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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dead in 1702

Who is the deceased man referred to in this 1702 document from Massachusetts?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ending Of Webinar Sales on 28 May

If you've been waiting to purchase a genealogy webinar, now is a great time. On 28 May, I'm taking down the sales pages for my webinars and they will no longer be offered so that I can concentrate on other genealogy-related activities.

My contract with the hosting and download service ends at the end of the month, but we're pulling the sales pages down before that to give people time to download any purchases they make.

Downloads of webinars are immediate and presentations can be viewed as many times as you like.

Now's a great time to increase your genealogy knowledge at an affordable price.

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Why was this naturalization continued?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Where was this Petition for Naturalization filed?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Plattsburgher Signs

This resident of Plattsburgh, New York, signed a document in the 1840s.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Just An Initial

Who signed with only his first initial in this 18th century naturalization document?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Who Signed?

Who signed this 1840 naturalization petition in upstate New York?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Back Issues of Casefile Clues

We're gearing back up at Casefile Clues and I am excited to get back to writing. For those who are unfamiliar with Casefile Clues, we concentrate on research methods, analysis, and process. We pride ourselves on being readable and understandable without watering down content. We're not writing to impress an academic or add a line to a vita. We're writing to help the reader with their research by explaining our method and our process. 

And we analyze a variety of records in the process. If you want a newsletter that helps you with your research without sounding like a graduate-level textbook, give us a try.


  •  Issue 1- A Method to the Madness: Starting A Search for William Rhodus. Beginning a search on a man whose first "known" document is an 1860 marriage record in Missouri.
  •  Issue 2-"Know" Objection That I Know Of: Letters of Consent and a Bond from a 1798 Marriage. This column analyzes a set of marriage consents from the marriage of Thomas Sledd and Sally Tinsley in Amherst County, Virginia, in 1798. 
  •  Issue 3-Thomas and Elizabeth Frame: Arriving Outside the Time Frame. This column discusses establishing an immigration framework for an English immigrant family to American in the 1860s.
  •   Issue 4-An 1873 Chicago Naturalization: Two Thomases to Confuse. This column looks at the 1873 naturalization of Thomas Frame from Cook County, Illinois
  •  Issue 5-Copied from the Ashes: The 1850 Declaration of Peter Bigger. This column looks at a declaration of intent to become a citizen from Hamilton County, Ohio, that was recreated or copied from the partially burned one. 
  • Issue 6-A Venture into Harford County: A 1790-Era Grant and Deed. This column looks at two land records from Harford County, Maryland, the patent to James Rampley and the subsequent deed of sale for part of that property about a year later. 
  • Issue 7-Potatoes Not Worth Digging: The 1863 Personal Inventory of Paul Freund. This column analyzes an 1863 estate inventory from Davenport, Iowa, paying particular attention to clues that might provide details about Paul's occupation and origin.
  •   Issue 8-We Were at the Wedding: A Civil War Pension Affidavit. This column looks at an affidavit made out in California in the early 1900s regarding a marriage that took place in Michigan nearly fifty ears earlier. Accuracy of information along with research suggestions are included.
  • Issue 9-Finding William and Rebecca in 1840. Discusses a search for a couple in their first census enumeration as man and wife.
  • Issue 10-More Brick Walls From A to Z. Another installment in our popular series of brick wall techniques from A to Z.
  •  Issue 11-Mulling Over a Deposition: Testifying For a Fifty-Year Neighbor. This column analyzes a deposition made in  Revolutionary War pension case where the deponent has known the applicant for fifty years. Plenty of clues and leads to analyze in this document.
  • Issue 12-An 1836 Kentucky Will. This column includes a transcription and an analysis of an 1836 Kentucky will.
  • Issue 13-An 1815 Marriage: Augusta Newman and Belinda Sledd. This column analyzes a marriage register entry and marriage bond for this couple in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
  • Issue 14-Going Back: James and Elizabeth Rampley in 1850. This 1850 census enumeration is completely analyzed for clues on this apparently well-documented family.
  • Issue 15-Selling My Part of My Father's Farm: An 1820 Deed From Maryland. This column looks at a Harford County, Maryland, deed where Thomas Rampley transfers his ownership in his father's farm to his brother. The relationship is not stated in the document, but all clues are completely analyzed and research suggestions given.
  • Issue 16-At the Baby's Birth in 1859. This column looks at a proof of birth for an 1859 birth as given in a Civil War children's pension file.
  • Issue 17-Dead or Alive: G. W. Garrett?  This column looks at a transcription of a guardianship order contained in a Union Civil War pension application. The document is somewhat unclear and indicates that further research is necessary.
  • Issue 18-From a Life Estate to a Fee Simple. This column looks at an 1880 era deed that essentially converts a wife's life estate in a ten acre parcel into one that is a fee simple title. Of course, the deed does not explicitly state that.
  • Issue 19-An Estate of Inheritance: Benjamin Sells His Forty. This column looks at an 1840 era deed from Michigan. Interpreting boilerplate text must be done with care. Benjamin left few records about his origins and this one is maximized for all the clues it contains. 
  •  Issue 20-Giving Up Germany: An 1855 Declaration of Intent. This column looks at an 1855 declaration of intent for George Trautvetter--what it says about him and what it does not.
  • Issue 21-Analyzed in Isolation: An 1855 Guardianship Appointment. This column looks at an 1855 guardianship appointment from Scott County, Iowa.
  • Issue 22-Get Off My Rented Ground: An 1812 Ejectment Survey. A Bourbon County, Kentucky survey that was the result of a court case.
  •  Issue 23-Our Daughter Can Get Hitched: An 1868 Marriage. A underaged bride never goes to the courthouse with her intended to get the license.

