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Monday, October 24, 2011

Who Is That Kid?

What is the name of the child on the line with the red dot in this 1920 census record from Hancock County, Illinois? The whole census page can be viewed below for those who would like to see more handwriting.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What's That Last Name?

What is the last name of the estate being settled in the lines marked by the red dot? The last name is the same in both entries--one for the guardian's report and another for the administrator's report? What's the last name?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Commenting on Transcriber Posts

To comment on images we have posted, you must visit the blog and submit a response. Responses can be submitted anonymously, but I usually approve everything--unless it is clear spam.

If you don't see your response within 12 hours or so, consider resubmitting it. Occasionally when I approve responses on my smart phone, I click on the "delete" button as it is VERY close to the "approve" button. Once I hit that, I can't go and get the post back.


Appraising an Estate in 1877

These three men signed off on an estate appraisal in Illinois in 1877.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Getting Hitched in Illiois

What are the names of this couple from this Illinois marriage register entry?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Line 6-Lovely Census Handwriting



What is the sixth name on this page? The image below pulls up a larger image--the desired name is on line 84 of the larger sheet. Try and avoid looking in indexes and other finding aids for this one. It's a challenge. I know who it is, but won't provide any clues. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just who is that second person?

Who are the names in household 2478 from this 1860 census in Adams County, Illinois? I've posted the whole census page below for those who want to give it a look at to see more of the handwriting. But try and "interpret" using only the census information here. I do know what this one is supposed to be. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our Philosophy and Purpose

The Daily Genealogy Transcriber was started on a whim--at least partially. All genealogists struggle with names that are difficult to read and get read "creatively" by indexers or transcriptionsists. Despite the best of intentions, those reading records can interpret things in ways other than they were intended.

The point of Transcriber was to see how easy it is to read something in a way other than it was written. For that reason, we don't always post the entire image--although often we do post more than just one word if the item is from a census,  a passenger list, a church record, etc.

However, with signatures--that often is the only handwriting we have as the person signing the document often did not write the entire document. That's the case with draft registrations, original copies of wills, and a few other records. In some cases, the signature is all that is posted because that is the ONLY sample of that person's handwriting available.

Usually images posted are the largest and best magnification that I can get--click on the image and often times it will come up bigger.

Part of how we (I) play the game here at the Genealogy Transcriber is to show you part of the entire document so we can see how errors in transcription happen. I think that for some of us (ok, at least me) seeing those alternate renderings is extremely helpful when searching databases that contain transcriptions of names.

In almost every case, I know what the "answer" is,and usually post it in a few days after the original image runs. If you see a post from me, then it's either a general comment, directed suggestion, or the "answer."

Thanks for playing--and please continue to play. There are quite a few who diligently follow The Genealogy Transcriber every day and I DO appreciate that.

Michael

Signing for My Draft

This individual signed his World War I draft registration card in Illinois.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

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Who Is That 45-Year Old Male?

What is the name of the 45 year old male in this 1850 census enumeration from Missouri?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

November Webinar Schedule

November webinars we are giving include:
  • Ancestry.com US Census Searching
  • DeedMapper for Metes and Bounds Properties
  • Using the Bureau of Land Management Website
  • A Missing 1840 Census Enumeration

Family 17---Who Are They?


Can you read these three names from household 17 in the 1910 US Census for Oklahoma?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two and Three On This List

What are the second and third names on this 1800 federal census enumeration from Harford County, Maryland?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top of the Census List

Who is at the top of this list of enumerees from the 1830 federal census for Coshocton County, Ohio?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

What's the Name of that Guy from Tigerville?

This 1882 native of Edgard, Louisiana, didn't know his birthdate precisedly, but he registered there in 1942 for the World War Two Draft.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Kinston Native Registers

This 1878 native of Kingston, New York, registered for the World War Two draft in New York City in 1942.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Born in Oklahoma in 1886

This native of the Oklahoma Territory signed his World War Two draft card in Shawnee, Oklahoma in the 1940s.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

An Indianian Registers for World War II

This 1893 Indiana native registered for the World War II draft in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1942

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

We Don't Want to Settle That Estate Ourselves

Regular readers may recognize the last names....but what are the names of these three heirs who signed a relinquishment to administrate an estate in Illinois in 1869?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What is that by the red dot?

What is the item by the red dot on this 1877 estate inventory from Hancock County, Illinois?

Monday, October 3, 2011

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Michael

1876 Signatures from an Illinois Will

These three individuals witnessed an 1876 will in Illinois.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Dallas Native Registers

This 50 year old Dallas, Texas native registered for the World War Two draft in 1942. He had a scar on the center of his forehead, but I don't think that impacted his signature.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Loyola Student Registers in 1948

This registrant registered for the draft in September of 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born in 1929 in New Orleans, and was a student at Loyola at the time he registered.

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Mount Taborian Registers for the Draft

This 1892 native of Mount Tabor, New Jersey registered for the World War II draft in Morris County, New Jersey in 1942.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Who Is Living in Household 110?

Who is the head of household for household 110 on this 1850 census entry from Indiana? [added question: And whose household 111?]

[the title of this post was corrected to "Who Is." Thanks to the commenter who caught the error.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Registering in Milwaukee

This 1885 native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, registered there in 1942 for the World War 2 Draft.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Florida Pension Bill

This gentleman signed a Confederate Civil War pension application in Florida in 1935.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Helping Them Get a Florida Pension

These two individuals signed an affidavit in a 1918 application for a widow's Confederate pension in Florida.

1831 Coshocton Tax List--The Whole Page

Saturday's post included part of this page. I've posted the entire thing here for those who would like to give it a try. You'll have to click on the image to pull up a larger version. There's no red dot on this one, but that's on the original post.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Whose that Kid?

What is the name of the child (second line from bottom) in this 1856 era guardianship from Illinois?