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Finding records from the 'manor house'

I have an 1881 Census record for one of my research subjects where he appears as a servant at the local Manor house. Mark Herber's Ancestral Trails has a section on finding manor house records ...
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Why would a family baptise at a parish but not marry or bury there?

I am researching the ancestors of Clementia Underhill, who married William Caldicott in 1703. According to her burial record from 1760, she was born in about 1675. I believe that she was the daughter ...
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What is the root meaning of the surname “Samovojska”?

I have seem alternative spellings of this name listed as Samovojska Samovojsky Samovosky Samosky What is the origin or root meaning of this surname? For reference, the Samosky variant has just a ...
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Is “Incain” an old spelling of insane?

This bishop's transcript shows cause of death, which is quite illuminating especially the number that are just listed as "decline". The record at number 49, of William Towler, has cause of death ...
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Resource for late 18th century immigrations?

As noted in Descendants of Sir William Blackstone, a historical puzzle, I have reason to believe that a (potential) ancestor of mine came to America somewhere in the years 1790-1810. He would have ...
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How to find marriage record from just possible year(s) when state archive has no record?

My GG-Grandparents had 8 children, lived in Massachusetts, USA. The Massachusetts Archive has no record of marriage and all I have is that 1st child was born in 1891 (Brockton, MA). My GG ...
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Citing online image copies with inadequate information or provenance

In a recent blog post, Elizabeth Shown Mills asked the question Do You "Just Trust" Citations Offered by Digital Providers? EE hopes your answer is no. Today’s image demonstrates why. Not only do ...
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Are Holocaust records available online?

I have a relative who is looking into her family history. According to her aunt many of her relatives on her father's side (Beinhorn) were victims in the Holocaust. Do records exist online that she ...
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Determining name for family relationship that involves a step daughter? [duplicate]

My grandma had 3 kids. Her daughter Sally is my Aunt. She has a step daughter. Her step daughter has a daughter. My Aunt Sally is her Grandmother. What does that make us?
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When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

In Evidence Explained on page 35-36, Elizabeth Shown Mills talks about the analysis of public records, e.g. events which are recorded in register books. She gives an an example a church register book ...
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Italian Government-Paid Passage

Why would the Italian government pay for passage of Italians to the US? What were the contours of this policy and does it reveal meaningful information about the recipients? In the manifest for a ...
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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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What port or border crossing would immigrants to Minnesota likely have used?

I have some Austrian/Ukrainian ancestors that first settled in Minnesota for a brief time after immigrating to the United States around 1900. What was likely their point of entry into the US? Family ...
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Average number of ancestors [duplicate]

Every individual has two parents, four grand-parents and so on. This would yield an astronomical number of ancestors even after a small number of generations, e.g. 235 ∼ 34 billions. The solution ...
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Organizing Research: brief subscriptions or research trips

Several of the big box providers like Ancestry, Find My Past, and British Origins offer limited-time subscriptions or limited free trials. I just took advantage of a month's cheap subscription at ...
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What is the correct way to cite a book review?

How do I cite a book review article which has the same title as the book? I want to quote the journalist, Jeffrey D. Carlisle, who wrote an article titled "Chevato: The Story of the Apache Warrior ...
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Finding more details in 1851/1861 Scotland Census?

I am relatively inexperienced in using FamilySearch to find Scotland Census records but I suspect the 1851 and 1861 records below may belong to my 4th great grandfather Robert Clacher. My Ancestry....
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What kind of source is a Birth/Marriage/Death certificate?

I ask this question because all genealogy software or website seems to always ask for citations in/and/or sources. This is great when you find a book or a movie or data in a newspaper. It's easy to ...
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What is the name of a “role” in a family tree?

I have two questions concerning family trees: What is the name of the initial person in a family tree? For example, if you want to know the family tree of a certain person, you have that person in ...
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Place surnames versus Occupational surnames for English ancestors

In England, were place surnames more prevalent than occupational surnames (Baker, Potter, Hatter, etc...) or vice versa? I have searched Google & saw mixed results at best.
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Determining parent(s) in 17th Century Cornwall without Christening Record?

My 7th great grandfather Joseph Symons married Prudence Williams on 11 Nov 1710 at Breage, Cornwall and I would like to be able to determine who his parents were. Prudence was christened on 5 May ...
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Were marriage certificates, granted after banns, recorded?

In the groom's parish of Bagillt, Flintshire, Wales, the marriage banns was recorded. At the bottom it says "Certificate granted Sept 14th 1835". Would a copy of that certificate have been recorded? ...
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How many sources/citations is too many?

I've been using GRAMPS, and am a little overwhelmed by the citation abilities. So I guess the question for seasoned veterans of genealogy is where do you put the citations, given the ability to cite ...
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Is FreeBMD complete for England in the 1880s? (Or, finding Annie Louise Deady)

I am researching the family of Alan Ernest Leofric Chorlton the distinguished engineer and Conservative MP. I am having particular trouble getting good sources on his wife and her family. Here is ...
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Standard notation/symbols to denote male and female entries in a family tree

I just wrote my own family tree using TikZ. For each male and female entry i used a rectangle, colored pink for female, blue for male. However, this does not show up if I am printing in black and ...
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What does it mean for woman to have the title of Mistress in a marriage record?

