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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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Locating a marriage record for Jacob Bennett and his wife Zipporah in 18th century Connecticut?

Jacob Bennett was born in 1735 in Connecticut according to AGBI and Barbour Collection. My father's research showed Jacob married Zipporah but he did not cite his sources nor know Zipporah's maiden ...
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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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Old German script. What is the wife's name in this 1837 baptismal ledger from Stark County, Ohio?

The partial image below is from an 1837 baptismal register of a church located in Paris Township, Stark County, Ohio. It is written in old German script. At least to our knowledge, these ledgers have ...
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Finding out which Freemasons' lodge ancestor belonged to?

I know my grandfather was a Freemason, but I don't know which order/lodge he was associated with. Short of contacting every lodge in the state, how can I find out? Are there records of this sort of ...
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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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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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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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How to determine county from county number in Texas birth index?

The Texas birth index from 1956 gives a county number of 057 for a birth record I found, how can you determine what county that corresponds to, and more generally, how can I map any county number in ...
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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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Determining whether soldier in US Civil War was German mercenary?

I am looking for ways to determine whether Civil War soldiers were hired mercenaries. I know the name of my great-great grandfather only from a census record when he was living with his son. From that ...
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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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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 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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Which exemptions to proof of parents' death are available to obtain an unredacted SSA application?

I filed for a copy of the original Social Security application of my paternal grandfather. The photocopy of the form was returned, redacted to remove his parents' names (which was the whole point of ...
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Meaning of job recorded as “USAF – AFSC#29430”?

I am interested to know a description of the job recorded on old family papers as "USAF – AFSC#29430". I cannot seem to find this job description anywhere.
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Discovering New York City death and burial location?

A search result for my great uncle Salvador M Campos appeared recently in the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 on Ancestry. Salvador M Campos birth date: 1 Jul 1886 ...
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World War I Draft Registration (US) card office markings?

My great-uncle Lester Clifton of Springfield, Illinois registered for the WWI draft and on the bottom left side of the draft card is a large zero or uppercase 'O'. I cannot find out what this ...
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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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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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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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What are the pre-1993 US Air Force Specialty Codes?

Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC's) are used to denote what responsibility or job someone is performing in the Air Force. The system was overhauled in 1993 to better match recent restructuring and ...
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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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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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Seeking Obituaries for Midland, Texas from 1970s and before?

I am looking for a directory online in which I could view old obituaries from Midland, Texas, USA. There are plenty of places to view recent ones, but where can I view older ones. I am particularly ...
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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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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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Getting started tracing Native American ancestry

I did the Ancestry.com DNA test and found out that I had traces of Native American. I myself am from Sweden but have American ancestry. How can I trace this back further? I am a beginner.
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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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Seeking 1912 Passenger Lists into United States for ships near RMS Titanic?

I've long heard a story that my Great Grandfather was going to travel on the Titanic, but ended up choosing another ship. Supposedly his ship was close enough that they heard the SOS call for the ...
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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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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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Resources for researching family from Greene County, Tennessee?

I am researching my family tree and am stuck because my ancestor, Henry Harmon, was 24 in 1850 so he is already living with his wife Catherine and child George. The 1840 census doesn't tell me ...
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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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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

I am seeking a searchable list of the Jewish cemeteries in the USA, especially the larger, still active cemeteries. By searchable, I mean that it is possible to search by cemetery name and also sort ...
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Getting from New York to Chicago in the late 1800s

In an earlier question, GeneJ offered some evidence for how some of his ancestors traveled from Quebec to Wisconsin. I am wondering whether there are any records other than private recollections or ...
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Where were my parents married?

My parents were married on Christmas Day 1954. The problem is that I cannot find their marriage license anywhere and to add to the problem my mother was 1/2 black, and in Georgia they could never ...
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Where are 1910 US census records for Topeka State Hospital Inmates?

Where are the 1910 US census records for Topeka State Hospital Inmates? The rather notorious Topeka State Hospital (Insane Asylum) was in Topeka, Kansas in Shawnee County. It operated from 1879 ...
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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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What uses are there for the Social Security Number (SSN) of a deceased ancestor?

The Social Security Death Index (SSDI), or Death Master File (DMF) is an index of the deaths of US persons that have been notified to the US Social Security. It's available online at various places ...
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Researching family member that immigrated to USA from Poland in 1831

I'm looking for information on the surname Lyskowinski in Poland. I know he came on a ship named Northumber that departed from London, England and arrived in America on Aug. 23, 1852. His place of ...
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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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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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Where can I find information on buildings that have been demolished?

I'd appreciate suggestions from anyone who has traced the history of houses, multi-family residences, and commercial buildings, on how to find more information about buildings which no longer exist. ...
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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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Death before certificates were issued statewide in Georgia?

My 3rd Great Grandfather died in 1906 and I am trying to verify who his father was. In Georgia they did not start issuing death certificates until 1913 or so. I do know that a doctor did the ...

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