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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

She Won't Live Too Long

These two affiants signed a statement in a Kentucky Confederate widow's pension which indicated that "she is not likely to live more than a few years..."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gettting Hitched in Iowa Around 1910

This man signed his marriage application in Iowa in 1911.

Monday, February 27, 2012

About Daily Genealogy Transcriber

Daily Genealogy Transcriber is about helping genealogists decipher handwriting. Signatures, handwriting samples, etc. are posted daily for site viewers and followers to try and interpret.

Our intent is to get people thinking about the individual signature or piece of handwriting and how it can be misinterpreted. To that end, sometimes we only provide a snippet of the writing. And sometimes, we only have the signature in that handwriting, the rest of the document was written in an entirely different hand.

And once in a while we post pieces that are "easy." Sometimes we still get interesting readings on those and we have a few people who like to try and be the "first" to respond. 

I encourage everyone to submit transcriptions of items that have been posted. If you don't want to use your real name, that's fine but consider using a pseudonym so that others responding have a "name" to respond to. I approve just about every posting unless it's spam or "in poor taste." 

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Getting My Mississippi Pension

What is the signature on this early 20th century Confederate pension application from Mississippi?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Grantor and Grantee

The names of these two men are "reversed" on these two index entries to a series of land records in Illinois in the mid-1800s. One is the index entry for the deed and the other is the index entry for the mortgage.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Paying My Virginia Taxes

What is the first name on this early 19th century tax list from Virginia?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Red Dot at the Poor Farm

What is the name of entrant 512 (red dot) on this poorfarm register from the early 20th century in Illinois?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yeah--He's Dead

Who signed this 1930 era death certificate from Illinois?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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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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.