I found a marriage record* where the woman has the title of "Mistress". What does that title mean in this case? I know that title of "Mistress" has multiple meanings. The woman was previously married ...
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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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What can I learn about Sir William Brereton based on his portrait?

This portrait of Sir William Brereton (1550-1631) hangs in the Detroit Institute of Arts: Regarding the portrait I have the following questions: I assume the number "1579" in the corner is the date ...
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How to Decipher U.S. Passenger Manifest Text?

Would love some help with deciphering the attached Passenger Manifest. I can't make out the text in Line 14, Col 11 of the first image AND Line 14, Col 18 of the second image. The line in question (...
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Elinor is a Hassall (identifying a Welsh woman born in the late 18th century from a single record)

In 1805, according to the Bishops Transcripts for Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Elinor Hassall married John John. John, his descendants and relatives of the family were predominantly ...
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Which parent generally named the babies in 18th and 19th century USA?

I have found, when researching long-dead ancestors, that sometimes the names that parents chose to give their children are the only glimpse I have into the inner life of those parents. When I look at ...
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How to find current Name (or location) of “Russian” town recorded in 1910?

A passenger arrived in the port of New York on the ship Philadelphia in 1910. His residence, as listed on the Ellis Island manifest, is transcribed as "Ruistikovicz, Russia". The passenger is said ...
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Is saving both sides of Family History in Two rather than One Data Files recommended?

I have my mothers and fathers family history in book form. I would like to enter these books into a program but am wondering if I use two family data files or just one. I would like to share these ...
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What can be gleaned statistically from Surname occurence in Population?

Is there a calculation or test to determine if the occurrence of a surname in a population in a specific geographical area is statistically significant or just a random distribution? For example, in ...
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When and where was Zilpha McCubbin from Missouri born?

The records I have state Zilpha McCubbin from Missouri migrated west to Oregon in 1852, married my great, great, grandfather William J Funk formerly from Marietta Ohio. They were married in 1867 in ...
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How can I find information about an Allied WWII Prisoner of War in Germany?

I'm looking for information about an American POW (Prisoner of War) at Stalag Luft 1 in Germany during World War II. What free records of pilots/POWS, etc. are available online?
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How to track late 18th century migrants from France to Pennsylvania, possibly via Louisiana?

The Francois Dusnesmil family eventually arrived at the French Azilum colony in Pennsylvania. Where did Francois Dusnesmil with his wife Eliza Champion and 3 children arrive in America? I would like ...
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Is there a site where you can connect with individuals willing to go to local sources & research for you?

I need info from the Wyoming Boys School from 1937 re: my father. I've tried contacting the school inquiring if they have records that can be accessed from that period but I get no response. Is ...
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First wife / birth mother left out of history?

Alice Bell Snider (b. 28 Jul 1867, d. 8 Feb 1945 in Henry Co., Iowa) is listed in family records (and indeed in other people's records online) as the daughter of George W. Snider (1839-1905) and ...
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What does “linear forms” mean in this context? [closed]

Spanish heraldry is chiefly remarkable for the manner in which the different bearings are connected in the shield, and for the frequent divisions of it "per saltire"; while Italian heraldry is simpler ...
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Tracing genealogy in South Africa and prior

What is the best process for tracing a family line from a great-grandfather and upwards in South Africa. What do you do once the line goes outside of South Africa to Netherlands/Germany? Who do you ...
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What to think about information in FamilySearch search windows that then don't appear in the entry?

I am in a situation where I found a matching birth date in a baptism certificate through the search function of family search, but upon following the link to the index, I don't find that information ...
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How did US census takers record household information?

I have run into a number of errors in the census where my ancestors and relatives are involved. Most notably my 2nd great-grandmother was recorded twice as Augustus A.-male (once in 1860 and again in ...
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Y–STR Male Lineage DNA Testing

My father died never knowing who his biological father was. His birth certificate has no father mentioned and whenever we speak to his mother who is still alive, she will not reveal any information. ...
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Is there a national death registry?

I believe at least 2-3 of my family branches ended in deaths that were not handled by family (meaning they died alone or no one bothered telling anyone), so the only record of what happened to them ...
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How do I verify 2 William Watsons are the same person?

Bourne Russell captained the "Lady Rowena" to Australia in 1829. On board was an apprentice sailor named William Watson. How do I verify this William was the same William born to Bourne Russell and ...
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What is a “partner” in the Canadian 1901 census?

I found this record on the canadian census of 1901 http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/results.aspx?k=cnsSurname%3a%22Kutschke%22+AND+cnsGivenName%3a%22Heinrich%22 It lists "William ...
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How should I distinguish between the US and UK National Archives?

We have the US National Archives and the UK National Archives. They are both referred to as "the National Archives." What is the most common and well understood way of distinguishing between the two? ...
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Hunting for Robert Whyte b. 1846 in Scotland

I am hunting for Robert Whyte, b. 26 Sept 1846 possibly in Methven, Scotland. He wrote he was "from" Methven in his Ontario, Canada wedding license. But maybe he was born elsewhere, possibly Stirling. ...
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Is the IGI a derivative of primary evidence or an original of secondary evidence?

Looking at the BCG's "Skillbuilding: Guidelines for Evaluating Genealogical Resources", I note that derivative sources may include "transcripts, abstracts, and notes produced from viewing the original ...

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