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Monday, October 15, 2012

An Alabaman Registers

This 1907 Houston County, Alabama, native registered for the draft in the 1940s in Georgia.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

An 18 Year Old Registers

This 1925 Georgia native registered for the draft in Georgia at the age of 18.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Native of Scotland Declares

This native of Scotland declared his intent to become a citizen in 1860 in Illinois.

Friday, October 12, 2012

An 1832 Irish Native Declares

This 1832 native of Ireland declared his intent to be a citizen in 1860 in Illinois. What is his name?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Galway Native Declares

This 1835 native of County Galway, Ireland, declared his intent to become a United States citizen in 1860 in Illinois.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Making A Claim for a Mule

This individual filed a claim for a mule used by the Confederacy in 1864.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Intent is Declared

Who signed this declaration of intention in the United States in the 1860s?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Renouncing in 1860

This German native renounced his citizenship in 1860. What is his name?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A 1927 Petition

This German native petitioned for naturalization in New York in 1927.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Filing in 1931

This immigrant to New York City filed a petition for citizenship in 1931. What is his name?

Friday, October 5, 2012

A New Yorker is What I Will Be

This immigrant filed his petition to become an United States citizen in New York City in 1914

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Dominican Petitions

This native of the Dominican Republic petitioned to become a United States citizen in New York City in 1940. What was his name?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Brooklynite Petitions

This man signed as a witness on his wife's petition to naturalize in New York in 1936.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Panama Native

This native of Panama petitioned to become a United States citizen in New York City in 1938.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Finn Declares

What is the name on this 1936 declaration of intent from New York State?

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7:00 PM 16 October 2013
Crossing the Pond—Part II
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7:00 PM Central 17 October 2012
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2:30 PM Central 19 October 2012
Your 19th Century Immigrant
This presentation will discuss search strategies for breaking down brick walls on those 19th century immigrants to the United States. We will look at US records that may provide the answer as well as Immigration records from Europe. If time allows, we’ll see a short case study or two.
7:00 PM Central 25 October 2012
Problem-Solving for Genealogists
This presentation will look at a variety of approaches and mindsets designed to get genealogists to think “outside the box,” or perhaps even get rid of the “box” altogether.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Declaring in the 1850s

This man declared his intention to become a United States citizen in the 1850s. Can you read his name?

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

An 1818 Native Signs

This 1818 native of Great Britian signed a declaration of intention to become a United States citizen in 1852.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Saying Farewell to the Queen

This English native filed a declaration of intent to become a citizen of the United States in 1852.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Dane No More

This Dane filed a declaration of intent in the 1850s to become an American citizen.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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No More Queen For Me

This man declared his intent to become a United States citizen in the 1850s in Illinois--he was a native of England.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ohren Native Declares

This 1832 native of Ohren, Germany, declared his intent to become a citizen in Illinois in 1857.

Monday, September 24, 2012

No More Allegiance to the Duke of Baden

This individual gave up allegiance to the Duke of Baden when he signed his declaration of intent in Illinois in the 1850s.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Last Name Will Have to Do

This native of Lisieux, France, signed only his last name when he signed a declaration of intention in 1852 in Illinois. We're not looking for the clerk, D. E. Head, but instead the name written to the right of that.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

He's A Frenchman

This French native signed his declaration of intent in 1852 in Hancock County, Illinois. And yes, that is a French native.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nebraska Man Signs in Arkansas

This 1884 Nebraska native registered for the World War I draft in Arkansas.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Landed in Mobile in 1840

This German native signed a declaration of intent indicating he landed in Mobile, Alabama, in 1840 having sailed from France.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Planning on Becoming a Citizen

Who signed this 1850 era declaration of intention?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

No Longer Her Subject

This March 1818 native of Ireland signed a declaration of intent renouncing his allegiance to the Queen of Great Britain in 1864.

Monday, September 17, 2012

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A Biervliet Native Renounces

This 1835 native of Biervliet, Holland, declared his intent to become a United States citizen in Hancock County, Illinois, in the 1850s.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Not too Difficult to Read

This 1833 German native signed his declaration of intent in the 1850s in Illinois. What was his name?