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Are Orphanages Included in the U.S. Census?

My third great-grandmother was an orphan, whose mother passed away either during childbirth or shortly after, and whose father passed away January 24, 1880 when she was six years old. There is a ...
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Where can I locate historical blank US naturalization forms?

I have a United States of America Petition for Naturalization dated June 20, 1940 from Gillespie, Macoupin, Illinois that is very hard to read. It came from a USCIS Naturalization Records Search ...
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Tracking 1st arrival of two brothers to US in early 20th century?

Gregor and Lluk Lakuriqi arrived in the U.S. in 1911. They stayed until 1919, left and came back in 1920. Here is a timeline for them: Gregor born 1894 in Albania (then Turkey), Greek Orthodox Lluk ...
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Difference between “roomer” and “boarder” in 1930 US census?

I encountered the following situation in a 1930 census of a household of a family I am researching: In addition to mother (head) and daughter, there is a roomer, and three girls with the same last ...
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Number stamped on reverse of US WWI Draft Registration Card?

There is a number stamped on the top right hand corner of the draft cards that I have copied of my family members. The one for my grandfather for WWI has stamped 9-2-27.A What do these numbers mean?
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Fast changing y-DNA markers

I recently joined a project and it appears they matched me beside another y match of the same name. There appears to be 8 mismatches in the y-DNA markers but they are all in the fast changing markers....
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Looking for two Greek passengers who probably arrived in New York in 1923

I'm trying to locate the following family (both Greek) on the passenger lists: George (Georgios) Vogiatzis Charalampos Vogiatzis Must have arrived in New York probably in 1923 after the Minor Asia ...
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Determining who died in the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918?

I have several people in my family tree who died at a relatively young age in 1918 -- the year of the deadly Spanish Flu epidemic in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, I can't find death ...
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Finding ancestor Nathan Cohen who was born in Russia and immigrated New York City 1900-1905?

My Great Great Grandfather Nathan Cohen was born in Russia. He had a wife Lissie Bernstein with whom he had a daughter Minnie, born in Vilna sometime around 1886. Lissie died about 2 years later in ...
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Was this 1791 Pennsylvania taxpayer an owner or renter?

In a 1791 tax record for Bedford County, PA, my relative is listed as a single freeman "on hous and lott". Does this mean he owned the property, was renting, or lived with someone else? He would have ...
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Finding more information about Rhode Island grave stone bearing date range 1897-1923?

Some ancestors of mine immigrated to the US. Jose Correia in 1915 and afterwards his wife, child and mother-in-law. It seems his wife died while in labor and afterwards the family came back to ...
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What is difference between city, town, village, and township in Wisconsin?

I am doing research on my ancestors from Wisconsin, I would like to know what the difference is between a town, a township, a city, and a village. The place name is often different on different ...
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Records of miners in the California Gold Rush?

I am looking for an ancestor who may have been in Grass Valley, Yuba Co., CA in 1850 as a gold miner. Did miners leave any records? I did not see any references to mining in the FamilySearch WIKI for ...
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What is this Delaware marriage document?

I recently found (via ancestry.com) this document regarding the marriage of my great-grandparents (specifically my father's mother's parents) in 1883, from the Delaware Marriage Records, 1744-1912. ...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

I have a ship manifest for the Vaderland, run by Red Star, departing from Antwerp, Belgium and arriving at New York, New York on November 4, 1904: On line 21 is a Robert Gregorčič fromm Austria and of ...
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Where might I find General Orders No. 77 dated 11 Nov 1943?

I have found a document that notes the renaming of Edinburgh Field, Trinidad to Carlsen Field (click image for full size): To get more information about the renaming (and the individual behind it) I ...
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Tracing Kathryn Connolly Chalmers Hearst (born 1898, Minneapolis)?

I am trying to locate information on my maternal grandmother Kathryn Connelly Chalmers Hearst for who I have this timeline: born in Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN ON 3/27/1898 as Kathryn Eileen Connelly ...
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Finding parents for ancestor born in 1820 at New York who has no birh record?

I am attempting to locate the parents of my 3x Great Grandfather. There is no birth certificate as he was born in 1820 in New York, New York. That birth date and location comes from this 1850 ...
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Finding Utah ancestor's parents after exhausting BMD records, census and newspapers?

Though his known life history is quite lurid, I have spent 40 years searching for the parents of my great-grandfather. He was born in 1859, first married in Salt Lake City in 1884, divorced while in ...
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My Great Grandfather Dissappeared - what happened to him?

My great grandfather John Albert Draper was born March 23, 1877 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Nathan and Mary Ann Draper. He married my great grandmother in 1905 and by 1906 had left the family home. My ...
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Finding the parents of Caroline Hipp in Bruckinthal Germany

I have been looking for parents of Caroline Hipp Bommersbach for years and cannot find a clue as to who they were. Their daughter Carol was born 28 June 1883 in Bruckinthal,Germany. She was married 7 ...
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Finding parents for early-20th century immigrant to US from Germany?

I am looking for the names of the parents of my great grandmother Emilie Hannaman-Heunemann-Honneman? She was born about 1883. She immigrated to US in 1906 from Berlin. She married my great ...
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1882 Local News Item — What Does “in the shade” Mean?

I have a local news item from the Belle Plaine News, Belle Plaine, Sumner County, Kansas, USA, 4 February 1882 in which it is stated: J. P. Martin has laid several young men "in the shade." For ...
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Researching German soldiers who were prisoners of war in US during WWII? [duplicate]

My father-in-law was in the Latvian army then conscripted into the German army. We believe he was captured by American forces in either North Africa or Italy and brought to the US. He was in a camp ...
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Finding clues for a missing immigrant in the 1870 Census?

