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Did US cities like Chicago keep registers of “aliens” in the 1880's-1890's?

Would there be any registers or lists of resident "aliens" in US city, county, state or federal records in the 1880's and 1890's? In other words, registers of those who are not US citizens, such as ...
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Finding 1910 map of Russia?

Where do I find a map of 1910 Russia? My grandfather and his sister immigrated from a city that they spell differently on every document they complete. I would like to find the actual name and ...
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How should I document a surname change from the mid- to late 1700s (US)?

I have a gg grandfather that had a different surname than his father, FIVEASH for the son, FISH for the father. This was in Virginia mid to late 1700s. How could I learn if this surname had been ...
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Surname “Merriss” (or “Merris”) mid- to late 1600s, New England (US)

Has anyone come across early New Enland records for surname Merriss or Merris? I am looking for parentage of a William Merriss who lived in Rhode Island and was married there at the Second ...
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Kollenborn in Romanshorn, Switzerland

It seems that my mother's family, Kollenborn, came from Romanshorn, Switzerland, near the German border and the Bodensee/Lake Constance (Konstanz). I have found Kollenborn to be an extremely rare ...
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World War I Draft Registration (US) card office markings?

My great-uncle Lester Clifton of Springfield, Illinois registered for the WWI draft and on the bottom left side of the draft card is a large zero or uppercase 'O'. I cannot find out what this ...
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What is the significance of a “right of dower” in this 1830s era deed (Ohio/New Hampshire, USA)?

Working with 19th-century deeds, I often find the wife has executed the deed in what is described as an act of relinquishing her "right of Dower." (Corrections to the way I have described that ...
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Determining if soldier in US Civil War was German mercenary?

I am looking for ways to determine if Civil War soldiers were hired mercenaries. I know the name of my great-great grandfather only from a census record when he was living with his son. From that 1880 ...
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Finding birth certificate of someone born on a military base in Germany

I am looking for a relative, probably born on a military base in Germany around 1954. I found her and her mother on a passenger list coming from Germany back into a port in NY in 1954. The mother was ...
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Tracing ancestors from 1800 back in Kentucky/Tennessee (USA)?

I have a least three male relatives born between 1800 and 1810 that I cannot trace back further. How should I continue my research? ( they all seem to be USA born Kentucky, Tennessee)
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Merchant marine - how to research people who worked on ships?

I am researching a relative who disappears from conventional genealogical records. He married and fathered children regularly until his wife died but does not appear in census records with his family ...
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Researching Native American ancestry

How do you research your native American ancestry, when all you have is old family stories, but no records?
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Is it proper to record the place name “United States of America” or “USA” as part of a historical event that pre-dates 1776? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use the modern (what it is called now) or historical (what it was called) place name? I use Family Tree Maker which always tries to get me to accept "USA" in a place ...
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Deportees to the Baragan Steppe, 1950s

Is there a public record that lists the names of the people who were sent to Baragan Steppe? On June 17th, 1951, 9413 people from a security zone in Romania that bordered Yugoslaviawere were ...
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Seeking dictionary of French language terms used in Canadian records?

Where can I find a dictionary or list translating French terms used in Canadian records? I am looking for translations of headers for Birth, Marriage and Death certificates and for land and probate ...
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G Grandparents brickwall - Kilkenny/Charles and Sweeney//Magovern [closed]

On both sides of my father's line, I have hit brick walls. I have not learned much information about these grandparents, nor do I know about any of their parents. Here s what I have: Anthony ...
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Where can I find a Declaration of Intention filed in the 1930s in Louisiana?

I'm looking for a Declaration of Intention filed by someone living in Tangipahoa Parish in the 1930s. Where am I most likely to find this document? See also, The Free Dictionary, "Declaration of ...
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Seeking birth record for Thomas Eustice who married at Helston, Cornwall in 1867?

Cannot find birth record for Thomas EUSTICE. At time of his marriage, Helston Registry Office, Cornwall,Dec.28 1867, to Matilda GAY, he is shown as an agricultural labourer, living at Wendron St., ...
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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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Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?

What records might exist for border crossings and travel in early 1890's between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, probably via Michigan? The family members involved ...
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How can I determine the relation, if any, between two ancestors from their ahnen numbers?

Ahnen numbers, commonly used in ahnenlists and ahnentafels, are easily translated into a description of the relationship of the ancestor to the focus person (number 1). For example, number 24 ...
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The terms “strafgefangener” and “arbaither”

I have a 4x great grandfather that was from Kaltbrunn, St. Gallen, Switzerland, but died in Ludwigsburg, Wurttemberg. He died in 1849 and associated with his death entry in the Wurttemberg Catholic ...
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What are the main free, online content providers for genealogical data? [closed]

I have become very familiar with the resources available on FamilySearch.org, but there are a lot of times when I still hit roadblocks. I am aware of Ancestry.com, but I know that most of their ...
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How can a name be corrected in the 1940 census?

A next door neighbor in the 1940 census is listed with a wrong surname. Is it possible to have that corrected?
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Is there a federal government office that could provide information about a US civil war/military headstone?

I discovered that a Civil War ancestor has a relatively recent headstone that is actually for a distant cousin with the same name. I'd like to know what government office handles these and might there ...
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How do I tell which Gramps data file goes with which family tree?

