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The elephant-donating warrior

Who is Krishnokanto Gojdani and what is his story? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Found my grandfather's birth family. Now what?

In the process of helping post my late grandfather's digitized papers online, I found his adoption paperwork (he made no secret of being adopted, but didn't talk about it much). It gave enough information that I was able to find that my grandfather had a brother, who apparently is still alive. I'm not sure what to do next; it's good to know there's more family out there (my father has few living relatives), but I'm not sure how happy others in my family will be with the reality, and the same may go for my grandfather's newly-discovered relatives. Advice would be helpful; details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2014 - 7 answers

The Art of Finding Someone

Fellow skip-tracers and family historians: I am looking for ways to improve my investigative skills in public records and the like. What are some good tips and tricks for tracking down people, dead or alive? [more inside]
posted by Driven on May 13, 2014 - 10 answers

How to find death information for deceased family members?

I have deceased family members who came to America a few decades ago and died, but would not have been on Social Security rolls. A living family member wants me to find out where they are buried. How to do this? [more inside]
posted by corb on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Help needed with ancient Family Tree Maker file formats: TRT & IDX

I've inherited some very old Family Tree Maker TRT and IDX files now but find no version that can read them. I'm looking for someone who has an old version of FTM which can read the TRT & IDX files and export the data in the standard GEDCOM format. Please help! [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy on Feb 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Migration naturalisation frustration

Father: had a British passport he let expire. Grandfather: British citizen. Grandmother: married him pre-1949, automatically making her a citizen. Me: Australian national, NZ resident, wants to live in the UK. Please help me make sense of what I can apply for! [more inside]
posted by monster truck weekend on Dec 13, 2013 - 9 answers

...and my father's father before him.

How far does genealogy go back in different countries/cultures? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Oct 16, 2013 - 30 answers

Have I been a "continuous" resident of the UK?

Five years ago I immigrated to the UK on the basis of ancestry. I am now applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Since my visa status changed partway through this period, I am worried that my residence may not be considered "continuous". Has anyone applied under similar circumstances? Alternatively, can anyone recommend the best forum on which to ask such a question? [more inside]
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show on Oct 10, 2013 - 12 answers

I need helping identifying the era of this photograph.

I was given some photographs of old relatives that were found in a box in my great-grandfather's house after he passed away. All but one photo is someone I can identify. I have no information on that one photo, which is of an old woman standing on a path in front of a farmhouse. I'd like to at least get an idea of the era so I can begin narrowing down the identify of the woman. [more inside]
posted by lbo on Mar 13, 2013 - 17 answers

i'm not my own grandpa, but i would like to know more about him.

how hard is it to get a birth certificate from the philippines (possibly malaysia) when you don't know all the information? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Oct 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Help a librarian with Native American genealogy question!

I'm a reference librarian trying to help a patron find some information. The father of her children claimed to be Native American, but she is no longer in contact with him. She does have his first and last name and social security number, but no other information. She would like to find out whether he was telling the truth and what tribe he was part of, and share that information with her kids. I've told her that her best bet is to check the tribal rolls in the area that he lived, but she hasn't had any luck there. Any other suggestions?
posted by crowyhead on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Who am I? How did I get here?

Trying to figure out what would be considered my family's country of origin ... [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on Sep 3, 2010 - 17 answers

How can I best preserve several boxes of family photos, letters, and documents?

I have a large amount of family letters, photos, and documents dating from the late 1800s to the 2000s, with most ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s. Some are in fair condition, and I'd like preserve them for future generations. Most are in English, but there's a smattering of Hebrew and French, neither of which I can read. My questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jun 17, 2010 - 5 answers

No True Scotsman punches an American in the face.

A few years back, my friend Russell (mid-twenties, American, white, male) was in Scotland, at a bus stop. It was late at night, he'd been drinking, and some guy (mid-twenties, British, white, male) came up and angrily asked him "Are you of Scottish descent?" Russell raised his hands and eyebrows in a confused "Whoa, no idea what you're on about" gesture and said, "Buddy, you got the wrong guy." The man then punched Russell in the face. WHY? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 31, 2010 - 48 answers

Family Tree Research, How?

My girlfriend has been doing a family history... [more inside]
posted by Splunge on Mar 7, 2010 - 18 answers

How much do I need in savings for my UK Ancestry visa?

I'm applying for an Ancestry Visa to enter the United Kingdom. How much money do I need to have in my savings account to demonstrate I can support myself? [more inside]
posted by BAKERSFIELD! on Nov 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Proof of Irish citizenship for someone born, adopted in 1880s?

Is this possible to search for (or prove the absence of) my Grandmother's Irish birth certificate and Irish citizenship from the comfort of my own armchair in the US, ideally inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Nov 25, 2009 - 15 answers

How much science in genealogical DNA tests?

Help me, MeFi geneticists! Commercial genealogy testing - all it seems? [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Aug 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Alternatives to family bible for tracking family tree, offline or otherwise

I'd like some suggestions for a place to keep track of family births and events, much like traditionally done in a family bible. Books are nice, but all media considered. Points given in three categories: potential longevity, flexibility of data handling, and style. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Feb 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Seeking Fortin, my grandfather

I'm doing a family tree. As part of doing this, I'm trying to trace the ancestors of my maternal grandfather, Lawrence Fortin. The problem is that not only did he die before I was born (in the 40s), as it turns out he was adopted by the Fortin family. The question is, where on earth do I begin in finding records on Lawrence Fortin and who his biological family was? [more inside]
posted by azieger on Dec 15, 2008 - 4 answers

As of 2008, what can science tell me about my genetics thru DNA testing.

Wondering if anyone here has had a Genealogical DNA test for purposes of learning more about your distant (ie. not recent/paternity) ancestors. I have questions about the differences (price, service, thoroughness) of the various companies offering this service, the type of data that different tests can produce, and ways this data can be (constructively) interpreted. [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Apr 16, 2008 - 18 answers

Who's your daddy?

How can someone who was conceived by artificial insemination get some information about her identity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2007 - 9 answers

If they can find out my DNA line why couldnt OJ pay to find real killer?

Has anyone ever done the National Geographic Genographic Project ?? [more inside]
posted by beccaj on Jul 11, 2006 - 11 answers

Grazie, grandma!

How do I get my great-grandfather's and great-grandmother's birth and marriage certificates from the town of Randazzo (province of Catania, Sicily), Italy? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on May 10, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me figure out my Irish ancestry ...

Help me determine how much green blood runs through my veins. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 17, 2006 - 24 answers

Family Tree Program

Is there a free/cheap family-tree program (for the PC) that outputs in ascii text (with dashes, pipe-symbols, etc. as the connectors between people) or HTML format?
posted by grumblebee on Feb 9, 2004 - 1 answer

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