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Blog 16 – for June 19th 2018
Recently, a fellow who was born here but has lived most of his life away from Montgomery County made me one happy, one super happy lady! He sent me PDF files in Alphabetical Order of all of the WWI draftees. I had several of these typed on my GenWeb page (maybe 400 or so but with an obituary or something else, not in any order and a pittance of the total) but he has completed the 5,000+ cards . There were three waves of the draft and he has them color-coordinated as to when the man registered. Such information is the Serial # of the registrant, Order #, name, address, age, birthdate, whether a citizen, occupation, employer, and place of employment, whether married, nearest relative and relationship, address, and a description – height (rarely an actual one but tall, medium, short); build (as per the height) eye color and hair color. And, whether there are any disabilities. There was a bit of a variance on the three forms, but overall that is what was included. So, if you’ve been searching say the Sayler name, check it out as there are seven of them who were between the ages specified, two of whom, although I’d done quite a bit of searching the name I did not have in my database. These do not specify whether the person registering went to the war, but it is especially awesome to find the occupations and middle names, as well as specific birthdates and places. I love them. What an awesome search tool. Check ‘em out !! If for no other reason, just to familiarize yourself with a bit of America’s history !!! Here’s the URL – look for Draft Cards -- http://www.ingenweb.org/inmontgomery/mil/ww1/
Note: I've been working on upping the original cards as well so you can get your ancestors' actual signature but not having very good luck with those ... bear with me - I'll figure it out
Note 2: Lots of awesome WWI items on that page :) http://www.ingenweb.org/inmontgomery/mil/ww1/
Genealogy Blog 15 – for June 12th 2018
Not sure exactly how to begin this blog – I mean I know what my idea is, but when I have a semi-writers block (believe me they are rare) if I just start, I’m usually fine, so here goes! Occupations have always fascinated me, and those my ancestor’s have had are even more interesting to me. My father, for instance, went to the CCC when he was just out of high school, and he was assigned to the Medic position. He was one smart fellow, and could have easily been a doctor in that aspect. He lived through (one of six of 366 in the medical field who went over together in WWII, who returned) the war, came back and started on the GI Bill to Rose Hulman in pre-med. Then, he got married and they had twin boys, so no doctor for him (always teased him saying he missed his occupation because no one, like all doctors, could have read his signature) but he did use his knowledge driving an ambulance for several years. When they decided to move from Terre Haute, he along with about 25 other men of the area of Waveland, took a test from the government to see who would receive the appointment of Rural Mail Carrier. He blew the rest out of the water so there was no question as to who had the position but many were jealous as they had always lived here and Dad just married a Waveland girl. One heck of a mailman though. He kept goodies for the youngsters, played funny pranks (and got a few, too), took old ladies their groceries, helped everyone who was stuck, you name it. He also laid carpet and was the best for many counties. Anything (carpentry; coaching) he did he did with great flare. My Gpa’ Smith was a prison guard; Nono Bazzani, a miner. Jim’s father went to college at age 40, bought two drive-ins for money while he was attending but after receiving a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Purdue stayed in the restaurant business. Altogether, the family (including me and the hubs and our children) was in that business for over 40 years. His grandfathers were in the pattern business and a factory worker. Other interesting jobs our ancestors have had is that one of his was basically a Matre-de for a King and received land for being such an amazing and dedicated worker. Another one of his had about 60 acres of land that was marshy and had much wild life – he catered to hunters in northern Indiana. His family really were none farmers, whereas I had many. Also, carpentry passed down at least 5 generations in one family. There were several railroad workers, a few doctors, ministers, Kings/Queens, ship captains, business men, boot and shoemakers and likely a whole bunch more occupations, but this is long enough and finished :) Anyway, love to hear of some of your more unusual ones !!
