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#3707 Jun 17, 2004

Nancy,

That doesn't give us too much information. If he came with

his parents, then his parents should be there somewhere with

him. Where do you find the family in the 1860, 1870 and 1880

census? Have you collected his obituary and probate file? Do

you have a picture of his tombstone? I would also check for

a newspaper announcement of his marriage which might mention

both sets of parents.

Will

---Original Message---

I have been researching my family for about 2 years now and

have been unable to get past my Gr.Gr. Grandfather(John M.

Stewart). I have been told stories that my family descends

from Scotland but according to the story I was recently

told John M. Stewart was born on the way to America from

England on April 3,1853. I don't know who his parents were

or where they were from. If this sounds like somone's

ancestors please let me know. Any information anyone can

provide will be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any help offered.



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#3710 Jun 18, 2004

Thanks Will. I have a lead from a census in Decorah,Ia stating

he was born in Pa. I looked on the Pa government site to find

out how to get a birth certificate and in order to do that I

have to get a death certificate first. On the Ia census it

stated that he didn't know who his parents were. I'm just

wondering if maybe he wasn't adopted. Acording to my family

history he was born on the way here from England and a family

helped raise him. Maybe they adopted him. It's just a hunch

on my part though,no solid proof. Again, Thanks for your help.

---Original Message---

Nancy,

That doesn't give us too much information. If he came with

his parents, then his parents should be there somewhere with

him. Where do you find the family in the 1860, 1870 and 1880

census? Have you collected his obituary and probate file? Do

you have a picture of his tombstone? I would also check for

a newspaper announcement of his marriage which might mention

both sets of parents.

Will







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#3726 Jun 21, 2004

Nancy,

If you're trying to get a birth certificate without already

having a death certificate, you're going too fast. First

find him in the Iowa census. That will tell you what he

thought, or what he or somebody in his house told the census

taker about where his parents were born. The census does NOT

tell you if someone knows who their parents *are*, it tells

you if someone in their house knew *where* those parents

were born. Quite a different thing altogether.

Where exactly do you find him on the census. What page,

household, town, county, state ? And which census? You

should try to find him in each census where he would be

alive. Then you should try to get the first land record

he made, which may state where he came *from*. Typically

they say so-and-so OF such-and-such place if he doesn't

already live in that county.

Also you should try to get his obituary and probate files.

If you try to jump back too fast, you may feel frustrated

at not finding what you're looking for.

---Original Message---

Thanks Will. I have a lead from a census in Decorah,Ia stating

he was born in Pa. I looked on the Pa government site to find

out how to get a birth certificate and in order to do that I

have to get a death certificate first. On the Ia census it

stated that he didn't know who his parents were. I'm just

wondering if maybe he wasn't adopted. Acording to my family

history he was born on the way here from England and a family

helped raise him. Maybe they adopted him. It's just a hunch

on my part though,no solid proof. Again, Thanks for your help.



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#3727 Jun 22, 2004

Thanks again Will. I'm new to genealogy and do sometimes feel

overwhelmed. The person that sent me the information on the

Ia census also sent the page number and everything. I didn't

think of land records though. I gues when I send for things

like that I use the dwelling number and family number from

the census. Is that right or do I just keep digging? On the

death certificate, that's the tricky part. He didn't die in

Ia. Around 1903 he moved the family to Knmare, Nd and I'm

not sure when he died. I'm going to ask my Dad to see if

maybe he remembers,if not I'll contact my cousin who sent

the other information. I also found a Family Search Center

where I live that I think is going to be very helpful.

Thank you again for all your help. It is greatly appreciated.

---Original Message---

Nancy,

If you're trying to get a birth certificate without already

having a death certificate, you're going too fast. First

find him in the Iowa census. That will tell you what he

thought, or what he or somebody in his house told the census

taker about where his parents were born. The census does NOT

tell you if someone knows who their parents *are*, it tells

you if someone in their house knew *where* those parents

were born. Quite a different thing altogether.

Where exactly do you find him on the census. What page,

household, town, county, state ? And which census? You

should try to find him in each census where he would be

alive. Then you should try to get the first land record

he made, which may state where he came *from*. Typically

they say so-and-so OF such-and-such place if he doesn't

already live in that county.

Also you should try to get his obituary and probate files.

If you try to jump back too fast, you may feel frustrated

at not finding what you're looking for.






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