With regards to my previous question, What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann, 1859 immigrant to the US? and despite the very good answers, it seems like my ancestor, Gustav Adolf Neumann (born on ...
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What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?

In the 1855 New York State Census the household (Residence: Albany City, Ward 6, Albany, New York, USA, Line Number: 12, Sheet Number: 1) of my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars, a Ship Carpenter, ...
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What were the rules about Massachusetts town marriage intentions ca 1811?

They say sex and scandal sells. Maybe an updated question that adds a little of both will spice up and clarify my question. For years I have recorded Massachusetts marriage intentions in my family ...
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Searching for birth record for Lucy Pratt Stowell b circa 1813 Norfolk/Plymouth Co, MA

As per my original question(s) here: How accurate do late 20th century Genealogical histories of New England in early 19th century tend to be? I am searching for a birth record for Lucy P. Stowell (N....
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Finding ships records and death information for Richard Turkington who came to New York City before 1838?

My 2nd great-grandfather came to New York City sometime prior to my great-grandfather's birth in 1838. His wife was Bessie Louden, and my great-grandfather was orphaned at age 13, around 1851. This ...
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Early NY and PA research

I've hit a difficult spot in my research, and I'm hoping for some research suggestions. My ancestor, Christian Rice was born in Orange County NY in 1762 ("near Goshen"). In his pension application, he ...
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Civil War pension card listing alias and different wife?

My question regards my great grandfathers pension file, general index to pension files, 1861-1934, image number 3738. The name of soldier is: Buchert, Malone alias, George W(ashington) Heffelfinger. ...
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What was the “Old War” and how should I interpret this pension index card?

I'm looking at this old military pension file index. Jeptha Tallant is listed under the heading "Old War" -- which war is it referring to? I believe he was born in 1811, so the Revolutionary War ...
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Finding birth record of American Airman using only full name and service number?

How do I find the birth record of an American Airman, with only his full name and service number for our family research? He was born around 1939, and was stationed at RAF Mildenhall (Cambridgeshire,...
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Does New York state have a central depository for divorce records?

One of my mother's cousins, once removed, is either a divorcee or a bigamist; hard to tell since his first wife referred to herself as "widowed" in a census survey, and yet, afterwards, her "late" ...
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When was grandfather in Huntsville Prison?

A man might be my biological grandfather, but he was in Huntsville prison during the 1950's. I have some data, but can't figure out when he was in prison, when paroled, when he returned, etc. ...
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Finding 1907 New York City arraignment results?

In searching my great grandfather, I came across an article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (6/16/1907) of the arrest of a man with the same name (Harry Farson - not sure if they are one in the same yet, ...
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Civil War Pension Cards - “Date Of Filing” explanation

Background. While researching ancestor named Henry SCHRIML born 5 OCT 1809 Bavaria and died 16 APR 1865. Married to Katherine Maria HERRMANN born 24 JUL 1815 Germany and died 29 Jan 1901 Dayton, Ohio....
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Minimum age to be mentioned in a will?

Edward Penny died in 1824 in New York. A brief abstract of his will is as follows: EDWARD PENNY, Pittstown Wife: Phebe. Oldest son: Benjamin. Son: Ammiel. Oldest dau.: Esther Marvel. Daus.: Thankful ...
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What does “R F D” stand for in a city directory?

I've seen several entries in different cities of the Missouri area that use the abbreviation of R F D sometimes followed by a numeral for the address of a person. What does R F D stand for?
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Reading 1900 U.S. census record?

I am doing research into family history and found the 1900 US census with an ancestor in it. The image below has 3 lines and 2 columns where the columns are (part of their) "name" and relationship to ...
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What are these words in the 1841 will of Elisha Strong?

I was able to read most of the words in Elisha Strong's 1841 will but not the two shown in red below. My transcription includes: The Said Eunice Strong shall pay one third for the support & ...
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Marine Corps Muster Roll abbreviations

my question is similar to What is the meaning of these remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers? but with different abbreviations that I can't find the answer to. Below is the transcription I have. I ...
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What resources exist for information about ancestors affected by the Expulsion of the Acadians?

I believe I had ancestors in Acadia who were expelled by the British in the mid-18th century. Are there any surviving records from this event? Where can they be found?
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Meaning of term “Irregularly resigned” for ancestor who served in American Revolutionary War?

While researching an ancestor who served during the American Revolutionary War, I found the term "irregularly resigned" being used. The term, as far as I can see, is only being used when referring to ...
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What was Sargent Studio?

I found six photos of my Grandfather in his military uniform that have the text "Sargent Studio - Rough Proof - Must Be Returned". What is Sargent Studio? My grandfather served in the USAF. He's the ...
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Could an Ohio resident be in the Indiana militia? (Timeline resolution)

It is part of my family's tradition that a particular ancestor of mine was a participant in the Battle of Tippecanoe, on November 19, 1811, but I am having a little trouble confirming it. Here are ...
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Finding records of Berlin Airlift Service by Robert Whitehead?

My great grandfather supposedly served in the Berlin Airlift. His name is Robert Seaborn Whitehead. I have no pictures only family stories is there any way to confirm this?
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Did my European family member immigrate to the United States?

American genealogists usually come to a point when an ancestor immigrated and they have to figure out the exact place of origin. In Europe however, we often have disappearing siblings (disappearing ...
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Should suffixes like Jr (Junior) and Sr (Senior) be added to family tree?

Should I record Jr (Junior) and Sr (Senior) in family trees? What are the standards of practice in keeping that information? Background: I have a lot of family names where father and son are named ...
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Context of newspaper article about stolen horse?

I found a newspaper article for my 5x great grandfather, and was hoping someone could help provide some context. The article is from the 15 December 1790 issue of the Carlisle Gazette, in Carlisle, ...

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