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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Signing in Front of Mr. Gentry

This Hungarian native signed a document in his naturalization application in 1920 in Virginia.

Monday, January 16, 2012

February 2012 Webinar Schedule Announced

We are excited about our webinar offerings for February of 2012.

Our topics are:

  • Creating Your Own Genealogy Blog
  • Yet More Brick Walls from A to Z
  • Writing and Making Your Case
  • The Genealogical Proof Standard "for the rest of us"
Registration is $5 per session until 20 January 2012--$8 after that. Those who cannot attend will be able to download the webinar at no additional charge. To view system requirements and offering dates and times, visit

Goodbye to the King

This native of England filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in Virginia in 1928.

Early Registration Deadline for Family History Library Trip-May 2012

Early registration for my Family History Library research trip ends tomorrow (17 January 2012). More details are here:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Living in Charlottesville in 1925

This immigrant was living in Charlottesville, Virginia, when they signed a document in the process of becoming naturalized.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ready to Convert My Citizenship in 1923

This immigrant signed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in Virginia in 1923.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Filing My Intent in 1923

This German native signed a declaration of intent in 1923 in Virginia.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Writing My Name on My Pension Request

This resident of Jefferson County, Florida signed for their pension in 1919.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getting Hitched in Ohio

What are the names of the bride and groom on this Ohio marriage record from the early 19th century? The complete image from FamilySearch is posted below.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Married in New Jersey in 1826

What are the names of the bride and groom on this 1826 marriage record from Hunterdon County, New Jersey?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Recordings of Illinois Research and Using Webinars

We've just released the recorded version of my Illinois Research webinar which discusses research in local records in the state of Illinois. Geared towards advanced beginners and intermediate researchers, it focuses on local records, what makes Illinois different, and larger statewide facilities. The media file and handout can be ordered for $8.50 here.

Last week I had my first webinar on Using We talked about the basics of file types and formats, but I'm not the sort of presenter who goes on and on about that sort of thing. We looked at ways to search for what is on digital books and digital images of microfilm. The cataloging on is not all that easy to use and various ways to find things were discussed.

The Allen County Public Library has allowed many of their out of copyright books to be digitized as well as their NARA microfilm. There is a wealth of material on free. Digital images of books can be downloaded as PDF, text, EPUB, and a variety of other formats or readable online. Digital copies of microfilm can be downloaded as a PDF file or viewed online as a "book." The names on the microfilm are not indexed, but if you "know" where the person should be or already have that location, searching is not difficult. It is also nice to be able to download a whole roll of microfilm to your computer as well.

We've had good feedback about the webinar on and I learned a few things myself while putting it together.

You can order the webinar and handout here--for $8.50.Download is immediate.

Requesting a Pension in 1916

This confederate veteran signed a pension application in  Mississippi in 1916.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Resident of Alachua, Florida Applies in 1909

What is the name of this Florida applicant who signed his application in 1909 for a Confederate pension from the State of Florida?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

An 1807 Marriage

This 1807 marriage is from Montgomery County, Ohio. The names of the bride and groom shouldn't be too difficult. The minster is extra credit ;-). 

The entire page(s) can be viewed below.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Making My Request in 1924

This widow applied for a Mississippi confederate widow's pension in 1924.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Applying For My Confederate Pension in 1908

The first name on this image was applying for a Confederate service pension in Mississippi in 1908. The other person was witnessing his signature.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Who Is Getting Married In Ohio?

Regular readers may recognize the bride's surname, but what are the names of this couple getting married in Ohio in the 1800s in this marriage register entry?

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sponsoring the Baby

This individual is listed as a godparent on a baptism in northern Germany in the 1850s.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Just One Tax Payer

Here is just one name from a tax roll in Delaware County, Ohio, in the early 1800s.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Six Names on the Tax Roll

What are the names of these six taxpayers from this early 19th century Delaware County, Ohio, tax list?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

August 2012 Research Trip to Ft. Wayne's Allen County Public Library

We have released details of our August 2012 group research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1-5 August. Join us! Details are here

President of the 1909 Board

Who signed as president of the board on this 1909 Confederate pension application from Mississippi?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Registering on Valentine's Day 1942

This native of Louisiana, born in 1904, registered for the World War II draft on Valentine's Day in 1942.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Can You Read that 1870 Name?

What is the name of the head of household (the 45 year old male) in this 1870 census?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

I Served, But I Have to Register

This civil engineer registered in Louisiana for Selective Service in 1948 and indicated he had served for two years in the Army at the end of World War II.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays from Genealogy Transcriber

Season's Greetings from Genealogy Tip of the Day!

An Alabaman Living in Colorado Registers in Louisiana

This Alabama native had a permanent residence in Louisiana but was a student in Colorado when he registered for Selective Service in 1955

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Many Man Registers

This young man registered for Selective Service in 1957 in Many, Louisiana.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

January 2012 webinar schedule released

Our series of January 2012 genealogy webinars have been announced:

  • Illinois Research
  • Using
  • Newspaper Research
  • Tips and Tricks for
Sessions are an hour long and registrants who are unable to attend will receive complimentary download links. 
Details and registrations can be processed on our website at Registration is limited.

A Central American Registers

In 1955, this native of Nicaragua registered for Selective Service in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Husband was a Confederate Prisoner of War

This Kentucky widow indicates that her late husband was a prisoner of war during the Civil War.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Neighbor Lady Needs That Pension

These two individuals signed a statement in a widow's pension application for a Kentucky Confederate pension.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Not the Doctor-But the Veteran

What was the name of the Confederate veteran who signed this 1912 petition? Not the doctor on the left, but the name above the P.O. Click on the image to view it larger if you need to.