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Monday, May 14, 2012

Sign Me Up to Be a Citizen

This man filed his declaration of intent to become a citizen in Texas in 1900.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Signing My New York Will

This person signed his will in the mid-1800s in New York State. What is his name?

Friday, May 11, 2012

I'm the Commissioner

Who signed off as the commissioner on this county court record from Alabama in 1907?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Don't Forget the Dots

If it is clear that the person put a dot after an initial, don't forget to include that in your transcription.

The Couple Who Signed

This couple signed an affidavit in 1920 in a Tennessee Confederate pension application.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My Mother-In-Law is Old

This individual signed an affidavit regarding his mother-in-law's Revolutionary War widow's pension in Ohio in the 1840s.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Neighbor Deserves That Pension

Who signed this early 20th century letter in support of a Tennessee Confederate pension application?

Monday, May 7, 2012

She Died in 1855

The testator on this will died in 1855, probably in New York State and probably a few weeks before her will was admitted to probate.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Crossing Pond and Comparison Shopping Webinar

We have just announced the remainder of our May 2012 genealogy webinars:

Crossing the Pond--10 May 2012--for help with those immigrant ancestors in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Comparison Shopping-8 May 2012--determining if you have the "right" person.

Registration and additional details are here: 

Charts, Google Docs, Proving Ellen, and What Is Not Written

We have just released our latest series of webinars:

  • Charts, Charts and More Charts
  • Google Docs
  • Proving Ellen
  • What Is Unwritten
You can order all four for $20.00--just put "florence" as the coupon code at checkout.
That's a savings of $11.00!

 Charts, Charts, and More Charts

Charts, Charts, and More Charts discusses a variety of charts that can be used to organize your research. No family group or pedigree charts here--I discuss a variety of customized charts that I've used for years in my own research. Whenever I'm confused or something doesn't make sense, I make a chart as readers of Casefile Clues already know. This webinar is geared towards advanced beginners or intermediate researchers. $8.50.
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 Google Docs

This webinar discussed using Google Docs, particularly sharing, collaborating, and publishing your content on your blog, website, etc. We discussed the various types of documents that can be created and how to use those documents for genealogy and interact with others using those documents. The handout and presentation can be downloaded here for $8.50. 
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 Proving Florence

This short--25 minutes--webinar was a part of our fundamental genealogy series and concentrated on how "proof" of a father was constructed for a women born in the 1850s in either Iowa or Missouri. Methodology and process were discussed--clearly and concisely with a detailed handout.  The handout and presentation can be downloaded here for $2.50.
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 What is Not Written

This hour-long presentation discusses why what "is not written" is just as important as what is written in a document. Geared towards intermediate level researchers, it discusses ways to see what might have "really been going" on in a document or series of records. The importance of state statute, culture, local customs, and more are discussed through specific examples. This presentation sells for $8.50.
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Settling Up My Worldly Affairs in 1844

Who signed this will from 1844 in New York? This is the only sample of her handwriting in the entire set of probate papers.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Witnessing that New York Will in 1855

What were the names of these two witnessed this 1855 will from New York?

Friday, May 4, 2012

My Pension Was Restored

What is the name of this Tennessee Confederate pensioner as shown on the last line of this image?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Send Word to Me

This Ohio resident in 1820 indicated that information regarding a pension application was to be directed to him and that he would notify the pensioner.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Signing for my Pay

These two soldiers signed that they had received their pay in the American Revolution for service in a Continental unit.

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

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?