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Meaning of "Map" as birthplace on NY 1855 Census?

Historically, the letter "s" was often written more like a tall, looped "f", and a double "s" could look like "fs", or "p" if close together. So I'd guess this is "Mass", i.e. Massachusetts. It's ...
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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 1920s Adoption Information in New York State?

Okay, so there's good news and there's bad news. The bad news first: At the moment (February 2019) all New York State adoptees' Original Birth Certificates (OBC's), and usually their adoption ...
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Locating ancestor's birth town in New York State?

Since the information you have so far is not helping, it might be better to try an indirect approach. Here are some things to try. Make a list of all the source material you have about your ...
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Finding information about employment at Remington c. 1917

Well, I don't have a full answer to my question, but I do have a partial answer thanks to some impressively fast research by a coworker. It turns out, Department 67 was the department that made ...
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Meaning of "In Whose Lot Interred: Hugh Sellars" at Menands (Albany Rural Cemetery) in 1872?

I do research on Albany Rural Cemetery burials on a very frequent basis. The phrase "In whose lot interred" on the Albany Rural Cemetery burial index cards always refers to the person whose name is ...
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Did General Winfield Scott have any grandchildren?

Looking for information on the connection between Winfield S Burns and General Winfield Scott the first thing was to do a general search. The bit about taking the spouses name seemed strange, and the ...
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Finding record of Peter J Starrs in USA prior to 1870 Census?

This is not a direct answer to the question but hopefully contains a few useful bits of information. First, the reason why you probably cannot find Peter and his family in the 1865 or 1875 New York ...
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Adoption in New York 1927

As far as I'm aware, it was a criminal offence to falsify a birth certificate in New York in 1927. That is not to say that people didn't do it, as evidenced by the case of the notorious child-...
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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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Would variety store in Albany, New York, USA (1862-1872) leave records and what would it sell?

What records were created? Some clues to what records might have been created can be found by looking at modern-day requirements for starting a business, then researching when that requirement was ...
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What is the significance of the name at the end of this 1843 advertisement?

It seems that George White's New York firm is looking to make collateralized loans. Harden & Co. and Lyman J. Strong are working as agents and mortgage brokers in various cities, verifying deeds ...
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What is this military related building in New York City area?

This is the West Point Military Academy, the West Academic Building, designed by Richard Morris Hunt and built in 1895; renovated in 1959 and renamed Pershing Barracks
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What are these New York area buildings?

The first building is the General Grant National Memorial, perhaps better known as Grant's Tomb. As the Wikipedia article notes: It is a classical domed mausoleum, located in the Morningside ...
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What kinds of landmarks in a photo will help you identify an intersection in an historical New York City photo?

As suggested by ColeValleyGirl, try looking for an unusual landmark in the photo that is likely to be still around today. In this case, there was a fountain that could be added to the search terms to ...
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Arrival ports for Irish Immigrants to the US?

Since you need clues from other record types in order to find the passenger lists you're seeking, some of the information here may also help with answering other questions. Start a Research Journal ...
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What kinds of landmarks in a photo will help you identify an intersection in an historical New York City photo?

The road on the right in the photo is a two-way, while the road on the left is a one-way. I'd say find out when in NYC past were the East-West streets one-way and North-South avenues two-way, and you'...
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What kinds of landmarks in a photo will help you identify an intersection in an historical New York City photo?

The Seagram Building, 1958, view from across Park Avenue near the Racquet & Tennis Club building (not St Bart’s as I initially thought) https://www.britannica.com/topic/Seagram-Building
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Why is Maria listed twice in this 18th century church record?

I think the baptism date has been taken from the second date at the top of that page which is the first one not clearly marked as being a birth date. They are in a column headed Chd [= Child] & ...
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Traded a dollar for a Penney?

Call and ask Rensselaer County County Clerk: 9am – 5pm, Phone: (518) 270-4080, Fax: (518) 271-7998, Location: 105 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180 or Rensselaer Public Library (518) 462-1193 ...
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How old *are* these people?

My own experience has been that ages on many documents are often estimates, but that it was not unusual for some people (at least in my case, mostly women) to consistently claim ages that were younger ...
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Finding records prior to 1838 for Malone, Franklin County, NY or St. Lawrence County, NY?

You may want to try to reach out to the Genealogical Research team at the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society in Malone, NY. Email: fc[email protected] Website: www.franklinhistory.org
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