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Monday, May 23, 2011

Setting It For the Children

This Swiss native  born in the 1820s signed a paper in her children's guardianship case in Iowa in the 1880s.

Casefile Clues for Beginners

For those who missed it, we're starting a "lite" version of Casefile Clues in June--Casefile Clues for Beginners. It will be less in-depth than Casefile Clues and geared to those who have not been researching a long time or feel they've missed the basics. I'll be writing some of the content, but will be including writing from others as well.


We'll talk about the basics of sources and we'll also look at ways to carefully interact with compiled information others have submitted. Hopefully we can help you to avoid some of those brick walls that we all face--it's impossible to avoid every brick wall. We won't tell you to avoid the online trees altogether--that's unrealistic. But we will tell you how not to confuse yourself even more with them.


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Will Is Recorded

The will of this testator was recorded in the 1820s in Maryland.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Whose Will Is This?

Know all men by these presents, that I --- --- of Harford County & State of Maryland being in a very...

Whose will is it?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Marriage from Nebraska 1864

We posted an image of a marriage from 1864 in Nebraska that has a few challenging names on it as well. These I'm not certain of what they are. View the post here.

Getting Hitched in 1868

The signatures of the bride and groom on an 1868 marriage in County Cumberland, England.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Dad's Buying the Neighbor Place

This gentleman witnessed a land purchase where his father purchased land around 1810. This man was also in the War of 1812, but that really has nothing to do with the land purchase.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

No Index Finger on My Left Hand

This burner operator at an aluminum plant in Arkansas was missing an index finger when he registered with Selective Service in 1948. Born in 1922, this registrant had seen service in World War 2, which is indicated on his card.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Not Working at the Mill in 1958

This Arkansas native was born in 1940 and registered for Selective Service in Saline County, Arkansas in 1958. He was an unemployed sawmill worker at the time.

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

Casefile Clues--Beginner Edition

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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.