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How to merge Gedcom files?

A relative has sent me five GEDCOM files of different family branches. They are partly redundant, their content is formatted differently and place names are inconsistent. While most programs offer ...
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Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)

What strategies should I adopt to find an elusive ancestor in the early twentieth century? He may have deserted his family, so I can't rely on records of a wife of children to corroborate ...
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What New York City vital records are covered by this index on FamilySearch?

When records have been extracted and indexed, but the images are not available online, how can I find out more information about how the index was made, and what fields were on the original records? ...
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How do I create a list of my most distant ancestors online or with a Mac?

I want to create a list of my most distant ancestors (= ancestors without known parents) of each family branch from a Gedcom file. We call them Spitzenahnen in German and some applications can create ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records?

Since I asked the question about working with unindexed probate records, I have located some card indexes for administrations in Queens County New York online (as images which can be browsed) and one ...
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Software that will print everybody related and unrelated — what should I look for?

I am new to genealogy and looking for a software package that will list/chart/print "Everybody" that I have entered in the database, related and not directly related. I realise this will result in a ...
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How should place names be recorded?

I have been entering place names into genealogical records from smallest to largest location (i.e. town/locality, county/parish/district, state/province, country). Where one part is not known, I have ...
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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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How to handle indirect family?

How should data regarding remarriages, adoptions, etc be handled in a family tree? Should extra branches be created for the "spare" cousins, step-relatives, etc? Or is there another way to map the ...
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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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Organizing Research: Should I start a binder system?

In today's day and age, are newbies still starting binder systems? I am reading Unpuzzling Your Past, 4th edition by Emily Anne Croom and it is very good. She advocates binders that organize by ...
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Finding orphaned grandfather's original surname?

I'm trying to find my Grandfather's original name. He changed it when he became 18, back in 1941. He was an orphan and never told anyone what it was before he changed it. My dad always said Bair was ...
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Strategy for distinguishing between two possible baptisms, and thus people, parents, etc.?

My partner has an ancestor, Peggy Crossley, probably born around 1750, who married Henry Rawlinson in Burnley, Lancaster (source) in October 1767. I have two candidate baptismal records that seem ...
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How should I record unsuccessful searches (that may constitute negative evidence)?

How should I record the fact that I have performed a search in a certain dataset and came up empty-handed? As an example: I search for Person X in the New Hampshire Marriages index on Family ...
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How do I deal with alternative spellings to names?

I am trying to find out information for an Arzula Hokum and am running head-first into issues with her name. Her first name sounds like Ursula and her last like some variant of Holcomb(e). How do I ...
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Do photocopiers deteriorate photos and documents worse than scanners?

I think that both deteriorate the originals, but is photocopying worse than scanning? Both use lights (and flashes on cameras are said to be bad) in the process. Can anyone explain the difference ...
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Working with autosomal DNA results

I have the automsomal DNA results for myself, 3 full sisters and 1 half-sister. We all share a mother, and we all tested with familytreeDNA. Our results are uploaded to gedmatch.com. Our parents are ...
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Tracing Romanian & Hungarian ancestry?

My soon to be wife is Romanian, I would like to add her family to my tree so that any future children will have a more complete tree rather than just Dad's side. My issue is that her mother is the ...
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Are there records for Whitecross Debtors Prison Turnkeys in 19th Century London?

Nether Fustian Continuations and a Drink for Desperate Men Too often, I underestimate human ingenuity. I had never imagined, for example, that a man would wreath himself in cow-guts full of gin. But ...
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What records document how African Americans received their Surname in early New York state?

My understanding is that pre-American revolution New York state had free blacks and slaves, then during the war both sides offered freedom to those that fought. Eventually, in 1799 slavery was ...
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Where can I find information about Soviet Union arrests in the 1930s?

One of my ancestors was arrested and killed in the purges of the 1930's in the Soviet Union. I've heard of people who got papers from the Russian (post Soviet) government containing the "crimes" they ...
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What is the difference between 'genealogy' and 'family history'?

The name of this StackExchange site is 'Genealogy and Family History". That is two things instead of one. Why? What is the difference between those two things. I want to know, because the definitions ...
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Techniques for reading poor or illegible images?

What techniques work for reading poor or illegible images of a source? Turning the source into a negative is one that's often quoted but what other techniques are valuable, and in what circumstances?
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Finding Romanian ancestors from Sibiu, Gușterița?

I have just married my husband, who is Romanian, and I want to add his family to my family tree. However, we do not know where to start because we cannot find a website that helps. His father is ...
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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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How to find death record from late 19th century New York (State)?

I have been looking for the death record of my great grandmother who died in Rochester around 1899. She was around 27 years of age at the time. Her maiden name was Mary Gagnon, wife of Joseph Bean (...
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How are the grandchildren related to the head of household in this census?

