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Take a punch at this (or...identifying a boxer?)

The "B" page of "Find your boxing ancestors" on boxinghistory.org.uk lists several Butlers but only three with the first initial "G" (as his shorts appear to be monogrammed "GB"). The first of these, ...
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Privacy restrictions for ordering death certificates in England?

First I feel obligated to say that there is no such thing as a UK death certificate. There are death certificates for England & Wales, then there are death certificates from Scotland, and there ...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

Adrian is correct -- as he suggested in the earlier answer, we can find some clues in Marian L. Smith's Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations. Let's look at the two lines you are most ...
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Did bigamous marriages need to be annulled?

Professor Rebecca Probert ("a leading authority on the history of marriage law and practice in England and Wales" to quote the blurb on her book) has written a useful book: Divorced, Bigamist, ...
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Finding record of immigration to Argentina from Spain?

I have great news for you. :) A 24 years old single man called Pedro Penalba Agueda arrived in Buenos Aires on 1930/03/18. The ship was "Conte Rosso". You can run the search here: https://cemla.com/...
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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (https://genealogy.org.il) is in the process of indexing marriage and divorce records from the British Mandate period. You can search their database and see ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I had a quick look for the tricycle. I found a few similar ones on ebay and such, without any firm date information. The most useful example appears to be this auction for an "Antique Vintage ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

I don't think this is a comprehensive answer, but I will outline my process for dealing with record hints on services which offer them like Ancestry and Find My Past. Assemble all the information you ...
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Finding a town in Russia-Poland from 1910

I've left in my wrong turns below on purpose, to show the process of genealogical research and how to build evidence. This manifest is both correct and a red herring. It led me to some hypotheses ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

"Ostroweic" doesn't seem like a plausible name in Polish language, very likely it is "Ostrówiec" or "Ostrowice". There is dozens of villages all over Poland with that name, including one relatively ...
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Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

Common names are always difficult because there are so many false positives. With such a common name as Thomas Jones, I would not search public death records or look for the death certificate until ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

Service records for those who served during the 20th century are held by the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) (part of the US National Archives in St Louis). ...
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Finding records of ancestor who died in London in 1948?

I did some hopefully-not-too-creepy sleuthing, but starting with your birth index record it was relatively straightforward to establish your mother's name, her marriage, and find her birth record. In ...
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Locating Hungary Civil Registration original indexes?

If you're willing to put in a little time and effort, it's possible you don't need the indexes. You linked to the Hungary Civil Registration collection here: https://www.familysearch.org/search/...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

This image is from the unit muster for whichever unit he was in at the time. It is a chronological record of who was in the unit at the time. The muster is created when the unit is formed and then ...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

I rather suspect that those dates are in the 1900s and could relate to naturalisation of the passengers. Have a look at A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations
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Naturalized in 1896, but cannot be found anywhere in the US 1900 or 1910 censuses?

To rule out the possibility he was just missed during those Censuses, try focusing on other supporting documents that help pin-point where he lived during those times. If there are other names ...
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Naturalized in 1896, but cannot be found anywhere in the US 1900 or 1910 censuses?

To find other documentation about your grandfather, make a research plan. You have a good start already -- you have a set of documents. Start with a timeline and a genealogy source checklist, ...
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Naturalized in 1896, but cannot be found anywhere in the US 1900 or 1910 censuses?

1910 Census A search of Williamson County, Illinois 1900-1910 for all men named William born in Russia between 1860-1876 gave six results. This one appears to match your grandfather. Index spelled ...
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Seeking death/burial record in Germany for man born 1922?

In Germany, records on birth, marriage and death are kept by the ''Standesamt'' (registrar’s office). Depending on the kind of record, they are kept at least for: 110 years (birth records) 80 years ...
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Finding parents for early-20th century immigrant to US from Germany?

Building on the previous answer with some specifics: Since you already know that her last residence before emigrating was in Berlin and you have the alternate surname spellings, we can assume that ...
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Is there a way to search for 1935 inferred residence from the 1940 census?

Yes, you can search the 1940 census for residence in 1935. Searching only for those who were in different places in 1935 and 1940 is not directly possible (unless you know the 1940 location), although ...
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Privacy restrictions for ordering death certificates in England?

The GRO's searchable online index is capped at 1957. From the GRO's FAQ page: Q6. Why aren’t death records shown up until 1965 rather than 1957? Death records have been digitised up to 1957 but ...
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What is this hand written, abbreviated month?

I think that it reads Ap. for April, and that the A in Ap. is very similar to the A in Aug on the line below. I do not think that it reads Sep. because the S would look unlike any of the five ...
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Seeking current location of shtetl from 1900 named Sukaron?

To locate a shtetl (a small town or village where there was a Jewish community), the free, nonprofit Jewish genealogy web site JewishGen has several useful tools. First, as has been recommended on ...
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Does George B Sperry logo on fold case for photos indicate photographer or case manufacturer?

George B. Sperry apparently owned the studio where the picture was taken. However, this could have been any one of several studios in Toledo. According to Ohio Photographers: 1839-1900 by Diane ...
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How to search for a New York area 20th century building by its appearance?

FWIW, the Hudson Valley is full of historic mansions with landscaped grounds — many of them white — so your search terms should mention things that are unique about this one (e.g. "white" is ...
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Identifying Pennsylvania ancestors born early 1900s?

First of all, everything @Hammy said - it's all good advice. Bear in mind that children don't have first-hand knowledge of their parents' precise birthplaces (I thought for years that my mother was ...
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