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Parsing census record (including in-laws) from New York City?

You've got several theories to test: Charles Graham is brother-in-law of Charles Cripps AND son of Anna AND full-brother of Catherine, or Charles Graham is brother-in-law of Charles Cripps AND son of ...
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Correcting Altered Records on FamilySearch.org?

The critical part of the information is the GS Film number:1562175. If you go to the Family Search Catalog, paste this number into the search box labeled film/fiche number. You will see the ...
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Finding parents for ancestor born in 1820 at New York who has no birh record?

If you haven't already, I would research the John Birch and Thomas H. Birch also living in Seneca Falls in the 1840 census. John is old enough to be a father, but he could also be a potential brother. ...
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Where is this New York City Broadway location from Fall 1958?

Looks like this is on Broadway on the W 42nd St block. Changed a lot since this photo taken but on Google Streetview you can see the old building (now Knickerbocker Hotel) on the right is still ...
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Understanding code in Dutch Reformed Church Record

The initials identify the minister who officiated. The first thing that struck me was how modern and consistent the handwriting looked, and how clean and spare each entry. And sure enough, the ...
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Abbreviation meaning of heading of BO on deaths reported in NYC record

According to the legend at the bottom of the page, BO stands for BORO (borough). The possible values are M: Manhattan, X: Bronx, K: Brooklyn, Q: Queens, R: Richmond (Staten Island), Z: at sea, and Y: ...
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Who is (was) Gertrude Aubrey Barber, compiler of thousands of Grave inscriptions?

The best available answer to this question is provided in the 16 page document The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 142 (2011) pages 5 through 20 , that describes the Cowen sisters ...
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Finding original surname of 20th Century Russian immigrant to United States?

Your best bet is to find your great-grandfather's US naturalization papers, and then work backwards from there to his original immigration records (probably ship, possibly land), and hopefully back ...
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Finding 20th Century Irish Ship Passenger to New York on Manifest?

This will be a multi-part answer because I am still not certain exactly what the question is asking. Since the original question suggests that the research subject may have come to the USA, I'll ...
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Where to find online records of New York City Potter's Field / Hart Island pre-1980?

Most of this answer has negative search results -- because it's impossible to look for records online without first knowing more about the nature of the original records and their repositories. See ...
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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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Finding New York City Police files?

For a cold case, the questions I have would be: What happens to the case files for a cold case -- how long are the records kept? (my guess would be that the NYPD would hold on to the case files as ...
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Correcting Altered Records on FamilySearch.org?

With the guidance received from your website, I was able to obtain a copy of the original NY Return of a Marriage for Consuelo Yznaga. As I suspected, the record that was posted on Family Search HAD ...
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Parsing census record (including in-laws) from New York City?

It looks to me that Charles Cripps married Catherine Meier and that Charles Graham married a Cripps. The relationships should all be relative to the head of the household.
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Name change records for New York City (NYC)?

I can't comment on the legal situation in NYC but I can give one pertinent example of a documented name change. My Great-great aunt, Augusta Barclay Bruce, emigrated to the USA in 1909. She ...
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

Instead of looking at the search method you want to use, let's look at the characteristics of the single database or search portal that you are looking for: extensive coverage of New York and ...
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Using a card index to find Probate records?

Hypothesis: Could "317" be a case number in the New York, Queens County, mixed proceedings, 1899-1932 Mixed proceedings, case no. 305-319, 1902, DGS 5041799 (digital images online -- no ...
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Deciphering lines from 1909 Ellis Island record?

It actually says "Illinois st, Detroit", but is part of the record above. If you go back up to line four and count down two lines (contact name and address) for each entry until number ten, you will ...
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Using NYPL's City Directories of New York City

Update: I tried looking at a different directory, specifically: New York City directory, 1903/04 (Trow's general directory of the boroughs of Manhattan and Bronx, city of New York) The drop-down ...
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Finding a death record from Manhattan (New York City)?

This record appears to be an image copy of a page in a Manhattan borough death register. Unfortunately the person who shared it gave us no information about where he found this image. It may be a ...
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Looking for two Greek passengers who probably arrived in New York in 1923

There is a Vogiatzis Charalampos that arrived in NY from Smyrna, Smyrna, Turkey A. at the age of 36y (born 1872-1873 ) on June 3rd 1909 on the ship Athinai . It's a bit earlier ...
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How to find a passenger who left NYC to europe around 1885-1913.

A search at the US National Archives' catalog for the keywords 'passenger lists departing' will find several catalog entries for passenger lists, many from Record Group 85. Ancestry has digitized ...
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Where else might I find a ship going from New York to London in Spring/Summer, 1911?

You don't mention where they lived or visited on either side of the journey you know about, so I can't make more specific suggestions about what to try. However, in my own research, I have found ...
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Getting from New York to Chicago in the late 1800s

In addition to the excellent resources mentioned by GeneJ, one can look for travel guides of the period. The modern guidebook emerged in the 1830s, around the same period as the railroad maps. For an ...
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Is there a place I can search specifically by birth date for a list of people born on that date?

It sounds like you need a program that you can create your own SQL queries with. I've downloaded one as a 30 day trial recently, that may assist your search. If you are at all familiar with SQL ...
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Correcting Altered Records on FamilySearch.org?

Also, be aware that in the 1870's in America and in many other countries, Y and I were often interchangeable, as the alphabet was not yet officially 26 letters, and so Y, J, I all were basically used ...
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Searching for Immigration record of Henry Semler and wife Hulda Lange from Germany to US ca 1879?

You don't say how or where you've already searched for an arrival record, but I'll assume you have made some searches and are unsuccessful. Sometimes a direct search for a record in the databases we ...
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Discovering New York City death and burial location?

There is not enough information in this single record to directly answer the question about your great-uncle's death or burial. Let's look at this record a little more closely. Ancestry's database ...
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Is Frances CHADWICK also Catherine Pearl?

The best fit I can find to the people in your question are entries from the 1910, 1920 and 1930 US censuses on FamilySearch. All are in Schenectady, New York. Assuming this is the right family, we can ...
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Finding FHC File #'s in New York City?

To learn more about birth, marriage, and death records for New York City, start at the FamilySearch Wiki's article on New York City genealogy. The section on Vital Records gives an overview of what ...
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