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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Want a Divorce

Readers of Casefile Clues will probably recognize this name. The signature is from a 1921 petition for a divorce in Chicago, Illinois. We don't have a signature from the husband because he never responded to anything.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Signing My Passport In Ohio

Casefile Clues readers will have heads up on this name as he's going to be featured in an upcoming issue. This signature was by an upstate New York Native who was in Ohio while applying for a passport to return to China.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Third Great Grandma Signs an Invalid Will

This is my third great-grandmother's signature from her 1889 will which was refused by the judge in 1900 in Hancock County, Illinois.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Petitioning for Probate of Mother's Will

This is the signature for a petition to probate a will from 1900 in Hancock County, Illinois.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Whose Estate?

This really isn't a signature, but thought I'd give readers a shot at a name that's somewhat unusual.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Releasing the Guardian

This comes from a 1922 court order releasing a guardian from his duties as the ward has reached the age of majority.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Living in Pea Ridge

This Illinois native was living in Pea Ridge, Brown County, Illinois, when he signed his World War 2 draft card.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Living in Livingston County

This 63 year old was living in Livingston County, Illinois, when he registered for the draft. He was 6'1.5" tall, but that has little to do with his handwriting.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Kentucky Native in Indiana

This 47 year old worked for an oil firm at the time of his World War 2 draft registration. He was a Kentucky native living in Indiana--not all that unusual of a migration path.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Working in Rock Island

This Italian native, born in the 1880s, was living in Rock Island, Illinois, when he registered for the World War 2 draft.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kin from Indiana Registers

A distant cousin of mine registers for the draft in Indianapolis, Indiana, during World War 2. He was working for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's' Greetings from the Genealogy Transcriber

Season's Greetings from the Genealogy Transcriber to all our readers, followers, and fans. Updates will be sporadic over the next few days as I spend the holiday season with my family.

The Postman Always Knows

This fifty-something registrant listed the Postmaster of Timewell, Illinois, as the person who would always know his address on his World Ward 2 draft registration.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Making A Claim Against The Estate

This neighbor claimed she had nursed her desceased neighbor for the last few years of her life and sent a bill to the estate in western Illinois in the early 1900s.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cash From My Grandmother-in-Law's Estate

This individual signed a receipt that she (and not her husband) received $250 from her grandmother-in-law's estate in 1905 in Hancock County, Illinois.

Regular readers of Casefile Clues can probably make out the last name pretty easily.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Another One Signs for the Administrator

This is another apparent neighbor signing an executor's bond for an estate in Illinois in the early 1900s.

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.