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Where is Frankford Supply / Bristol Yards Located?

On the main search page on Ancestry there is a search box called "Keyword" if you use that to search for "Frankford Supply" you will find several references to newspaper want ads mentioning Frankford ...
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Understanding 1807-1812 Pennsylvania land records document?

First, Sarah Penrod is indicated as living in 1807 by the property description saying that adjacent to the west of the property being deeded is "the messuage, land of plantation whereon Mrs. Sarah ...
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Spelling of Original Hungarian or Czechoslovakian surname?

The sounds [polɑvt͡ʃɛk] would be written Polavcsek in modern Hungarian; [pɑlovt͡ʃɛk] would be Palovcsek. However, surnames often preserve archaic spellings, and in any case nobody paid much attention ...
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Interpreting Quaker dates in eleventh or twelfth month with only one year?

It is always advisable to record what the record actually says with Quaker dates because of the various variables in trying to calculate it to the Gregorian calendar of today. Which leads me to part ...
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Where can I find Pennsylvania Archives Series II?

The Pennsylvania Archive Series can be located in multiple places and it is sometimes called different things. I found it pretty quickly in the following two places. Ancestry.com has it online for ...
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Context of newspaper article about stolen horse?

The horse was likely stolen, as there had been an increase in horse theft during the Revolutionary War. Horses would be stolen in one locality and sold in another area (another county or state) to ...
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How can I establish an early 19th century birthplace?

Like published histories and Ancestry Public trees, DAR/SAR databases are compiled sources. They may be useful as guides, but the question I always have is what primary sources did the compilers draw ...
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Identifying Pennsylvania ancestors born early 1900s?

First of all, everything @Hammy said - it's all good advice. Bear in mind that children don't have first-hand knowledge of their parents' precise birthplaces (I thought for years that my mother was ...
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Finding Staquet/Degueldre/Casimir marriage record, likely in Pennsylvania?

This looked like a tricky search as I don't have worldwide access on Ancestry, just UK. But a search for Leonie Casimir/Degueldre brings up a marriage record for Leonie Casimir and Jean-Baptiste ...
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How to interpret hand written will that refers to children and possibly in-laws?

... divided between my children viz Martha Entermarried with Henry Rhinehart, My Son John, Elizabeth Entermarried with William Stevenson, Henry B. Fought, Isaac S. Fought, William E. Fought, ...
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Christian Orthodox Cemeteries in Philadelphia

Have you seen Brief History of St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church & SS. Peter and Paul Church, Uniondale PA? Dedicated church cemeteries seem to have been the norm, but they also used ...
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Searching for Birth Records In Philadelphia, PA for births in 1914

Read the helpful overview "How to Find Pennsylvania Birth Records" (FamilySearch Wiki), especially Births_After_1905 The wiki page does need to be updated: as of 2017, birth records are available ...
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What does birthplace: "Cold Rain," Ireland imply?

As someone who lives a few miles from Coleraine, to me the town of Coleraine is where he was born. Simple as that. The 1831 census of Coleraine parish has 7 Stewart families in the town a mix of ...
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Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy volume 5 full text

To avoid posting a one-line answer, I am going to address the general case of how to access volumes of Hinshaw's Enclyclopedia. They are Limited - search only status at Hathi Trust due to copyright ...
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Finding details of an 1821 Berks County Pennsylvania Guardian appointment of two minors?

For Document 2, you say: The second ... is from: Orphans Court Proceedings, 1752-1857; Index; Author: Pennsylvania. Orphans' Court (Berks County); Probate Place: Berks, Pennsylvania and ...
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Finding marriage location / records of parents in 1920s Blair Co, PA?

As Jan mentioned, it would be useful to know where you've already looked.... For Pennsylvania marriage records of this period, the first best place to look is FamilySearch's "Pennsylvania, County ...
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Identifying Pennsylvania ancestors born early 1900s?

That's a tough one for sure- I don't see them in the 1940 census. I would start by looking more into the Benjamin L. Earnest that was born 14 Jan 1911 in Portage, Blair, PA, and died 8 January 1977 in ...
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How to identify individual family members / household size on early US Censuses Pre-1830 NY & PA?

I think it is important to remember that most of the historical records we use for genealogy today were created for other purposes (not for genealogy). To find records, we have to understand why and ...
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Meaning of the "(O)" and "(X)" in various places in name on Pennsylvania Early German Pioneers Book

I appreciate the lead from PolyGeo which led me down the path I needed to go down and this is what I found. PA Archives: There are three sets of passenger lists: The "A" lists are the Captains' Lists ...
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Allegheny County, Lilly PA, April 1924 List of those Involved in KKK & Residents Clash

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette did a write up about the incident awhile back: Lillian Thomas: The tiny town that fought the Klan, April 11, 2004. I would suggest perhaps - unless you contact the Klan ...
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Sources of Philadelphia Quaker records besides Swarthmore College

This is not an extensive list of Quaker resources, but here are some links to guides and repositories to help you get started. For Philadelphia records: a digital copy of Jack Eckert's Guide to the ...
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Did indentured servants in 1700s Pennsylvania receive different types of land warrants from what other immigrants to PA received?

You're probably aware already that Pennsylvania's land records are defined and issued by the Commonwealth and not by the Federal Government. This is kind of obvious, since the Federal Government ...
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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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Finding avenue that appears to no longer exist?

Google --- "nevada avenue" mckeesport --- and one of the top matches is 1955-vintage map - Tube City Online. On the 1955 map, Nevada Avenue ran between Elm St and Weber St, not far from S Duquesne Ave ...
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What does birthplace: "Cold Rain," Ireland imply?

In a different context, one of our community members cautioned against premature connectivitis syndrome (PCS) when connecting up people, and I think the advice to "think INCHWORM (rather than ...
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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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Pennsylvania cultural transition from German to English and guidance on Englishification?

Q1 - Since Germans continued to immigrate to Pennsylvania, there were always fresh German-speakers to add more German-language records (especially church records), and to keep the language alive for ...
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Reports of Run Aways, Homeless Children, Orphaned Children in ~1815-1830 PA?

Taking in a run-away orphan would probably be illegal, akin to aiding a fugitive or even kidnapping. One would be obliged to turn the child over to authorities. The Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 ...
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Where can I find Pennsylvania Archives Series II?

Fold3 has the Pennsylvania Archives available for free and it's searchable. https://www.fold3.com/browse/246/h9Y02Zdgu
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Finding Staquet/Degueldre/Casimir marriage record, likely in Pennsylvania?

The 1900 Philadelphia census image for this family indicates that both Louis and Leonie were born in Belgium, that they were married in 1880, had been married 20 years, and had both emigrated in 1889 (...
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