Karen's Genealogy Blog 14 - June 9th - whoops, kind of like the other one - wrote 'em at diff times though - go figure - sorry
Blog 14 – for June 5th Never thought I’d be the admin for a Facebook page but here I am doing two. Love the surnames listing and have contacted a couple of people from it. I’m the third boss (never, ever want to be the big one) on the Indiana GenWeb and as such, I got the Indiana Genealogy FB page from these two wonderful ladies (Sheri and Shani) and enjoy it so much. The page was in perfect order. Such super stories and helpful folks. The other one, the Fountain County, Indiana Genealogy FB page I began because I had waited and waited for the Fountain County Rootsweb listserve to become available and when it did I didn’t see it and so it was nabbed by a man who seems to nab at will. First thing I put on the listserve was the same thing I’d added for 15 years each month – the things I’d put up on the Fountain County INGenWeb page but he sent me a note back and said that was inappropriate. WHAT? So, I began the FB page so that I can put that up on there. It is going great guns. Another one I’m on that has helped immensely is the Northern Italian FB page. I recently began a Surname listing on it that is getting quite a bit of response, so that is nifty. Some kind of historical/fun pages I belong to are my hometown (Waveland) page, the Crawfordsville page where I put an OTD (On This Day) of Montgomery County up each day that seems to get read pretty well, and various other FB pages (oh a Lectin Free that’s me since we’ve been doing the Plant Paradox eating plan) that are fun, or helpful or both. FB is a different way of doing genealogy but it is so much more fun than writing a letter, waiting for days upon end for an answer – perhaps it’s that instant gratification world we live in today? -- Oh, guess what – just today I joined the Meigs County, Ohio and Lancaster County PA FB pages so watch out – world, I’m coming through! -- Note: this was written a couple of weeks ago but did want to say that I guess ALL of the FB pages aren't so perfect after all. Had a bad experience and got off of the Lancaster page :( Oh, well, on a whole :)
Karen's Genealogy Blog 13 - May 30th
Blog 13 – for May 30th, 2018 I admin the Indiana Genealogy Facebook page and love to ask questions to get people involved. It’s so much fun. Recently, I queried what was inherited from an ancestor. One gal said the way they cross their legs, which got me to thinking beyond what I said getting only a few hours of sleep I got from my dad who got it from his mom who got it from her dad. One said, “Hadn't thought about it till Laura's comment, but abilities and interests do seem to be inherited.” A real trait in my father-in-law, husband and son, Jay, is how they kind of raise their eyebrows oddly when perplexed or frustrated. I love it! When talking to a history buff friend, he said his family handed down family stories like the olden days and he is now working on proving some of those. My father was an amazing carpenter only I have no clue who he takes after. That’s the bad part of being the only one born in America in his family – no one to ask and I just didn’t think about it when my grandparents or even dad was alive. He was super smart too and I do know that his mother was brilliant. My grandson has my widows peak but not sure who had that before me, and sadly, he also has my sinus troubles, which both my parents had. Sorry, Dane! Daughter, Suzie, gets her arthritic hands from her dad, and his mother and I remember a couple of her Kritz aunt and uncles having that too, whereas her mother did not so it must be from the paternal side. Very knotty and curvy early on (Suzie’s began at about age 40 as did her dad’s). On another side of the family is twins, the Barker side. One family reunion, there were 13 sets of twins and one of my directs had three sets of twins plus another child, seven children under the age of 7. She died at age 34. Go figure! This is just a slight notation of a few things. I probably really should write a part of my autobiography about these traits as there are so many, many more! Now, I wonder what trait I got from Eve – heehee!
Karen's Genealogy Blog 12 – for May 20th, 2018
This blog may be lengthier than my norm, but hopefully, a good read about my Eleanor of Aquitaine. Quite the woman of her time, Eleanor was one of the richest women in Western Europe in the High Middle Ages. Loving the Arts, she was patron of Wace, Gernart de’Vintadorn and other literary greats of the times; yet, she also was extremely successful on the battlefield. (no experience on the battlefield, but do love the literary aspect of Eleanor). Her father, William X died and she became a ward of King Louis VII of France, who chose her for his son’s mate, King Louis VII in France.
She did not want the marriage. In the 15 years of wedded unbliss, she produced only two daughters so Louis VII desiring a son, agreed to an annulment. Immediately thereafter, two dukes made unsuccessful attempts at kidnapping and marrying her for her land and beauty. She bequested her third cousin Henry to come marry her who had turned Eleanor’s daughter down because they were too closely related. Henry became King of England 25 October 1154 with Eleanor as his Queen. Five sons (take that, Louie) and three daughters blessed their royal household. Henry liked to hop beds, though Eleanor ignored it and even raised Geoffrey of York, one of the illegitimates at her castle.
