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Charting all cousins, all aunts, all uncles to degree (all living family in all lines to degree)?

What software, website, or service can output a chart of all cousins, all aunts, and all uncles up to some arbitrary degree, like third, which would mean that you want the chart to show all people ...
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What records might survive of nautical assessor who died on London Docks in second half of 18th century?

In Could John Stacy who lived/married at London and later lived at Exmouth (Devon) have been baptized in 1759 at North Petherton (Somerset)? I have been trying to identify the parents of John Stacy (...
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Understanding West Eurasian DNA when no European ancestry?

A DNA land and GenePlaza DNA test reports that I am 73% South Asian, 24% Central Asian and 2.8% Mediterranean Islander. It then concludes that I'm mostly West Eurasian. How is this possible when I ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about the patients health

With the exception of this currently open question (from the list below), there is one more deciphering issue on page 2 of 3 in these lunacy case notes of my ancestor. 11.8.16 Is much better now ???...
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Proving Jane Middleton of Somerset only Next of Kin in 1872 to Thomas Chichester who died 1838 in Guyana?

From the England & Wales National Probate Calendar entry below I know that my 3rd great grand uncle Thomas Chichester (who is mentioned in Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, ...
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Determining if siblings are half siblings or full siblings?

I recently found 6 siblings 4 who are half and 2 who may be full. My sister was born in 1949, I was born in 1950 and my brother in 1952. The other siblings all know who both their parents are. The ...
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Researching English/Christian families in India during first half of 19th century?

Are there any online sources of information for (English) Christian families in India? I'm particularly interested in the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Finding where US citizen owned land and/or was registered to vote in 1855?

As a spin off from my question What was occupation of Skipper in 1855 New York State Census?, I know (or at least it appears) that Moody M. Hale (or Hall?) was a U.S. land owner and voter in 1855 ...
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Is AncestryDNA match of 1,655 cM a half sibling?

Shared DNA: 1,655 cM across 46 segments. Can someone that shows this as one of my matches on AncestryDNA be a half sibling?
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How to recover information from a well weathered limestone tombstone?

I have several times now encountered limestone tombstones that are well weathered, as well as sometimes just dirty or have broken and have been face down or face up for years. There are numerous ...
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Recording name for infant who died unnamed?

Going back in my genealogy, I find children who died in infancy. Some were given names, some weren't. How should I record those with no given names? Often there were multiple unnamed children in a ...
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Proving Native American ancestry using DNA testing?

I saw on The Generation Project where a man took a DNA test that showed he was some percentage Native American or was the chance that he as Native American. Can a DNA test prove that I have Native ...
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Preferred file format to exchange images

I have some old pictures that I want to scan and make available, with all the information that I have about them (like who's in the picture, where it was taken, and so on). What's the best file ...
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What factors should I consider when moving away from obsolete family tree software?

For many years I've been using a program called "Family Tree 2.0", which came on a CD with PC Format magazine of July 2001. This software is pretty much obsolete... it won't work on operating systems ...
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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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Documented standards for genealogy data entry

I've made the decision to re-enter all my family history data in a consistent fashion (as opposed to the current file, which has grown organically over time), validating the data as I go. Is there a ...
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What should I be doing to 'preserve' digital media?

The originals of most sources that genealogist use today reside on paper. Many have been digitized to allow easy access, but the original is still a physical piece of paper in some archive. As more '...
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Finding 1910 map of Russia?

Where do I find a map of 1910 Russia? My grandfather and his sister immigrated from a city that they spell differently on every document they complete. I would like to find the actual name and ...
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How to index your own digitalized records?

I recently started to digitalize some church records. A photo of each double page, each double page between 5 and 15 entries. I got over 1000 photos which I renamed (church - running number - year - ...
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How can I find loops in GEDCOM files?

I have a Gramps database that probably has an ancestral loop, i.e. a person who is his or her own ancestor. I say that, because the program freezes when I try to find a path between that person and me....
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What are ways to collaborate with other Genealogists?

Many times I've wanted to trade off research with other genealogists--those not related to me. I live in Florida. Say I need a record from a repository in Tennessee and another Genealogist needs a ...
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Is there a way to store data in software programs that will minimize losses when exporting to GEDCOM?

I am looking to circumvent a possible problem when I start to share my information with relatives. I see that while GEDCOM is supported to some fashion by most programs, there are shortfalls in each. ...
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What is the correct location for a person born at sea?

I have an individual recorded as having been born aboard a ship while travelling from Norway to the United States. As far as location goes what is the correct way to document this birth?
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Handling and storage tips for old Family Bible

I have an old Bible that was printed about 1821. The Bible belonged to my second great grandfather, Ephriam Benn. I want to preserve the Bible, and I want to share information about the Bible with ...
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Which name should be a person's primary name?

