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Monday, October 29, 2012

I'll be a Texan, too.

This native of France declared his intent to become a citizen in Texas in 1915. What was his name?

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Collins Native Registers

This 1913 native of Collins, Arksansas, registered for the World War II draft in Arkansas in 1940.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Lepantan Registers

This 1927 native of Birmingham, Alabama registered for the World War Two draft in Lepanto, Arkansas, in 1940.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Died in 1922

Whose name is listed on this 1922 death certificate from Missouri?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Reinzi Native Registers

This 1919 native of Rienzi, Louisiana registered for the World War II draft in Louisiana in the 1940s.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Hungarian Declares in Dallas

This native of Hungary declared his intent to become a United States in Texas in 1917. What is his name?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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A Native of Puerto Rico Registers

This 1889 native of Puerto Rico registered for the World War Two draft there in 1942. What was his name?

Monday, October 22, 2012

I Am A Veteran and a Native Alabaman

This Confederate veteran signed an affidavit in his pension application in Mississippi in 1933. He was born in Alabama, but moved to Mississippi as a young child--which really doesn't impact his signature.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

What Are You Searching At FamilySearch? Webinar

We've just released the media file for my latest webinar which focuses on knowing what you are searching on FamilySearch.

If you are confused by states that have multiple indexes to the "same" set of vital records, why a marriage entry appears multiple times in an index, or how to see what was used to create the index, then this webinar is for you.

We focus on American sources, but the methods will apply to other locations as well. This presentation is not for complete beginners--some research experience is necessary.

You can download the media for only $4 during our introductory price offer. A PayPal account is not necessary, you can "click through" and when time for payment comes, click as a "guest" and use your non-PayPal credit card.

A Native of Welsh, Louisiana Registers in 1940

This draft registrant was born in 1915 in Welsh, Louisiana. He registered for the draft in 1940 in Louisiana.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

An Independence Day Registrant

This Louisiana native was born on 4 July 1924 and registered for the draft in New Iberia, Lousiana, in December of 1942.

Friday, October 19, 2012

An Easier Rendering than the Whiskey

Another document from the same set of records as the earlier post from "Who is Paying in Whiskey?" but this has one additional name.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A NOLA Resident Registers

This 19 year old registered with Selective Service in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1942. His name?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Who Is Paying In Whiskey?

Who signed this 1806 document? (click on the image to view in a "clean" screen)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Native of DeQueen Registers

This 1923 native of DeQueen, Arkansas, registered for the draft at the age of 19.What is his name?

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?

October 2012 webinars

October 2012 webinars--Intro rate of $4 through 2 Oct
Registrants who are unable to attend will receive a download media file of the presentation at no extra charge. But don't wait to register as spaces are limited.

7:00 PM 16 October 2013
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.
7:00 PM Central 17 October 2012
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 a FamilySearch database? 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.
1:00 PM Central 19 October 2012
Connecting with Online Researchers
We will discuss ways to connect and interact with other researchers online and offline—including how to dig people out of the woodwork. We’ll discuss social networking, message boards, mailing lists, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
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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The complete registration price is only $150 if paid in full by 31 December 2012--that's a bargain compared to other trips. This fee includes pre-trip planning assistance, morning presentations at 8:00 every day the library is open during our trip, onsite consultations, assistance in learning to use the equipment at the library, quick on the fly questions, and follow-up assistance as needed. 

Travel arrangements are on your own. We stay at the Salt Lake Plaza where we have  pre-tax rate of $90 a night. The Plaza is next door to the library--very convenient. 

Our research trip dates for 2013 are a starting on the 29th of May at 6:30 PM with a hotel check out date of 5 June 2013. Our registration price is $175 when not paid in full by 31 December 2012---with a deposit of $50. Deadline for registration is 15 April 2013 (refund if you cancel by 15 March 2013). We'll be posting additional details later this summer but that's pretty much the essence of the trip. Travel arrangements are not included.  Our group size has traditionally been small and we plan on keeping it that way.

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