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Why would a family misspell their surname?

I found a family on the 1861 England census that I could be related to. However, when I look at the New GRO Index I find a different situation. It seems like the family said that their name was ...
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Where to find Catholic Church records for the early 1800s Middlesex, England?

I need to find Catholic church records for the time period between 1830 and 1860 St Giles & Bloomsbury, Middlesex and St Andrews, Middlesex. I have tried to look on Ancestry and on FindMyPast ...
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What does it mean to be a part of XYZ Battalion in World War 1?

I found my great-grandfather's obituary and it says that he was a WW1 veteran and that he was a part of the 25th and 46th Battalion. What does this mean?
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Adding second set of parents in an online tree at Ancestry?

I want to add a second set of parents to someone in my Ancestry.com tree. I'm surprised that I'm unable to find a way to do this. I've searched online and found references to a relationships tab which ...
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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

If someone in Canada wanted to join in on World War 2 what was the process, requirements, and associated records for each step? For example, did they have to do informal training first or do an oath ...
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Which indicators for maiden names are used in other than European (en, de, fr) languages? for example in Asian/African cultures?

An example would be "nee", added before a woman's surname meaning "formerly known as" or, in Romanian there is the abbreviation "cas."
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Including Names That Changed in Online Trees

Say I have a person legally born (for example) as Harry William Smith, but he was known by everyone since his teenage years as Buddy. His father passed away when he was young and his mother remarried ...
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Privacy Considerations of Widow(er)

The general rule for putting family information up on public family trees such as Ancestry, FamilySearch, your own website, etc., is that no information about living people should be included. This is ...
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Seeking Obituaries for Midland, Texas from 1970s and before?

I am looking for a directory online in which I could view old obituaries from Midland, Texas, USA. There are plenty of places to view recent ones, but where can I view older ones. I am particularly ...
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Enabling downloads with metadata and/or self-descriptive file names on Ancestry?

For the first time, I downloaded some indexed records from Ancestry using the save to your computer option. These files neither have a particular helpful file name nor contain metadata. I expected ...
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How to encourage higher standards of genealogical research on a message board?

Everybody is entitled to pursue a hobby like genealogy the way he or she wants to. A lot of genealogist also know: “Genealogy without proof is Mythology.” (attributed to Mary L. Henke) With this ...
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Online resources for Cuban genealogy?

Is there an online source of information that can be publicly accessed which contains Cuban genealogy data? I have searched around but have not been able to find any. In my specific case I am trying ...
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Bulk changing content of place field (e.g. search and replace) using Gramps

Can I bulk change the content of the place field in GRAMPS genealogy software? I am discovering a lot of errors since I started using (trying to use) the "enclosed by" feature. Now I need to fix a ...
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Resolving conflicting GRO birth and death registration indexes?

Every now and again when I am searching the GRO indexes of births or deaths, I find a nearby registration where the Registration District is not what I expect. The most recent example is: FreeBMD ...
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What are the reasons people from the same parish may have married by license?

My ancestor William Ward married Margaret Powell in 1706. They both resided in the parish of Overton, Flintshire (in Wales) and married by license. I have heard that typically the purpose of ...
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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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Locating heirs of killed german soldier [duplicate]

I have a friend that has the German Lugar, Helmet, and Bayonet from a German soldier that this American soldier had killed during WWII and would like to locate heirs to return these items to them. We ...
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Open Source & Online tool for managing family trees?

I tried the online myheritage.com but I do not like that you need pay for Premium features such as connecting two pieces of information about one person made by two people: Many people can make ...
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Persistent URLs (web addresses) for online records of genealogical events

Are there any standards, or common usage, for the creation of persistent (long-lived) URLs (web addresses) for genealogy events? (more accurately these would be called IRIs, but URLs are the more ...
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Keeping different software and online trees in synch

PAF is my program of choice, to allow for a consistent GEDCOM export. I also use My Heritage Family Tree Builder to access the Smart matches and record matches. In addition, I publish my data to a TNG ...
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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. If such a ...
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Retrieving online source about WWII pilots which has vanished?

I recently discovered a source online for WWII pilots has vanished: http://planesandpilotsofww2.totalh.com Some of the information there I found valuable in research. I wanted to try and ...
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Obtaining Brazilian military service records?

Is it possible to obtain records of Brazilian military service from individuals who may have served in the early/mid 20th century? I have not seen any such records on familysearch.org or ancestry.com. ...
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Obtaining Brazilian Civil Registry documents from abroad

I have located several birth and marriage records of interest in the Brazilian civil registry via familysearch.org; now I would like to obtain official copies and transcripts of these records. (I ...
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Is it normal to be baptised on same day as birth?

I'm looking at a transcription of a baptismal record from September 18, 1866 that lists the birth as also being September 18, 1866. Is it normal for this time period to be baptised on the same day ...
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Where to find records relating to people Missing in Action (MIA) during World War 2?

