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What are Marriage Banns and how can I use them in my research?

There are three dates listed on my third great grandfather's 1825 Church of England Parish Register of marriages: Oct 23, Oct 30, and Nov 6 All Saints, Tower Hamlets, London, England Source ...
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What is the advantage of submitting my research to a GENDEX site?

Does submitting my research to a GENDEX site increase the likelihood of others requesting information from me?
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What is the earliest age a boy in England could get married in the 1800s?

My wife has an ancestor named Charles Davies. The 1841 and 1851 Wales censuses as well as his marriage record state that he was born in Flintshire, Wales between 1813 and 1816. A search for his ...
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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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Why haven't more programs adopted Gramps XML free format?

What short comings if any does Gramps XML free format have; that has stopped other major genealogy programs adopted it as a transfer format? Why don't more programs accept it for import seeing it is ...
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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 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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Facilitators for Adoption

I have just tried to help with a question elsewhere on adoption and it has fuelled me with a fresh question. Someone wanted to find a connection between a family who "adopted" an illegitimate child, ...
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Why are there multiple Parishes listed for Births & Baptisms in Scotlands People?

When searching ScotlandsPeople it sometimes seems to list two parishes together. For example: Urquhart and Glenmoriston Old or West Kilpatrick Ardnamurchan and Strontian or Sunart Why would this be?
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Commencing local historical society genealogy?

I'm new to all this. My local small-town historical society is interested in capturing the local history genealogy (and tying it to its small artifacts collection). It seems most genealogy software ...
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Name selection practices driven by the Napoleonic Code

The Napoleonic code was a consistent body of law adopted in many parts of the Europe (and other places) that were conquered by Napoleon I. These laws covered, among other things, property rights and ...
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Did son-in-law have a different meaning in mid-19th century England?

Most modern dictionaries define family relationships in a narrow sense. So that "son in law" refers to the husband of your daughter. However, I have encountered a very different use in the UK census ...
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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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What details should I be recording during my research?

I have only recently become interested in my family tree. I am using PAF and am aware of GEDCOM. In addition to the details that PAF and GEDCOM support, what other information should I be recording?
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Ephemera as evidence?

Wondering what the status of ephemera is given in genealogy? Like a dance ticket or dance card, Grandma's recipes, Valentine cards stored in a scrapbook, Grandpa's receipt for a carwash, etc. ...
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Parsing a GEDCOM

I have a need to parse GEDCOM files to extract: For all Individuals: their (primary) surname, given names, plus a unique ID, and life dates (birth/baptism/christening - death/burial) For all ...
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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 what old document with Illegible handwriting says?

When looking through handwritten records, I found a document. Some fields are legible and matched information I already knew. However, the name is written illegibly. I cannot read it for the life of ...
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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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Locating an elusive UK birth record (Mary Ann Harper born circa 1865 possibly Dudley, England)?

I have a female great grand-mother in England for whom I have her marriage certificate and her death certificate, plus census records from marriage until death. From these I know her unmarried name, ...
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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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Are there online ship crew and passenger lists for journeys South Africa to New Zealand?

I am looking for details on an individual surnamed Noye. He possibly was a passenger or crew member from Africa to Tasmania or Africa to New Zealand, in the late 1890s. Are there any online resources ...
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Are there standards for including step, foster, and adopted relationships in descendant charts and reports?

With no blood relationship, is there a standard way of presenting step, foster and adopted children in descendant charts?
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Finding Scottish parents of Rear Admiral Donald Campbell (1752-1819)?

How do I find my 4th great grandfather's Scottish parents? Rear Admiral Donald Campbell 1752-1819 was a contemporary of Nelson's & also served with the Portuguese Navy. I can trace his career, ...
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Why would I add my research to an online genealogy site?

I have seen reference to online trees. What would be the advantages and disadvantages of me publishing my family information online?
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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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How should a trip be recorded in my family tree software?

I recently took my 89 yo father to his birth town, which he had not been to for 30 years. We spent 2 days driving, visiting and him reminiscing. I use Family Historian and would like to record the ...
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Passing on our data

Everyone here will have thought about the longevity of our data, including related artefacts such as photographs, documents, letters. What is the best approach for preserving this and ensuring that it ...
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Software options to display whole tree from imported GEDCOM?

I am not content with the limited options that I have been able to find for viewing a tree. Many of the software packages I have located limit the tree to direct descendants and ancestors of one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it crass to record cause of death? What about for suicide?

Most death records have a place where 'cause of death' is recorded. I have recently discovered that a number of my relatives committed suicide. It was always acknowledged that they died, but never ...
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Can I legally copy clippings from Ancestry.com?

I have found an old newspaper clipping from 1912 on Ancestry.com that I would like to print out and distribute. Am I legally allowed to do so, or is the clipping still held under copyright? Does the ...
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Tracking family names and migration patterns using GIS?

I posted a question, Using web mapping and geocoding to track genealogical data, over at Geographic Information Systems SE awhile ago, so I was quite excited when I saw the proposal for this site. I ...
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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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How do I write the year with a double date?

If I have a date on a birth certificate that says: "January 13, 1719", do I write the year as 1719, 1718/19, or 1719/20 (the latter two being double dates). What if the date is April 28, 1719? ...
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When documenting location, should my or their native language be used for place names?

When I'm documenting the place where an event occurred, should I write the name in my own language or in the native language of the place? For example: Spain or España I am assuming that I can only ...
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What is this Delaware marriage document?

I recently found (via ancestry.com) this document regarding the marriage of my great-grandparents (specifically my father's mother's parents) in 1883, from the Delaware Marriage Records, 1744-1912. ...
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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 to lookup a UK census reference

I have the parameters of a UK census page in a citation and I would like to go directly to it in Ancestry. However, I cannot find the feature any more. For instance, series=RG13 (i.e. 1901), piece=...
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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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Big and public family tree as gedcom

Are there any public and big family trees available online as downloadable gedcom files? Something like royal families, presidents or like that.
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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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Finding Utah ancestor's parents after exhausting BMD records, census and newspapers?

Though his known life history is quite lurid, I have spent 40 years searching for the parents of my great-grandfather. He was born in 1859, first married in Salt Lake City in 1884, divorced while in ...
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Which tools are available for GEDCOM comparison?

At the moment I work with two programs: Gramps has my master database, and I use RootsMagic to connect to the FamilySearch tree, because it helps me find clues that would otherwise be hard to find. I ...
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Recording military medals in Gramps

Military medals are considered to be important genealogy sources. What is the best way to record them in Gramps?

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