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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Applying for My Claim

This Kentucky native signed a statement in a pre-emption claim for property in Missouri in the 1850s.

Monday, June 20, 2011

1760 Castle Carrock

This church register entry comes from Castle Carrock, England, in 1760.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Getting Hitched in 1819

This bride and groom were married in Haltwhistle, England  in 1819. The witnesses also appear as signing the marriage document.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Christening in Cumrew

This christening comes from Cumrew, England in 1802--from the church parish records. The entry of interest is the second one on this image that begins with the "28."

Friday, June 17, 2011

Settling the Estate

We've included a little more of this one to help. What I'm really interested in are the names, but thought that a little more of the document might be helpful to interpret. 

This comes from a Scott County, Iowa, estate settlement in the 1860s. Keep in mind that when we are posting actual signatures (which this is not), it's not always possible to have anything other than the signature. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

We Saw Them People Sell That Land

This image is from part of the witness statements on a late 18th century deed in Amherst County, Virginia.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Selling Some Property in Amherst

These are a some of the grantors on a late 18th century deed from Amherst County, Virginia.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hunterdon Residents Sign Affidavit

These two residents of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, signed an affidavit in favor of one of their neighbors in the 1830s.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Texan Registers for the World War 2 Draft

This 48 year old farmer registered for the World War II Draft in Parker County, Texas in the 1940s.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What is Underlined in Red

This comes from an 1870s era poor farm register in Illinois. I'm trying to read the name above the red line as that's the person in whose care a relative was left.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Debts and Potatoes Not Worth Digging

This is part of the inventory of items in the inventory of Paul Freund estate in Scott County, Iowa, in July of 1863. The question for this post is who are the three individuals that had notes due to Paul Freund. The first one was for $300 and the second two were for $100. Those amounts were not included in this post so that the image could be enlarged.

Another inventory of the account listed these same debts and that image is included here as well.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Items From an Iowa Estate

These items appear in a guardian's accounting in Davenport, Iowa in the 1870s. I was going to include just one, but thought it unrealistic to select just one difficult to read item so have included several items. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Appraising the Minors' Share

These three men appraised the children's share of the estate of Anton Cawiezell in Scott County, Iowa, in the 1870s.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two of My Boys are My Heirs

These are two children of a deceased Harford County, Maryland, resident mentioned in an 1815 era estate settlement.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

End of Casefile Clues Beginners $7.50 Rate

Effective 8 June 2011, we'll be ending the $7.50 6 month rate for Casefile Clues Beginners. To facilitate bookkeeping, we'll be accepting year-long subscriptions for $17.00.

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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.