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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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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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South Carolina indentured servant

I suspect my great-grandmother may have arrived in South Carolina as an indentured servant early in the 19th century. I believe she was of Scotch/Irish origin. Any ideas where I might find evidence ...
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Andrew Wilson remains an enigma

I am trying to find the parentage and immigration for Andrew Wilson my 2nd great grandfather. According to family search he was born on August 1, 1838 in Gulladuff, Maghera Parish in Londonderry ...
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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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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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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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Finding passenger lists for arrivals to Baltimore in 1900s-1910's?

I know someone who arrived to Baltimore directly (without going through Ellis Island) in the early 1900s. Are there any listings of passengers on these ships?
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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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From visa to naturalization

I have found an arrival record (Ancestry.com) for Annelise Morgenthau, age 20, arriving in New York on 26 Nov 1947 on the ship Marine Jumper. Her visa number is given as QIV 6631 (issued on 26 Sep ...
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Who killed Katherine Ann (McFee/McPhee) Stevens?

Katherine Ann (McFee/McPhee) Stevens, was the wife of Mr. Byron E. Stevens. The couple resided in Brooklyn Ward 7, New York, USA with their 5 daughters(1). Story has it that Katherine was killed in ...
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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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Immigration from Norway: seeking information about 1871 passage from Quebec to the US

This question is similar to Rob Hoare's "Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?" but the circumstances are different. My question concerns immigration 20 years ...
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Help determine date of photo from Tuscaloosa

I would appreciate any help in ascertaining the date of the photo below. The photograph is a cabinet card, taken in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, by photographer FM Turner. There are no markings on the back ...
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Making your first trip to a courthouse

I am lucky enough to live within an hour's drive of a Texas county that is significant to my family history. I hear many people talk about going to the courthouse for research, but I still find it ...
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Seeking overhead scanner for public use/rent? [closed]

While I am unable to purchase an overhead scanner I cannot see another path to digitizing some of the family assets I have. I am hoping such scanners are available for use/rent in e.g., public ...
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1935 residence in the 1940 census

The 1940 census includes fields for the person's residence in 1935. The fields are city, county, and state. When it says "same place" for the residence in 1935, does that refer to the town or to the ...
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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 to find Indentured Servants in Buffalo, NY or Canada?

I've tried the City Hall on my last trip to Buffalo with no luck. All I know is my great grandmother was given to a family as a young girl. She came to the USA sometime around 1880 to 1884, and I ...
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What does “Do agt for” mean in Georgia Property Tax Digests?

While reviewing the digital image of a record from the Ancestry.com collection, "Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1893," I found this phrase several times on the page: "Do agt for" followed by a ...
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Locating additional details on “Thomas Tunin” - b.1836, d.1912

I'm trying to locate the birth location and parents of "Thomas Tunin". I have done extensive Google searches but have so far ended up at a deadend on these particular details. Any suggestions on ...
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Locating parents and siblings of someone born in Oklahoma (1903)?

My grandfather was possibly born in Dewey, Oklahoma. I'm trying to locate his siblings and parents. I've Googled and found the following: Tunin, Robert T. 1903 – 1989 (Grandfather) Tunin, Abbie ...
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How old *are* these people?

I have found records of the Axel family I am researching in several censuses. In addition, I have death records for both Peter and Sarah, the mother and father of the family. Below I present, in ...
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Can anyone decipher the comment above Louis' name on this 1940 census record?

Finally posting my first question, after answering many ;-) The following 1940 census record from Bronx, New York has a comment written above Louis' name. It seems to start with "Party has" or "...
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Where can I search for elusive vital records (birth, names of parents, death) for my great grandmother, Celina Drollet?

Celina/Salina Drollet (or Drowlette,Drolet,Draulette,Drollette,etc) (b. abt 1866) and James Comstock (b. 1874) were the parents of my grandmother Mary Amelia Comstock (Mary was b. Mar 1897 Saranac, NY ...
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What information can be gleaned from these Naval Academy accomplishments?

