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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

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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.

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.