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Friday, January 31, 2014

Yes the Sailor is a Citizen

What are the names of the two men who signed an affidavit in the early 19th century regarding a sailor's citizenship?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

One Makes His Mark

What two men signed this document? One signed and the other made his mark. The number had a clerical significance, but that's not really germane to the signatures.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It Is 1810 and I Know this Man

This man signed an affidavit in application for a Seaman's Protection Certificate in 1810. This man wasn't the sailor, but was vouching for his citizenship status.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Signer in 1810

This man signed an affidavit in application for a Seaman's Protection Certificate in Pennsylvania in 1810.

Give a Friend a Spelling Test

If you think you are "missing" some spelling variants for some of your surnames, consider asking someone else how to spell them. Don't let them see the names as you read them as that's not really helpful to your purpose.

It may even best to ask a non-genealogist to do this. Otherwise they may get a little too hung up on debating it. You want off-the-cuff answers.

After all, that's probably how the census taker did it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Mass Man Makes a Statement

This native of Massachusetts made out an affidavit in 1810 in order to obtain his seaman's protection certificate.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Two Men in 1810

Who are the two men who signed this affidavit made out in Philadelphia in 1810?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I'm a Columbia Man

Who is this native of Columbia County, New York who made out an affidavit for a seaman's protection certificate in the early 19th century?

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Bostonian Signs in Philly

This Boston native signed a declaration regarding his citizenship in the early 19th century.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Three Names In One Spot-Two Signatures

There's actually only two signatures here, but there are three names.

What are they?

This is from a seamen's protection declaration in the early 19th century.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Am A Citizen

Who signed this early 19th century Seamen's Protection Certificate?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A 14 Year Old Goes to Sea

Who are the two men that signed this seaman's protection certificate from Philadelphia in the early 19th century? Actually one was a 14 year old, which was old enough to go to sea at this point in time.

Monday, January 20, 2014

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Another Seaman Signs

Who signed this 19th century seaman's protection certificate from Philadelphia?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Seaman's Statement

What is the last phrase and the signature on this seaman's protection certificate from Philadelphia in the early 19th century?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Where Is This?

This is a place of birth on an baptismal record from Illinois. Where is this location?

Remember that often when transcriptions are made of records the words are often simply read without thinking about where the locations could be.....that's why we are posting this one out of context, because that how indexes are often made.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sponsoring the Baby

Who are the sponsors on this 1893 baptism in German-Lutheran church in Illinois?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Blogs

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Yeah He Was a Soldier

Who signed this affidavit in a Civil War pension from from St. Louis?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

I Am A Confederate Pensioner

Who is this Confederate pensioner that signed on the line in 1932?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Whose Kid Is This?

What are the names of the child and parents on this birth transcription?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Green Name

What name is underlined in green in this 1810 census enumeration?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Another Louisiana Man

Who was this Louisiana man that registered for Selective Service in the mid-20th century?

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Louisiana Man Registers

This man registered for Selectie Service in Louisiana in the 1950s.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

An 18th Century Item

What is written on this 18th century record from Massachusetts?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Our Daughters Can Get Hitched

These two brides (left hand side) are listed along with these parents in a series of 1906 marriages from a Lutheran church in the United States.

What are their names?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Jump Start Genealogy 2014

Genealogy Jump Start 2014!

Need to jump start your genealogy in 2014??

To help get your genealogy new year off to a great start, we are offering a series of three webinars on 10 January 2014, my "Genealogy Jump Start 2014."

All presentations are made using Gotomeeting--no software required. Handouts will be sent via PDF at least one day before the presentations. Join us and get your research jump started for 2014!

Day Time
Title and Description
10 Jan 2014 at 11:00 am Central
This presentation will discuss the elements of sourcing genealogical documents. Included will be a variety of example, starting with online census records and including a variety of original, microfilmed and digital material. The first fifteen registrants can submit one item to be used as one of the in-class illustrations. Geared towards advanced beginners and anyone who wants to learn more about the importance and elements of citation.
10 Jan 2014 at 1:00 pm Central
Correlation and Analysis of Information
This presentation will discuss methods for putting together what you have already located, ways to analyze that information to maximize the clues it does contain, and the several different angles from which the researcher should look at every document and record. Geared towards intermediate level researchers--or beginners with some experience who are tired of getting stuck. 
10 Jan 2014 at 3:00 pm Central
There is No Preponderance of Evidence
Professional genealogists suggest we longer use this term in our research for some good reasons. We’ll discuss those reasons briefly. But more importantly we will see ways to handle those situations when information is not clear and convincing and how to best “make our case” when the answers we seek are not explicitly stated in records. This presentation will discuss two in-depth examples (from 18th and 19th century situations). Intermediate researchers.

Questions? Email Michael at

The presenter:

Michael John Neill has actively researched his genealogy for thirty years in over twenty states and five foreign countries. He is an experienced online and onsite researcher, a college professor and has written on a wide variety of topics. Michael has given day-long genealogy how-to seminars across the  United States and has led a group trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake for eight years. He maintains the Genealogy Tip of the Day and blogs. Michael's style is clear, down-to-earth, and informative. 

Our Daughter is Getting Hitched

What is the name of this bride and her parents in this early 20th century marriage record?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Who Is Getting Baptized?

What is the name and residence of this person being baptized in a United States Church in the 1880s?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014