Eleanor and Henry lived apart for some time, but in mid July 1174, after returning to England from Portiers, Eleanor’s literary castle, she disappeared (for encouraging their sons to revolt against their father), and was imprisoned for the next 16 years in various locations, released only for special occasions when Henry need to appear normal, all the time keeping some of his affairs behind closed doors, while flaunting one particular one with Rosamond Clifford whom was reported as his one true love.
Eleanor refused to give him such, so keeping in mind, Eleanor was imprisoned, Henry nurtured the rumors that Eleanor had poisoned Rosamond. Henry died 6 July 1189, and Eleanor was finally released. Because of the inner fighting of sons and grandsons, she took the veil of a nun and outlived all her children but the youngest, John.
Oddly, she was buried with a son and Henry in the Fontevraud Abbey. Noted to be the most beautiful of the royals women for centuries, overall, Eleanor was extroverted, lively, intelligent, strong-willed, and loved her Lord. Sounds like me, don’t ya’ think?
Karen's Genealogy Blog 11 – for May 13th, 2018
Had my braggin’ rights last week telling you about some of my Kings/Queens, so this time, I want to tell you about going to Italy to see the place my normal, every-day Italian grandparents grew-up in. You know the National Lampoon Vacation series? Well, mine could fit in to those easily and might be even better; however, briefly I just want to highlight the great times. There were some cool and funny things that happened before we got to the little village of Lotta, Italy, where my grandparents grew-up, he being 18 when he left to come to America from there, and she just barely born then. Later, he went back to visit his folks and they eloped walking 15 miles to the county seat to marry she at barely 15, and he about to turn 31. First, we visited the cemetery where my Nonna’s parents and grands and many aunts and uncles, sisters, brothers were buried. Up in the Alps, it’s such a different atmosphere, that the cameras did not work well but managed to get a photo/two. Never did find where the Bazzanis were buried, though, just her side, the Berti family. The cemetery was neat with a rocked wall, the photos of those who had gone before put up on the wall when the next generation was buried, literally on top of the previous one who had passed. Kind of strange but with such rocky soil, it was the only way to intern them. After that we went to her niece’s home and had a great time with them. They took us to see the family home my great grandfather came to America three times to earn the money to build. Nonna had pictured it to be quite the mansion and it was indeed a nice home but not near as big as she described. Sadly, we could not go in as it was locked up for the winter (we went in October) and Nonna’s brother lived in France who owned it. Plan a good itinerary if you go ? The tiny Catholic church where my Nono went had been bombed in WWII. They were trying to get money to rebuild it. Lastly, we went to the other, much bigger (yet still not large at all) church where she went. My cousin, Frank, ran right up to the altar, bypassing the pews, yet my eyes immediately saw “Carolina Berti,” 1919 on the back pew. We found out later that it was the custom that if a family member left (especially for America but other places too such as Australia) their name was engraved on the family pew. She always loved to sit in the back row when I went to church with her. Me, too. Some things never change!! By the way, my grandmother signed her cards Nona but on a very big discussion on an Italian Facebook page they insist it is spelled Nonna but it looks funny to me.
Karen's Genealogy Blog 10 – May 4, 2018
I mentioned on the Smith side that we found Queens and Kings and let me tell you that was one of the biggest thrills of my life when that break-through came. Simeon Smith mentioned in a couple of other blogs had a great grandfather, Wait Smith, born in Jamaica, Long Island NY in 1687, died in Goshen, Orange Co NY where the Smiths lived for a century. Wait’s wife was Charity Treadwell, whose mother was Hannah Denton. This family goes back to the Dykemores in Lincolnshire, England. I got my first glimpse into royalty here with Sir Edward Lincoln Dykemore and his father, Sir Robert who was the sheriff of Lincolnshire in the 1520s. There are so many interesting folks on these lines. Robert Waterton died 17 January 1425 and had served three Kings, Henry IV, V and VI and was a constable of Pontecraft Castle for years. I was rather surprised at so many names of the lines as it transferred back to Louis VI of England, beginning with my mom’s Smith back to her great gpa’ who married a Helms whose mother was a Dixon who married a Hotchkiss whose mother was a Mallory back a few to Anne Eure Mallory whose mother was the Dykemore, Sir Edward’s wife being Anne Tailboys whose mother was Elizabeth Cascoigne, mother Margaret Percy then to the De Neville family of Durham, England (lived in Castle Raby – loved the castle scene, so fun to look ‘em up and see if they still exist and if not, was there a picture) then the Beauforts and VanRoets, the Plantagenets (hit those and you’re into the big boys ??) de Champagnes, Capets, Aquataines, and the King Louie’s. King louis VI was called “The Fat.” Almost all the Kings of France had nicknames, and although I only saw his face on a coin with a quick perusal on the internet, it looks like he got his nickname properly. His son, my ancestor, Louis VII was dubbed “The Younger.” Wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of my favorite ancestor’s. Perhaps a blog may come your way about Eleanor?! Below is Raby Castle just an FYI :)
