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Friday, August 31, 2012

An Old Man From Chicago Signs

Who signed this "Old Men's Draft Card" from Chicago, Illinois?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Underlined in Red

What is the word that is underlined on this 1850s era deed from the State of Michigan?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Irishman Gives Up the Queen

This native of Ireland declared his intention to become a United States citizen in 1861 in Illinois.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'm 25 and I Was French

This French native filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen in the 1850s. What is the name of this 25 year old man?

Monday, August 27, 2012

Half-Off Genealogy Webinar Sale

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A Dane No More

This 1832 native of Denmark gave up his allegiance  in the 1850s to become an American citizen.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another Austrian Commits to America

This native of Austria signs a declaration of intent to become an American citizen in the 1850s.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

No Longer a Citizen of Austria

This Austrian native renounced his allegiance to the Austrian Emperor in the United States in the 1850s. What is his name?

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Liechtensteiner Signs

This native of Liechtenstein signed a declaration of intent in Illinois in the 1850s. What's his name?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

No More Queen For Me

This 1858 immigrant to the United States signed his declaration of intent in 1860 in Illinois.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I Left From Bremen in 1846

This German immigrant, when signing his declaration of intent, indicated he left from Bremen in 1846. What is his name?

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.

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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.