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Finding information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Does anyone know where I can find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I'd be curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where ...
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Determining what records are available in a particular locale?

A common question that any researcher asks themselves is, "What records are available?" How can that question be easily answered for a particular locale and time period? I know that I could inspect ...
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Seeking English term for relationship between two members of extended family?

Here at the Genealogy and Family History Stack Exchange we see many questions about relationship mapping which is also known as: relationship calculation kinship terminology etc If you are just ...
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Determining ethnicity according to ancestry?

My sister, cousins, and other relatives speculate that my mom's grandmother was Jewish (for various reasons). I've heard people say at times things like, for example, "I'm 50% German" or "I'm 25% ...
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Tracing US ancestor back to Germany?

My great great great grandfather came over from Germany, but I don't know how to find when or where. His name is Henry Fischer about 1821-1898, married to Dorothea Holiday Fischer about 1825-unknown. ...
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Generational Loss of Data with DNA Testing

I have personally done the Y-DNA, the add-on Y-block with FamilyTreeDNA, mtDNA, and new FamilyFinder/AncestryDNA (via Ancestry) which i plan in transferring to FamilyTreeDNA just recently as a base ...
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When documenting location, should current or historical place names be used?

When I am documenting records, do I use the name of a city or country as it is called today or as it was in the year an ancestor was there? Related to: When documenting place names, should I write ...
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Determining relationship (e.g. number of removes) with cousin?

How do I figure out if someone is a first cousin, second cousin, cousin once-removed, etc?
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Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?

On advice of @efgen I split this question into two - one for New York and one for Panama, but left the same detail for both thinking the fact that Robert Sellars was in both geographic areas might ...
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What tools exist for collecting and managing evidence?

There are lots of standalone software packages as well as websites which appear to be primarily based on a pedigree view - start from me and work my way back. These systems seem to take the view that ...
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Which FHL microfilms are available to view online?

My research subjects are two sisters who lived in College Point, Queens, NY. For the sister who died in 1902, I have the date of death and certificate number from the collection "New York City, ...
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How accurate do late 20th century Genealogical histories of New England in early 19th century tend to be?

I am sure there is a term or phrase for this sort of publication-- but unfortunately I don't know the correct one! I have used/referred to "Christopher Noble of Portsmouth, N.H. and some of his ...
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What information should or can I publish to a web site?

My aunt has collected a pile of family history going way back. She asked me to help her get it in a form which we can share via the internet. I wrote a Silverlight app which works fine and is ...
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How can I identify all the possible alternatives for a surname

My ancestor Mary Ann Harper is frustratingly elusive as mentioned here. However, Harper is a surname that would lend itself to different spellings in censuses, birth records and the like — ...
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What “hidden” clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
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Inferring father/son relationships from Senior (Sr.) / Junior (Jr.) naming?

As in my other questions, I am investigating the spread of the Blackstone family name in early America. I came across the following tidbits and I would like to know if my interpretation is (likely to ...
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Correct spelling of Polish surname Dziubenofska?

My Polish grandmothers last name was Dziubenofska, but I know that's not how it is spelt! I'm looking for the proper spelling. Can you help find it for me? She came over to Ellis Island and they ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about administering Paraldehyde

This is a continuation of: Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes extract? Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes - Extract 2 Where I made a request for deciphering phrases on my Great Great ...
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Transitioning from person-based genealogy to record-based genealogy?

When we start genealogy we know the persons who are closest to us in time so we are comfortable using software where each person record is a unique "conclusion" person. We create a person record for ...
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How would you handle a census record that is almost certainly the target family but which has too many discrepancies?

Anna M. Alischer married Charles John Brockhouse in 1928 and had 3 children (1930, 1934, 1942). In 1930 they were enumerated in Beaver Falls, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. I think I've identified the ...
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Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel who died in World War 2?

My grandmother's brother was in the Royal Navy during WW2 and was killed. I know very little about him other than his name and I think I have the year he was born. By searching his name - William ...
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What is relationship of widower to late wife's family (i.e. in-laws)?

I am a widower. I still have a strong personal relationship with my late wife's family, and I regard them as part of my own family. They are blood of my blood in the sense that my children are ...
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Distinguishing half sibling, uncle or half nephew using Ancestry DNA?

My husband did ancestry dna to find any info on his biological fathers side. He just got a “close family” match with whom they share 1440 cM across 49 segments. Is it possible to be a half sibling?...
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Meaning of term Sojourner on 1794 Marriage Record at Marystow (Devon) for John Creber?

A transcription of the Marriage Record of my 4th Great Grandfather John Creber to Harriet Palmer in Marystow, Devon, England on 9 Jun 1794 can be found in GENUKI. I am intrigued by his Parish being ...
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Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872?

I have asked an earlier question relating to my fourth great grandfather Hugh Sillars/Sellars: Finding evidence for divorce of Hugh Sillars and Agnes Macculloch in mid-19th Century Scotland? who ...
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How many ancestors alive 1000 years ago does a person have on average?