Karen's Genealogy Blog 9 – for April 29, 2018
The idea for this blog came as I was writing a biographical sketch of the great grandmother of one of my friends. She liked it, yet said, “Well, I know she was married multiple times, but not sure about him.” So, it was time to further the research. For sure, my friend, Vicki was indeed correct. In fact, Ellen her great granny was married once before Vick’s great gpa’ and had five children with Matthew Larison. What happened to these children is a question in itself yet to be answered. It is our guess that they were orphaned or raised by other family members. When Sarah Ellen Bailey Larison married Harry Ellsworth Elmore, they produced three children, one being Vicki’s gma’ Maxine. One of the many oddities in this whole situation is that Ellen also named one of her Larison children Maxine. Elmore divorced her just after impregnating her with his only son, James H. Elmore. Both are in the 1910 census with their own parents. Next, Ellen married Joe Kasubjak. As far as is known they never had children. They divorced of course and she married for the final time 20 Nov 1951 to William Huff. They were married just eight years before he passed away. He was 49 years old and it was his first marriage. Perhaps he was her one true love as she never remarried in the 20 more years of her life. Rest in Peace, dear Ellen! You sent us on quite a chase!
Karen's Genealogy Blog 8 – for April 22, 2018
Last week I told you of the tragedy of the Terre Haute PL burning our Smith family bible, thinking that since they indexed them (three different organizations) that all was well. May have been for most people, but not for me. I only saw two of the indexes which had my ancestor, Simeon Smith’s father as Joshua so for ten long years I searched, the old fashioned way, by writing letters, making several trips to Ft. Wayne, researching books I could borrow, just anything to further my search. Smith is a nightmare to research anyway, but I thought with Simeon no big deal. HA! On me! There were 21 Simeon Smiths in the 1810 census in NY (at least I knew he was from NY although at that point I did not know where). Okay, father Joshua – Simeon should be in the 1810 census (he came to Indiana in 1818 so would not be in NY in the 1820 census. I only knew of my direct ancestor Reuben’s birth in 1815 so he’d not be born yet so no clue how many kids for sure (did know his brother, George C. born in 1800 and Simeon born 1811 (but he too would not be in that census). Really thought it’d be no big deal but of those 21 Simeons I could only get rid of a few because no son George’s age and no Joshua living near them. That was a given but figured it’d help at least !! I’ll make the story short and tell you I was chasing three Simeons for ten years that were possible, all up the wrong tree, by the way. Finally, I got an e-mail when e-m was just beginning from a lady in California. Turned out to be a cousin via my Reuben’s brother. She had the third AND CORRECT rendition of the Smith bible. His grandfather was Joshua; his father George – the bible had been interpreted incorrectly by two of the three groups, but it helped a great deal. She came to Rockville and met me and we compared notes and figured which one our Simeon would be. We discussed the oddity that three of Simeon’s sons bore the middle name of Coleman. She went back to California and researched Colemans from the same town in NY and BINGO we found our Sarah, wife of George Smith was Sarah Coleman. How? Through a will with each and everyone of Joseph Coleman’s grandchildren named Smith, each one named and their dates from that exact same family bible. So, my tragedy was a horror, losing the family bible in such an atrocious way but meeting Lenore, my cousin, and working together to find not only our Sarah Smith, wife of George’s maiden name, but Kings and Queens, as well. Yep, that’s another story to tell in some future blog!
Blog 7 – for April 15th, 2018
Today, my mind wandered to genealogical tragedies, so I thought I would tell you about one. Simeon Smith was my Indiana Pioneer and super easy to find, having come to Sullivan County, Indiana in 1818 with several other families.
Buried in the old Rockville Cemetery (died 26 Feb 1851), he came to Parke County ten years after his arrival to Indiana, simply due to there being a great deal of building opportunities and he was an exceptional carpenter, a trait that came down through his family.