Attached are a series of accomplishments/details about a 1921 Naval Academy graduate. They are listed immediately below a brief biography: For Google's sake, they are: Two Stripes; Clean Sleeve; ...
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

One of the people I am researching appears to have changed her name: in the 1915 NYC census she appears as Reva Osernoff, living with the Axel family: Similarly in the 1920 federal and 1930 censuses: ...
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Incorrect NYC marriage index?

I looked up the marriage between Lilly Axel and John J. Corper in the NY marriage index, and found this record. The wedding occurred on Dec 25 1919, and was registered in early 1920. I then ordered ...
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What is this individual's military service number?

Below is a clipping of a 1942 military document detailing promotions of personnel. The column listing "service numbers" seems to specify them in an abbreviated fashion. Given that assumption and ...
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Looking for San Francisco maps c.1912?

I have a project that would benefit greatly from an area map of San Francisco. The dates of the project range from 1911-1913 so I would like to find as large-resolution map as possible of the ...
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Obtaining details to complete US Military SF-180 information request form?

From How can I get all the military records available through NARA (USA) for an individual veteran? (or rather, one of its answers) I filled out and mailed an SF-180 requesting military information ...
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What does it mean if cause of death is listed as “Insanity” in late 1800s?

My great, great grandmother's cause of death is listed as "Insanity" on her death record, and I'm not sure what this means. She died in Winsted, McLeod County, Minnesota in 1872 at age 37, and had ...
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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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Seemingly missing NYC birth records

I am looking for birth records for the children of David Nechemias and Etta Ehrensaal. From census records, I have Beatrice (b. abt 1897), Helen (b. abt 1904), Sidney (b. about 1907) and Roselyn (b. ...
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What is a plausible explanation for this inconsistency?

In the 1910 census, I have a family headed by Elias Riback (b. 1876), with wife Sophia (b. 1873) and children Annie (b. 1898), Harry (b. 1902), Bessie (b. 1904), David (b. 1906), and Bernard (b. 1908)....
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Missing enumeration of Union St. in Flushing, Queens, NY in 1940 census?

I am looking for the resident of 42-42 Union St, Flushing, Queens, NY in 1940. I tried searching the 1940 census ancestry.com, restricting the search to Flushing with the street name as union (exact). ...
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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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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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Inconsistent marriage dates from NYC marriage index

Using the stevemorse.org marriage index for NYC, I found a marriage record between Jack D. Axel and Evelyn BC Samisch. Both records point to certificate 14837 (1915), but one lists the marriage date ...
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What does the “Copy of Record No” field on a naturalization petition index card mean?

I found the following image, and would like to know where it is referring me. What does the line across it mean?
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Seeking publication specifics for a 20th century news article (USA)

Charles H. Dillon (1889-1967) worked in different capacities for Western Union in Dallas, Texas. In the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote articles about the telegraph for the Texas Almanac and other ...
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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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How do I obtain historical Articles of Incorporation in California?

I am trying to discover the individuals who originally founded the Green Investment Company in San Francisco. Some searching online revealed that they filed their Articles of Incorporation on Tuesday, ...
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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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Who were the children of Jacob Fisher and Sarah Hodges? [closed]

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 ...
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Seeking birth record for Ellen/Elinor, wife of John Billington, who arrived on Mayflower?

What is known about the Mayflower passenger Ellen/Elinor Billington? Specifically, what was her maiden name and who were her parents? She was the wife of John Billington and mother of Francis ...
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What are the names of Marie Horjas' parents?

I am looking for the parents of Marie Horjas. She is referenced to in this obituary. She married Charles Kuchar (b. 1893 in St. Louis). She was born in ca1899 in Missouri. They married sometime ...
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Are all NARA services/records available at all locations?

I've found the NARA locations page but cannot seem to figure out if these locations all provide the same services or contain the same set of records. If I visit the NARA location in Los Angeles is as ...
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How do I corroborate Charles Foster's military service (circa 1880)?

I am looking for information on Charles J Foster (b. 3 Feb 1849, New York d. 9 May 1929, San Francisco, CA). At one point I came across information that he was a retired Colonel (I'm assuming with ...
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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 ...