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Nationality on Naturalization record Marine Court NYC?

My ancestor was born in France in 1804. All records list France as his place of birth except his naturalization record in the Marine Court of NYC in 1841. On that record his place of birth was ...
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Where can one find free look-ups in the Ohio Genealogical Report?

Does anyone know of a website where you can request free look-ups in back issues of The Ohio Genealogical Report?
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Is there an archive of Polish or Hungarian passport applications from 1900-1940 from New York consulates?

I'm wondering if anyone knows if there are archives which contain Polish passport applications or Hungarian passport applications from respective consulates in New York between 1900 and 1940. Would ...
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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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Identifying Pennsylvania ancestors born early 1900s?

I have hit a brickwall when trying to find any information on my great grandparents on my grandfather's side. I found his obituary online when I was actually looking for my uncle's obituary on my ...
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Understanding 1807-1812 Pennsylvania land records document?

We found this record a while ago, and have always been a bit puzzled by it, so I'm hoping for some input. The first bit appears that Sarah Penrod may still be living (dated 1807). The second bit dated ...
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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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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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Looking for Canadian Pacific Railway worker James Edward Allan/Allen, believed to have died in Canada/USA about 1925?

The last member of my family on my mother's side died in February 2014, and while alive refused to give me any information about our family or my maternal Grandfather. While my father's side is well ...
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Finding descendants and potential relatives of immigrant to USA from Spain through Cuba? [duplicate]

I am trying to find an almost certainly dead relative that emigrated from Spain to Cuba before finally moving to USA. I have in my hands the complete name with Spanish conventions (name + 2 surnames) ...
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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 records for indentured servants in South Carolina?

We strongly suspect that our ancestor, Elizabeth Turley, who married Meredith Helm, came to South Carolina as an indentured servant. She was born in Speldhurst, England in 1778, and was the only one ...
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What is Ellen M Berry's relationship in this Census Record?

I'm looking at the 1880 census record for a Ellen M Berry. She stuck out to me as odd, being much younger than anyone else in the family, despite the transcription saying she was a daughter. She also ...
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Tracing Japanese ancestor who immigrated to Hawaii?

I am a 1/4 Japanese. My mom is half and my Grandmother full. My Great-grandmother was full Japanese and the one that moved from Japan to Hawaii. That is where she had my Grandmother. So, I am 3rd ...
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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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How to locate 1860 United States census pages by address?

I'm not able to locate a Catherine Stanley, widow, last name now Mundy in the 1860 census records by name search. According to 1850 census, when her husband, Robert, was just deceased, she was living ...
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Finding 1930s burial in Iowa?

We know Grandma lived in Iowa City, Iowa as an 80 year old widow in 1930 according to census records. She was living in the same house in 1932 according to the Iowa City Directory. I've searched ...
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Finding ancestors in Wisconsin from 1871 and onwards? [closed]

I am looking for my ancestors who migrated from Gunnarskog, Sweden to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (their end destination) in 1871, namely: Marta Nilsdotter (born 1818) Simon Jansson (husband, born ...
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How to narrow down date of U.S. census data collection before 1850?

Starting in 1850, the U.S. census had a date at the top of the page for when the enumeration was recorded for the families on that page. I was looking at the 1830 census and 1840 census in Claiborne, ...
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Obtaining 1973 baptism record in San Diego, California, USA?

How might one go about getting a baptism record for a person born in San Diego in 1973? The name of at least one family Catholic church is known.
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Who were the parents of Joseph Souser b. 1815 d. 1883 in Pennsylvania?

My long ongoing brick wall that I have been trying to break down for 15+ years is who the parents of Joseph ?NMN? Souser b.4/25/1815 (Pennsylvania?) d. 1/7/1883 (Dauphin, PA). Married Emilian Ickes ...
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Where is Hockaday School 1940 census page?

I'm looking for a student who I believe attended the Hockaday boarding school for girls during the 1940 census. I used http://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html to lookup the ED number of 255-181 for ...
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Searching for Immigration record of Henry Semler and wife Hulda Lange from Germany to US ca 1879?

I am searching for the immigration record of great grandfather Henry Semler (born ca 1848) and his wife Hulda Lange (born ca 1848) from German to New York, around the time of their marriage in 1879, ...
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At what port did Lorance Effler born about 1787 in Germany come to the US?

My 4th great-grandfather came into the USA from Germany (Prussia) between 1805-1810. He arrived into the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, supposedly as a bound boy (taken from an orphanage to ...
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How and when did my Grandfather come to America?

My Grandfather John Ross came to America in January, February, March of 1912. I have been unable to find any information on the ship he came on or port of arrival. He came from Birkenhead, England....
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Finding details of an 1821 Berks County Pennsylvania Guardian appointment of two minors?

