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Deciphering place names in Northern Alsace?

I am having some difficulties with a 1797 marriage record from Birlenbach, Northern Alsace (departement Bas-Rhin), specifically some of the geography. The record is hard to retrieve (all they let me ...
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Strategies for finding biological grandparents using DNA matches?

I need some advice to help track down my biological grandmother. My father was adopted in 1920 and died in 2000 without knowing the identity of his biological parents. I have his birth certificate but ...
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X DNA match without autosomal match but no match with his mother

My husband and I have an X DNA match of 190cM but no autosomal. His mother and I don't match unless you put it down to 3. This doesn't seem to follow any pattern.
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Determining if mid-18th century signatures are from same hand?

All three are by the groom in an English marriage certificate. #1 from 1751 lists him as a bachelor; #2 from 1758 lists him as a widower; #3 from 1763 does not specify a marital status. All are from ...
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Total centimorgans vs shared dna segments?

What is the relevance of the amount of shared DNA segments? Example: I have a match that is from my adopted grandmother's family. The match shares 167 cMs over 12 DNA segments. I typically use DNA ...
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Taking endogamy into account when analyzing DNA matches?

How can I be certain how closely I actually relate to my cousin matches when I know that I have a person in my tree who is my 4th Great Aunt on my Father's Maternal side. This same person is possibly ...
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What does MSW stand for in a book on University of Michigan sports?

I am researching a relative whose name appears in the book Michigan: Champions of the West. Much of the book consists of names, abbreviations, and years. Here is an excerpt: Bailey, Debi VB ...
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Identifying which husband of my great grandmother my father came from

My father was adopted. I believe that I have located his mother. Her father is my GREAT GRANDMOTHER's first husband. I have tested 3 1st cousins once removed??(Female 1 cm=673 on 29seg/female 2 cm=...
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Finding information about ancestors from Eastern Thrace who were forced to leave Turkey 1922-1923?

I would like to find out more about my maternal ancestors who lived in Eastern Thrace, possibly at Domuzdere (now known as Gumusdere) or perhaps at Buyukdere N.E, of Istanbul, Turkey, until they were ...
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What type of DNA test?

I have done an Ancestry.com DNA test that revealed 32% Native American. I was looking for a specific region or tribe--searching for my great-grandmother, who was native american. my grand father is ...
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Is longest cM a better predictor of relatedness than total cM for Ashkenazi Jews?

As an Ashkenazi Jew, I'm used to matches being predicted to be closer than they really are. My father recently got a match to an adoptee of 348.3 shared cM, with a longest segment of 57.4 cM (...
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How to interpret my having ethnicities inconsistent with my parents?

According to MyHeritage's interpretation of our 23andme lab results: My father is 93.7% European (90.5% Ashkenazi, 2% Baltic, and 1.2% Italian), 5.5% West Asian, and .8% Central Asian. My mother is ...
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Where is Trehavron, Kenwyn (Cornwall, England)?

Today I received the Death Certificate of my 3rd great grandfather Henry Green whose death was registered in the District of Kenwyn (Cornwall, England). It says fairly clearly that he died on 21 May ...
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How likely is it that I am related to a specific person who was living 20 or 30 generations ago? [duplicate]

I have discovered that I am related to someone specific who lived in 1066. How likely is this? In other words, the answer could be “No big deal. When you go back that many generations,the math shows ...
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Finding an immigrant ancestor's origin from Lithuania?

I realize that surnames varies on documents due to the recorder's hearing the name. That has presented me with a great challenge trying to find information about my grandfather. Here are the different ...
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find relatives in-common or not-in-common based on multiple people?

Out of the hundreds of DNA relatives that show up I only recognize a few. My paternal grandfather's side is a complete mystery; I haven't found one person I recognize from what I know of my family ...
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Are these two signatures from the same person?

Are there any standard techniques for comparing signatures to determine the likelihood that they are or are not by the same person? When my great-5-grandfather Daniel Cooper signed his will in 1792, ...
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Different genetic relation strength through maternal vs paternal line?

Is there a different genetic relation strength through maternal vs paternal line? In other words: am I more related to my mother than to my father or are they exactly equal? Or another way to ask it ...
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How can I generate a listing of birthdays and anniversaries in FamilyTreeBuilder?

I've been building a family tree with FamilyTreeBuilder. How can I generate a listing of birthdays and anniversaries?
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Tracing relationships on FamilySearch's Family Tree through more than 15 generations?

Why can FamilySearch.org Family Tree trace relationships only up to 15 generations? If I find an ancestor who is 15 generations removed, the site will show me exactly how I am related, and will ...
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Interpreting (yet another) 17th century German church record?

Very much on the same topic as an earlier question, Interpreting 17th century German church record?, I have found a lead for further research (quite obvious lead but my subscription on Archion had run ...
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What ships did father serve on in Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)? [duplicate]

My father Wilfred Charles Shortland served as Engineering Officer for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. I am trying to find the ships when he was stationed in Malta in 1929-1934 and ships when stationed in ...
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Determining name for relationship between two people? [duplicate]

My husband, person #1 had a grand-mother, Bessie. Person #2 had a great-grand-mother who had Bessie as a sister. What is the relationship between person 1 and person 2?
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Finding out about someone's military service in Germany? [duplicate]

How would I find out about someone's military service in Germany? A great-grandfather of my sister-in-law was born there in 1925.
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Using DNA data on different genealogy sites?

