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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

All 7 August Genealogy Webinars for $30

You can sign up for all my August 2012 webinars for only $30. Topics and registration link are on this page.

Making A Declaration in 1853

Regular readers will recognize this last name, but I could not resist posting it since FamilySearch released these records in digital format today.

This signature comes from an 1863 declaration of intent in Illinois--for one of my ancestors.

Webinar On Using the 1940 Census--9 August

We are offering a webinar on using the free 1940 census search (free through through 2013) and FamilySearch. Get tips, tricks and suggestions for using these sites to find your 1940 era relatives.

Registration is only $1.50 for the hour-long presentation. Our webinars don't have a sponsor, so we do have to recoup the hosting fees, but this is the lowest we've ever offered registration.

Your registration can be processed via this link securely.

Log in information will be sent within 24 hours of your registration.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Working for Gulf Oil in Atlanta

This 1901 Georgia native was work for Gulf Oil when he signed his draft card in the early 1940s.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

New Webinars-Land Descriptions, FamilySearch,US CW Pensions

We have three new webinar topics for August:

  • Federal Land Descriptions
  • Determining What's On FamilySearch
  • Did Your Ancestor Get a Union Civil War Pension?

10 August 2012
10:00 AM Central
Sections, Townships, Base Lines and Meridians: Land Descriptions in Federal Land States
This presentation will provide an overview of how land is described in Federal land states, beginning with base lines and meridians and working down to sections and quartersections. We’ll see how to interpret a legal description, determine the approximate acreage, and create property maps.
10 August 2012
12 Noon Central
Understanding What’s On FamilySearch: Do Multiple Databases with Similar Titles Confuse You?
This presentation will focus on American databases on Do you know what you are really searching when you search aFamilySearchdatabase? Do you understand the difference between three databases with similar titles that cover “the same thing?” We will look at several examples during this presentation and provide a general framework for determining (when you can) what a database really is.
10 August 2012
2:00 PM Central
Did Your Civil War Ancestor Get a Pension: Ways to Determine if your Serviceman Applied
We will look at several online finding aids to pensions, some offline finding aides, and a general research strategy for determining if your Civil War ancestor received a pension.

Tennie Registered Me

This 1913 native of Woodruff County, Arkansas, registered for Selective Service in 1940. The registrar's first name was Tennie--which really is no clue, just interesting.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Settling Up That Estate

Who is the administrator of the estate being settled? The names are underlined in this 1850 era court record.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cooking in 1950

 This 1932 native of Bidville, Arkansas was working as a cook when he signed his draft card in 1950 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lauaca Native Registers

This 1879 native of Lauaca, Texas, was living in Yoakum, Texas, when he registered for the World War II draft.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Working at Fort Sam Houston

This 1894 native of Yorktown, Texas, was working for a civilian employer at Fort Sam Houston when he registered for the World War II draft

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dahloneaga, Georgia Native Registers

This Dahloneaga, Georgia, native registered for the World War Two draft in Texas. 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ending the Letter

What does the end of this letter found in a Union Civil War pension file say?

Friday, July 27, 2012

I'm His Guardian

This man signed a letter in a Civil War pension file in the 1860s testifying that he was the guardian of the deceased veteran's child. What is his name?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Delivered That Baby in 1859

This doctor signed a statement in the 1860s regarding a child he delivered in Illinois in 1859.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Registered in Louisiana in 1943

This 1925 native of Scott, Louisiana, registered for the draft in 1943. He had a small scar under his right eye.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Registering in NOLA in 1940

This 1918 native of New Orleans registered for the draft there in 1940.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Applying in 1907

This German native applied for a passport in Nebraska in 1907.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gonna Cross the Pond

Who signed this 1903 passport application in the state of Iowa?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Signing For That 1913 Pension Application

Who signed this affidavit in a 1913 Confederate pension application from Arkansas?

July 2012 Webinars

26July 2012
3:00 PM CST
1820-1870 Census Case study—the Newmans
See how a family was traced in the 1820 through the 1870 census in the Midwest (KY, IN, IL). This case study will discuss search techniques, methodology, making certain you have the “right family,” correlating information, and more.
26 July 2012
1:00 PM CST
Crossing the Pond—Part II
This webinar will discuss reading, interpreting, and using passenger lists between 1820 and 1920. This session will not discuss search techniques of online databases, but will cover where to go once the manifest has been located, making certain you have the correct family and getting the most from what the manifest says.

Attendees may wish to purchase our US Passenger Lists at ($8.50) webinar which discusses searching these lists or our Crossing the Pond ($8.50) webinar which focuses the methodology of tracing immigrant origins in the 18th and 19th centuries.
26 July 2012
8:30 PM CST
The American Revolution at
This webinar will discuss American Revolutionary War service records, benefit records, and other Revolutionary War materials on Search approaches for these materials will also be discussed.
24 July 2012
1:00 PM CST
Working With Your Tree: Part 2, Corrections
Have you merged records into your genealogical database and have “repeat” ancestors, ancestors married twice to the same person and other errors? We’ll see how to make corrections to these problems and others. We’ll also look at how to minimize making these mistakes again.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lifelong Tennessee Resident Applies

This life-long Tennessee resident applied for a Confederate pension in 1921.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Applying in 1926

Who signed this Confederate pension application in September of 1926 in Tennessee?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Who is Household 4969?

What names are on lines 38-40 of this census page? The entire census page can be viewed by clicking on the image below.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Where Was Henry From?

Where was Henry from? This US immigration document comes from the early 1930s.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ending the Letter in 1905

This is the very ending of a 1905 letter in a Tennessee Confederate pension application file. What does it say?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Giving My Claim Away

This individual signed over his land claim in Missouri Territory in 1819,

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I Know Who You Are

This justice of the peace signed an affidavit Ohio in the 1830s. This affidavit is part of the documentation in a Bureau of Land Office patent file.

Friday, July 13, 2012

An 1818 Baptism

What is the name of the child on this 1818 baptism from Quebec?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 2012 Webinars

I'll be presenting the following webinars in July:
  • Crossing the Pond-Part II
  • The American Revolution at
  • 1820-1870 Census Case study—the Newmans
Registration is only $8.50 for each one. Dates and registrations can be processed here

Signing in 1829

Who signed this 1829 affidavit from a Bureau of Land Management patent file?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Red Line on That Deed

Can you read what's above the red line on this 1820 deed from Harford County, Maryland?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Birthmark Above My Knee

This 1926 native of Flora, Arkansas, registered for the World War II draft on 4 November 1944. He had a birthmark above his left knee--but that didn't imact his signature.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

1940 Family

What are the names of head, wife and three daughters in this 1940 household?