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What is "Canada E" in the 1860 US Federal Census?

To answer this question, it helps to understand some Canadian history, especially basic facts about Canada's creation. A good overview can be found in Yvonne Sorensen's webinar Using Canadian Census ...
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Conflicting names of ancestor's parents from different records?

I suggest you obtain a copy of Winifred's birth certificate. It can be ordered from the GRO website. In the New GRO index, here is her entry: As you can see, the Mother's maiden surname is given as ...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

Searching for and investigating any Canadian hints in the Hindley family's known FAN club might be my next step as it could add more people and points for research. The Toronto Branch of the Ontario ...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

Toronto Public Library has some scanned publications available about the history of Toronto. Local History & Genealogy Toronto had 5 ‘wards’ in 1843 according to Wikipedia and the outlying areas (...
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Why would the spelling of a town in Romania be changed upon arrival in Canada?

The name of the town did not change. Nor did the correct spelling change. But the language the officials spoke did. Sânmihaui is not a German word and, while Romania (like the rest of the Austro-...
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Other 'non-loyalist' Immigration to Canada following American Revolution from the US

This blog post at Olive Tree Genealogy might be of interest: It's Not Just Loyalists! (A Misleading Title on Ancestry) Lorine reports that while the title and description of Ancestry's database UK,...
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Conducting research on Chinese village named P'an Yu, Guangdong Province?

There is (or was) a village named Pong Woo in the old Upper Poon Yue (Panyu) County. In those days it was about 15 miles northwards from the city of Canton. It's population was about 20,000 in 1909 ...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

City Directories The Toronto Public Library has a wide range of City Directories, some of which are available online. For the period I am looking at, they have: The Toronto directory and street ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

In answer to your initial question edit the image in a good image editing programme, I use Photoshop. You need to adjust the contrast, make the blacks blacker, whites whiter and also play around with ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

Since the original image is at the US National Archives, your best course of action might be to ask if the original cards survive, and if so, if NARA can send you a fresh copy of the original card. ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

When a record search comes up empty or an image is poor-quality, it can be helpful to check other database providers to see if they have the same collection. Different indexing and different search ...
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World War I Military service for Canada by Belgian living in USA?

In 1917 if a Belgian living in the US wanted to fight for his country of birth then I suspect his thought process might be: How viable was it to sail to Europe and enlist for Belgium - I suspect it ...
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Reading a Canadian 'Oceans Arrival' form completed in 1924

I think it says Hettie. In my experience it is usually a nickname for Esther or Henrietta, but it could equally well be a nickname of Ethel. Nicknames are tricky as they do not always follow the ...
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Trying to find ancestor prior to his marriage, believed born in Quebec

I see that when Thomas and Elizabeth married in Ontario in 1860, Thomas was residing in Oshawa and Elizabeth in Whitby. Therefore, this looks to be a likely bet for them on the 1861 census of Canada (...
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How to find Romanian (and Canadian-Romanian) ancestry online

It seems to me your question is telling us what you don't know and in doing so, answering your own question as to what you need to find out: Your grandfather was born in Montreal in 1914. His birth ...
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Meaning of "vous condition" on baptism records from Maine and Canada in Drouin Collection?

The FamilySearch Research Wiki's French Wordlist has this entry: baptisé sous condition = conditionally baptized Could this be the phrase you are seeing? Conditional baptisms are performed where ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

An online article from The Star (Toronto ON) confirmed my hazy memory of the release of the 1921 Canada census -- it was available very quickly because of partnership with ancestry.com: 1921 Canadian ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

I was looking on the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/projects/country/ca) and saw that they are in the process of indexing and reviewing the 1926 ...
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Finding Actes notariés (Notarial Acts) when Notary's name is known?

Gail Dever posted instructions on her blog, Genealogy à la carte, on September 1, 2017: "How to order a notary record from the Quebec Archives after finding it in an index on Ancestry" She ...
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What does the term "domestic" mean on the 1901 Manitoba census?

The term domestic in a census record is very likely to refer to occupations that are associated with working in a household. For an example, see this passage from Melanie Buddle's book The Business ...
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How to find someone from Canada who has not been heard of since about 1939?

The timeline appended to the question currently ends with John Howard Coulter residing in Washington DC in 1942. Update: Ancestry's "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007" ...
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Public release date for 1926 Canadian Prairie Prov. Census, soon?

The 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces returns were transferred to Library and Archives Canada from Statistics Canada on 46 microfilm reels (48,529 images) We have digitized the images into PDF and ...
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What was the process for joining the military in Canada for WW2 and what are the different associated records?

There are several paths of research that come to mind: 1939-1945 Canadian newspapers with enlistment advertisments and articles explaining the process to potential recruits biographies, memoirs, and ...
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Trying to find Kina Rd in Toronto

Looking at the 1921 Canada census image (only 45 names indexed at ancestry.com living in Toronto* with keyword Kina), the street name is "King W" not "Kina Rd". This is borne out ...
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Translation of Polish writing mailed on back of photograph

Below is my transcript and translation. I am a Pole, but the text is not easy to read because the author was not proficient in writing. The letter is written along the lines of spoken language, which ...
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How can I process this image to extract more of the information

I've cleaned the image up as best I can but I'd definitely try and find a better scan of the original record. If you find a better coy that still needs cleaning up a bit comment this answer and I'll ...
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World War I Military service for Canada by Belgian living in USA?

Approx. 75,000 Americans and American related (immigrants, of American families, marriages, etc.) served in Commonwealth Forces including Canada in the two world wars. Your grandfather's story is ...
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