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What month was Allie Tharp born as shown in 1900 U.S. census?

On the 1900 census, the month for line 94, Allie Tharp is not legible to me. I've compared to other readable dates on the page and cannot determine what month she is reported to have been born in, ...
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What does Ward mean in early US Census Records? [duplicate]

I've noticed on some of the early censuses that when giving the address you will see something like "Ward 5" or "Ward 7". Is that something like Districts?
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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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1935 residence code in the 1940 census

Baltimore City 1940 Census shows last residence in 1935 being rural in Baltimore County, with the residence code filled in later as "7251." Where can I find out what that code means?
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Standardizing place names when city sprawls across county borders?

Some genealogical software draws on the API for Google Maps so the user can plot the events on a map. This might be a desktop-based application such as Calico Pie's Family Historian, or a web-based ...
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Finding immigration record from Greece to U.S.A in about 1890-1950?

My grandfather was born in Vourlia, Lakonia, Greece and arrived by ship to America somewhere between 1890-1940. His name was Karabineris Nikolaos (Nick), son of George. How can I find his ...
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Finding 2007 births by parents in Missouri?

How can I find the names and birth dates of children born to particular parents? I know the parents full names and birthdates and the approximate birth date (2007) and the location (Rolla, ...
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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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Searching for possibly adopted great aunt?

I'm searching for my great aunt, Wanna Evans #L2B8-VDJ. She is listed on the 1910 US Census as living with her uncle Orval Evans and his sister also lives in the household and shows having 1 birth ...
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Seeking immigration record John Redonnett, born in France, who came to US ca 1840s?

John Redonnett appears to have come to the US circa the 1840s but can you suggest where I could look for more information? Two records indicate that he was born in France. He is in the 1850 US ...
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In 1888, what does “smothering at the heart” mean?

The following is the front side of a surgeon's certificate for my 3x-great grandfather (and part of a civil war pension application for his widow). It was created in 1888. At one point, he describes ...
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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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Seeking birth/baptism record for Salamina Radke from Kulm, Russia?

I am researching the ancestors of Salamina Radke from Kulm, Russia. She was born August 19, 1876 and immigrated to the United States. How can I find her birth/baptism record to identify her ...
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Categorizing people of North African descent (i.e. Egypt) on Ethnicity surveys/questions for US documents? [closed]

I'm half Egyptian (the other half is a mixture) but born and raised in the USA; I've always read conflicting sources of whether to categorize myself as "White" or "African American" on those surveys ...
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Does a bequest of $1 or “to be paid on their demand” mean it is a minor child?

I'm looking at the Will of Zebulon Tharp dated October 1, 1775. On page three it appears as follows: Starting at line 8, it reads in part: ...I also will and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Tharp ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

My grandfather's brother was a German soldier captured in North Africa and ultimately sent to the United States. I found a list of names of POWs held at Camp Upton and my grandfather's brother was in ...
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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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Determining Alexander Mokowich's death date (after 1920), possibly in Massachusetts?

Alexander Mokowich was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1917. He was listed in a WWI military record and in a 1920 census in Pittsfield, but not in the 1930 census. When was his death date? His ...
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Looking for 1940s marriage and divorce records from the Southwestern USA?

I'm looking for marriage and divorce records between Constance Marie Bonneville and Russell Almon Gilmore Lacey, my guess would around 1944 maybe in Arizona or California. Constance may have been ...
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Reading marriage bond from 1838 Kentucky USA?

I was hoping to find the name of the father of Mary Ann Sims from this marriage bond. but I cannot read the name: Does this just say "Mr. A Sims ? Date"? If so, would William A Sims be another ...
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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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Interpretation of WWI Marine Muster Log

See the image below. I'm trying to understand what this is saying, particularly the "12"-16" and the reference to "22 Trans to Repl Bn". also what does "GO 100 does not apply auth GO 111"
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Meaning of abbreviation “(O.K.)” on 1939 Michigan death certificate?

I have located my grandfather's Michigan death certificate from 1939. Following his father's name is the abbreviation "(O.K.)". What does that mean?
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What does this handwriting say for location of final destination?

I'm trying to read the handwriting on this ship manifest for Carl Guna, a coal miner arriving into New York on November 13, 1912: See the one circled in red. I've included all the entries on the ...
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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 Marriage Certificate/License most likely in 1930s Michigan?

My grandparents were apparently married but I cannot find any proof. They lived in Michigan and I've requested marriage information from more than 9 counties and it's getting expensive! My mom was ...
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Understanding Adv. abbreviation at end of 1921 Arkansas newspaper notice?

