 1914. When I searched the Ellis Island database I found her easily. Unfortunately, I found her twice. Let me be specific. My ...
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

One of the people I am researching appears to have changed her name: in the 1915 NYC census she appears as Reva Osernoff, living with the Axel family: Similarly in the 1920 federal and 1930 censuses: ...
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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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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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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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Name Changes in New York City during 1830s?

Are there records for people who changed their names in New York City (NYC) in the 1830's? My ancestor was from France and changed his name after arriving in NYC in the 1830's.
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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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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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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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How can I find a female Danish immigrant's name prior to her marriage?

Anna Christine (Kristine) Petersen, b Dec-12-1888 in Flauenskjold, Denmark. A servant. My GrF Joseph Conrad Kaiser b May 19, 1889 Chicago, Illinois married Anna on Dec. 1912 in Illinois. The info I ...
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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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Did General Winfield Scott have any grandchildren?

I am trying to either disprove, or find evidence for, an old family story. According to my deceased grandfather, Winfield S Burns (1911-1982), the first male son has been named Winfield Scott in honor ...
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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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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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Using a card index to find Probate records?

Since I asked the question about working with unindexed probate records, I have located some card indexes for administrations in Queens County New York online (as images which can be browsed) and one ...
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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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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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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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1935 residence in the 1940 census

The 1940 census includes fields for the person's residence in 1935. The fields are city, county, and state. When it says "same place" for the residence in 1935, does that refer to the town or to the ...
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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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How to find address of building in New York State censuses (1870, St Lawrence, USA)?

Is there a way to know what address is dwelling #1847 in the St-Lawrence 1870 census ? ref question : How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?
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Tracing US ancestor back to Germany?

My great great great grandfather came over from Germany, but I don't know how to find when or where. His name is Henry Fischer about 1821-1898, married to Dorothea Holiday Fischer about 1825-unknown. ...
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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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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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