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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Applying in Florida

This widow applied for a Confederate widow's pension in 1909.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

I Married Them People

This New Brunswick minister married a couple in 1865.

Friday, March 16, 2012

1898 Louisiana Applicant

Who are the applicants and witnesses on this 1898 Louisiana Confederate pension application?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I Surveyed That Property

This surveyor signed off on a survey of land the United States in 1794.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Name Above the Red Line

What is the name of the grantee on this 1790 era deed from Harford County, Maryland? It's the name above the little red line.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Applying for My Husband's Arkansas Pension

This widow signed a widow's pension application in Arkansas in July of 1925.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Signing on the Line in 1909

This Florida resident applied for a Confederate veteran's pension in 1909.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Homestead

This gentleman signed a homestead application for land in Colordo in the late 19th century.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Signing My Application

This Kentucky resident signed their Confederate pension application in the early 1900s.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A 1922 Signing in Mississippi

This Confederate veteran signed his pension application in 1922 in Mississippi.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Signing My Letter

This Louisiana Confederate veteran signed a letter in his pension application in 1915.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

We Served Together

In a letter dated 23 May 1910, these two men indicated they served with the gentleman who was applying for a Confederate pension in Arkansas.

Monday, March 5, 2012

We Are the Pension Board

These three men made up the pension board for Lincoln County, Arkansas in the early 1900s.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I'm the Sheriff and the Widow Tells the Truth

This local sheriff signed a statement in a Kentucky Confederate widow's pension application in the early 1900s.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

She Never Was Married More Than Once

This witness signed a statement in an early 1900 era Confederate pension application from Kentucky.

Friday, March 2, 2012

My Hubby Served and I Need Some Dough

This Kentucky widow applied for a pension in her husband's name in the early 1900s. Try and guess what's written above her name as well. I will tell you that to the left on those lines were the names of two potential witnesses to the widow's claim.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yeah I Know the Neighbor

Who signed this affidavit in an early 20th century Kentucky Confederate pension file?

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

Monday, February 27, 2012

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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
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Registering in Wisconsin-Number 2

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