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Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm Not the Groom

This sole bondsman appears on an 1809 marriage bond from Tennessee. What's his name?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gonna Have a January Wedding

Who signed this 1809 marriage bond on January 4th?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Preparing for the Marriage

Who were the men that signed this 1809 bond? That last name of the first one isn't too bad.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Just One Dude On this Bond

Who signed this 1809 marriage bond? It is slightly different from others we've used lately as there's just one signature on it. Hopefully that will make it easier ;-)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

One of Us Didn't Write

What are the names on this 1809 marriage bond from Tennessee?

Last Set of $5 webinars-Probate, Land, Newspapers, and more

Our last set of $5 webinars are on the following topics:
  • Illinois Research
  • The Probate Process
  • US Naturalization Records pre-1920
  • Local Land Records in Public Domain Land States
  • Newspaper Research
The link for more details and ordering is here:

Sale on these is over in 36 hours--don't wait.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Baptized in Quebec

This entry is the name of a child baptized in Quebec in the mid-19th century.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Methodology Webinars on Sale

Due to popular demand (and because our Google followers never got the notice), we're offering again our discount price ($5 each--save 40%--regularly $8.50) on our most popular genealogy methods lectures through as long as this page is still up.

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Creating Research Plans. This presentation discusses how to create your research plans, how to set goals, how to not set goals, when you are proving and when you are not, and other key concepts. Of course, we have a few charts as well. Our attempt is to be down-to-earth and practical. I realize that most genealogists are not going to write journal articles, however our research needs to be as thorough as possible and our analysis and method well-thought out or we're not going to get the best possible story on great-great-grandma that there is. This presentation is geared towards intermediate researchers, but advanced beginners might get some benefit from it as well.

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The Genealogical Proof Standard for the Non-Professional. One of our most popular webinars, this presentation provides an overview of the “Genealogical Proof Standard,” including a discussion on the “exhaustive search.” The Proof Standard is not just for professionals, any genealogist who wants to improve their research and get past those stumbling blocks would be well served by implementing it in their research. Our discussion is practical, down-to-earth, and hands-on.

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Female Ancestors. This presentation discusses approaches and techniques for determining an ancestor's maiden name and locating "missing" females. Geared towards the advanced beginner or intermediate researcher, it focuses on American records and sources. The content is not specific to any one time period and many of the approaches can be refined for different locations or types of records. If you are stymied on your female ancestors--and half your ancestors are female.
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Making and Proving Your Case. Geared towards advanced beginners and intermediate researchers, this presentation discusses things to think about before writing up "your case." Talks about statements, primary, secondary, ways to prove yourself, considering all the options, disproving, citation, etc. Provides the viewer with ideas on how to "make their case" and see gaps or omissions in their research.
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Creating Families from Pre-1850 Census Records --This presentation discusses how to analyze pre-1850 census records in order to determine the family structure that is suggested by those records. Enumerations for one household between 1810 and 1840 are analyzed in order to determine the number of children, ranges on their years of birth, and ranges on years of birth for the oldest male and oldest female in the household.
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Court Records-Pig Blood in the Snow. This lecture discusses American court records at the county level where cases were typically originally heard. Discusses cases of main genealogical relevance along with searching techniques.

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Seeing the Patterns-Organizing Your Information. This lecture discusses the problem-solving process and a variety of ways to organize your information with the intent of getting the research to notice overlooked clues, patterns, trends, and information. $8.50 includes handout and hour-long lecture
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Who Are Those Men By the Red Line?

What are the names of the three men by the red line in this 1840 census enumeration?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Applying for My Tennessee Pension

What is the closing and signature from the letter in an application for a Confederate pension from the state of Tennessee?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Married Them In 1936

This is the officiant on a 1936 marriage in Washington State. What's his name?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Approval of Submissions

Normally I approve submissions within a few hours (during normal times of the day). If you don't see your submission within 24 hours, consider reposting it. I've had issues with a few submissions "disappearing" between the time I get an email about them and when I get into actually "approve" them.

The only ones I intentionally delete are those that are clearly spam.

