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Valerie Merriam DeBill
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  • Austin, TX
  • United States
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Sheila Riedy replied to Valerie Merriam DeBill's discussion Late 19th and early 20th century adoptions in the US in the group Adoption Search
"By now you may have found this info.  She could have been one of the "orphan train" children.  They were mostly born in NYC and were placed with children's asylums.  They were then "placed out" to be adopted…"
Aug 7
Valerie Merriam DeBill replied to Linda Lea Christ's discussion German Ancestry in the group Germany and German Ancestry
"Hi Linda! My mother's maiden name is Christ. Her great-grandfather, Ludwig Andreas Christ, was born in Hausen an der Zaber in Baden-Wurttemberg in 1844 and died in Buffalo, New York in 1886. An LDS family history volunteer in Wurzburg told me…"
Aug 17, 2012
Marianne Szabo left a comment for Valerie Merriam DeBill
"Actually, Szabo is a quite common Hungarian surname. It means "tailor" in Hungarian, and is as common in Hungarian as "Taylor" is in English. When I was still living in Cleveland (up to the late 70s) there were 12 columns of…"
Feb 7, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill replied to Rachelle Horton's discussion Siblings having the same names
"Wow! I've never seen a family with four children sharing two names like that. I hope someone familiar with Swedish naming customs chimes in because I am really curious now if this is a common practice!"
Feb 7, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill replied to Rachelle Horton's discussion Siblings having the same names
"My grandmother's father was "Big Joe" to differentiate him from his younger brother "Little Joe" both of whom were named Joseph. I've seen it very commonly with boys who died in infancy or very young to have a later…"
Feb 6, 2012
Marianne Szabo left a comment for Valerie Merriam DeBill
"Hi, Valerie - sorry, no Mertes in my family tree.  My Szabo line (actually my husband's) all came direct to Cleveland, Ohio.  I actually have never found out where exactly in Hungary they were from.  Marianne"
Feb 6, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill added a discussion to the group Adoption Search
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Late 19th and early 20th century adoptions in the US

My great-grandmother, Zula May, was adopted by the Goodrich family in Minnesota when she was a few years old. All of my family records indicate that she was born in New York City, but I don't know how much faith to place in that information.Can anyone provide me with resources for researching adoptions from that era? I'd love to find any clues as to her actual heritage.See More
Feb 6, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Richard Hill's group
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Adoption Search

Just like other genealogists, adoptees are searching for our roots. We just start out with less information than others. We share the same goals and use the same tools, including vital records, online databases, and now genetic genealogy.See More
Feb 6, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Lorine McGinnis Schulze's group
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:Naturalization Records

A great way to find ancestors is in Naturalization Records. Passports, Oaths of Allegiance, Denizations and other Citizenship records are available for many countries
Jan 18, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Unknown Ancestor's group
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U.S. Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1950s

The starting point for documenting the voyages of your immigrant ancestors –and many native-born ancestors- should be the official customs lists and the later immigration manifests required by the U.S. government as of 1820.
Jan 18, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Steve Tarnish's group
Jan 18, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Barbara Bradley Petura's group
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Haplogroup U

For people who are in mtDNA Haplogroup U
Jan 18, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Blaine Bettinger's group
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Genetic Genealogy

A group for anyone interested in using DNA to augment traditional genealogical research.
Jan 18, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Debbie Kennett's group
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Family Tree DNA fans

A group for all fans of Family Tree DNA, the world's first, largest and best genetic genealogy company.
Jan 18, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Ben Sayer's group
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MacGenealogist

Discover, Organize, and Share Your Family HistorySee More
Jan 16, 2012
Valerie Merriam DeBill joined Robert P Stutsman's group
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Hungarian ancestors

seeking those hard to find ancestors in the ever-changing borders of the Austro-Hungarian empire
Jan 16, 2012

Profile Information

What surnames are you interested in researching?
DeBill
Merriam (Maryham, Meriam, Maryam, Mayram, Merryham)
Christ
Mertes
Buchner (Buchna)
Bartle
Brunner
Goodrich
Rupp
Belgras
Schimakowski
Dearing (Döring)
Riehm
Gere
Auch
Hoffman
Smith
Brzeski
Schimakowski
Launspach
Kellner
Walz
Hollenbach
Bapst
Comstock
Kurz
Park
Seher
Boltz
Rodgers
Neeb
Wittmann
Almann
Gueth
Jurczyk
Stroh
Youmans
Sattler
Scharr
Vogel
Weiss
Wenger
Beuerlen (Bäuerlin)
Ritter
Wencel
Röhm
Magel
Ehrhardt
Kowalski
Metzger
Bernauer
Wagner
Fuerst
Remboldts
Moench
Alber
Maylin
Elsasser
Johnson
Waldenbach
Meyer
König
Szalhow
Pfeifer
Dudunski
Walther
Allgazer
Haussmann
Kramer (Krämer)
Thaub Steckh
Schlecht-Wagner
Doerr
Lang
Lenend
Merriman
Schafer
Schenk
Weygand
Blum
Jehl
Danicher
Klyczkowski
Muller
Becker
Walliser
Haisch
Stabler (Stäbler)
Born
Breuning
Heuser
Kiess
Pauluss
Sharp
Sattler
Weibel
Streily
Walter
Hartmann
Strubel
Hofmann
Zehender
Schneider
Breed
Hurstel
Gyrstenbrey
Finckel
Rübsamen
Kunigund
Goldstone
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
UK (Kent), Germany, France (Alsace), Prussia, Poland, Czech
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher

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At 8:44am on February 7, 2012, Marianne Szabo said…

Actually, Szabo is a quite common Hungarian surname. It means "tailor" in Hungarian, and is as common in Hungarian as "Taylor" is in English. When I was still living in Cleveland (up to the late 70s) there were 12 columns of Szabos in the phone book. Cleveland at the time had the largest Hungarian population outside of Budapest. Even here in the Southwest, I'm asked if I'm related to a so-and-so Szabo quite frequently. Sorting Szabo families out is a challenge! Marianne

At 4:18pm on February 6, 2012, Marianne Szabo said…

Hi, Valerie - sorry, no Mertes in my family tree.  My Szabo line (actually my husband's) all came direct to Cleveland, Ohio.  I actually have never found out where exactly in Hungary they were from.  Marianne

 
 
 

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