Wife, Hester Helms is also buried in Rockville, only died many years before (March 1832). They were parents of eleven children.
I had just started an interest in genealogy and just a few days before my grandfather passed he told me to check out the Smith family bible that his cousin had. When I did that, the cousin had given it to the Terre Haute library, even though my grandfather had begged him several times for it. The man had but one son who died in the war, so he felt it would be the safest there and seen by more people at the library than in an individual’s home.
However, who’d have guessed the library had several and didn’t want to store them for years so here’s the tragedy! Not only our family bible, but about 15 others they tossed on a fire one day. YES.
Crazy, huh? To my knowledge, they didn’t try to find anyone in the family who might want them. They did however have three groups do indexes for them – the Historical Society; Genealogy Society and DAR. Still makes me sick after 50 years and sometime I’ll blog just how much trouble and heart ache those three indexes caused me!
Blog 6 - April 8th 2018
Thought I would tell today about a speech at a work shop I gave so many years ago. It was about what I’ve mentioned before I think that genealogy = history; history = genealogy – “You can’t have one without the other!” Oh, I can’t remember what I talked about exactly but it is so true. I mean say you were interested in a building. Well, think of its genealogy. Who designed it – who built it – who worked on it – who has repaired it. Get that – WHO – the building couldn’t have a “history” without the genealogy behind it. A war – who started it; who were the movers and shakers; who won; who died because of it? Okay, so there are the “things,” the history; but what about the people? Well, you can’t have genealogy without history either. If your great .. grandpa’ fought in the Civil War, why did he join? Who did he join with? What battles was he in (see that history and genealogy going side by side?); who were his superiors … Seriously, it is nonstop just don’t ever tell anyone I’m a genealogist – you aren’t as you are also a historian. Or, tell someone you are a historian – you aren’t as you are also a genealogist. Yep, genealogy = history and history = genealogy. They go hand-in-hand, and you certainly, definitely, absolutely can’t have one without the other !! Just sayin’
Blog 5 - Dated April Fool's Day 4-1-2018
I’ll probably change-up my topic after this week, but want to talk about one more magazine, one I’m sure the majority of you are quite familiar. Traces of Indiana. The mail was thrilling when I used to get Traces and it kept me busy for several days. After retiring, cutting income in half, we get no magazines, but I do need to find a couple of hours online or at the library and read more, especially my beloved Traces. Not a genealogy magazine, though per se I’m a firm believer that genealogy = history and history = genealogy. In other words, ya’ can’t have one without the other and Traces presents both even though genealogy is not in the magazine’s name. The short article topping off the current issue is titled, Answering the Call by Ray Boomhower, who features Indianians going off to war. Actor John Bowers (born in Garrett) is the subject of a lengthy, super article by David L. Smith. Allen Boyer writes about his father, Rocky, a WWII communication officer in a fighter-bomber unit. Wonderful photos, letters, newspaper clippings and the like make this the best personal look at history I’ve perused in a long time. Other articles included The Old Prophet, Rev. LK Jackson; From Farm to Garden, about the neighborhood of Indianapolis, Crow’s Nest and Friends of Forkner and Fourteenth Street (Jackie Robinson and Carl Erskine).
Blog 4 -- Dated 3-25-2018
Last week I talked about how genealogy is changing and how I used to constantly read (and take notes from) genealogy magazines whereas I’ve gotten completely away from that. With a couple of hours to kill, I went to CDPL & enjoyed browsing in some real hard-core (make that cover) genealogical magazines. We’ll overview Family Tree this week. The first article in the March/April 2018 issue begins with DNA. Not new, it is certainly stepping out of its infancy. Discussing the various types (mitochondaial; Y-chromosone; 23rd and me) beginning with a handful tested in 2012 and 6 million profiled in November of 2017 and it’s still growing! Loved the article by Nancy Hendrickson titled, “On Your Mark,” where she talks about genealogy not being a spring, but a marathon, a right-on concept. Mainly a helpful hint session for researching Ancestry.com – interesting (but I’ve personally waded through all that and could add more). Got a bit sidetracked when I saw a small, inserted (stapled) catalog from Blair.com. Hate shopping but did see some cute, affordable items. Have to check that out farther. Sorry, I astray! Other articles in the newest Family Tree Magazine included Your Forever Family tree (34 hints on how to begin and maintain your genealogy at FamilySearch. New and Now: 7 online records to check out today, listing records (birth/death) and places to try out reclaiming the records.org for example. A good one was titled Should You Take the Hint? I once got 17 hints in my Ancestry tree, 16 not even for my Ancestor (okay so he’s George Smith but enough information I shouldn’t have received the hints) and one legit but nothing I didn’t already have. Other topics included ship passengers, free digital newspapers online (YES!); 22 historical online photo database, showing what you have and organizing photos. It’s a good one!
