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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Signing a 1948 Funeral Book in Chicago

This individual signed the 1948 funeral book of Peter Verikios in the Calumet City, Illinois, area. This is one that I don't know who it is supposed to be.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My 1918 Passport

This US government employee applied for a passport in 1918.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I am the Secretary for the Dills Lodge

This signature comes from the same 1913 letter mentioned in yesterday's post. This one's easy too.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Helping out the Neighbor Whose Really Sick

This signature is from a November 1913 letter from the West Point, Illinois Masonic lodge requesting reimbursement for nursing and funeral expenses for a neighbor who needed assistance and didn't have ready funds to pay for it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Self-Employed in Bartonville

This resident of Bartonville, Illinois, was 61 years old and running his own business when he registered for the World War II draft.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Born In Clayton

This 64-year old native of Clayton, Illinois, was self-employed at the time of the World War II draft registration. Might not have been married either as the "person who will always know your address" was a George Rosendale.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Contractor Signs for the Draft

This Missouri native was a contractor working in Alton, Illinois, when he signed his World War II draft card.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

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

Blowout Sale on Year 1 Issues of Casefile Clues

If you've not ordered year 1 of my weekly Casefile Clues, consider doing it while the blowout back issue sale is going on. The Casefile Clues blog has more information.

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.