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Monday, December 12, 2011

Witnessing that Kentucky Pension

These two men witnessed a widow's statement in a early 20th century Kentucky Confederate pension application. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Genealogy Fundamental Webinars

Based upon several attendee suggestions, we've developed (or actually took materials from beginning classes I used to teach) a series of "Genealogy Fundamental" webinars on a variety of topics, including:
  • What's in a Deed
  • 1930 Census1880 Census
  • 1850 Census
  • Cash Land Sales
  • 19th Century Will
More specifics are on our registration page. Emphasis is on analyzing and interpreting the document used as a sample, including "where next?" and citation. 

A 1929 Naturalizer

This New Yorker applied for citizenship in 1929. Last name not so bad---the first?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Who Is That Nine Year Old?

What is the first name of the 9 year old in this census image from 1860?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Another North Carolinian Registers

This registrant's middle name is a little bit of a challenge. The 25 year old was living in Transylvania, NC when he registered for the World War 2 draft.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Printed My Name

This 33-year old South Carolina native signed his World War 2 draft card in 1947. He had a scar on his stomach, but I doubt that made a difference in his handwriting.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Pittsburgher Naturalizes

This immigrant signed his intent to naturalize in Pittsburgh in 1915.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Signing My Intent

This Vancouver, Canada, native filed an intent to naturalize in the United States in the 1930s.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

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A North Carolinian in 1940

This 28-year old North Carolina resident registered for the World Two Drafr in 1940

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A New Jersey Man Registers

Born in 1895, this New Jersey resident signed his World War 2 draft card in 1942.

Friday, December 2, 2011

More Brick Walls from A to Z--Recorded Version

More Brick Walls from A to Z -(NEW!)-This presentation is a continuation on the popular "Brick Walls from A to Z" that was released earlier. The alphabet has been reused for additional ideas and quick suggestions for getting past those brick walls--aimed at all levels--with the intent of jumpstarting people's research. Introductory recording price of $6 won't last long. Includes recording and PDF of handout. 

A New Yorker Registers for the WW2 Draft

This resident of New York City registered for the World War 2 draft in 1942.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Who is that 48 year old?

What is the name of the 48 year old male about half-way down this list? He is the last name on the image above that has a last name listed. This comes from an 1860 era manifest of New York arrivals.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Wisconsinite Registers...

This fifty-year old signed his World War 2 draft card in Wisconsin. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Who Is This Apprentice?

What is the signature on this 1871 apprentice document from London?

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Monday, November 28, 2011

My Father was a Cook

This comes from the "Freedom of the City Admission Papers" for London, England, 1681-1925 on What is the name of the person being apprenticed and his father. It is in the index in an interesting way. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Assigning my Patent in 1809

This Maryland resident assigned his patent in 1809 to a neighboring farmer. The assignee's son signed the document as well--really nice since the assignee was an ancestor of mine.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Witnessing the Transfer of that Survey

This individual witnessed the transfer of a real property survey in Maryland in the 1790s.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Another New Jersey Tax Payer From the 1780s

This one's easy--but he too is showing up on a tax list in New Jersey in the 1780s.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Missourians Get Hitched in 1874

What are the names of the couple getting married in this 1874 marriage record from Missouri?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Signing My Form in Texas

This 1884 native of Parker County, Texas registered for the World War 2 draft in 1942.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Who Is On Line 6?

 Who is listed on line 6 of this list of men eligible for the Civil War draft from Illinois taken in June of 1863.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Little More Difficult This Time

What name is that by the red dot in the 1830 census enumeration above? The entire census page is shown below. 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

High Schooler Registers

This senior at Norphlet High School registered for the draft in Arkansas in 1954.

Where Ever Profession Calls

This German native registered for the World War Two draft in Bay City, Texas, in 1942.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Genealogy Webinar Topics for December 2011

We've announced our schedule of genealogy webinars in December of 2011. Registrants who are unable to attend can receive (at no charge) download links for the recorded webinar and handout.

Topics include:

  • More Brick Walls from A to Z
  • Constructing Families from pre-1850 Census Records
  • American Naturalization Records Before 1920
  • Sarah & Susannah: Two 18th Century Virginia Woman and Their Property
Each webinar is $8 or you can sign up for all 4 for $28.

Who is the Informant?

Who is the informant (line 14) on this Missouri death certificate from 1921. A full image is here as a PDF file for those who are interested.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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.