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Monday, May 16, 2011

Getting My Passport in A Golden Place

The notary public and the applicant were living in Golden, Illinois, when the applicant applied for a passport in 1891. Both were German natives.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Doctor Leaves South Dakota

This German native was a doctor in South Dakota when he applied for a passport in 1910.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Settle My First Husband's Estate Overseas

This lady obtained a passport in 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, to travel to Europe for the purpose of settling her first husband's estate.

Friday, May 13, 2011

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Crossing the Border to Join my Hubby

This native of Carthage, Illinois, applied for a US passport in 1918 to join her husband in Mexico.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Dad Signed to Prove My Citizenship

This individual obtained a passport in 1916 in Pennsylvania. A letter from his father attests to his birth in Carthage, Illinois.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I Volunteered in Bourbon County

This Maryland native volunteered for the War of 1812 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and filed an affidavit for a Bounty Land Claim in Indiana in the 1850s

I Know That It Is You Selling Your Land in Kentucky

This individual witnessed a deed in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1821.

My Husband Fought the North

This resident of Madison County, Florida, applied for a widow's pension in 1923 based upon her husband's service in the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Testifying for my father-in-law

The testimony does not indicate it, but this individual is actually testifying for his father-in-law in a 1833 court case in Fleming County, Kentucky. This is his actual signature.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Yes--I'll Appear At the Next Term of Court

It was difficult to separate out these three names, so we're just posting them all on the same day. The first individual named was to appear at the next term of the Fleming County, Kentucky Court in 1821 and the next two were his sureties. The first name is familiar to regular Transcriber readers.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'll Write Your Name Dear, You Just Make Your Mark

This husband and wife sold property in Fleming County, Kentucky in 1819. This original deed was located in loose papers in the county courthouse.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Releasing the Mortgage in 1879

This signature comes from a mortgage where the holder of the note is signing a statement on the mortgage that it has been paid in full. The signer was a German native.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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My First Witness is a Mystery

I will confess that I do not know who the top witness on this document is. Because of that, I'm including more of the document than usual. This is a letter in the Civil War pension signed by Jas. Rampley whose 1907 address was West Point, Hancock County, Illinois. The second witness is John William Hunter. The first one is today's challenge.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yeah I Think She Is the Neighbor Lady

This individual witnessed a statement made by his widowed neighbor lady in her 1913 attempt to get her husband's Civil War pension.

ANSWER: Edmund L. Charpentier

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

My Neighbor Wasn't Ever Married But Once

This gentlemen signed an affidavit in 1913 stating that his neighbor had only been married one time.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Your Husband Died in My County

This is the County Clerk signature on a certified copy of a death certificate contained in a Civil War pension file.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Signing My Neighbor's Pension

This gentleman witnessed a widow's pension affidavit in West Point, Illinois, in the early 1900s.

Friday, April 29, 2011

My Rebel Husband

This Confederate widow applied for a pension from the state of Virginia in 1888.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Selling Land to Two In-Laws

This man in 1794 sold land to two men who were likely brothers-in-law in Harford County, Maryland.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fancy Schmancy

This comes from a land patent in Maryland in 1802. Not an actual signature, but the artistic writing might be a challenge for some.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Transfer that Land to Your Son

This individual witnessed the assignment of a land patent from a father to his son in Harford County, Maryland, undated document probably in the 1790s.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Putting Away the Pig Thieves

This individual signed a document in a pig theft case in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1827.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just a Justice of the Peace

This Justice of the Peace signed a document in Fleming County, Kentucky. Casefile Clues readers may have an easier time reading this one.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Living in Upper Dover and Remembering My Niece

In 1947, this resident of Upper Dover, New  Brunswick, provided a statement regarding her niece's birth in 1885. The declarant was born in 1863.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ten Years My Sister's Senior

This individual signed an affidavit in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1944 regarding his sister's birth in New Brunswick in 1885.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Jury of My Fleming County, Kentucky Peers

[This is an "extra" set of names for those who've thought the others have been too easy. We will return tomorrow to just posting one image a day, but I thought Transcriber fans and followers might be interested in this little list.]

These men were apparent neighbors of William and Elijah Royce/Reese who were accused of slaughtering two pigs that were not theirs in Fleming County, Kentucky, in 1827.

We're going to start a series on the court records in this case beginning with the next issue of Casefile Clues. Can you read these names?

Yes My Brother Was Born

This declarant provided evidence in her brother's delayed birth registration from New Brunswick in 1946. She was fifteen years older than her brother and remembered the birth in 1885.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Born and Living in Cherokee County, Oklahoma

This fifty-nine year old native of Cherokee County, Oklahoma, was living there when he registered for the World War Two draft in 1942.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Working at the Roundhouse in Texarkana

This 51 year old Ardmore, Missouri, native was working at the Cottonbelt Roundhouse in Texarkana, Texas at the time he registered for the World War Two draft.

Monday, April 18, 2011

An Italian Native Naturalizes in Montana

This naturalized US Citizen was living in Carbon County, Montana, and working as a miner when he applied for a passport in 1920 for the purpose of "vist[ing] my people." The twenty-eight year old had been in the US for eight years.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Irish Native Working on the Bronx Sewer

This forty-seven year old native of Donegal, Ireland, was working for the WPA and living in New York City at the time he registered for the World War Two draft. The name is difficult to read and we'll go with the name as printed on the top of his card when we reveal the spelling.