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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Selling Some of the Essex County Farm

Can you read the names of the grantors on this early 18th century deed from Essex County, Virginia? Their names are underlined in red. Below is a larger writing sample--large file.

Monday, February 20, 2012

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For our new fans and as a reminder to ones who have been around a little bit longer, I have the following blogs--all are free. Posting frequency varies

Making My Application in 1907 in NC

This Confederate widow signed a pension application in North Carolina in 1907.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

March 2012 Genealogy Webinars

Our March 2012 Genealogy Webinar schedule has been posted. Topics are:

  • Probate Process
  • Proving Benjamin
  • Genealogy Proof Standard  (rescheduled)
  • Researching Female Ancestors
Details are on our webinar page at

Registering in Wisconsin-Number 2

This Wisconsin native signed his World War 2 draft card in 1942 in Wisconsin.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Signed in 1925

This Confederate veteran signed his pension application in Kentucky in 1925.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

It Is 1915 In Kentucky

This individual signed an affidavit in a Confederate pension application in 1915 in Kentucky.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Applying to be in the Home

This individual applied to be in a Missouri Confederate veteran's home in 1905.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Comrade Served

Who signed this letter in a Missouri Confederate pension file?

Monday, February 13, 2012

They Denied Me

This widow signed a statement in Confederate pension application from Florida in 1908. Her claim was denied.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Who Died in England?

Who is listed as having died in this 19th century English church register?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Grandpa Was Guardian

This German native signed a document in his grandchildren's guardianship file in 1918. That's all there is to his signature.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Four Names on this Georgia Warrant

What are the four names at the bottom of this 1793 Georgia land warrant?

My Kin Don't Help Me Out

This Mississippi resident signed a Confederate pension application in 1916. What's her name?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Made My Statement in 1924

This Mississippi widow signed a statement in 1924 in her Confederate widow's pension application

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

We Actually Signed the Actual Deed

This couple signed a deed in Illinois in the 1860s. This is from the actual deed--not the record copy.

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