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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm On Line 22--Who Am I?

Who is on line 22 of this passenger manifest from New Orleans in the 1850s?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Arkansas Man Registers

This Arkansas native registered in St. Francis County, Arkansas, in 1945.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Hubby Was a Vet

Who signed this application for a pension based upon her husband's Civil War pension in Florida?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Getting My Share

This man is listed as an heir to his father-in-law's estate in late 18th century Virginia.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Writing About Her Pension

Who signed this 1917 letter that appeared in the Revolutionary War pension file of a Virginia veteran?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 2012 Webinars

We are offering the following genealogy webinars in June 2012:

  • Crossing the Pond--Part 2
  • Making Corrections to Your Tree
  • American Revolutionary War Materials on
If you signed up for one originally and missed it, you'll get it at no additional charge. If you haven't already registered, do so at

Let Them Get Hitched

The father of the bride and groom signed this marriage consent in 1829 in Kentucky. Who are they?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yeah...My Old Man Served

Who signed this widow's Revolutionary War pension application in Kentucky in the mid 1800s?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Sun Can Marry

Who "signed" this 1829 marriage bond for their "Sun" to get married in Kentucky in 1829?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Selling the Old Kentucky Home

Who were the grantors on this deed from early 19th century Kentucky?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Appearing on the Tax Rolls

Who are these men who appear on a mid-19th century Kentucky tax list?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yeah We Signed That Bond

What were the names of the two men who signed this Kentucky marriage bond?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Filing a Partition Suit

These three individuals filed a partition suit in the early 1900s in the United States.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Who Signed this Marriage Bond?

Who signed this marriage bond from the mid-19th century in Kentucky?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Corner the Document

What does it say in the upper left hand corner of this document from Kentucky in the 1830s?

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Posting of Answers and a Few Other Details

I usually wait until 24 hours have elapsed after an entry has been posted to post the answer. This allows everyone who plays along to do so without getting on their email and the blog as soon as the signature posts. The original posts I can schedule in advance. The posting of answers (because I post them as a comment) cannot be scheduled in advance. Sometimes I am unable to post answers as soon as I would like.

Another frequent question is the amount of material posted from a record in a blog post. Usually the item posted is a signature of someone on a record and that signature is the only sample of their handwriting I have. That's how the site came about. Occasionally I post snippets from records and other materials written by clerks, census takers, etc.  These are done in small pieces to see how people interpret them.

The goal of Transcriber is to get readers thinking about handwriting.

Who Hitched 'Em?

What is the name of the person who is listed as the "By whom Married" on these 1815 era Kentucky marriages?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Join Me In Ft. Wayne 1-5 August 2012

In August, I'll be leading a small research group at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Our trip runs from 1-5 August. The Allen County Public Library has one of the largest genealogical research collections in the United States.

We stay at the Ft. Wayne Hilton at a negotiated special rate. For additional details about the trip see this earlier blog post

These Kentucky Bondsmen

Who are the bondsmen on this Kentucky marriage bond from the early 19th century?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Top of this Page?

What is written on the top of this item from a Kentucky marriage record?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Taking Communion in 1867

What is the name of this communicant in a rural Illinois church in 1867?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Get "Using US Census at" webinar free

We offered this to our Facebook fans yesterday and are repeating it here. You can get my webinar "Using the US Census at" free by using code uscensus at

Simply put "Using US Census at" in your cart and use "uscensus" as your coupon code.


Who Is the Wife?

What is the name of the wife on this 1930 death certificate from Illinois?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Desha County Man Registers

This 19 year old Desha County, Arkansas, resident registered for the draft in 1946.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arkinda Man Registers

This 18 year old resident of Arkinda, Arkansas, registered for the World War Two draft in 1943.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Family History Library Trip-Webinar Sale

To celebrate my annual trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake, we are running our $5 special from now until I depart for Salt Lake on Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM CST. Our $5 sale concentrates on a variety of methodology items, including:

  • Creating Research Plans
  • The Genealogical Proof Standard
  • Female Ancestors
  • Making and Proving Your Case
  • Court Records
  • Seeing the Patterns
  • and more.
To see the entire list and get the linking to the discount prices, visit this page:

Original Destroyed By Fire

This Cherry Valley, Arkansas, resident apparently had to register for the draft a second time because his first registration card was destroyed by fire in 1943.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Red-Haired Man Registers for the Draft

This 1927 native of Arkansas registered for the World War II draft in 1945 in Saline County, Arkansas. He had a ruddy complexion and red hair---but that's not much help with his signature.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A 160 Pound Man Registers for the WW2 Draft

This Bentonville, Arkansas, resident was born in 1902 and registered for the draft in 1942. He was 5'8" tall and weighed 160 pounds, but I doubt if that helps read his signature.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Registering in 1940

This 1916 Arkansas native registered for the World War II draft in Arkansas in 1940.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Signing in June of 1924

This Confederate pension applicant signed his application in June of 1924 in Mississippi.

$5 Sale on Brick Wall Webinars

I have given four Brick Wall from A to Z webinars--and I'm not doing any more. These are titled:

  • Brick Walls from A to Z
  • More Brick Walls from A to Z
  • Yet More Brick Walls from A to Z
  • Brick Walls from A to Z--the Final One

The recording and handout normally sell for $8.50. From now until 7 AM CST on 18 May 2012, we're offering these at $5 each. That's a savings of 40%. Don't wait...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1918 Mississippi Application

This individual signed his application for a Confederate pension in Mississippi in 1918.What is his name?

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.