Asparagirl
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Finding 1910 map of Russia?
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Please, please, keep in mind that the term "Russia" as used in early twentieth century documents in the United States regarding a 1910 immigration is far more likely to mean Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, ...

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Finding Romanian ancestors from Sibiu, Gușterița?
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The good news is that Romanian archival records are, after many many years of being purposely made hard to research, finally open and available to the general public. The bad news is that they're ...

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Are Holocaust records available online?
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Not a lot of Holocaust records are online, but Fold3.com has a few and Ancestry.com has a partnership with the USHMM to index and put some online. And keep in mind that many Holocaust records for ...

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How many genealogists and users of genealogy programs?
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"Today, genealogy ranks second only to porn as the most searched topic online. According to a January 2012 report by market research firm Global Industry Analysts, an estimated 84 million people ...

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Name selection practices driven by the Napoleonic Code
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There are three well-known surname reference books by Alexander Beider, who is probably the most well-known authority on Jewish surnames and surname adoption history: A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames ...

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Where can I find Jewish Historical Information Pre WWII in Europe?
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It will be helpful to know whether the Polish towns you're looking for used to be in the former Russian Empire, or the province of Galicia in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. As previously mentioned, ...

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Cannot find the town of Yobeneks, Russia
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I checked my favorite town database for any appropriate towns in Eastern Europe starting with "Yob…" or "Job…" and came up blank. I also searched for any towns that ended in "…neks" or "…necks" and ...

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Is a half-sibling match on AncestryDNA reliable, or is more testing needed?
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Just a note that you should not automatically jump to the conclusion that you and your probably-half-sibling must share a father instead of a mother; young unmarried pregnant women were often ...

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Did other countries have the concentration of first names that England had in past centuries?
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Oooh, I like this question. And I have data to contribute! This data set is from the Israel Genealogy Research Association's "All Israel Database" (http://genealogy.org.il/AID/index.php) which, as ...

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Cantonist Records
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These notations should appear on Russian Empire Revision Lists (which were kind of like census lists). That is, if a son was present in the 9th Revision List but not the 10th, the 10th would say that ...

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Inconsistent marriage dates from NYC marriage index
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One of those dates is likely to be a transcription error, since I believe the Brides Index and the Grooms Index were not only kept separately by New York City's Municipal Archives, but were also keyed ...

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Finding Grandfathers birth certificate born in Lwów Poland
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If he was Jewish, try searching the All Galicia Database or the JRI-Poland Database under his mother's maiden name. Many Jews in this area of Galicia were assigned their mother's maiden name on ...

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Finding 1920s Adoption Information in New York State?
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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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Finding half-sister who may still be living?
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Bad news: you very likely can't get access to a NYC birth certificate from someone who is not your parent from the 1943-1947 time period. Good news: you can check the NYC birth index and confirm that ...

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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?
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Try posting a query to the e-mail listserves at JewishGen.org -- they are a knowledgeable bunch and the site is free to use.

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Why did my Uncle's Death Certificate Not Appear in the Family History Library's Archives?
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To emphasize what was reported above, his death may not have been reported to the Social Security Administration if he never received any Social Security benefits (because he was too young) and if ...

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Where is town Mieljkow in early 20th century Russia?
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Best guess: Milejkava (Мілэйкава), Belarus -- which was also known as Mileykovo, Grodno Gubernia (province), Russian Empire. Russian town names that end in -kovo were sometimes written as -kow, and ...

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Ancestors in Lemberg (Lviv) and Czyczkow/y
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The good news is that over 100,000 Jewish birth, marriage, and death records from Lviv (Lwow, Lemberg) have been transcribed and put online for free searching in Gesher Galicia's All Galicia Database: ...

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What age was marriage without parental consent available in Wisconsin in 1895?
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A state's age of consent for marriage (without parents' permission) today is not necessarily the same as the age of consent for marriage (without parents' permission) a century ago. My husband's ...

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Finding original surname of 20th Century Russian immigrant to United States?
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Your best bet is to find your great-grandfather's US naturalization papers, and then work backwards from there to his original immigration records (probably ship, possibly land), and hopefully back ...

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Tracing Jewish ancestors in Germany before 1800
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You mention ancestors from Alsace, so you should really be checking French resources too, not just German. Get in touch with Le Cercle de Généalogie Juive (English version of their website: http://...

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When documenting location, should current or historical place names be used?
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I use modern names solely because it is a limitation of most genealogical software, which does not allow the indexing of one place name to another place name. I am also mindful of the trend in ...

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Slovakia, Bratislava, Reca - Jewish records
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Searching on JewishGen is not the same thing as asking questions on the (free) e-mail mailing lists of JewishGen. Researchers on the lists may know about sources that no one has bothered to ...

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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?
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Just a clarification to add to the previous two comments: the Israel Genealogical Society (IGS) and the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) are two separate genealogical organizations. The ...

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Tracing Romanian & Hungarian ancestry?
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You're right, up until a few years ago it was very difficult to get any kinds of records from this area. The LDS has not gotten permission to film in the regional Romanian archives, though they've ...

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Searching for Proof of Jewish Ancestry?
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There's no easy shortcut, so you're going to have to do your family tree the old-fashioned way first. Then add in DNA and see if you can get confirmation, or not. From what countries did your mother'...

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Is city ward information provided in U.S. census records useful?
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In larger cities, like New York City, you can use a person's assignment to an Administrative District (A.D.) and an Enumeration District (E.D) in a census to get an approximate idea of their A.D. and ...

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Locating a 20th century New York Death record
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New York State has recently released its death records for 1957-1962 as public data on their Socrata open data portal. It's only a small (but welcome) window of data, but given that he was 65 years ...

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Which name should be a person's primary name?
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Whatever choice you make, I think you should try to keep it consistent within your own records. For me, because I have so many Jewish immigrant ancestors who had and used multiple names in multiple ...

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Finding US marine ancestor without knowing birthdate?
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Contact Jennifer Holik; she knows WWII era and Korean War era records for deceased servicemen better than anyone. She did four presentations at the giant national genealogy conference RootsTech this ...

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