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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

End of Casefile Clues Beginners $7.50 Rate

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Going to the Poor Farm

These two individuals were admitted to an Illinois poor farm in the 1870s. I didn't completely crop the name on the top so as not to ruin the image of the names I was really after.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Join Michael at the Allen County Public Library in Ft Wayne

There is still time and room to join me on my annual research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. We have a great time and work on problem-solving and research while the library is open. 

For more information visit our original blog post at

Deeding to the Children

This name comes from a 1706/1707 deed in Virginia. For purposes of the challenge, we're only including the name.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Mother Is Who She Says She Is

This individual witnessed an affidavit her mother made in Clarke County, Iowa, in the 1910s.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

What Item Is That?

This comes from a list of chattel property a mother sold to her son in Harford County, Maryland, in the 1790s shortly before her death. What's the item that's been underlined?

This one's probably too easy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

I Know Who You Are

This notary typed and notarized a statement in Hancock County, Illinois in 1915.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Signing My Final Husband's Name

This widow signed her application for a widow's Civil War pension based upon her last husband's military service.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Signing for Our Mother's Pension

A daughter and son-in-law signed an affidavit in her mother's Civil War pension application from Washington State in the 1910s.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Witnessing a Deed in Harford County

This witness name comes from a late 18th century deed in Harford County, Maryland

Monday, May 30, 2011

Vouching for the Veteran

This resident of Tewksbury, New Jersey signed an affidavit for a neighbor in 1832.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

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He was in the War

This New Jersey resident signed an affidavit regarding his neighbor for the neighbor's Revolutionary War pension.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Getting My Pension in New Jersey

This Revolutionary War veteran applied for a pension in New Jersey in the 1830s

Friday, May 27, 2011

Registering in New Jersey

This 59 year old native of Belgium registered for the "Old Men's World War Two" draft in New Jersey in 1942.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Getting Hitched in our 30s

This couple got married in their late thirties in 1911. The groom indicates on the license he was born in Germany. The bride (my aunt--which pretty much gives that last name away) was born in Illinois.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Signing to Help Daughter Settle Up Dead Husband

This German native signed estate papers to assist in settling his son-in-law's estate in Iowa in the 1850s.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My 2012 Group Trip to the Salt Lake Family History Library

We've set the dates for my 2012 group trip to Salt Lake.

Never too early to get started. There are more details here on our post:

Signing to Settle Brother's Affairs

The widow and her brother-in-law (both German natives) signed papers to settle up the estate of her deceased husband in Iowa in the 1850s.

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.

Casefile Clues for Beginners will be distributed twice a month--in PDF format. For more information see our blog post

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.