I am looking on Ancestry.com and trying to locate the detail of the following records to establish more information and parents and the orphans themselves. It is known two Michael Saussers were in ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

I was going through some old photos and newspaper clippings that my grandmother (1913-2007) left behind here in Norway, when I came across this photo of a uniformed young man. To be honest I have no ...
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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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Finding 1812 Virginia militia records [closed]

I have an ancestor who served in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812. What is a good resource to learn more about this military unit?
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Locating Robert Bruce Moore who was born 1893 in Texas and disappeared in about 1917?

Robert Bruce Moore: was born in Oct 1893 in Texas, USA was recorded in 1900 census in Justice Precinct 1, Young County, Texas, USA as being born Oct 1893 in Texas was recorded in 1910 census in ...
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Where would I find a copy of a US patent from 1905?

Attached is an image from the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office from 1905. On the last line you can see patent 804,529 was issued to Minna B. Foster of Sausalito, CA on 14 Nov that ...
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Locating information on grandparents? [closed]

I have the birthday, death date, burial place, spouses, children, and even military records, but I still can not locate any information on my grandpa or grandmas past information. I don't know where ...
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Finding birth parents in Utah 1865

One of my (very) great grandmothers is known as Mary Alzina Knapp Smith. She was adopted by Elias and Amy Jane Smith upon the death of her mother in childbirth. Elias wrote a letter (Or so I am ...
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Meaning of “In Whose Lot Interred: Hugh Sellars” at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in 1872?

I have previously asked several questions about my 4th great grandfather Hugh Sellars/Sillars that included Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York ...
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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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Finding first marriage of William Franklin Greenfield of Patterson, Caldwell Co., North Carolina, USA?

I have been researching my Great-Grandfather, William Franklin Greenfield for many years and this is the timeline I have for him: William was born around 1854 or so. William was married to my Great-...
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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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Traded a dollar for a Penney?

My (very...) great grand-father Silas Carpenter married a woman by the name of Phebe Penn(e)y on 27 Mar 1804, likely in Pittstown, New York. There's a family legend that states that Silas used to ...
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Finding death record without knowing death date?

I can trace an ancestor of mine, Samuel McReynolds b. 1812 Tenn, up to the Arkansas (Sebastian county) 1880 census, but loose him after that. I am trying to find a record that will help me determine ...
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In 17th century Scotland/Virginia, could a Jr. have a different name than his father?

According to all known records, John Burnett (b. Scotland 1610, d. Virginia 1686) had sons named John and Thomas. The will of John's widow, Lucretia, refers to "MY ELDEST SON JOHN BURNETT" and "my ...
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Are probate records typically only for males?

I'm looking at the probate record of Samuel Bangs, who died in 1786 (Or thereabouts) in Dutchess County, New York. I'm noticing that his wife, Thankful, was still alive, and there are mention of ...
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Who were the parents of the Anna who married Elisha Strong?

Benjamin Dwight's History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong says that Elisha Strong "m. Anna Pinneo, b. in 1746 (dau., as the author supposes, of Dea. James Pinneo of Lebanon, Ct., and Priscilla ...
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Getting information from closed mental institution in California, USA?

My great-uncle's wife was committed to Camarillo State Hospital in California for something over 30 years, until her death in 1967. She has no descendants. I have become very interested in this ...
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Meaning of source numbers in U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

There are 3 records in The U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about the marriage of Luke Lea and Elizabeth Wilson, showing two different birth states for her: Source number: 1307.136: ...
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Looking for 1869 birth certificate in Pennsylvania?

My grandmother was born in Scranton, lackawanna, PA abt. 1869, how do I get hold of a birth certificate.Born 1869 then shown in 1880 U.S. census as living with family she is recorded as niece then ...
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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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How can I find historical city directories for the United States?

I want to search the entire U.S. from 1750 to 1959 for residences. I have found the Polk city directories in the archives of some libraries in several cities, and it is useful. But I have to travel ...
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Finding obituaries for people who died in Houston, Texas in the 1930s?

Where can I locate an obituary for Bert Newton Long who died July 11, 1935 in Houston, Texas? His grandchild gave me his name, and only knew he died there. All other known relatives know nothing. I ...
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How to read Tennessee marriage record

I am trying to interpret the bottom marriage record from Ancestry.com's "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002": I know that the couple getting married is Lyman J. Strong and Martha H. Green. What is ...
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Reconciling mid-18th century US marriage records for James Lea and Ann/Anne Tolbert/Herndon?

I am finding contradictory information about James Lea (of 18th c. America) [JL] and whether he married Ann/Anne Holbert or Terndon. Of course, it is possible that there is more than one James Lea. ...

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