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Monday, December 20, 2010

Helping the Executor

This individual signed for an executor's bond in the settlement of a 1903 era estate in Illinois. Probably of Swiss descent.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Signing My Neighbor's Will

This is the second witness on the early 1900 will of Barbara Haase from Hancock County, Illinois. This German native was probably in his late sixties when he signed this document.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Billed for the Hearse

This is the signature from the bill for the hearse and buggy for a 1900 era funeral in Warsaw, Illinois.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Witnessed My Neighbor's Will

This individual witnessed the will of Barbara Haase, drawn up in Hancock County, Illinois in the early 1900s. He was a neighbor of Haase's and a cooper in his early thirties when he witnessed the will.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Working for the Shoe People

This 53 year old native of St. Louis was living in Cumberland County, Illinois, when he registered for the World War 2 draft. He was working for the Ettlebreck [sic] Shoe Company.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cousin Harry

A native of Aledo, Illinois, this 45 year old was working for a contractor in Granite City, Illinois, when he registered for the World War 2 draft.

Monday, December 13, 2010

1870 Guardianship Petition

This individual petitions to the be guardian of two children in Champaign County, Illinois, in 1870.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Guardianship Receipt in Tolono, Illinois

This individual signed a receipt in Tolono, Illinois, in a guardianship case. Probably in his thirties or forties and born in Ohio.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Aunt Pheenie's Husband

This 57 year old was working for Peoria Illinois' Caterpillar, Inc. when he registered for the World War 2 Draft.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Living in Stillwell

This 59 year old native of Tioga, Illinois, was living in Stillwell, Illinois, when he registered for the World War 2 draft.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

World War Two Draft Registration From Rock Island

This signature was from an Iowa native who lived in Rock Island, Illinois, where he registered for the Old Men's World War II Draft.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Putting A Tail on My First Name

Born in 1889, this registrant's wife was named Ethel and he was living in Brown County, Illinois.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Bowen Farmer Signs His Card

Adams County, Illinois, native (born 1883) signs his World War 2 Draft Registration Card in Hancock County, Illinois.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Taking the Kid Across the Pond

This 37-year old St. Louis native applied for a passport in 1906 to take her daughter on an overseas trip.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Red Cross Nurse

This passport applicant was born in Illinois in 1892 and was headed to Europe as a Red Cross nurse in 1918. My grandfather's first cousin, I never knew she was in Europe until I discovered this application.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Going to France on Business

This Illinois native was born in 1868 and signed his passport application in1918.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Getting My Passport in Athens

This German native was living in Athens, Illinois, when he applied for his passport in 1892.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Another WW2 Draft Registrant from Basco

This Illinois native, born in 1886, registered for the draft in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1942.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Aunt Altje's Husband

This gentleman was born in 1891 and had no telephone number listed on his registration, but where they lived was pretty rural in Brown County, Illinois. I'm not certain the title of this post is helpful, but I'm running out of witty titles and this man is my Aunt Altje's husband.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

World War Two Registration in Basco, Illinois

This Nebraska native signed his World War II registration in Basco, Illinois.

Monday, November 29, 2010

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Registering in Peoria

This Adams County, Illinois, native registered for the "Old Men's" World War II Draft in Peoria, Illinois.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Getting My Cousin a Passport

This German native was living in New Mexico when he signed as a witness on a passport application in 1905

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

Born In St. Louis

This St. Louis native was born in the 1860s and was living in Chicago, Illinois, when he applied for a passport in the early 1900s.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

English Native

This native of England signed his name in the mid 17th century.

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Signing a Golden Registration

This Illinois native was born in 1877 and signed his World War II Draft Registration Card in Golden, Illinois.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

They Told Me To Squeeze in My Middle Name

This World War Two Draft Registration is from Hancock County, Illinois. The only hint I'll give is that it's my uncle.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Chicago Native Registers for the Old Men's Draft

This one is fairly easy....
A Chicago native registered for the "Old Men's Draft" in World War II in Chicago, Illinois.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Chinese Native Registers for the World War 2 Draft

This World War II draft registrant was a native of Canton, China (born 15 July 1889), and registered in Chicago.