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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A German Decides To Stay

What is the name of this German native who signed his declaration of intent in the 1850s in Illinois?

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Tobacco Importer Applies for a Passport

What is the name of this tobacco company employee from Iowa who applied for a passport to Cuba in 1920?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Giving Up My Frenchness

This native of France completed a declaration of intention in Illinois in the 1850s. What was his name?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Signing Under the Line in 1871

Who signed this Declaration of Intention in Illinois in February of 1871?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Landed In New Orleans in 1849

This French native declared his intent to naturalize in 1855. He landed in New Orleans in 1849.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Bavarian Leaves from London

This Bavarian left from London, England, in 1854 sailing to New York City.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My German Name

This German native filed a Declaration of Intent in Hancock County, Illinois, in the 1850s.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

No More Allegiance to Louis Napolean

This French native signed a Declaration of Intention in the 1850s  in Illinois. He renounced his allegiance to Louis Napolean--Emperor of the French

Monday, August 13, 2012

Announcing my Intent in 1864

Who signed this 1864 declaration of intent? Any thoughts on the official who has signed under the date?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Swiss Native Signs

What Swiss native signed this declaration of intent in Illinois in the 1850s? D. E. Head is the clerk--but what name was signed to the right of the clerk's signature?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

New Webinar Releases

Sections, Townships, Base Lines, etc--Land Descriptions in Federal Land States. 

The presentation focused on interpreting these descriptions, determining acreages and becoming familiar with the terminology. This presentation is geared towards those who have had difficulty using land descriptions or who have avoided using land records because of the use of legal descriptions. The use of land records for genealogy and searching those records are not a part of this presentation. This presentation concentrates on how land is described.  We are offering this presentation (including media and handout) at an introductory rate of $4

Using the 1940 Census at and FamilySearch. is offering their 1940 census indexes and images free through 2013. FamilySearch's will remain free. This presentation is geared towards intermediate level researchers--we assume you're familiar with what the census is, what common search problems are, etc. I've gotten good feed back from attendees--including ones in the US and overseas. 

We look through several examples and I make a few discoveries along the way myself--which is a good thing and probably which shows during the presentation. The method of presentation is informal, with a focus on procedure and method.

 can order the presentation at our initial price of $4. The usual purchase price is $8.50.

American Revolutionary War Materials on  

Our discussion concentrated on what items from the Revolutionary War era were on and how to search those materials. The presentation was approximately 45 minutes in length. A short handout was also included. 

We are taking pre-orders for the recording and the handout. The presentation was too long for our normal distribution system, but we've got a solution worked out. 

The presentation is geared toward those who have not utilized these materials on and aren't all that familiar with how to interact with the search and navigational system of Fold3--both are discussed in addition to the records. 

Sections, Townships, Base Lines, etc--Land Descriptions in Federal Land States. 

This webinar discusses correlating a family's   1850-1870 census enumerations. It's geared towards advanced beginner or intermediate level researchers and discusses search techniques, comparing information, and starting the next stage in the search process--in this case the 1880 census.

The webinars normally sell for $8.50, 
we're offering it at $4. This includes the presentation (screen and audio) and handout.

Making Changes to Your Tree

We have released the recording of my webinar on making changes to YOUR tree at The presentation discusses how to fix errors, what problems can arise when fixing errors, changing relationships, adding parents, spouses, or children, and more.

The recording can be ordered at the introductory rate of $4 via this link.

Renouncing the Queen in 1878

This immigrant signed a declaration of intent in Illinois in 1878. What is his name?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Signing in 1857

This German native signed a declaration of intent in 1857. What is his name?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A 23-year old Prussian

This 23-year old Prussian native made out his Declaration of Intent in Illinois in 1858. What is his name?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Going to Become a Citizen

This German native declared his intent to become a United States citizen in 1855 in Illinois.

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?