Recently I was given the email address to contact concerning the internment of my Great Uncle in Dachau concentration camp. The person who sent me the information was very helpful and sent me all ...
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Understanding the organization of New York City Marriage records (1850's)

In my quest to find the original marriage record of James C. Redenburgh and Mary Jones (m. 5 Oct 1853), I found that his marriage was could be found in FHL Microfilm 1,671,673. So I accessed that film ...
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Locating town named Porshwel(?) in Lithuania

I have recordings of my grandfather's cousin interviewing his father about life in Lithuania during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Asked where he was born, my great great uncle says, "I was born ...
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Was HMS Cumberland of 1748-1750 a fireship?

At Were 18th century British mariners incentivized to serve aboard fireships? I am assuming that my candidate 6th great grandfather Jeremiah was a Steward of the ship Cumberland from 7 Mar 1748 to 22 ...
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What are the ethics rules for recording information on living persons on online genealogy sites? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What information should or can I publish to a web site? One concern I have with recording information about LIVING persons on sites like Ancestry.ca, the site I use, is that ...
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Finding World War 1 military record for Hauptmann Karl Stephan

Although my question doesn't concern my own genealogy I hope I can get some help or advice at this site. I do a lot of research in Dutch archives especially on interned German soldiers and deserters ...
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Sharing research results, getting credit

Say you've spent a considerable amount of time, and perhaps some money as well, documenting a set of families. The work has paid off, and one of the rewards is to share it with people who may be ...
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Can Ancestry.com DNA matches be wrong

I (female) had an unexpected half sister match (1,866 cM across 49 segments) in Ancestry.com. We are about the same age so I'm assuming sibling. Upon closer examination I realized my brother(A) was ...
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Seeking information about Immigration to America from Austria?

My Great Grandfather, Joseph F. Kohl was born in Austria in 1860. Sometime in his life, he moved to America where his wife Vincencia Puhair gave birth to their child Frank James Kohl. I was wondering ...
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Searching for Austrian WW2 Prisoner of War who was held in Worcestershire, England?

I am looking for information on a World War 2 prisoner of war from Austria name Peter Schmidt who was brought to my farm in England every day to work. I believe he went back to Austria and had a ...
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Unreadable word in latin 18. century church death record

I'm unable to decrypt some word in a Latin church record of a death in 1769. It is available at Matricula Online (the second last entry on the page). Since the image is licensed CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 I ...
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Acquisition of US citizenship by children under Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

I am pursuing recognition of German citizenship through descent. My grandparents and my father (born 1950) emigrated to the United States in 1952, with my grandfather holding German nationality. My ...
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Determining if family member was Freemason in 1800s?

I've been increasingly interested in freemasonry, and I'm curious if one of my great grandfathers was a member. Is there any way to determine this? I'm relatively sure if I have any, it dates back ...
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What is my wife's relationship to my sisters husband? [duplicate]

What is my wife's relationship to my sisters husband? Are they spouses in law in law or spouses in law once removed?
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Did Blanche Adelaide LAPPAGE (b 1872) attend school?

Blanche Adelaide LAPPAGE was born in 1872. Blanche’s mother died 1874, and her father remarried 1875. Blanche cannot be found until the 1881 census in a Woolwich workhouse. I have found no record ...
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Renaming record image and PDF files with generic download names

I'm struggling with the problem of how to name digital images that I download from FamilySearch.org and other websites. When the "Save As" dialog box pops up in Windows, there is usually a ...
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2nd cousins. One 4%, one 8%?

I’ve recently been matched to two second cousins by DNA. However one shows a 4% match and the other one shows an 8% match. One is on my father’s side and one is on my mother’s side. Why, or how is ...
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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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Reading church name in Gaelic on Marriage Certificate

I've just found a certificate online and I'm trying to work out in which church the marriage took place because it is written in Gaelic. Can you translate it for me?
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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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Adolph Bernhard Richard Bohme ( went by Richard Bohme ) living in Berlin, Germany

I am fairly great in german research but dont know if anyone can help me with my Grandfather... you see .. My dad was born 20 years before his siblings who have passed ( he just turned 79 this October ...
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Were 18th century British mariners incentivized to serve aboard fireships?

Strong candidates for my 6th great grandparents are Jeremiah and Mary Smyth who baptised four children at Oxwich, Glamorgan, Wales: 16 Jan 1737, Jeremiah, s. of Jeremiah & Mary Smith 25 Feb 1739, ...
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Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

My 4th great grandfather John Smyth was a Captain's Clerk on the HMS Firm when he married Sarah Osment on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England. When he was buried at Bunhill Fields Burial ...
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Seeking Canadian immigration record for Pater Vavaruk/Varvarook who came from Romania 1910-1915?

My Grandfather Peter came to Canada from Romania anywhere between 1910-1915 to Quebec by ship. His last name was Vavaruk, Vavruk, or Varvarook. He later ended up with the last name Warll. The ...
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How to differentiate John Ormond (husband of Katharine Henderson) from others of the same name?

John Ormond, weaver, married Katharine Henderson, daughter of James Henderson, in Forfar in 1767. Baptism records can be found for three children: Jean Ormond (1768) Forfar Margaret (1771) Forfar ...

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