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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Born in Sweden in 1867

The entry with the red dot is for the parents of "Samuel Otto," born in Tjarstad, Sweden, in 1867. The entire image can be viewed here, but the image in this post is as large as you will be able to make it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Making a 1924 Visit Overseas

This San Francisco resident applied for a passport in 1924. The name above the first dashed line is the one we're trying to read.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Pole Registers in Texas

This Polish native registered for the World War Two draft in San Antonio, Texas.

Genealogy Webinars in Sept and Oct 2011

I'll be presenting a series of genealogy webinars in September and October using You don't have to "join" Gotowebinar or create an account--it's just what we use to bring the seminar to you. Viewing/participating instructions will be sent after registration, along with reminders.

Seminars are an hour long, include a PDF handout, and 30 minutes for questions. Topics are:

  • Court Records
  • Two German Women in Illinois
  • Seeing Patterns and Organizing Information
  • Determining Your Own Migration Trail
  • Introduction to Federal Land States
Attend from the comfort of your own home!

More information is available at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A 19th Century Chicago Birth

The name between the red dots is the mother (with maiden name in the next column) from a 19th century birth record in Chicago.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Where Were Those Notices Sent?

Four notices regarding the attempt to probate a will in Illinois were sent to these towns in 1900. What were they? Try reading them without referring to a map if possible. I realize that a person SHOULD do that, but I'm curious how these get read "cold." Some are easy.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

An Old Norwegian Registers in NYC

This 1882 native of Norway registered for the "Old Men's" World War 2 draft in New York City in 1942.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Renting Some Farm Land

Who are the principals and the witness on this 1870 era farmland lease from Illinois?

1889 Witnesses to a Will

Who were the witnesses that signed this 1889 will in Carthage, Illinois?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Help Me Settle My Old Man's Affairs

The widow and two others signed her administrator's bond to execute her husband's will in 1877 in Illinois.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Who Is It In 1865?

What name is sixth from the bottom on this image (between William [or maybe Sallesman?] and J. W.)? This comes from Keithsburg, Mercer County, Illinois, in the 1865 Illinois State Census and those who wish to see the rest of the page can do so here.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Registering in Lafourche

This individual signed his draft registration card in Louisiana, in 1952 in Lafourche Parish.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Last 4 Names on the 1850 era Manifest

Can you read the last four names on this 1850 era manifest from Baltimore?

Those with an subscription can view the image here and manipulate it, etc.

The occupation for the name on line 153 is difficult to read and has been enlarged below:

I'd like to know what it says as well. The names on this one I actually know--the occupation is another matter altogether.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Death in Haltwhistle in 1868

This funeral entry comes from in 1868 in Haltwhistle, England. The entry of interest is 845--the last one.
The first column is the name.
Second is the abode.
Third is the date of the ceremony
Fourth is the age
Fifth is by whom the ceremony was performed.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Whose Name by the Red Dots in 1900?

Whose name is by the red dots in this 1900 census image from Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois. FamilySearch incorrectly indicates this is Basco Village--that's crossed out and these people were living east of the village on a farm at the time.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Alien Registration

What is the signature on this alien registration from 1918 in Tyro, Kansas?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My "Daily" Blogs

For those who were not aware, I have three daily blogs:

An 1892 Death in Pittsburgh

This child died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1892.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Registering Down in Louisiana in 1942

This Louisiana native registered in St. Martin, Louisiana, for the World War 2 draft in 1942.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A 1761 Entry from Castle Carrock

What's the first entry in this 1761 record from Castle Carrock in England?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Leaving Göteborg in 1888

This list of emigrants is of individuals leaving via Göteborg, Sweden, in 1888. Whose name is on line 63?

Get Casefile Clues for $13 Before We Have Our New Sponsor

Soon we'll be announcing a new sponsor for Genealogy Transcriber. This will be our last offer for Casefile Clues on the transcriber page for the duration of the sponsorship--so now is the time as it will be sometime before we'll be able to make Casefile Clues offers again. Get a year of Casefile Clues for $13(52 issues) before we announce our new sponsor.

Why the Underlining?

Any thoughts on why the name Michal is underlined on this 1879 deed transcription from Hancock County, Illinois?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm the JP on This One

Who was the Justice of the Peace listed on this 1879 deed in Illinois?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Who Is On the Bottom Of This List?

Who is the person enumerated on the last line on this 1820 census page from Muskingum County, Ohio?

I Died in 1918

This name comes from a 1918 Missouri Death Certificate....this one's fairly easy.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Casefile Clues Offer 52 for 12

Sunday we're offering a year of my weekly newsletter Casefile Clues for $12. Samples can be downloaded as PDF files here:

Feel free to let others know about the offer--this blog post will be pulled late Sunday night--don't wait. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Submitting Answers to Genealogy Transcriber

We love it when readers submit answers or guesses to our posts on Genealogy Transcriber.
However--please do not reply to the email in order to make your submission.

Answers/guesses can be sent by going to the blog post--usually by clicking on the link in the email or by going to and viewing the post and submitting an entry.

All responses are manually approved by me--not for accuracy, but just as a means of reducing spam.

Thanks for reading and responding!

Whose Name Is On the 8th Line?

In this 1870 census enumeration from Scott County, Iowa, who is on line 8?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

In Whose Hands?

"bushels of corn in the hands of..."

This deed comes from Coshocton County, Ohio, in the 1830s. In whose hands was the corn put?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hitching them in 1884

This is the signature of the officiant at a 1884 Chicago, Illinois, wedding.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What's That Inventory Item?

What's the inventory item between the red dots on the image above (click on it to enlarge)? This comes from an estate inventory in Davenport, Iowa, in the 1860s.

Monday, August 15, 2011

1852 from Castle Carrock

What is the bottom entry from the register of burials from Castle Carrock, England, in 1852? The date is the burial date, not the death date.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Signing in 1842

This gentleman signed an 1842 statement in a Revolutionary War pension case from New Jersey.