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Finding parents for James Henry Posey who was born in Maryland 1831?

I have been looking for 2 years for the parents of: James Henry Posey Birth: 12 Sept 1831 St. Mary's Maryland, United States Death: 24 April 1914 Alexandria, Fairfax, Virginia, United States I ...
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Finding parents and precise Date of Birth for child born in Massachusetts in 1919?

The only record I can find for a child born in Massachusetts in 1919 has the name and year of birth, but not much else. This is a link from Ancestry.com's Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1860-1970 for ...
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Is Unregistered Death possible after 1900 in U.S.?

I am researching my great uncle, James Barton (no middle initial), trying to find a death record. I believe he was living in Mt. Victory, Hardin County, Ohio in 1900. I found a 'James Barton' married ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

I'm researching my grand-uncles James Daniel Wright and Frank Leslie Wright (brothers of my grand-father) who went over to Canada as British Home Children with their younger sister in 1912. ...
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Finding William Hudson Minnick from USA who in 1920 married Cecilia Mallon in Liverpool, UK?

I am researching my ancestor William Hudson Minnick who has this timeline. He may have been born in Iowa. He married my grandmother Cecilia Mallon in Liverpool, UK in 1920. The marriage certificate: ...
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Instructions for World War I Draft Cards (US)?

I've been reviewing several US World War I Draft cards. Who determined whether someone was "tall", "medium", or "short"? Was there a standard range for "tall"? "medium"? "short"? Just thinking it ...
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Evaluating Ancestry databases without active subscription?

I have found a match in Ancestry's database U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 but the description is a bit vague. For example, I cannot see whether they all have photos. I want to make sure it's ...
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Seeking US death record from about 1912?

The family story says that my Grandfather Harry Avery died sometime in 1912. In 1906 he was in Jefferson Maine. [PAINTER AND PAPERHANGER]. In 1908 he was in Attleboro, Massachusetts where he married ...
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Finding Birth Parents of Child from New England in 1850s?

Ella Louisa Fuller, born 16 February 1850, was adopted by Hiram Fuller and his wife Emilie Louise Delaplaine. I'm not sure when the adoption occurred, but they had been living in Halifax, MA, and ...
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What is “Canada E” in the 1860 US Federal Census?

I am looking at the 1860 US Census Record of John Surarrer. The transcription of it states that he was born in "Canada E". Here is the image. Does this just mean Canada, or does the E give some kind ...
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Barney DeVine Circus Performer from Ireland 1800-1860 [closed]

I'm looking for any information someone might have regarding Barney DeVine who was a circus performer in Ireland and came to the US around 1834.
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Interpreting Land Record Abstract pre-1730 Pennsylvania?

I am researching the 4 generations of my family that arrived in Chester County Pennsylvania between 1682-1715. In order to get a fuller picture of these ancestors, I've just begun looking through the ...
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What can I deduce (if anything) from these US City Directories

I'm looking at the City Directories for Youngstown, Ohio (Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. ) My ancestor William ...
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What does the term “Intervale” mean in the context of New Hampshire land transactions and deeds?

I have found the term "Intervale" used in the property descriptions of different Rumney, New Hampshire deeds; these descriptions generally rely on metes and bounds ("from the large rock at the stream ...
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What information is on Georgia birth certificates?

The US state of Georgia restricts access to birth certificates and they are behind a snail-mail pay wall. You can only legally request a birth certificate for yourself and certain close relatives. The ...
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Connecting with other descendants of ancestors to find place of burial?

According to my g-g-grandmother's obit, her first husband, Heert Wilms Heerts, died 3 weeks after they arrived (April 1869) in the USA from Germany. It sounds like they were living near Forreston, ...
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Trying to find dates for cabinet cards with Brooklyn business information and addresses?

We have 2 cabinet cards and a cabinet-card-esque photograph that I believe are from the early 1900s that we are trying to date more concretely based on writing on the three cards. The first image has ...
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How old was infant considered to be in US in 1850?

In reading material for a course I'm doing on genealogy: A minor was one under 21 but over 7. An infant was usually under 8, but sometimes referred to those under 21. However, in some countries ...
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Seeking additional genealogy resources for New York between 1775 and 1850?

Through Ancestry.com (US membership only - currently) I'm trying to determine if the Thompson side of my family tree tracks back to the McTavish clan of the Scottish Highlands since the name Thompson ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

My late mother had an amateur interest in genealogy of our family. She gathered boxes of clippings and writings and photos, etc. She flew to Europe to visit sites and meet with descendents, etc. No ...
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Submitting genealogy materials to US Library of Congress?

As of 2017-11-17, I'm still waiting for reply from the Local History and Genealogy Collection Development of the US Library of Congress, to my email on 2017-11-13: My late mother spent many hours ...
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Meaning of WW I service record abbreviation “Awarded MCC”?

WW I service record abbreviation "Awarded MCC" 11th Engineers AEF (U.S. Army). What does "MCC" stand for?
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Identifying Great Grandfather who was born about 1870 in Louisiana, USA?

I am trying to find some family information, or any information on my Great Grandfather on my moms side of the family. I have looked on Ancestry.Com and have hit a blank wall. His name was Acee ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

My grandfather enlisted in the US Army in 1942. How can I find more details about his service?
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Washington County, Ohio in the 1810 Census

In ancestry.com's "About" section for the 1810 Census, we read the following: Schedules exist for 17 states and District of Columbia, Georgia territory, Mississippi territory, Louisiana territory, ...
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When WWII Army enlistment records list “Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA”, what does that mean?

On Ancestry.com [library edition] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 there is a record where the Branch and Branch Code is listed as "Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA". What ...
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Jacob Fisher and Sarah Hodges (married in 1773 in Sharon, MA) - who were their childen?

