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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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 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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Conducting research on Chinese village named P'an Yu, Guangdong Province?

Try the society organization of your clan e.g. In Vancouver there is the Yue Shan Society at 37 West Pender Street. They use to take $1 and record family members info on birth , death ,marriage etc. ...
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Researching background on life in Finland before immigrating to Canada?

Let me guess: was your mother Anna Korttilalli (Kortti) who married Henry Selin in 1924? And that her parents were Jaakko Korttilalli and Anna Mikkola? If so then she was Anna Kreeta Korttilalli, born ...
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Finding German birth father who emigrated to Canada?

Start with whatever is easiest for you to find, take lots of notes, and build a case. If you have a family tree program on your computer, use that. I recommend recording every single fact you have, ...
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Name of the church for this parish register?

According to the site ORIGINIS, there is a parish Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours in the municipality of Richelieu: Richelieu (Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours) Paroisse (Parish): Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours ...
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Why might ancestors be missing from 1926 Canadian census?

They were somewhere else They didn't get enumerated for some reason. The enumerator spelled their names "oddly" (i.e, not in the way you expected) Have you looked through the images yourself? (rather ...
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Seeking Canadian immigration record for Pater Vavaruk/Varvarook who came from Romania 1910-1915?

When we're looking for an immigration record, it helps to make a fresh review of all the data you've collected so far, so you can mine what you have for clues. Start by making a list of all the ...
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Finding households in the 1926 census of Prairie Provinces?

If you go to the Census of the Prairie Provinces, 1926 at the Library and Archives Canada site, in the left hand menu is "Districts and sub-districts". Click on that, then on Saskatchewan,and you'll ...
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What does it mean to be a part of XYZ Battalion in World War 1?

See the Wikipedia list article on https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_infantry_battalions_in_the_Canadian_Expeditionary_Force
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Montmorency Island, Québéc?

It is a numeral 1 (one) in the original, easily misinterpreted by transcribers/indexers as a lowercase letter l (ell) or a capital letter I (eye). The FamilySearch catalog for Quebec lists "...
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