Blog 3 Dated 3-17-2018
Anyone having done genealogy for more than a couple of decades knows the hobby is much changed. Gone are the days of filling-out paper sheets, fewer are those stomping cemetery days or rustling around in the courthouse basement. Enter Family Tree Maker (Legacy or the like), findagrave, Ancestry and let's not forget the DNA frenzy.
Another item that was once a must but that has come close to being a lost tool is perusing genealogy magazines. In fact, I hadn't looked at any for several years, but had a couple of hours to kill at the Crawfordsville District Public Library today and decided to ta plunge! In fact, I began with a magazine I'd never seen, Your Genealogy, Sept/Oct 2017.
Hopefully, you'd never need the first article I glanced over (Crimes Across Multiple Jurisdictions) but if you did have an old stinky relative, who crimed- around, Diane Richard gives excellent, overall research tips about geography, types of courts and how records were often filed.
Next, although a century ago, is a current topic, because of the 100th anniversary of WWI this year. "Discover Your WWI Ancestor Through State-Base Resources. Many have databases for the soldier's from their state. It's easy - Ancestry, local libraries, general google search, to discover the basic facts, but keep going. Create a real profile.
Check for a 1934 Veterans Compensation Application - you might discover he earned $10/month from the state which during the Depression was a major income-aid. Your could discover the battles in which he fought. Check the Gold Star Rolls, as well. If a person who died was in your ANcestor's unit, then gpa' was probably in that battle, too.
Several other articles of course included your Irish Ancestors (ha - guess that one I should have read since it IS St. Pat's Day) and their Schools; Apprentice Records; Probate INformation; Overseers and Surveyors of Roads and more.
Meet me next week for another view of Family Tree!
Blog 2 : Dated 3-12-2018
Last week, I talked about one of my side hobbies to genealogy (collecting signatures) so no surprise, I'll discuss another this week.
One day, I found in a stack of genealogy things that a lady gave me a picture sheet for ancestors. That was my start, only I've always been an overachiever. I wanted to collect a picture representing every piece of my ancestor's lives. That takes a bunch of pictures. Using my dad as an example: the youngest picture I had was when he was probably three standing with his sister in their back yard, his hand on his faithful dog, Shep. My grandparents were Italian immigrants so extremely poor so to even have that picture is very lucky. Shep was dad's babysitter. Dad was quite the stinker, prankster, adventurer so Shep literally kept him in the yard. Next dad would have a bathing suit picture - it's quite the scream of him, his dad and sister. He was probably 12 or so. Then his graduating picture from his high school year book. CCC - now, I do have a lot of pictures from the CCC years but do wish I'd had one in his baseball uniform when he played for them.
WWII was next then there are several of the five of us (I have twin brothers, Larry, Garry and me, all born 10 days before Christmas - they are three years older than I am - my poor mother) and when I got camera age I have lots of dad. Did miss carpet laying. He is in one advertisement laying carpet and I have him in a picture putting up mail.
Of course, it wouldn't have to be live pictures. Tombstones; something representing their work (farm tractor for instance); a picture of the church they attended. Anything to chronicle their life. Okay, that said, I should get myself busy practicing what I preach!
Blog 1: Dated 3-8-2018
How many of you have discovered a side hobby while working on your genealogy? Me? I have so many.
Likely my first side step was collecting my ancestor's signatures. Probably had 200 or more in a file when we had our basement flood about eight years ago and I've never refound any of them; some may not be replaceable anyway.
My oldest one was dated in 1704 and was a note to pay off a small piece of property. It was an original and I cherished it so -- sadly, all gone!
Of course, since then, I could find easily my kings and queens' signatures and refind many of the ones I lost, but I guess I just don't have the interest anymore. Next week's blog, I'll tell you some more.
I found the signatures in various places - wills, marriage licenses, letters and the most unusual in an autograph book.
Well, there it is Blog #1 :)
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