Page 27 of the Sharon, Massachusetts Vital Records show Jacob Fisher and his wife Sarah had a son Jacob born 30 Apr 1776: Jacob, s. of Jacob and Sarah, Apr. 30, 1776 Page 94 of those records show a ...
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Differences in Half-Sibling Matches

This is a follow up to Probability of Specific Relationship from AncestryDNA? I have an Ancestry match with two half-sisters (same mother, different fathers). The older one by 16 years matches me ...
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Adoption in New York 1927

I have my mothers adoption papers from New York in 1927. The name given as the person giving her up for adoption is suspect in my opinion. Was it possible in that day to use another name to hide their ...
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Probability of Specific Relationship from AncestryDNA?

I have a DNA match on Ancestry.com that shows a possible 1st or 2nd cousin match at the level of 684 cM's (just barely inside the 680 - 1150 range) and across 29 strands of DNA for 1st cousin. There ...
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Finding origin of Samuel Brierton (Brereton) born about 1800 in Pennsylvania (perhaps Illinois)?

I have been searching, in vain, for my 3rd great grandfather, Samuel Brierton. All information I have says that he was born in Pennsylvania abt. 1800, parents were born in Wales and he then doesn't ...
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Identify immigration record for John Kelly, Ireland to Michigan about 1840's?

John Kelly or John W Kelly was born in Ireland about 1833. He likely immigrated prior to 1855 and married Mary Ling (also Irish) after arriving in the US. By 1860 he was a Teamster in Battle Creek, ...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

I am trying to understand the full meaning of the remarks shown on this record from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Muster Rolls. This is from July, 1948. (column headers) (record in question) ...
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How can I get USCIS to send me electronic results instead of paper?

I've been researching relatives that immigrated to the United States during the early 20th century and have done search reports with USCIS Genealogy Index Search Request. In my index search requests, ...
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Deciphering part of 1799 probate from USA?

In the numbered parts (which I've highlighted) of the probate for Joseph Eayers pictured below: Does that mean Joseph was a widow? And what does the "third" and "excepted" part mean? Does "incapable ...
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Identifying parents of Orrin Badger who was born 1802 in New Hampshire, USA?

How can I determine Orrin Badger's parents? The timeline I currently have for him is that he: was born in New Hampshire in 1802 and died in Vermont in 1860. married in April of 1846 at Montpelier, ...
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Is there a way to search for 1935 inferred residence from the 1940 census?

I am searching for the birth father of someone conceived in 1935. They didn't marry and everyone was long gone by 1940. Is there a way to search the 1940 census to find who all said they were living ...
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How should I number a lineage/parenthetical lineage list if I haven't yet proven the immigrating ancestor?

In both Register and NGSQ styles, biographies include a lineage or parenthetical lineage list.1 While these can be more complex and the styles have typography requirements, a basic lineage line uses ...
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Verifying adoption of ancestor born 1816 in Tennessee, USA?

I have a great grandmother who was born in 1816. Her name was Elizabeth G Smith Armstrong, born in Tennessee, and maybe married to William Armstrong who died in Yolo County California. In 1862 ...
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Indexing nE census record at FamilySearch?

I do indexing of records on FamilySearch. I've come across something a bit confusing to me, as a newer indexer. This image is from the Native American Census Rolls 1885-1940. Reservation: Blackfeet ...
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Finding 1879 Rhode Island marriage record from Ancestry index-only result?

A year or so ago I found this index-only marriage record for Richard Griffiths Jr. (no idea why they added a second "Griffiths" in) and Mary Gomersall on Ancestry. I believe it is for the right couple ...
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Why did many 19th century death certificates list age in years, months and days?

This isn't a question about any particular death certificate, but rather a general question. On modern birth certificates, say after 1950, the general style seems to be to give the date of death, the ...
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Narrowing down date of immigration from England to USA?

I have an ancestor named Richard Dugdale who was probably born in 1845 (although 1844 and 1848 are also possible) somewhere in England (possibly Manchester or Bristol) and died in 1909 in ...
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What occupation is a “bottom puller”?

My father's enlistment document lists his civilian occupation as: bottom puller code 8-61.01. What does that mean?
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Batch person search by place of residence in historical US census?

My database contains the names of a long list of individuals and their place of residence, and I would like to retrieve the demographic information (gender, race, age, etc.) about the individuals the ...
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How to find service record of Boston police detective (1945-1968)?

I have had no luck finding archives regarding Detective Frank (Franny, Francis) Murphy. As a boy My Grandmother would show me a photo album with page after page of his exploits on and off duty! I was ...
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Locating New England telegraph man (Lemuel Keyser Preston) ca1850?

Charles H. Dillion, a 20th-century Texas telegraph man and author, called Lemuel Keyser "L. K." Preston the "pioneer of the telegraph in Texas."1 According to his earlier 1852 marriage record (...
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Locating 18th/19th century grave in Massachusetts?

I am trying to help a friend. He has a Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Robert Lenthall Eells, buried in the Hanover Center Cemetery in Hanover, Massachusetts ( findagrave, googlemaps). I grew up ...
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Migration route from New Hampshire to Ohio ca1810-1816?

My ancestor, William Preston, resided Rumney, Grafton County, New Hampshire in 1808. By about 1816, he had removed to and settled at Fort Winchester in the area of now Defiance, Defiance County, Ohio. ...
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What is the significance of a “right of dower” in this 1830s era deed (Ohio/New Hampshire, USA)?

Working with 19th-century deeds, I often find the wife has executed the deed in what is described as an act of relinquishing her "right of Dower." (Corrections to the way I have described that ...

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