I had my DNA tested through a third party, independent (i.e.: not one of the main genealogy sites) lab. I have my results from them but want to upload them to the main site that I use (myheritage.com, ...
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Is birthmother sharing only 1549 centimorgans possible?

I'm adopted. I found my birthmother over 20 years ago. After a DNA test it shows we share 1549 centimorgans over 51 DNA segments. Is it possible that the DNA test had inaccurate results while ...
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Using “shared DNA” column in 23andme for triangulation?

On the 23andme site when you compare dna with a relative there is a column labeled "Shared DNA" and the description on their site says Shared DNA means that you and your two genetic relatives share ...
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Distinguishing relationships based on DNA numbers and age difference?

I recently joined Ancestry and received several first to second cousin matches, all from what appears to be the same family. The strongest match is 1070 centimorgams and 45 segments. This woman is ...
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Are there any tools that will display a complete tree [duplicate]

My tree currently contains around 1500 people and I would like to be able to browse the WHOLE tree; I like the way the tree displays on Ancestry.co.uk but find it a little limiting (especially when ...
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Searching for half-sisters from Switzerland?

I would like to locate my two half-sisters. My father (born in Kabul, Afghanistan) is their birth father from his first marriage to a Swiss born woman woman. My mother and father got married years ...
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Understanding DNA results?

We are searching for my husband's father with nothing more than a name. We did DNA through Ancestry and the person we thought would be his half-sister Person 1 came back as his first cousin 1,187 ...
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I'm a 2nd cousin to someone, my brother is a distant cousin?

My brother and I have both been tested on 23andme. There are many people that show up at different relationships and I'm trying to understand how there can be large differences in predicted ...
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Finding 1894 birth record for ancestor born in Poland?

How do I find my great grandfather's birth record? His name was Victor Godlewski born in Poland on April 6,1894. I have been using familysearch.org for researching but don't get anything on where ...
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Seeking tools to analyse 23andme raw data?

I recently got my ancestry genetic test done from 23andme. I am interested in finding out more about my raw data. Does anybody know of some good tools that come for a good price and give me the ...
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Seeking 1873 marriage record for Gregor Nanik from Upper Silesia?

Gregor was married in 1873 to Hedwiga Wodarz. His father was Anthony Nanik. I heard were friends of the Hindenburgs and Gregor served in the Military. During the war hid in the caves. He immigrated to ...
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Looking for Nesbitt family from England? [closed]

I am looking for information and research on the Nesbitt family that is from England. I am trying to find my own Nesbitt ancestors.
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Finding records in the place of origin of an immigrant to Canada & USA from Poland?

I need research strategies to find birth and early family records of Teodor Pawlowicz born Feb 26,1890 Dzikow, Poland. I believe the village is actually Stary Dzikow. He emigrated to Canada Quebec ...
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Should a Proof Summary be included in a Lineage Society application to explain minor conflicts?

My parent's marriage license only states the county where they married. A wedding announcement in the local paper names the church, but gives the wrong (adjacent) city. Birth certificates show my ...
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How can I turn a family tree on Geni.com into a printable PDF report?

I've been building a family tree on Geni.com. How can I turn that into a printable report, including all profile photos?
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Half Siblings not showing up as DNA matches?

I am managing the DNA accounts of my adopted brother. He has been tested directly with Ancestry and 23andMe. In 2017 FTDNA was allowing users to upload their raw dna data for a fee, and they would be ...
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Finding birth father in the Merchant Marine?

I was told my birth father is from the Seattle WA area. He was adopted and is of American Indian descent. I know his name but am not publishing it here as he is less than 100 years old. In 1967 he ...
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Explaining major discrepancy in genomic position between Gedmatch and MyHeritage?

I have identified a discrepancy with several test kits that were tested at Ancestry, with results transferred to both Gedmatch and MyHeritage, all relating to the same area at the end of chromosome 19....
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In vital records at the Paris (France) Archives, what is the meaning of “ter” in the Numéro de l'acte (record number)?

In the annual tables for records at the Paris Archives (http://archives.paris.fr/s/6/tables-annuelles/?), I have found some records where the Numéro de l'acte (record number) includes the letters "Ter"...
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Using shared cM to determine likelihood of misattributed paternity?

My ancestor Harriet Smith was born in the mid-1850s in England. Her birth certificate shows both of her parents (John Smith and Sarah Johnson). For the purposes of the birth registration, John and ...
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Reading surname from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943?

I’m currently indexing records from US, Massachusetts Boston - Crew Lists, 1917-1943. I’m having trouble reading the surname of a particular crew member. As usual with indexing, r, s, u, n, t, w, and ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

I am anxiously waiting for the release of the 1926 Canadian Prairie Province Census. The Canadian Census website on June 2nd states: The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, ...
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How should I interpret this sequence of records?

I'm searching for the marriage of the parents of one of my ancestors, and the baptisms of her siblings, and have a sequence of events that could have multiple interpretations. Ann[e] Westwood was ...
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Are We Closer Kin Than First Cousins?

I had a match on Ancestry of a lady who was adopted as a baby, who is looking for her birth parents. She is my age. She matched at 1111 across 45 DNA segments! I know that is in range that is more ...
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Researching relative's WW II Italian military service?

I have an uncle who died during Italy's WW II incursion into Russia. I have no details of the military unit he was in. Is it possible to: establish the miltary unit my uncle served under? identify ...
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Seeking site to compare Autosomal DNA results from National Geographic and Ancestry?

My elder sister and brother had their DNA done with the 1st Genographic kit from National Geographic. Sadly, they both just recently passed away within 6 months of each other. My sister deceased:July ...

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