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Monday, October 31, 2011

Signing my Card

This Illinois native registered for the World War 2 draft in the 1940s.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Who Is At the Bottom of the Page?

 Who is listed at the very bottom of this census page? The complete image for this 1930 census page is below and the larger image (3rd one in this blog post) is the remaining names from this household on the top of the next page.
The wife and children from the next page. The third entry on this page (the 18 year old son) is interesting as well. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

1910 Chicago Resident

Who is on line 51[top entry] of this 1910 census from Chicago, Illinois? Full sheet below for those who would like to see it. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just a Little Scribble...

This 18 year old signed his draft card in 1942 in Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Renting For $60 a Month

What is the name of the person enumerated on the line with the blue dot? This one is easier than ones we have had over the last several days.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Running Mother's Estate in 1926

These two ladies signed off to be executors of their mother's estate in Illinois i n1926.

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.


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:
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  • 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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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.