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Why would someone born in the U.S. file a petition for naturalization?

The crucial question here, for the women who married alien couples, is when did the couples marry? Between 1907 and 1922, women who were US-born lost their US citizenship when marrying a foreign (aka &...
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What does VSP mean in the book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783?

The book 'The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson is also available on archive.org. Abbreviations are listed at the beginning of the book, but as you observed, VSP ...
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Identifying the cause of death

The cause of death was: Haemorrhage from Duodenal ulcer
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What is the teacher's last name?

The teacher's name is Elizabeth Ullrich. From the report card, we can see that the school was in Rhode Island. There is a report titled RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL REPORT, prepared for the Rhode Island ...
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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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Does a bequest of $1 or "to be paid on their demand" mean it is a minor child?

This answer is based on my experience with English probate records. While the probate process in the British colonies differed from that of the colonial power, the process was no doubt modelled on its ...
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What is "Canada E" in the 1860 US Federal Census?

To answer this question, it helps to understand some Canadian history, especially basic facts about Canada's creation. A good overview can be found in Yvonne Sorensen's webinar Using Canadian Census ...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

Adrian is correct -- as he suggested in the earlier answer, we can find some clues in Marian L. Smith's Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations. Let's look at the two lines you are most ...
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Two ships, two manifests, same passengers?

Entries on passenger manifests were lined out when the passengers did not sail, were changed to a different class of travel, or did not embark or disembark at the port stated on the manifest header. ...
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Is Unregistered Death possible after 1900 in U.S.?

An article at ohiohistory.org seems to have some clues as to where to look, and has some general information on the requirements in Ohio at that time. It appears your relative may have died during a ...
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Were bodies shipped overseas to be buried?

It would have been very uncommon, if it ever happened, in the 1600s. And if it did happen, I imagine it would have only have been for a person of significant wealth or importance. The journey across ...
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Identifying numbers on the United States Immigrant Identification Card

The immigration visa number (8) is the number used to account for visas issued by the US Department of State at each consulate. This one is the 8th visa issued by the consulate at Stockholm for that ...
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Washington County, Ohio in the 1810 Census

Ancestry.com's about the database article for the 1810 United States Federal Census asserts: Partial losses included Illinois Territory, which had only two counties (Randolph is extant, St. Clair ...
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Seeking 1912 Passenger Lists into United States for ships near RMS Titanic?

There are multiple approaches to this problem -- here are my recommendations for how to go about the search. Important note: Do not assume there is only one passenger list -- many families had family ...
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What are these words in the 1841 will of Elisha Strong?

The Said Eunice Strong shall pay one third for the support & education of Lucy Strong and Julia C Strong until they are eighteen years of age and the remaining two thirds for their support to ...
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Seeking list of Jewish Cemeteries in the USA

Your best bet is to check the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies: IAJGS International Jewish Cemetery Project. On their United States Page, they have almost 1400 Jewish burial ...
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Evaluating birth year when different on SSDI and gravestone?

My first question in response to this would be why you are settling for only two sources that give direct evidence about when your research subject was born, and trying to decide which of them is more ...
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What is the meaning of the handwritten notation on the pension record of Charles Clements?

The descriptive pamphlet for NARA microcopy publication T718 is a reproduction of its entry in the print catalog of microfilm publications. It contains a roll list and a brief description of the ...
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Finding out which Freemasons' lodge ancestor belonged to?

The Masonic Library & Museum Association (MLMA) looks like it could be a useful resource for anyone looking for membership records in past periods. However, with your grandfather being so ...
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Finding out which Freemasons' lodge ancestor belonged to?

Here are some things to consider when looking for membership information. Structure of Masonic organizations and content of membership lists Ancestry.com has a database of Mason Membership Cards ...
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Inferring father/son relationships from Senior (Sr.) / Junior (Jr.) naming?

In the colonial period, language usage for kinship terms (and other terms) was not necessarily the same as it is today. Several of the 'how to' books I've read have said that in the colonial period, '...
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Assessing the coverage of various collections?

The Barbour collection is a good example of why researchers need to be aware of exactly what and how they are searching when they investigate this type of compiled collection. One approach is to ...
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Does New York state have a central depository for divorce records?

Some states (like Florida and California) provide an index to divorce records to the public, but New York State apparently is not one of them. I'll provide some links to the information I have found ...
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Requesting copies of WWII Draft Registration cards?

The easiest way is to make a record request so that St. Louis can pull the record and scan it for you. YouTube recording of Day 3 of the 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair. See session 13, "Discovering ...
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Reading handwriting of David L. Aldrich's Occupation in 1860 Census?

Tin Pedlar - that is, an itinerant trader of tin.
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

The uniform is from the time around World War I (see, for instance, World War 1 Uniforms and US Enlisted Uniforms 1900 - 1918: Part 2: Uniform Patterns (Enlisted) Army). The uniform style doesn't ...
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What year does this toy tricycle appear to be?

I had a quick look for the tricycle. I found a few similar ones on ebay and such, without any firm date information. The most useful example appears to be this auction for an "Antique Vintage Wooden ...
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Death before certificates were issued statewide in Georgia?

Georgia registration of deaths statewide began in 1919 and was generally complied with by 1922. But there may be records at the local level. Unfortunately, marriage records in Georgia didn't record ...
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1882 Local News Item -- What Does "in the shade" Mean?

What an interestingly-written column… A fairly quick search for "laid in the shade" doesn't bring much up. The common result is the literal interpretation of people or animals taking shelter from the ...
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Deciphering part of 1799 probate from USA?

The "widow's third" was a portion of a man's estate guaranteed to his wife after his death, regardless of what his will stated. This excerpt from "Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday ...
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