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Determining the location of No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station in March 1917?

Like all British Army units Casualty Clearing Stations kept war diaries. You can download that for 47 CCS for the relevant (for a small fee) from http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/...
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Determining the location of No. 47 Casualty Clearing Station in March 1917?

According to this letter from the Ministry of Pensions to the British Red Cross Society Records Office posted on George Laughead's website The Medical Front WWI, it looks like CCS 47 was indeed in ...
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Death of an American in Paris

If you are only looking for the date, you can search online the City of Paris civil registry reconstituted books. Select Acte de décès (Death record) for Type d'acte, enter the last name of your ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

It seems that you, her son, has acquired your mother's materials and has already invested at least some time thinking about this as you are now asking this question of what to do with it. Since you ...
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How to track late 18th century migrants from France to Pennsylvania, possibly via Louisiana?

This time period is outside my area of study, so I don't have many practical suggestions to find records for the 1790s, but perhaps this will help you get started. The basic principles are to start ...
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French migrants to Puerto Rico 1800-1870

When I am trying to learn more about a topic or place and trying to find records that might mention my family or my research subjects, I follow a checklist I made for myself: Learn what records might ...
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Name Changes in New York City during 1830s?

For an overview and timeline for New York Law, see the New York State Archives' research guide Naturalization and Related Records: Records of Name Changes. If you're looking for a formal legal ...
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Translation & Transcription Request, French birth record from 1842

My French is rather rusty but I think I've managed to fill in the gaps: L’an mil huit cent quarante deux, le douze octobre à une heure après-midi, par devant nous Pierre Ferdinand Guyot adjoint ...
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Seeking Army Records for Jean Baptiste Cordier an officer in the French Army

The French military records, held at the SDH in Vincennes, have been famously difficult to access, although apparently with a recent change of leadership, things are getting better. There is one list ...
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Reading place of birth in France on 1881 Census for Camberwell (London)?

You already have an answer to this question that I believe is correct. I don't think I'll tell you anything you don't already know but I'll wax on a bit more about my usual sub-conscious process for ...
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In vital records at the Paris (France) Archives, what is the meaning of "ter" in the Numéro de l'acte (record number)?

These may be references to deaths overseas, copied into the locality where the person lived. According to Familysearch: The death of a soldier who died away from home is usually noted in the death ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

I would hate to see all that work lost, and I would expect that the materials might be of much interest to at least one amongst your more distant cousins. I suspect that your mother would have been ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

Ultimately I think any decision on this depends on What you've got How interested you are How much work you want to do If the records are just a box of clippings, pictures, certificates etc then ...
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Finding birth record of Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier, Frenchman who married (1869) and died (1882) in London?

These days, there is quite a lot already indexed for France through various sites. Often my first stop if a proper location is not known is to look at GeoPatronyme and get a feel for how common the ...
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Determining the origin of a coat of arms sketch?

Your question does not have enough information to answer it properly. Here are some things to work out to get you closer to either identifying the arms or (as I suspect) confirming that they are made ...
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Seeking immigration record John Redonnett, born in France, who came to US ca 1840s?

This Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 seems to confirm what you have concerning place of birth, and includes the fact that John Redonnett was a Civil War veteran, as well as cause of death. ...
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John Sherwood Clarke: Explaining the two surnames and finding his birth record in France?

The Research Process One of the things I recommend when you are stuck is to go back to the beginning and review all the records you have collected so far. Make a Genealogy Source Checklist which ...
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Translating French documents

What I was able to transcribe: Mairie d Thrie Derthiubau Arrondissement de Wissembourg Le trente Mai mil huit cent quarante-neuf, a six heure du foin Acte de naissance de Philippa Kindelberger ne a ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

I was left in a similar situation when my mother died in 2013. She had done much more genealogy research than the little she occasionally mentioned. I have a large box of information she dug up, and ...
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What is "Geschwisterkind von muetterlicher seit"?

Resources which could be used in solving this problem include: FamilySearch Wiki: German Genealogical Word List Google Translate: https://translate.google.com/ Google Translate parses ...
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Seeking records of German relative in French Camp de Gur during World War II?

You're talking about "Camp de Gurs", a french internment camp between 1939 and 1946. Given that your great-grandfather have fought during the Spanish Civil War, I find your hypothesis quite good. ...
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Can someone sort out a tricky wedding party for me?

Based on the information you've provided from the marriage record (I can't read the original), my guess is that Peter Altermatt carries the surname of his father, who I would guess was Anna Maria ...
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Determining cause of death in France in 1908?

It appears that the French people do not put the cause of death on a death certificate. I am finding that out now, after my sister who lived in Paris for three years, passed away last month in her ...
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Identifying signature in marriage record from Paris in 1901?

It is one or two initials, not a name. I think it is most likely an H, but there is a break in the middle which suggests it is two initials - maybe T_ or I_ or J_. In those cases the second initial ...
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