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Correct spelling of Polish surname Dziubenofska?

My Polish grandmothers last name was Dziubenofska, but I know that's not how it is spelt! I'm looking for the proper spelling. Can you help find it for me? She came over to Ellis Island and they ...
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Matching one cousin more than double their sibling

I have a 1883 cM match with my first cousin. I have a 762 match with his brother, and a 4462 match with my sister. Is there an explanation?
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2nd cousin showing up as DNA match

I recently discovered I shared a DNA match with a lady of 341cMs of whom I don’t know. I’ve since made contact with her and some missing gaps discovered. She has a half sibling (1972cm) - brother , (...
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What is the meaning of this symbol in a German churchbook?

This is from a church book from the Thuringia region. The priests often marked deaths with a cross symbol, and in more recent years, also a reference to the entry for that death. However, I notice ...
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Finding birth and death dates for brother who was born and died in Bucharest, Romania during 1930s?

I am looking for precise dates of birth and death for my brother. All that I know is that he was born in Bucharest, Romania between 1933 to 1935 and died in 1935 in the same location. So was he was ...
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Marriage records from early 1900s in Berlin

Four of my mother's great aunts lived in Berlin, Germany some time between 1900 and 1920 or so, and were married there. I do not know their married names, but I do know their maiden name and all their ...
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Manhattan Name Change Records

My great grandfather immigrated to NYC from Lomza Gubernia of Biyalstok Province of Russian EMpire (Poland today) in 1885. We don't know his original name, though the family lore is his name was ...
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Father is a twin, closest DNA match is 1,723 CM's [duplicate]

My closest DNA match is 1,723CM's across 32 segments with the longest segment being 217 CM's. My next closest match is a cousin of the first match 886 CM's across 31 segments with the longest being 78 ...
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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800

I have been able to trace my wife's ancestors to people born in the 1790s in the Pfalz region of Germany and in Alsace using civil records of births and deaths. Those records books were started in the ...
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How do immigrants change their names?

My grandfather was born in Sweden in 1877 and he was a Johansson. He came to the U.S. in 1891 and the next record I can find is his Naturalization and his name is now Erickson. Where did he get his ...
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Marriage “in der Bethstund”?

I'm trying to understand the last bit of this entry: Item. Nicolaus Burchardt, und Jungfer Elisabetha Braunschweigs          Copuliert am 26. November. Er: M. in der Bethstund zusammen gegeben. I ...
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Spelling alternatives for polish name “Mushke”

My grandmothers mother's name was something like "Mushke" (from what my father remembers from his mother). I am trying to determine the correct spelling (e.g. for looking up a birth certificate), or ...
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Why might a free woman have a child with a slave?

Below is is a baptism record for a child Samuel in the Virgin Islands. The columns are for parents' names, then occupation, then civil status, then day baptized and then where they live. Eve is free ...
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Who did Emerich Braunschweig marry?

This is the church book entry for my 11ggf Emerich Braunschweig's marriage, in 1593. It is in German. Unfortunately, I can't make out anything legible here other than his name. I'm hoping that ...
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The significance of A.M. after a given name?

John [A.M. GR1], Esq., Nov. 25, 1827, a. abt. 79 y. CR1 [Nov. 24, a. 80 y. GR1] This death entry for John Rogers is found in the Vital Records of Gloucester, Massachusetts, vol. 3. GR1 represents a ...
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Looking for a resource about the poor system in early 19th century Denmark

Is there a good resource for learning terminology used in the 1840 Denmark poor system, and how that system functioned? I have already read the FHL wiki about poor in Denmark. I am looking in then-...
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What does 1 morgan (or 100 centimorgan) mean? [duplicate]

I'm used to seeing genetic drift measured in centimorgan units. The presence of the "centi" prefix implies there is a morgan unit equal to 100 centimorgan. However, looking at lists showing ...
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John Rebbler/Latour of New Orleans brickwall and adoption

My great, great grandfather, John E. Latour was always listed as the son of James A. Latour and Emma C. Lacqueret in different family trees. I had no luck for years finding much about this couple, ...
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How can genetic relatives be related to both maternal and paternal sides, but not each other?

I am completely ignorant to all of the genetics of ancestry, although I have a keen interest in family history. I did a DNA test through 23andme, as did my mother and a paternal aunt. In my list of ...
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Can anything be assumed from the use of “Jungfrau” in an old German marriage record?

For the Braunschweig family, I have been able to find record of and to connect every person in the Creuzburg, Germany area of the 1600s. There were two Elisabetha Braunschweigs alive and unmarried in ...
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Denmark marriage 1842, in German, has term “Vau. Attest” What does it mean?

I have roughly translated about a dozen ancestral marriage records from Sønderborg Parish, Aabenraa-Sønderborg Amt in southern Denmark. All are in German and I understand them except for the reference ...
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Determining likely relationship based upon autosomal DNA shared cM

Given two tests that share some cM of autosomal DNA, how can I easily find the predicted relationships that such shared cM would suggest? For example, a 2,200 cM match suggests it could be either: ...
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How should I distinguish siblings named identically?