People can have many different names over time. Examine the example of a woman who immigrated to the US from an Eastern European country. She could have three names over time: Katerina Jurkiewicz (...
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How do I plan a research trip?

I intend to visit the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. I know already that they allow Flip-Pal Scanners, so I will bring mine, plus my laptop which contains all of my genealogical ...
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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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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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What are the key characteristics to look for in a document scanner?

I have a flatbed scanner which I would like to supplement with a document scanner given the latter's small desktop footprint and USB power. This will give me the ability to quickly input genealogical ...
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Finding resources about circus ancestors?

I am trying to find the family name of the trapeze act (and ideally the individuals) who toured Ireland back in the 1950's with the Chipperfield Circus. I'm struggling to find any resources that ...
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Street index for Canada 1921 census

Is there a street index for the larger cities in the 1921 Canadian census? (When I first asked this question, the 1921 census (on Ancestry) was images only, with no name index. Although a name index ...
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Status of Ted Wildy's UK Marriage Witness Index?

In the 1990's, Ted Wildy of New Zealand created an index of marriage witnesses, which had contributions of the names of the witnesses of many marriages in the UK (as well as Australia and New Zealand)....
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Finding pre-1900 German records? [closed]

I've searched the internet quite a bit, but I'm still unable to usefully find any information on my German relatives - mostly due to the language barrier. I'm looking for records around the early 1900'...
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Transients and New Arrivals in the U.S. 1940 census

I've been trying to find the 1940 census entry of Sara Katharina Guenther, born 05 Jul 1908 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. She had just arrived back in the port of New York NY on ...
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Support for variants of family-unit

I hope everyone will agree that the definition of a "family unit" is very subjective. Although many products, and the old GEDCOM format, offer some type of FAM record, I have never seen an agreed ...
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Who are the Ancestors of William Yensull?

William Yensull (also spelled Yensule or Yencule) became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States on April 20th, 1896. Based on his Naturalization Certificate, issued in the Illinois county of ...
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What is uniform worn by Herr Schedler in photo taken late 19th century in Hannover?

I have a scan of this photo. It is believed to be the brother of Pauline Schedler (1860 - 1937). She was born in Thann, Alsace, France and family legend has it she fled to the UK in the 1870s during ...
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How can I import sections of someone else's tree?

I use a range of online family tree apps (genesreunited and others) and often find distant family members who send me sections of their trees in Gedcom format, however I can't see any straightforward ...
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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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Finding the Fatherless Feathers

How common is it to be unable to find baptismal records of a whole family in early 19th century England? In one tree I am researching, there is a John Feather, who Census records locate in 1861 and ...
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What is “Canada E” in the 1860 US Federal Census?

I am looking at the 1860 US Census Record of John Surarrer. The transcription of it states that he was born in "Canada E". Here is the image. Does this just mean Canada, or does the E give some kind ...
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How well do I know my ancestors (at least superficially)?

What I am hoping to learn in this Question is the correct terminology and any tools available for determining what I will try to describe below. Firstly, I know that I will never know all my ...
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Working with browsable images of probate records?

FamilySearch.org makes images available for browsing before the (computer) indexes to the collections are available. Recently some probate collections have come online, and I have made a couple of ...
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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?

Anyone who has done genealogical research on England in the 17th through 19th centuries will have noticed it: a parade of Johns, Williams and Thomases, accompanied by Marys, Elizabeths and Annes. ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

My father (1919-1984) married a woman (born in 1922) in 1943 and had a daughter on 6/18/44 whose name is unknown, prior to getting divorced and marrying my mother. They were married for only a few ...
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Determining where particular parts of ethnicity percentage from DNA come from in family?

I completed a DNA test, and the results stated that I am 77% African 20% European 2% Native American and 1% Asian. From the results of this test, is there anything in the results that would tell me ...
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Naturalized in 1896, but cannot be found anywhere in the US 1900 or 1910 censuses?

I have Naturalization papers of my Grandfather & it states he became Naturalized 20th of April 1896. We can find him in the 1920 & 1930 census...but nothing for the 1900 & 1910 census. ...
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Printing (or pdf) of FULL report including all jpg files

I have My Heritage on my laptop and have done a lot of research over the years. Have stored a lot of jpg files of census reports, draft registrations, new paper articles etc. under the appropriate ...
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Alternate German genealogy sources

I've hit a roadblock, as mentioned here. I've found German church records from the middle eighteenth century (1760's) that contain info. The location is around Marbach am Nectar (also spelled "Neckar")...
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Finding obituaries for people who died in Houston, Texas in the 1930s?

Where can I locate an obituary for Bert Newton Long who died July 11, 1935 in Houston, Texas? His grandchild gave me his name, and only knew he died there. All other known relatives know nothing. I ...

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