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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Settling the Neighbor's Estate

This is a signature from an estate settlement in the 1880s in Vernon County, Missouri, that I'm working on for an upcoming column of Casefile Clues.

I'm not certain of this individual's age or nativity, but he would have been at least twenty-one as he was administrating an estate. Most likely--he's older than that.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My 1860 In Law

Any thoughts on the 58 year old male living in the household of Peter Friend in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, in 1860?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Guarding my Grandchildren

This German native signed the guardianship application for his grandchildren in 1918 (after the parents died of the flu).

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Releasing my Guardian

Having reached the age of majority, this ward of the court signed papers acknowledging the receipt of money from his parents' estate in 1922 in Hancock County, Illinois.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Guardian of my Sister's Children

This early 20th century signature comes from a guardianship case in Hancock County, Illinois.

Regular readers of my writing might know the last name, but the first one is one I don't write about too often.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Buying Federal Land

This is a signature on an 1840 era federal land purchase. This Kentucky native was born about 1820.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Selling Dad's Farm

This 1947 signature was from a deed where the widow is selling the farm she and her husband purchased from her father's estate approximately thirty years before.
The writer was an Illinois native, born in the 1880s.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Signing My Alien Registration

There are two copies of the signature on this document (you will need to click on the image to pull up a larger picture).

This individual was a German native, signing his World War I era Enemy Alien Registration in Tyro, Kansas.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Another Dad

This is the name of a father on a 1932 death certificate for an individual who died in Golden, Adams, Illinois.

Any thoughts?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Whose Your Daddy?

This name for a father is all that appears in the box for name of father in a 1920s era death certificate for a resident of Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois.
Any thoughts on this one?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

What to Post & Spread the News

Current followers of this site have been really great about posting suggestions and ideas regarding the signatures (and occasional census listing) that I've posted to the Daily Genealogy Transcriber. The other interpretations are interesting and actually helpful when thinking about how indexers may render names.

If you see any posts that are advertisements for services or just downright inappropriate, please let me know ( and I'll remove them.

Feel free to spread the news about the Daily Genealogy Transcriber to other genealogists.


Getting My 1812 Bounty Land

This Maryland native, born ca. 1795 was signing War of 1812 Bounty Land application papers in Indiana in the 1850s.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Another Passport Application

This 1920 era passport only contained the first and middle initial of the applicant.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

An Englishman Signs for His Wages

This mid-nineteenth century native of northern England is shown here signing his early twentieth century employment card for the Pullman Car Company in Chicago, Illinois.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Signing for My Wages

This signature is from an early 1900 employment card for a New York State native who worked for the Pullman Company in Chicago.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Getting my Passport

This native of New York was born in the late 1800s. First and middle name should be no problem. This was from his 1920 era passport.

Monday, August 23, 2010

1820 Census Enumeration

This census enumeration comes from Nicholas County, Kentucky in 1820. Any thoughts?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Veteran in the Hospital

This comes from the "heading" of an entry for a veteran's home resident who served in World War I.
I don't know who wrote the name and unfortunately based opon the other handwriting on this page, the data on the page was NOT written by the same person as the one who made this entry.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Signing the Inventory

This is one of the appraisers on an estate inventory in Chariton County, Missouri, in the 1860s.
I'm not certain where he was born, but based on the others on this document, Kentucky or Tennessee would be a good guess.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Testifying for my Homestead

This Illinois native signed his name on his 1880 era homestead application in Colorado.
(This one is supposed to be a little bit easier--for those who've been asking...)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Receiving my Spousal Allowance

This German native (born in the 1820s) signed her husband's estate settlment in 1861 indicating she had received her husband's allowance.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Posting the Answers

Ususally I post answers within a day of the original posting. Occasionally it takes me a little longer. I post as a comment here on the blog and I also post the answer to the "wall" we have on Facebook.

You can always send me an email at if I forget to post or you can't see it.


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Bondsman on a Guardianship Bond

This likely German native signed as a bondsman in a 1856 Illinois guardianship bond.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Death Entry from England

This death entry from a church register in Castle Carrock, England in 1808 was written by the minister.

To make it easier, I've removed writing from other entries.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Signing for My Marriage

This signature comes from an 1868 marriage record in County Cumberland, England. The bride here was approximately forty five years of age and a native of northern England.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I'm the Bondsman for the Guardian

Signature of the bondsman on a guardianship bond from 1855 in Illinois.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Buying Government Land

This is the signature from a 1850 era federal land purchase in Clinton County, Illinois. This Massachusetts native was born ca. 1815.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Abandonded Homestead Claim

This native of northern Germany (born in the 1830s) signed his initial homestead claim paperwork in Nebraska in the 1870s.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My preemption claim

This Kentucky native signed his pre-emption claim in Missouri in the 1850s.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Signing the Guardian Bond

This signature is from an 1856 guardianship bond. Little is known about the signer on this bond from Hancock County, Illinois.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Releasing the Mortgage

This signature was written by a German native, born in the 1810s-1820s.
He was releasing a mortgage he made to his son-in-law. The signature was made in the 1870s.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Unusual First Name in RW Pension

This is an usual first name to begin with, but I do have the "correct" spelling of the first name in the transcriptionist's neat handwriting.
This comes from an 1840 era pension application in Ohio. The signer in this image was born probably in the 1780s in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Testifying for my in-laws

This signature came from an 1840 era Revolutionary War pension file in Ohio.

The deponent was born in Pennsylvania in the 1780s.

Any thoughts on this one?