Our Buddy Should Be Naturalized

Who are the two men that signed this naturalization petition for a fellow immigrant in Chicago?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A 1928 Signing

Who signed this naturalization of intention in Chicago in 1928?

Monday, May 12, 2014

He Can Become an American

These two men signed as witnesses on a naturalization petition in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Chicago Petition

This Eastern European declared his intention to naturalize in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1930s.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Naturalization Witness

This man witnessed a naturalization in Clinton County, New York, in 1864.

Friday, May 9, 2014

A Man From County Kent

This native of County Kent, England declared his intent to naturalize in New York State in the 1860s

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Word Verification Turned Off

Some participants in Transcriber have had issues with the "verification" system. I have turned it off and will leave it off unless the amount of spam becomes overwhelming.

All comments/submissions have to be approved by me. Any rendering of the word/name is approved unless the submission is clearly spam. I don't "judge" anyone's guesses.

So go ahead and guess all you want ;-)



Another Immigrant Signs

This immigrant to the United States signed a naturalization document in upstate New York in the mid 1800s. What is his name?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Probable Quebecer

This Canadian, probably a native of Quebec, signed a naturalization document in Clinton County, New York. What is his name?

We've Caught Up!

I got a little behind with posting images and answers on the Transcriber blog. Images are all current through today.

We'll post all the answers for the last week or so of images late in the day on 7 May, so take a look and make your guesses.

And thanks for your support and feel free to let others know about Transcriber.

Monday, May 5, 2014

This Guy Can Become A Citizen

This man signed a naturalization application for a immigrant in upstate New York in the mid-1900s.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Canada Man Signs

This native of Canada signed a petition to become a citizen of the United States in the mid-19th century. What is his name?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Scribbled Signature

This man vouched for an immigrant in a citizenship application in New York State in the mid-19th century. What is his name?

Friday, May 2, 2014

A German Signs

This German native signed an application for naturalization in New York State in the mid-19th century.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Canadian No Longer

This Canadian made out an application for United States citizenship in the mid-19th century. What is his name?