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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Yeah...That Really Was Him

These two men witnessed a Civil War veteran's 1907 statement in his Union pension application.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Yeah...She Said That

These two men witnessed a widow's Civil War pension statement 1913.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Who Is the Daddy?

Who is the father on this 1915 death certificate from Michigan?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

New Brick Wall and DeedMapper Webinars Released

The session on DeedMapper discusses how patents for John Rucker and several of his neighbors were located using the Library of Virginia website. The presentation discusses the downloading of the patents, reading them, inputting the descriptions into DeedMapper and attempting to fit them together using the plats created by DeedMapper. The digital media for this presentation can be purchased for $8.50.

The session on "Yet More Brick Walls from A to Z" continues our popular series on this topic--with yet another list of brick wall breakers--with discussion--from A to Z. The digital media for this presentation (handout and presentation) can be downloaded for $6.

Whose Line is Mentioned Above the Red Line?

Whose name is mentioned above the red line in the metes and bounds description in an 18th century Virginia land patent?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I Made a Handwritten Copy of that

This court official made a handwritten copy of a declaration of intent in 1900.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Signing My Name and My Address

Readers of my other blogs will know who this, but hopefully they'll wait and let the others play. This English native signed his name in a naturalization record in the United States in 1900.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A North Carolinian Applies in 1910

These two individuals witnessed a pension application in 1910 in North Carolina.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Island Groves Man Applies in 1903

This resident of Island Groves, Florida, applied for a Confederate pension in 1903.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Signing Some Papers in 1925

This applicant for a Confederate pension in Arkansas signed on 22 June 1925.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Registering in Ville Platte

This individual signed his Selective Service card in Louisiana in 1954 . He was in the 10th grade at the time.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

You Signed That Deed

Who were the witnesses on this 1790 era deed from Harford County, Maryland?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Who Is This 1910 Head of Household

Who is the head of household on this 1910 census entry? The man next number 124 is the person of interest.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Who Is Making this 1928 Petition?

This German native signed a document in a naturalization file from 1928.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Russian Soldier Applies to Naturalize

This 1894 Russian native petitioned to become a citizen while in the US military in the early 20th century.

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