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What is this town in Macedonia, Greece?

I am not an expert on Macedonian place names or history but from Macedonian Village Names THE NAMES OF 804 MACEDONIAN VILLAGES IN AEGEAN MACEDONIA, occupied by Greece in 1912, that have ...
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Identifying 1910 Russian Town Name "Swel"

I think it is Новоград-Волинський, which is transliterated as Novohrad-Volyns'kyi, Novograd-Volinskiy, etc. and is also known as Zhvil, Zvil, etc. This is in the Zhytomyr Oblast in northern Ukraine. ...
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Reading city name in Eastern Europe on passport from around 1900?

Not sure about the town, but the locality is "pow. Kamień Koszyrski" - powiat Kamień Koszyrski. Here's the list of "powiaty" (counties) in 2nd Polish Republic (1918-1939) : https://pl.wikipedia.org/...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

Which county? I would suggest that deciding to align to what 'typical genealogists' do is not a good idea if it works counter to (a) your software or (b) your immediate intended audience. (Emphasis on ...
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What is this city name in this passenger list from Russia/Poland in late 19th/early 20th century?

The first letter looks like a 'C' and is not very different from the C in Chicago on line 7 or in Cleveland on line 11 (both in column of final destination). The second letter puzzled me first but ...
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Current name of Jatotowicze village from 1903 Russia?

The answer could be Jatołtowicze. From Google maps it looks to be a very small village.
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Can you identify this Russian town: "Chashvato, Podolski"?

I would transcribe the examples given as: Chashevoty, Podolsci gub. Podolsk, Russia Chesovoto, Russia Chaszczewod, Podoler gub. Chashvato, Podolski, Russia The second part of this place name is most ...
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Dixie Kiefer died on a mountain. Should I include the mountain's name in the place of death?

I just came across this, as the 70th anniversary of Dixie Kiefer's death is approaching this year. I am a reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal who is preparing a story about the crash. I also have ...
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Is there any place like "Wertinberge" in Germany?

I read Woitimberge or Wertimberge here. Both are not place names. I guess the census taker did not understand the place name correctly and spelling the place name might also be influenced from local ...
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Identifying Mignovich village in Russia/Belarus?

I took a look at the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries) to see if I could find a town ...
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Where is the farm/hamlet of Barah in 1820s North Cornwall?

A potential answer from communication with the volunteer for this parish at Cornwall Online Parish Clerks: 'Barah' is likely a small farm adjacent to Headon Barrow in Jacobstow parish. The barrow ...
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Standardizing place names when city sprawls across county borders?

Your last paragraph about records just about answered your own question. As you say, county records and records with street addresses give you the county. Therefore, if you only have records that ...
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Place of birth listed on immigration docs but where in Russia is Kosnitza/Kosnitze?

It was likely Velikaya Kosnitsa. It had sizeable Jewish population in the beginning of XX century: http://www.jewishgen.org/ukraine/GEO_town.asp?id=313 Here is some additional info about it (Russian ...
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Validating place names that no longer exist?

(Yes I know it is an old question...) It can be helpful to understand how spelling has changed over time, to know what to search for. In the example from Norway we have Spilleren in Meløy. Meløy ...
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Looking for location in 1910 Russia (family spoke Polish)

I took a look at towns in The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries There are no towns with names similar to Dolowicz or Dołowicz in the second volume but if one ...
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What kind of a place name or institution is 'Mansfield Statutes'?

I have not come across the term before but found this in the Derbyshire Courier November 15, 1851: It sounds like an event rather than a place. In many other references to Mansfield Statutes (and ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

To answer this question, I have to ask another one: how can we define "most genealogists"? Another thing to consider is how you are going to make use of the place data when you see it in your family ...
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Which UK county type to use for data entry: historic, ceremonial, registration, or administrative?

There are policies on this subject in some areas related to genealogy. The General Register Office have rules for UK civil registration that require all registrations to show place names (and ...
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Where was BurÿHaüs near 1663 Breitau?

This reads like "Breyttauw" to me, so it seems to be a historic spelling of Breitau. The second instance of the name is a bit clearer.
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Current name of Jatotowicze village from 1903 Russia?

The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries (Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich) has two entries for Jatołtowicze which give the ...
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Standardizing place names when city sprawls across county borders?

Having commented, I probably should put my money where my mouth is and describe my solution - unfortunately for general applicability, as a UK based genealogist, I have only noticed one such place in ...
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Finding place named St Lagille, France in 1914?

OK, this is too long for a comment, but isn't yet an answer. More documenting a search. The Father-in-Law, Julien Paudois, actually lived (and died) in Lacordaire, Saskatchewan. His grave is on ...
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Where was Mishaf, Russia-Poland?

Mishaf is an anglicization of Michov (they are identical when said with the applicable accent), which is the Yiddish name for the town of Michów, about 75mi SE of Warsaw. When he was born, it was in ...
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Where was Shankston in Ayr in 1868?

Looking on the National Library of Scotland's online collection of Ordnance Survey maps, I found the following sheet in the 25 inch to the mile, 1st edition of the Ordnance Survey of Scotland, 1855-...
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Where would this town/area be located in Poland, today?

OpenStreetMap and its search function is your friend here. You'd also want to tell us from which doccument you got those names, so we can help interpret what they mean, and maybe know how they are ...
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