I found the following posted in a Arkansas newspaper in 1921 regarding a family member of mine: NOTICE--I hereby give notice that I will not be responsible for any debts contracted by my wife, ...
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Identifying William Elijah Vedder's mother in New York City?

I have been searching online to find the mother of my great grandfather William Elijah Vedder. His father, Elijah S Vedder, I have found in many records, but not in 1860. He had at least 4 different ...
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Deciphering this area of Indiana?

I am looking at a sworn testimony for an application to transfer a Revolutionary War pension that speaks of moving before May 1838 from Aurora, Dearborn, Indiana to this location, also in Indiana: I'...
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Meaning of “c” notation at end of St Louis obituaries?

The image below is an portion of obituaries from this full page (page 21 of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 5 Feb 1923). Right aligned on the last line of most obituaries is one of the following: (c) ...
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How to interpret dates on California Indexes to Electoral Registers

Ancestry has a collection "California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968". This consists of images of various documents relating to Electoral Registers. In particular, I am looking at the images for San ...
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Seeking census records earlier than 1900 for Indiana ancestor named Delmain?

I have hit a brickwall trying to research my GG Grandfather. The first census I can find him on is a 1900 census. It says he's from Indiana and I've even went through the ENTIRE census for that county ...
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How to confirm my research of Charles P. Cantrell?

We have been trying to track down my great grandfather, Charles P. Cantrell. He & my great grandmother (Mary Alice Wilson) married in 1906 in Jackson County, TN. That has been the only definitive ...
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Was Stella Pickett 3rd wife of Joseph Zachary Taylor?

Who was Stella Pickett (Rapidan, VA circa 1709-1780's), who is said to be the 3rd wife of Joseph Zachary Taylor (Zachary Taylor Sr.)? My source for this information is Geni.com via Bing. Stella ...
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Searching 1940s census database without names?

I'm adopted. I have non-identifying information about my birth mother and birth father, which I was able to use to find my birth mother's family through the 1940s census data (I also had her last name,...
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Naturalized in 1896, but cannot be found anywhere in the US 1900 or 1910 censuses?

I have Naturalization papers of my Grandfather & it states he became Naturalized 20th of April 1896. We can find him in the 1920 & 1930 census...but nothing for the 1900 & 1910 census. ...
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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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Finding Staquet/Degueldre/Casimir marriage record, likely in Pennsylvania?

I have information that my paternal great grandmother, Leonie Casimir (who settled in Philadelphia, PA, in the US), was married to Jean Baptiste Degueldre. Marriage took place July 30, 1881, in Meux, ...
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What year is this photo likely taken?

I've got a glossy photo that measures 3"×4.75" of a man near Devil's River, Texas with a car in the background. The back of the photo has a blue 10 on it from the film processing. What is the ...
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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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Determining relationship to President Jefferson? [duplicate]

I am a little confused with determining the relationship status here: My 4th Great Grandfather was the brother of Mary Branch. Mary is the Great Grandmother of Thomas Jefferson so the line is this: ...
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Meaning of “Map” as birthplace on NY 1855 Census?

On the 1855 NY Census, one of my relatives (Mary Whitney) has a birthplace noted as "Map". According to the instructions on the census form, that field contains one of the following: the NY county ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I have a glossy photo, measuring 2.75"×4.5", that I'm trying to date. Clues are: The toy tricycle. The clothing of the child. (Is this a boy or a girl?) The style of home in the background. The ...
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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 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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Making sense of conflicting death dates for Juliet D. (Strong) Wilder?

Julia/Juliet/Juliette D. (Strong) Wilder is known to be the daughter of James A. and Eleanor (Denton) Strong: Michigan census records show James (1850, 1860) and Eleanor Strong (1850) living with ...
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Finding marriage location / records of parents in 1920s Blair Co, PA?

I think my parents were married in 1926 or 1927 in Blair county, PA. Their names are Charles Elmer Coughenour and Irene Catherine Fabian. How can I find a marriage record that shows when and where ...
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Who are the Campbells in this document?

These documents are from the Warren County, Mississippi probate records of Mississippi Emily (Strong) Folkes. The administratrix was her daughter Ida W. (Folkes) Smith. This Administrator's Bond ...
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What does “ads” stand for in a Chancery Court record index?

I found the following index page at Family Search: I would like to know what "ads" stands for in the unlabeled column and what it implies. Does it stand for "administrator"and imply that that person ...
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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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