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Possible half-sibling based on matching Centimorgans

I have been using Ancestry.com for years. A year back I submitted my DNA test. I have had quite a few matches that land in the distant relative to 3rd or 2nd cousin range. Recently, I was notified ...
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Seeking DNA-test for family membership of ancestor 400 years back along paternal lines?

I have foolishly accepted to act as an advisor to my uncle (on my mother's side), and find that I am quite unprepared to do so. He is trying to follow up a family tradition that his x-GF (all on his ...
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Can genetic genealogy identify father of male first cousins with same first name?

Samuel had two sons, Joseph and Abraham in the 1740's (in New Jersey) Joseph had a son, Levi Abraham had a son, Levi One of these (Levi) sons has no further history, the other Levi married and had ...
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Is there a meaning in a name marked on the rear of a headstone rather than the front?

I have found a family headstone with the names of the deceased on the front (with many details), and a military cross (for their son) in front of the stone. On the rear of the stone is a name and age, ...
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War record book of German soldier [duplicate]

I have a war record book belonging to a German man from WW1. I would like to contact his family if possible to return it. What is the best way to go about this?
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Using AncestryDNA to work out whether mother or father is parent of half sibling?

How do I work out from viewing my shared matches on AncestryDNA which one of my parents is the parent of my half sibling?
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Family Networks at Living DNA tells me to Keep Fishing?

Late last year (8 months ago) I accepted an offer via FindMyPast to upload my AncestryDNA results to Living DNA. Three months later I followed the instructions in an email from Living DNA to opt-into ...
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Half Sibling DNA not matching?

My half-sister and I recently completed DNA tests with myHeritage.com. The results don't show us having matching DNA. We share the same father. Is it possible that we are half siblings even though ...
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Private DNA Test Results for Half Sibling

I have 2 alleged fathers and have recently ruled out one of them with a private DNA test. I am now trying to determine whether the other is my father but he is deceased, so I am testing with one of ...
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DNA siblings or cousins

If my mother’s sister and my fathers brother have a have a daughter, how close will her DNA be to mine? Would we be as close as half siblings?
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Determining if siblings are half siblings or full siblings?

I recently found 6 siblings 4 who are half and 2 who may be full. My sister was born in 1949, I was born in 1950 and my brother in 1952. The other siblings all know who both their parents are. The ...
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Can half siblings share no common DNA?

My half sister and I share the same father, but different mothers. Because my paternity was questionable we both did an Ancestry DNA test....I matched to relatives of my grandmother and she didn't.......
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Family Tree Maker 2005 files import to 2019 version?

I have Family Tree Maker 2005. Yeah, I know...way outta date. But when Ancestry said they weren't going to support it anymore, I just kept what I had. It works fine. Now I want to upgrade (...
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Does 1,864 centimorgans indicate half-siblings?

My sister, daughter and I all took DNA tests for fun. My sister and I show up on Ancestry as "close family," and share 1864 Centimorgans, and we do not share any relatives that my daughter and I share ...
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Reading cause of death?

Ernst [Ernest] Staines died in 1936 and his cause of death is shown here: taken from FamilySearch. I'm having difficulty reading the cause of death. Perhaps: Toxaemia from Gangrene of Right Foot ???...
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Determining if an autosomal and X-DNA match is my half-sibling?

I am adopted and have info on my maternal side, but not paternal. I recently got a match through AncestryDNA with someone saying we were close relatives. This man and I share 2086 centiMorgans in ...
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Is a half-sibling match on AncestryDNA reliable, or is more testing needed?

I'm new at the DNA testing but here are my results. After receiving my DNA results in January 2016 my first match was with a known cousin who is also on Ancestry with a score of 959 centimorgans at 41 ...
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Does 1,845cM shared indicate possible half sibling?

I was adopted in 1958 when I was 14 months old. I have finally found my birth mother and also that I had 2 half-brothers. They told me that mom had had another baby when that she gave up for ...
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Does 1,957 centimorgans indicate half-siblings? [duplicate]

I have recently had a DNA test and have a shared match of 1957 over 50 segments with one of the matches. They are not interested at the moment in communicating. I was brought up as an only child, so ...
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What is the date of this family portrait from Pennsylvania?

I am looking for help dating this photograph. The man is my great-great grandfather Thomas Ryan, born in Pennsylvania in 1855, died 1926. I am fairly certain that the older woman is his mother (born ...
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Reading Romanian baptismal record?

I have a copy of baptism that belong to my great grandmother who immigrated here from Romania. Is there anyone who can help me make sense of this document? I am attaching a copy of this record.
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Searching for Austrian WW2 Prisoner of War who was held in Worcestershire, England?

Looking for information on a WW2 prisoner of war from Austria name Peter Schmidt who was brought to my farm every day to work. I believe he went back to Austria had a daughter named Heidi.
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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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Finding war record of Karl Weber who was German WW2 POW based in England? [duplicate]

I'm looking for information on a German POW based taken to a camp in England during WW2. His name was Karl Weber I believe at some point he was based in Nuneaton. He could speak English and was the '...
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Understanding double cousins?