I was thinking about something the other day (that is probably stupid), and thought this would be a good place to talk about it. If someone wanted to draw its family tree over the last 1000 years, he'...
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How can DNA testing aid me in my genealogy research?

My basic understanding of DNA testing is that it can tell you where your ancestors came from. How can just knowing the ethnic breakdown of my ancestors help me? What if I already know where my ...
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Interpreting X DNA?

I guess I need a "dumbed down" explanation of these things, since I don't understand the explanations I've read. First, I have a 3rd cousin match from Ancestry who uploaded his info for me on ...
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New York City vital records collections

I had the good fortune to start my online genealogical searching on people who lived in Chicago, and then moved to California. Both Ancestry.com and Family Search web sites provide a number of ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

I thought I had found the death certificate for my grandfather Thomas Jones (born 1905) but the recent availability of the 1939 register and the Midlands Electoral Rolls have proven me wrong (see Back ...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

I am trying to fill out the timeline of tailor George Hindley, his wife Ann/Hannah Drake, and their family between 1841 and 1847. A rough timeline of the family can be seen by putting some of the ...
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Did uncle of Grace Martin Wills (or perhaps of Matthew Nettell) own the Gosforth?

Quite a detailed story of the arrival of my 2nd great grandparents Matthew Nettell and Grace Martin Wills in South Australia came down to me via my late mother. The story, as I recall it, says: ...
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Where to find Birth and Death Records for Bucharest, Romania?

My husband's family came from Bucharest. Specifically his mother was born in Sibiu. I have been able to piece together names and relations of several grand and great grandparents from word of mouth ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about a suspicious mark / Diarrhoea

These are the last entries on page 2 of the case notes before the document continues with a final page in another volume. 2.3.17 P. back in 7 with Diarrhoea. Frequently complains after ??? when ...
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Deciphering Lunacy Asylum case notes about patients previous history

I obtained the case notes for my Great Great Grandmother (Lunacy Asylum). I am slowly working through the text and here is a sentence I am not fully sure about: At the moment I have: Neuralgia &...
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Finding UK record(s) of British great-grandfather with children born in Japan during 1890s?

My great-grandfather is British. He was in Japan during the 1890s working with trade. His wife's name is Kogiku. The couple had three sons. My great-grandfather is thought to have returned to ...
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What standards exist for the exchange of genealogical information?

I've used GEDCOM to transfer data between desktop software and websites, but it all seems a bit old hat. Is there anything better that will mangle* my data less. * For example, GEDCOM can lose some ...
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Managing the Multiple Maybes

My question is related to this previous question, but I think I'm looking for a rather different answer because I'm not sure a second software genealogical software package is what I'm looking for. It'...
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Displaying exponentially growing family tree in practical way?

I have now almost completed my family tree, having each branch going back to approximately the French revolution, discovering dozens of previously unknown ancestors. I would like to share the family ...
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How can I establish (and describe) my confidence that the child and adult are the same person?

My two general questions are: At what point can one say that, yes, the adult you have identified as your ancestor is the same person as the child you think might be your ancestor, and that you have ...
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Are there checklists or templates made for visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City?

I am on my first research trip to Salt Lake City and my first few days in the FHL has been quite a learning experience. I watched the into video and met a number of very friendly, helpful volunteers ...
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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 far back can German Genealogy normally be traced?

I've been researching my family history, and I hit a roadblock. The oldest records I can find are from German church records in the early eighteenth century. I can find nothing older. Is this a ...
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Publishing family tree online?

I would like to have my family tree online to share with relatives. I do not see a current need to have any extra such as matches with other people's trees and resources (online sources). Would I be ...
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Organising digital documents for genealogy and family history? [closed]

I have been trying for over 15 years now to come up with a system of folders for my family documents. As I'm sure most of you know it can be difficult. Without making duplicates of each document ...
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What is the difference between evidence and information?

What is evidence? I have piles and piles of historical records, old letters, e-mails, all of which provide details about my family. Is all of the information contained in these documents evidence?...
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Determining who died on particular voyage of ship?

One voyage of the ship William Stetson began the 26th of April, 1855 in Liverpool, England and ended the 27th of May, 1855 in New York. One account of the voyage says: The New York Herald of May 30,...
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Finding out which Freemasons' lodge ancestor belonged to?

I know my grandfather was a Freemason, but I don't know which order/lodge he was associated with. Short of contacting every lodge in the state, how can I find out? Are there records of this sort of ...
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Immigration from Norway: seeking information about 1871 passage from Quebec to the US

This question is similar to Rob Hoare's "Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?" but the circumstances are different. My question concerns immigration 20 years ...
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What is a “double date”?

What is a "double date"? Why do I sometimes see dates written as January 13, 1718/1719? See also: How do I write the year with a double date?

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