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Saturday, March 5, 2011

In New Jersey in 1859

This New Jersey resident applied for a passport in 1859.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Peorian Passport Paper

This native of Peoria, Illinois was thirty years old when he applied for a passport in 1889. Any thoughts on this name?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Just What Is That First Letter?

He's no relative of mine, but this 58 year old native of Woodford County, Illinois, was living in Iroquois County when he registered. And while he's not a relative, I've got ones with this first name and ones with this last name.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Got Myself in Trouble During the Civil War

This individual signs a bond that appears in his file in the Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Citizens 1861-1865. Bond signed in February of 1865

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

In Favor of My Assessment

This signature comes from a 1779 assessment petition in Amherst County, Virginia.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Becoming An American in the 1930s

This Greek native signed naturalization papers in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1930s.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Giving Son Some Property

This English native signed a document in Harford County, Maryland in the 1810s.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Witnessing a Relinquishment in 1861

This individual witnessed the widow's relinquishment mentioned in yesterday's post from the 1860s in Indiana.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mother's Relinqishment

This individual witnessed the relinquishment his mother signed in Indiana in 1861 regarding his father's estate. This is the best scan I could get.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wayne County Native Signs His Card

This 46-year old Wayne County, Missouri, native signed his World War 2 draft card in Ogle County, Illinois.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wish He Had Filled Out the Form

This German native applied for a passport in Nebraska in 1909. His handwriting is much better than the person who actually filled out the form.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Returning to Visit my Swiss Relatives

This Swiss native was born in 1862 and obtained his passport in 1922 in Davenport, Iowa. Indicating he was going to Switzerland to visit relations, it was too bad he wasn't specific about where he was born or the villages to where he was going.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

From Denver--to Tioka

This undated postcard signature is most likely from the 1870s or 1880s and was sent from Denver, Illinois, to Tioka (Tioga), Illinois.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Now, back to the handwriting...

Pennsylvania Native Gets Passport in Chicago

This Pennsylvania native was living in Chicago and working as an executive when he applied for a passport in 1919.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Helping my Wife's Step-Son Become An American

This German native signed his wife's step-son's naturalization in Illinois in 1888.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Helping my Half-Brother Become an American





This German native signed his half-brother's naturalization in Illinois in 1888.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Minor Naturalization

This German native signed his minor naturalization in 1888 in Hancock County, Illinois.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Signing My Employment Card

This English native signed his employment record for the Pullman Car Company in Chicago in about 1909. He was born in County Cumberland in the 1840s.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vermont Native Gets a Passport

This Vermont native applied for a passport in 1911, when he lived in Sibley, Iowa.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Witnessing an Alberta Homestead

This individual witnessed a homestead application in Alberta, Canada, in the early 1900s.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Requesting My Age

This individual wrote a letter in1951 requesting to know what age he had used when he applied for a homestead in Alberta, Canada forty-some years earlier.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yeah She Marked XXX

This German native witnessed his neighbor's will in 1903 and this signature is testifying to that in court recods. The testator was only able to write her name as "XXX"

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Kin Paid Me Back

This signature comes from the release of a mortgage in 1897. This German native signed the release which was written right on the courthouse copy of the mortgage. Regular readers of Casefile Clues will recognize this name.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Warsaw Appraisal in the 1850s

The signature of one of the appraisers from an estate in Warsaw, Illinois, in the 1850s. Sometimes that "smooth and flowing" handwriting is difficult to read.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Farming Outside Basco

This 45-year-old farmer was living in Basco, Hancock County, Illinois, when he registered for the World War II draft.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Emden Native Registers

This 55 year old native of Emden, Germany, registered for the World War 2 draft in Illinois in 1942.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

No Widow for the Award

This is one of the appraisers from a 1918 estate appraisal in Illinois--there was no widow's award in this case as there was no widow.