Yeah....We Know the Bride and Groom

These two men signed a marriage bond in Tennessee in 1835.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

That's a Scribble on the Bottom

What are the two names above the "scribble" on this 1830s era marriage bond from Tennessee?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Final Brick Wall from A to Z Webinar

Of all the webinars, the "Brick Walls from A to Z" series has been the most popular. Recorded copies are available in my webinar archives but we're going to put on one last A2Z webinar. 

Tomorrow, 15 April 2012 we will offer our FINAL "Brick Walls from A to Z" webinar. This will be the last new one. Previous attendees have been requesting one more installment in this series, but tomorrow's session at 1:30 PM Central Standard Time will be the final live run. 

Geared for beginning and intermediate researchers, this session will include a PDF copy of the handout and registration for the live version is limited.  There will be time for questions and answers afterwards. 

Sign up for this last session in the series is only $5--less than our normal rate. Registrants who miss the live session can get a free copy of the webinar recording--as long as they were registered before 1:00 PM CST 15 April 2012. Copies after the webinar is over will be sold at $8.50. 

You can process your registration here:

Hope to "see" some of you tomorrow!

Another Tennessee Couple Ends the Single Life

These two men signed a Tennessee marriage bond in the 1830s. Who were they?

Friday, April 13, 2012

We Filed a Bill in Equity

These two men were plaintiffs in a court action in Alamance County, North Carolina, on 4 March 1867. These are their signatures. What are their names?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Let 'Em Get Hitched

Bondsmen on a Tennessee marriage bond from the early 19th century.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

New Genealogy Webinars--April 2012

We have added two new webinars in our April 2012 series:

  • Creating Research Plans--12 April 2012
  • Google Docs for Genealogists-13 April 2012

They Are Legal to Get Hitched

Who are the names of the bondsmen on this early 19th century Tennessee marriage?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Dad and the Unmarried Daughters

Who is listed in the household headed by the 84 year old widow in this 1940 census enumeration.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Living With Five Kids

What are the names of the head of household and the wife on this 1940 census enumeration?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Who Are the Last Two?

What are the last two names on this entry from the 1940 census?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Who Is the Mother-in-law?

Who is listed as the mother-in-law on this 1940 census enumeration?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Daily Transcriber Philosophy

For those who are new to the Daily Genealogy Transcriber, we usually only post part of the image as a way of helping us see how others might read names, even if they are read incorrectly. Part of this is because in some documents all you have is the person's signature and also learning about other interpretations helps us to find names in indexes and other finding aids.

If a person was actually transcribing, then of course you would want to have a larger sample of their handwriting.

That's not quite our purpose here.

Who Is That 55-Year Old?

Who is the 55-year old head of household in this 1940 census enumeration from Illinois?

1940 Census Webinar-Getting Images

Everyone's crazy about the 1940 census...including me--I've found 11 of my ancestors and a few others in the first few days since it's release. We're going to help those who need it see how to navigate the free 1940 census sites.

On 4 April 2012 at 7:30 PM Central time (Wednesday), I'll be presenting a webinar on using the free 1940 census sites. Not all have everything uploaded (NARA does), but we'll see how to navigate, download, and work with the free 1940 census images that are available.

You can register for this webinar for $8.

Or you can get the webinar free if your order  at least $20 of recorded webinars from my recorded webinar page--and to top if off, you can use the coupon code of 1940 to reduce your order price in HALF and still get a complimentary registration for the 4 April 2012 1940 census webinar (for as little as $10--the $20 order minimum applies BEFORE you use the coupon). So that means your recorded webinars will cost you half the normal price and you'll get the 1940 Census webinar on the free sites at no charge--as long as your order totals $20 before you use the coupon.

All webinar registrants can request a complimentary webinar download after it's been uploaded.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The 11 year old son?

What is the name of the 11-year old son in this 1940 census enumeration from Illinois--he's the 6th name in this entry.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Other Dude Made His Mark

This marriage bond from 1815 in Tennessee contains the mark of one bondsman and the actual signature of the other. What is that second name?

Sunday, April 1, 2012