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Need more strategies for meeting “collaborative cousins”

There are some lines in my ‘”tree” that contain few confirmed ancestors. One of the ways I’ve found people and information is by connecting to “cousins”. I’ve done this through: a public online ...
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How can I get all the military records available through NARA (USA) for an individual veteran?

When requesting the military records for an individual veteran from the national archives, I was only sent the discharge summary. How do I know if there are any more records available for the ...
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What are the names of Marie Horjas' parents?

I am looking for the parents of Marie Horjas. She is referenced to in this obituary. She married Charles Kuchar (b. 1893 in St. Louis). She was born in ca1899 in Missouri. They married sometime ...
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When/why did the BCG abandon “preponderance of the evidence” (POE)? What is the effect of the change?

When and why did the Board for Certification of Genealogists(R) stop using the term "preponderance of the evidence" to describe how genealogists evaluate evidence. Today, genealogists who ...
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Are all NARA services/records available at all locations?

I've found the NARA locations page but cannot seem to figure out if these locations all provide the same services or contain the same set of records. If I visit the NARA location in Los Angeles is as ...
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Did Carl M. Olson of Göteburg (Sweden) take 19th century photos in England, and if so, approximately when?

I have a photograph of an ancestor from England who I believe was born in 1818 (in Somerset) but became a police constable and lived in Devon, Gloucestershire and London later in life. I am guessing ...
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Where was “St. Joseph, F1.T.” or possibly “St. Joseph, FI. T.” shown on a postmark dated Dec 8, 1837?

My best guess is that "T." stands for "Territory". I'm thinking Missouri or Michigan as likely locations. I also note that Michigan became a state in January 1837. This letter was from an M.L. ...
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Where to find information about Italy - Czech - Poland migration?

Reviewing my grandfather's documents I found evidences that his family arrived in Poland after some generations that left Italy and lived in the (actual) Czech republic. Where can I find information ...
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How would a genealogist utilize Cyndi's List?

What is the purpose and value of Cyndi's List to an entry or intermediate level genealogist? It simply seems like an endless listing of data without any segmentation. Don't mean to knock the site - ...
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Is there a society for the descendants of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke?

Francis Cooke (Wikipedia, Mayflower Society) came over on the Mayflower. Some of the Mayflower passengers have their own societies. Does Francis Cooke?
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When does an alternate spelling due to spelling reform warrant preservation?

In comments on a question about whether to use historical or modern place names, @LennartRegebro raised the interesting question of spelling reform, and whether it was fine to use reformed spelling ...
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What type of source is a Family Bible?

Given that many families have old Family Bibles with births, deaths, and marriages recorded in them (some of which may predate formal records of the same from the local jurisdictions, or which ...
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How can I track down back issues of a family history newsletter from the 1980's?

When I started asking my parents about family history in 2008, my mother gave me a copy of a "Burbank Family News" newsletter of the Burbank-Burbanck family edited by John R. Burbank in St. Albans, ...
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How do I locate records about my German speaking immigrants from Alsace, France?

Alsace is a province which switched back and forth between Germany and France as the result of war. My German speaking Martin ancestors left Alsace around 1850 at which time it was governed by France. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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With generations of multiple marriages and step children, how is this family relationship described? [duplicate]

I'm not sure is this is the right SE to ask but I'll ask non the less. I'm trying to define a family relationship. I think the person is my step step first cousin once removed. My my Grand-Father is ...
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Is Tanguay's “Dictionnaire Genealogique” considered to be reliable?

Fr. Cyprien Tanguay's Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes depuis la fondation de la colonie jusqu'à nos jours (Montréal: Eusèbe Senécal, 1871-1890) covers many of my French-Canadian ...
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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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How can I get others excited about an aspect of my family history without gloating?

For example, one of the major battles of the Revolutionary War was fought on my [several-]great-grandfather's farm grounds. Without sounding like I'm gloating when talking about the event, how can I ...
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Where can I find Jewish Historical Information Pre WWII in Europe?

I am looking for a site/records for information on Jewish History in Europe of pre WWII era. Mainly of birth and marriage records from Poland.
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How do you record a person you know existed, but with no (or limited) other details?

The Census of England and Wales 1911 asked for each married woman -- the number of children born alive to this marriage, and the number still living. This information can reveal the existence of ...
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Citation guides for UK sources for family history and genealogy

Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., ...
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Of a death certificate and a gravestone, which record should be trusted more in determining birth date?

I have an ancestor for whom I have very little information for. I am trying to identify the exact birth date for this person. I have a death certificate which lists the birth date as "May 1st", ...
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Is there a tool on werelate.org to tell your relation to the person on a page?

Most genealogical programs have a function to tell how I am related to an individual. But this only works for the individuals in my GEDCOM. Some sites, like geni.com, have this on their 'one tree' ...
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Extract Facts from an Army Portrait

I don't know much about my step-grandfather prior to his emigration from Russia in 1906 other than the fact that he was in the "Czar's army" and he left Russia to escape the brutality of that army. ...
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Why do historical and genealogical scholars differ in their approach to classifying sources?

Historical scholars classify sources as "primary" or "secondary." Princeton University, "What is a primary source" Library and Archives Canada, "Toolkit: Defining Primary and Secondary Sources" ...
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How helpful will joining my local Genealogical Society be if my family research is in a distant location?

I live in Oklahoma (USA), but all of my family research begins in Massachusetts (USA), then moves back from there to New Hampshire, Canada, and England. Will joining my local Genealogical Society ...
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How should I deal with conflicting information?

How should I record and report information which conflicts (e.g. differing birth dates for what I believe to be the same person)?
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When and Why Did Juniors Stop Being Promoted to Seniors?

My name is T. Wetmore IV. My father, grandfather and great grandfather had the names you might expect, and specifically my grandfather was named T. Wetmore Jr. I found an inscription in a book given ...
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After the web, where is the next place to start searching? [closed]

I've done a lot of research on websites but I'm not sure where to go from here. I assume the next step is to contact the organizations the kept the records (churches, government/municipality, etc.) ...
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Are South Australian Electoral Rolls available to search online anywhere?

Ancestry.com has an Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 database that "contains selected Australian electoral rolls, with the exception of South Australia, that run from 1903-1980". I'm not sure ...
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How do I record names involving adoptions in a family tree?

My grandfather's second wife had three children from her previous marriage. After they married, my grandfather legally adopted her children, which changed their last names. When I record the ...
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What is the difference between “primary information” and “secondary information?”

In genealogical research, what is the difference between primary information and secondary information. Why do genealogists bother with making such distinctions?

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