Whenever I find a census household, I try to confirm the relationships listed in the census by looking for vital records or other information. The formatting of this 1891 Census entry has been ...
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Is there a resource for easily determining relationships between two relatives? [duplicate]

In the English language, there are many words for relationships between two relatives. For instance, my father's brother is my "uncle", the daughter of my father's brother is my "first cousin", the ...
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Seeking software for automated facial recognition from photos?

A cousin of mine was doing some Thorp research, and found several unidentified photos that were in an album with some AJ Thorp photos and was wondering if there is a good facial recognition software ...
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What is German translation of this Marriage record written in Kurrent?

I have an photo of a computer showing a scan of a marriage register for the household shown in this answer which is also written in German using Kurrent style of cursive: I'd like to know what the ...
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Is there a replacement for Gedcom in the works? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are genealogical data standards futures currently being discussed/developed? Right now there are many data formats (many commercial and open source programs have their ...
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What is considered a strong match on a Big-Y DNA test?

I have done Big-Y on FamilyTreeDNA for a single individual and considering others as well as using the YFull interpretation service without fully understanding how to use it because I wanted to ...
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What would a step-grandmother's(?) brother be called? [duplicate]

I'm trying to wrap my head around this, but I have no clue what's right. Maybe it would just be classified as "no relation", but that seems wrong to me. The situation is that you have a grandfather, ...
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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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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

I'm trying to determine my (step-)grandparents' birth place from the 1916 Canadian Census. The relevant portion is this: For context, here is the entire record. The people in question are listed as ...
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Finding living individual from Queensland, Australia, when not much information is known?

I am working on an individual about whom very little is known. His daughter knows his name and is able to estimate his age. Our information doesn't really help us identify him well. He was born in ...
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Finding Edinburgh map engraver apprenticeship records of William Slight in 1840s?

My 3rd great grandfather, William Slight, was born about 1832 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland to James Slight (a Mason) and Elizabeth Boyd (daughter of a Mason). In the 1841 Scotland Census he ...
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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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Is city ward information provided in U.S. census records useful?

Many, if not most, of the 20th century U.S. census records include fairly precise address information for those living in cities and towns. Even many 1880 census records include at least street-level ...
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Entering marriage banns into my database – one fact or three?

Most genealogy programs support Marriage Banns facts. In GEDCOM it is the MARB tag, associated with a date and a place. Banns were a: Proclamation or public notice given in church of an intended ...
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My Father passed away - next test(s) on what remains of his DNA sample?

I posted this general question over at the forum on FamilyTreeDNA. Though I received a reply, there is still no answer to my question, so I thought I'd try my luck at posting here. Anyhow, in early ...
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Identifying Lemuel K. Preston's 1830s-era birth place of “Broome, L. C.”?

In his 1852 Providence, Rhode Island, marriage record,1 Lemuel Keyser "L. K." Preston (ca1828-ca1881) was reported born "Broome, L.C.," the son of Michael and Mary Preston. I interpret the reference,...
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How soon after birth would Roman Catholic baptism normally occur in early 18th century Germany?

In Germany during the 18th century (esp. early 18th century), how soon after birth would baptism commonly take place? Of course it wasn't the same for every child, but was there some sort of usual ...
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Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?

What records might exist for border crossings and travel in early 1890's between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, probably via Michigan? The family members involved ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

I'm researching my grand-uncles James Daniel Wright and Frank Leslie Wright (brothers of my grand-father) who went over to Canada as British Home Children with their younger sister in 1912. ...
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Seeking overhead scanner for public use/rent? [closed]

While I am unable to purchase an overhead scanner I cannot see another path to digitizing some of the family assets I have. I am hoping such scanners are available for use/rent in e.g., public ...
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Where is Mary Elizabeth Richardson in the UK 1891 Census?

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth ("Mary"), was born to Richard and Penelope Hill in Islington, London, on 01 Jan 1857. She is found with Richard, her stepmother Annie, and brother Richard D in ...
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What proportion of the births or baptisms of children were recorded in early nineteenth century England?

It's usual to search for a baptism record as a substitute birth record in England in the period prior to the start of Civil Registration (i.e. pre-1837.) (Baptism records may also include birth ...
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What WPA projects took place in my (or my relatives') hometown?

Several of the city directory listings I've found list people as being employed by the WPA (Work Projects Administration). In the comments on Thanks for one government “boondoggle”, on the blog ...
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How might a “nurse-child” have been placed with their carers?

In the 1861 census of England, the sister of one of my ancestors is shown living as a 'nurse-child' some distance across London from where her mother was in hospital. How would the placement of a ...

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