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Record of 1890s UK consular marriage in Japan?

In the 1890s there was consulate in Kobe, and I am trying to determine whether the consulate issued a particular certificate of marriage. Did the consulate provide witness to such marriages? If the ...
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Seeking death record for Jacob Schulthess who died in Wangen an der Aare prison in Switzerland?

Looking for the death record for Jacob Schulthess who died in Wangen an der Aare prison sometime between 1894 - Oct 1899 I am told he was sent to prison for accidentally shooting his mother in law ...
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Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate

This is a follow on from: Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate This is the first part of my Great Great Grandmothers death ...
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Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate

This is related to: Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate I am trying to decipher this cause of death. The added complication is ...
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Reading religion column in 1906 Denmark Census image?

For ease of answering I have split this question into 3 separate questions. Can anyone assist me to finish off reading the details of this 1906 Danish census? The image is from FamilySearch who cite ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

My grandfather enlisted in the US Army in 1942. How can I find more details about his service?
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Finding 1832 birth details in Romania for Wolf Finkelstein?

Wolf Finkelstein was my great-great grandfather. He was born in Romania in 1832 which was before that country came into existence. I don't know how to find out anything about him such as who his ...
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Understanding how to use Massachusetts Marriage Index

Using Ancestry, I found that my cousin L.F. (a female) is listed in the Massachusetts Marriage Index as having married in 1947. The index provides a Volume and Page Number for that marriage. Is ...
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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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Probability of Specific Relationship from AncestryDNA?

I have a DNA match on Ancestry.com that shows a possible 1st or 2nd cousin match at the level of 684 cM's (just barely inside the 680 - 1150 range) and across 29 strands of DNA for 1st cousin. There ...
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Where is the marriage of F. M. Weston/Mason to a Goodman?

My 2x Great Grandmother was Milly Bungay(Bungay/Bungy/Bungey/Mason/Weston). She was born 28th August 1860 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. She died in 1947 which has been recently verified using the ...
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Finding online parish records for churches in Werdau, Saxony, Germany

I'm studying a group of Germans that immigrated to the United States around 1860 to the mid-1880s. My source for their birth place is their local court naturalization papers on FamilySearch. Many of ...
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Finding late 18th Century service record of soldier William Hobbs in Somersetshire Militia?

On the marriage record (from Pallot's Marriage Index via Ancestry.com) of my 4th great grandparents Jane Courtenay and William Hobbs at Truro St Mary, Cornwall, England in 1798, William is recorded as ...
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Deciphering names from Spanish death certificate

This is a follow on from: Determining cause of death from Spanish death certificate Deciphering Work Profession from Spanish death certificate This is the first part of my Great Great Grandmothers ...
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Finding records of professional athlete and trainer who married 1911 at Cardiff, Wales?

I have a marriage certificate for my wife's great Grandfather. According to the certificate, he was born about 1885. He signed it as "Alexander Campbell Harris". He stated that his father ...
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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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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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Determining if 1,814cM match from AncestryDNA is Half Sibling?

My son recently had a match come up as close family the match is male and 1814cm. His only living grandfather is already in our tree at 1857cm. All other grandparents are deceased and have never ...
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Numbering and pedigree collapse

How do genealogical numbering systems (e.g. Henry system https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogical_numbering_systems#Henry_System) deal with pedigree collapse? For example when marriage is between ...
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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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Multiple German Given Names

I believe that these are the birth records of my GGGrandmother and her sister. In the USA, they were known as Sophia (1st pict) and Mary (2nd pict). Their parents were known as Christ and Sophia. The ...
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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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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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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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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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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

One of the people I am researching appears to have changed her name: in the 1915 NYC census she appears as Reva Osernoff, living with the Axel family: Similarly in the 1920 federal and 1930 censuses: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I record a Census as a Census or a Residence?

When I started recording my tree I recorded the fact that an ancestor was present in census as such. This produced, as expected, a census (CENS) record in my GEDCOM. After working with my tree on ...
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How should I record my sources correctly?

I have not understood the need for recording where I obtained my information. Reading answers here has made me rethink. I would like to start my family tree again, this time recording the source for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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