Gramps creates a hidden directory in your home directory called .gramps containing all the user-specific data. There is a directory in that directory called grampsdb (eg /Users/yourname/.gramps/...
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Where do I find my Gramps data on a Mac or other Unix based file system?

If I am running gramps, and I load a gedcom file in - where does it put the data file? If I load more than one, where are they?
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How do I identify the location and cause of death of a person who died in 1992?

I have visited the grave site, obtained the headstone details but unable to progress from there. Buried in Bundaberg Queensland Death location unknown Whereabouts between 1985 and 1992 unknown ...
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How can I search Findmypast for children born to a given set of parents?

Findmypast is an excellent resource for UK records, but is there an easy way that I can find the parish baptisms for any child born to a given set of parents? It is easy to do on Ancestry and ...
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What is the earliest age a boy in England could get married in the 1800s?

My wife has an ancestor named Charles Davies. The 1841 and 1851 Wales censuses as well as his marriage record state that he was born in Flintshire, Wales between 1813 and 1816. A search for his ...
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Importing source from Ancestry or FamilySearch into Gramps automatically?

I've been using ancestry.com for a couple of years online, and recently got their desktop software to help manage trees better. One of the reasons I had created my trees online was the ease of ...
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How can I number a step-grandfather in Ahnen numbering?

The Sosa-Stradonitz or Ahnen Numbering System is designed to number yourself as 1, your parents as 2 and 3, grandparents as 4 through 7, great-grandparents as 8 through 15 etc. In my case, my father'...
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Which Australian collections should I search to find a person by her maiden name?

My great grandfather had four sisters, maiden name Belostotsky (Belostotskaya), who had lived in Berlin some time between 1900 and 1920, and subsequently emigrated. Three went to the US, one went to ...
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What to do with discarded research data?

What to do with discarded research data? Some time ago, I was looking for anything related to the birth, or the family, of a lady who married into my line back in 1834. All I could see was one ...
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Finding living individual from Queensland, Australia, when not much information is known?

I am working on an individual about whom very little is known. His daughter knows his name and is able to estimate his age. Our information doesn't really help us identify him well. He was born in ...
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Is a Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate a primary source?

Do I accept a Certified Document as a primary source and trust it outright or do I need to view the original the Document is transcribed from?
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Finding 1863 birth of John Sellars and death of his father Robert (British subjects) around 1870 in Panama/Colombia?

This question is related to Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?. I have a Scottish ancestor, Robert Sellars born 1830, ...
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Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?

On advice of @efgen I split this question into two - one for New York and one for Panama, but left the same detail for both thinking the fact that Robert Sellars was in both geographic areas might ...
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Naturalization not granted: where to look for additional information?

I found a naturalization record for a person I am researching in the "New York, Index to Petitions for Naturalization filed in New York City, 1792-1989" on Ancestry.com. On the second page of the ...
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Finding birth record for William R Rediker who was born ca 1832 in USA?

My 2x Grandfather William R Rediker passed in 1884. He is laid to rest at Bennett Cemetery, in Cheatham County, Tennessee, USA. The information I've obtained is as follows: U.S. Census 1880, 1870, ...
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Recording name for infant who died unnamed?

Going back in my genealogy, I find children who died in infancy. Some were given names, some weren't. How should I record those with no given names? Often there were multiple unnamed children in a ...
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How to make Gramps show more than 5 generations in the pedigree view

I just installed Gramps the other day and am rather new to it. When I go to Pedigree view, it only shows me five generations at a time. How do I change this (as in make it show more)? Or is it not ...
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How should I record unsuccessful searches (that may constitute negative evidence)?

How should I record the fact that I have performed a search in a certain dataset and came up empty-handed? As an example: I search for Person X in the New Hampshire Marriages index on Family ...
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Finding 20th Century vital records in Germany?

Every person I look for with few exceptions I find no records for. For example: First: Heinz Last: Zaun Birth: Germany Date: 1928 Death: Germany Date: 1957 I know this to be true, his son is ...
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New York City vital records collections

I had the good fortune to start my online genealogical searching on people who lived in Chicago, and then moved to California. Both Ancestry.com and Family Search web sites provide a number of ...
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Finding detailed UK Naval Records (1920's)

I have the Naval summary of an ancestor (Who served in the UK Navy during the 1920's) which lists the bases and ships he served on, with a small bit of other information too. The document I have isn'...
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Are there online searchable Census Records for Australian states other than NSW?

At Ancestry.com there are searchable Census Records for New South Wales (NSW) but no other states - are these available elsewhere? I am particularly interested in any from South Australia (but other ...
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Where can I find more information on Danish 16th century priests?

My family is from Gotland, and in my family tree I have two priests who moved in from Denmark(*). Since Gotland nowadays is Swedish and these men are from Denmark I'm stuck, I know nothing about how ...
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What were UK reserved occupations during World War 2?

In the United Kingdom, men in certain essential occupations were exempt from military service in World War 2. Which occupations were reserved? Is there an accesible list or reference book I could ...
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Are there genealogy related institutions in Greece?

Are there any genealogy related institutions in Greece to help with genealogical research? I am trying to gather information on ancestors from Asia Minor.

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