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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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Where is (was) the Mormon Post Office in Utah Territory in 1860

The easy way to find census locations on a map is to consult William Thorndale and William Dollarhide's Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

You should be very, very, careful with this. My alarm bells are set off, because despite the emphatic denial of your father's second cousin, he is still a strong candidate. He could know and not want ...
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What year to record for info discovered in annual City Directories?

Don't just look at the alphabetical listings -- examine the entire directory for clues. The best internal evidence I have for the lead time so far is in some of the Price and Lee directories from New ...
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Was this common usage of "mother-in-law" in late 19th century in US census?

Consider that the "mother-in-law" could actually be a stepmother. It would not be unusual for those two terms to be used interchangeably. Also consider that mistakes happen, and it may not ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

Well, building off of Robert Shaw's answer, it appears to me that the person in the photograph is wearing a Type I unit disk, which puts the photo somewhere between 1910 and 1937. According to both ...
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Meaning of job recorded as "USAF – AFSC#29430"?

If I am not mistaken this speciality code used for Airman who were linguistic experts working for the A F Electronics Security Command. The majority of whom I met, worked within top secret facilities....
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Finding records of Berlin Airlift Service by a Whitehead?

The "Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation" have a website with a fair amount of information. That includes "The Men Who Participated". That has a list of units that were involved, only some of which ...
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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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Records of miners in the California Gold Rush?

When we can't find a person in a collection of historical records, or don't have enough information to know if it is our ancestor or not, it helps to widen the search -- and the same is true for ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

The Delaware Military History organization may have some useful material, including pictures and camp activity reports and newsletters. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has basic ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

Service records for those who served during the 20th century are held by the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) (part of the US National Archives in St Louis). ...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

It seems that you, her son, has acquired your mother's materials and has already invested at least some time thinking about this as you are now asking this question of what to do with it. Since you ...
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Finding parents and precise Date of Birth for child born in Massachusetts in 1919?

The information in the index makes it straightforward to find the original birth record, if you know of what it is an index. In this case, it is quite self-explanatory, this is an index of centrally-...
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