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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Living in Kentucky in 1840

This one is easier than the ones we've had lately. Whose by the red dot in this 1840 census enumeration?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Couple Gets Hitched in Missouri

 What are the names of the couple and officiant on this 1860 Missouri marriage?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Getting Hitched in Missouri in the 19th Century

 This couple was married in Missouri in the mid-19th century. Those who'd like to see just the marriage entry can click on the image above for a larger view. The entire two pages of the entry can be seen below. The entry is the one on the upper left of the left hand page below.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Who Is Hanging Out On Line 21?

Who is on line 21? You can click on the image below to pull up the entire page from this 1870 census.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Living With My Sisters in 1900

Who are the individuals listed in household 94? Click on the image above for a larger view or the image below for the entire census page.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Who Died in Russia?

What is the name of the individual who is listed in this report of a death contained in Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974. 

The village I'm not certain on, but the name I think I have figured out. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What's that 1880 Place of Birth?

What is the place of birth for the individuals on the second and third line of this census enumeration? They are showing the apparent same place of birth for their fathers (second column) and mothers (third column). Some of my regular readers will have a "heads up" on this one. To see more handwriting, the complete census page is below. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

48 Year Old Registers for Draft

This 48-year old registered for the World War 2 draft in New York in 1942.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Who Is the Dairywoman?

Who is the Dairy Woman--the line with the purple "dot" in this 1860 census enumeration? The entire page is below for those who would like to see more handwriting. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Who Is This 1860 Iowan?

What is the name of the head of household for this 1860 census enumeration in Iowa? If you'd like to see the entire page for additional handwriting samples, click the image below. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Who Is That 44 Year Old Man?

What is the name of the first person on this 1880 census enumeration? Feel free to guess the female listed in the household as well. The full image is below--but try and read just from this page or the full page below, as if you were actually transcribing the image. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Letter About Her Son in the War

What is the signature on this letter written by a mother in regards to her son's military service in World War I?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

1950 Registration

This individual registered for Selective Service in Arkansas in 1950.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Registering in Pea Ridge

This 52-year old was living in Pea Ridge, Illinois, when he signed his draft registration card in 1942. Try and avoid searching for him in a census or other record before you guess at the name.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Three Severed Fingers and I'm Signing My Draft Card

This 48 year old native of Galesburg, Illinois, registered for the World War 2 draft in 1942. He also had three severed fingers--no indication of which hand.

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

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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?