At times when infant mortality was high, families might give a child the same name as a deceased brother or sister. For example Aurelius and Ann MEDWELL had two daughters named Cornelia. They were ...
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Identifying father of Jacob David Keil born 1854 around Lemberg

My great grandfather was Jacob David Keil was born in 1854 and lived somewhere around Lemberg/Lwow/Lviv Dobrotvor. My great grandmother Lottie Keil was born 1860 . They had 4 children Samuel born 1888,...
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Understanding relationship with Shared DNA of 1,501 cM across 50 segments [duplicate]

My husband and I recently did AncestryDNA. He came back with a DNA match (shared with his mother) that simply says "close relative". He has no idea who this person is, and his mother claims ...
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Publication date of this Jimmy Hatlo cartoon

This cartoon is on the back side of a photograph in a newspaper of a family member. The article is about him joining the military, around 1942/3. I can’t find a date on either side. Can someone ...
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Translate old German postcard to English [closed]

I have found an old postcard that was sent to my Nana & Grandad. I came across it along with a few German books and other documents when clearing their house. I've tried to figure it out using ...
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Seeking name for relationship to step daughter of step daughter [duplicate]

I have a stepdaughter and she has a stepdaughter. What would my stepdaughters' stepdaughter be to me?
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Finding person by birthdate alone

In February, 1903 Leiser and Nachman Feinstein left Timkowitz (Slutsk), Belarus and sailed via Hamburg for New York where their mother Minka Cohen Feinstein collected them and brought them to join her ...
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Organizing geographical reference material for English parishes?

Abstract: I prefer to standardize place names in Family Historian to take advantage of modern geo-coding and mapping features, and to record historical place names in research notes. But how do I ...
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2 unknown grand fathers

I have known for a long time that my fathers father is unknown. Unfortunately, I have learned that my mothers father is unknown also. I have recently received my DNA results but the nearest match is ...
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ALL 23andme matches link via one grandparent?

I have spent hours today looking at my 23andme DNA matches, and while I have not checked every single one, it seems to me that ALL of them descend from ancestors of my paternal grandmother. I am 100% ...
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looking for my grandfather Jacob Oppenheim - WW1 german soldier - grave [duplicate]

Jacob Oppenheim born 29/06/1880 in Nentershausen - Hessen - germany. Belonged to Reserve Infantry Regiment No. 83 Took part in the first battle of Ieper (or Yipers) Falled in 06/11/1914. I'm looking ...
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Does DNA match of 1,781 cM suggest half siblings? [duplicate]

I have been contacted by someone who says we are half sisters due to our DNA match. Our DNA is 1,781 which apparently is a high match. Would this make us half sisters? I am an only child and she is ...
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Who are the parents of George Juden?

I've spent a lot of time working on this brick wall and I was hoping for a fresh pair of eyes, heres what I have: George Juden is my 3rd Great Grandfather, He married Elizabeth Salvage and had five ...
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Seeking example of invasion of privacy (PII ) by DNA testers

On 31 Jan 2021 CBS 60 minutes did a lengthy segment on data collection of individuals by foreign countries, particularly China, having access to individual biometrics data including an individual's ...
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What could explain that somebody is buried half a year after dying?

Perhaps a rather morbid question, but it made me think when I saw this data: Died: 2017-11-19 Buried: 2018-05-05 I thought that corpses were put in those little "chilly boxes" near/in ...
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Using Hungarian Civil Registry

I am looking for three things: My father's original birth certificate (b. 1951, March 3 in Budapest IV) My grandparent's marriage certificate (location and date unknown, though date most probably ...
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Reading occupation in 1860 US census record

Below is an excerpt from an 1860 US Census record for Wheeling, (West) Virginia. What is the occupation listed at the bottom? The first letter looks like an M, and the last three look like 'der'. ...
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How can I find out about the Oklahoma Children’s Home (Finding) Society

Searching for records/lists/info from this organization after it moved from Guthrie Oklahoma to Oklahoma City. Anyone know if there is a book or anything about the history of this particular branch of ...
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German POW Camp records for WWI

A British Prisoner was said to have been informed by the Commandant of Doberitz POW camp of his award of the Victoria Cross..Where would I start to look for records from this camp ?
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Finding burial information for a death reported in New York City

I am hitting a brick wall trying to research my second great grandparents, Isaac and Allegra Honen. On Ancestry I found NYC death indexes showing the day that they both died in 1963, July 13 for Isaac ...
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Translating French documents [closed]

I need some help translating a couple of documents from 1800's France. The first one is this birth record for Philippe Kindelberger.
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Does FamilySearch.org prohibit freelance genealogists from charging clients for research services utilizing their platform to do the research?

If I want to hold myself out as an independent researcher willing to receive for-hire compensation to research a client's family history, and I want to use FamilySearch.org as my primary research ...
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Locating Reihngnahting/Reihmahting in Germany

I'm hoping someone can help me read a place name. I found the attached on Ancestry in Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1964: Name Georg Muggenthaler Birthdate 1826 Age 32 Arrival Date Jul 1858 Port of ...
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Why does 23andMe say there's “not enough information” on a few of my chromosomes?

I've been looking at the chromosome painter and my matches in 23andMe, and realised I have a few chunks of DNA that are greyed out and read "not enough information", and therefore don't ...
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Could this date refer to a divorce on the 1939 register?

Here is the time line for my grandmother: I know that she got divorced from my late grandfather sometime after I was born. So 1972 is a guess. But I noticed this additional information of the 1939 ...
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Creating a FreeBMD Death citation / source / repository

I am sorry if this is basic. But I just have not needed to create sources really up until now. This is what I have done: Create a repository with FreeBMD: Create a Source: Create the Citation: I ...
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How did the surname Ormond originate?

I'm trying to understand how the surname Ormond originated. It is clustered primarily in South West Wales, Dublin and Angus in Scotland. In Dublin, the surname comes from a place name in East ...
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Dating entry in Collections for a history of Staffordshire

In Collections for a history of Staffordshire (1903), via the Internet Archive, I have found an entry that may or may not relate to a direct ancestor of mine named William Fletcher: Staff". John ...

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