I’ve been trying to find out the identity of my grandfather for quite some time and recently, new DNA matches have meant it easier for me to narrow it down. I have 3 matches that are all descendants ...
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Gramps detailed ancestral report with web addresses?

Is it possible to generate a detailed ancestral report in Gramps that contains web addresses associated with each person in the report? This is the report that can be reached by going to Reports > ...
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Would wife have any entitlement to estate if not mentioned in husband's will?

I have a copy of a will dated 1743 of a married man, from Oxfordshire, England, which makes no mention of his wife. All his estate is left to his siblings, nephews, servants, etc. They had no children....
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Could a first/second cousin DNA match actually be my half brother?

I was adopted at birth and know very little identifying information about my birth parents. I recently took a DNA test on Ancestry.com and found a match that was a possible 1st/2nd cousin match. ...
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Annual report of the Town of Plymouth, MA [1925]

I'm looking for the Annual report of the Town of Plymouth, MA for the year 1925. According to the following blog post from the Plymouth Public Library, Annual reports are available on the Internet ...
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Seeking copy of 19th century South African birth certificate?

I'm trying to find the birth certificate of my wife's great grandmother who was probably born in Durban, South Africa in 1884. I'm currently unable to find any online resources for this. Does such a ...
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Seeking birth and/or death certificate for Ian Symington Torrance who died in South Africa in 1970? [duplicate]

Seeking a copy of the birth and/or death certificates of Ian Symington Torrance who died near Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1970.
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Locating passenger list for fatal voyage of SS Galway Castle?

I am searching for the passenger list of the final voyage of the SS Galway Castle. The ship left Plymouth on 10 Sep 1918 bound for South Africa, and was torpedoed by the Germans two days later near ...
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Grandmother on Gallway Castle [duplicate]

My grandmother Alice Fielder was aboard the Gallway and had three little girls with her - Edith Fielder, Louise Fielder and Florence Fielder. I would like to know if there was any mention of them. We ...
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How can I research relatives in the Italo-Turkish War 1911-1912 online?

I'm trying to find out if my great-grandfather was in the Italo-Turkish War 1911-1912.
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Prussian army records before 1890

My greatgrandfather was ethnic Polish but was in the Prussian army prior to 1890. How can I find his records?
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What does “bur nav” mean in an active Navy directory?

Nicholas B Van Bergen is listed as "bur nav" on page 104 of the January 1938 Registers of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States: What ...
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Changes in place names of birth [duplicate]

How should one report "place of birth" (or death) where the location has legally changed over time? Many locations experienced county name changes, or birth occurred in an area that later became a ...
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Calculating segment cM from 23andMe matches?

Going through my list of matches I'm working on a triangulation analysis. (Such that if person A matches from position 10-15 and person B matches from position 10-13 I can break out position 10-13=A&...
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Dealing with different birthplace and names of parents in England?

I am researching my 2x great-grandmother. (Ann) Norah O’Brien BIRTH ABT 1860 • St Pancras, Middlesex, England DEATH 16 JAN 1923 • Exeter, Devonshire, England, United Kingdom Her life has been quite ...
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Seeking Royal Navy or Merchant Navy records of Arctic Convoys during World War 2?

How do I find my father's records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
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Displaying exponentially growing family tree in practical way?

I have now almost completed my family tree, having each branch going back to approximately the French revolution, discovering dozens of previously unknown ancestors. I would like to share the family ...
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Finding haplogroup through raw DNA data?

I just got my results from AncestryDNA. What are some ways to find my haplogroup through my raw DNA data?
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Searching for ancestry records of family from Bosnia/Serbia/Former Yugoslavia

My partner was born in Bosnia, as were his parents (migrated to Australia in the 90s). Is there any site or anyone I can contact to find records of my partner's grandparents, great grandparents etc.?...
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Seeking birth record for Russian who immigrated to New Zealand in 1950s?

I’m trying to track down my grandfather who came to NZ in the 1950’s and was very secretive about his life/family before NZ. I have no idea where he was born but I believe he could have been born in ...
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Seeking marriage certificate of Russian and Serbian from about 1900s?

My Serbian Grandfather Milan Marich (born 1880) married Russian Zinaida Dimitrieva Homichevskaya around 1900. How could I find their marriage certificate? The last picture is a document of my ...
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Handling nicknames on Ancestry.com?

I have a relative whose first and middle names were given as "Mary Magdalena". However, for her entire life, she went by "Lena" and some records even have that listed. Anyone living who remembers her ...
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Gravestones without date of death seems odd. Is it common?

One of my objectives is to find the gravestones of my ancestors. I notice many of them have date of death and age of the deceased instead of the birthday. This makes a certain sense to me since it's ...
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Using née to indicate more than one previous surname for same person?

Can you use the term née twice when referring to someone married three times. For example, "My mother Jill Smith, née Brown, née White ..."
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Question on 1/2 sibling versus 1st cousin

A lady showed up in my DNA I think they are the same person. The first one showed up as 1,942 centimorgans shared across 72 DNA segments. The 2nd one says 936 centimorgans shared across 36 DNA ...
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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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