Archive for June, 2020

Signatures . . .

My father never wrote anything, except numbers when Bliss_Ferron Lane 1935he was helping me as a child with my math. He didn’t even sign checks, so when I found his signature, first on his draft registration and a couple of days ago on his Hinckley High School Student Body card I was so happy. For some time I have collected signatures. Someday they will hopefully be part of a quilt or a giant wall hanging I have been planning.

This unusual hobby started accidentally while I was researching for a client and I came across the signature of my 4 gg father Asael Smith. Asael was the town clerk and had added his own family history to the town record, and signed his name. I was thrilled, and also hooked

While mostly I find signatures of males, I do have my mother’s beautiful signature, and my grandmother Lydia’s. My earliest female signature so far is in the early 1600s. It belongs to my 9gg mother, Anne Dudley Bradstreet. My earliest male signature is also in the 1600s.

Just in case you are interested – here are some records where you can find how your ancestor signed their name.

  • Letter’s [obviously]
  • Marriage licenses
  • Draft or Military Registrations
  • Land sales
  • Wills

A number of my early ancestors were ministers, so they signed papers for others as they were involved in christenings, marriages, and burials. If your ancestor owned a business, you might find their handwriting on ledgers, licenses, account books, or guild/trade records.

I love to find the handwriting of my ancestors. Each signature is unique, and a part of the person who penned it. When I find them, I know that they could write, I know how they wrote, and that the document I’m looking at once was a part of their life. What can I say, I’m a Genealogist and I get excited about weird things.

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Zoom ClassesFor those of you who have been missing the classes at your local FamilySearch Center, you might want to attend one of the virtual classes being taught by the teachers at the St. George FamilySearch Center.

Classes are taught through the ZOOM app., Monday through Friday at 10 am and 2 pm.  Occasionally there will be late-afternoon or evening classes. It helps to have Zoom already on your computer, but that isn’t necessary.

To find out what classes are being taught go to familysearch.org/wiki and in the search box enter st. george utah, or open the following link

You will first see a link to show you the schedule of classes for the month, followed by a link to the current classes for that day. When you click on a class for that day the zoom app will open the class and you will be able to attend virtually. Once the class for the day has been taught, the option to link to the class goes away. Handouts for many of the classes can also be found on the wiki page. As always if you need help with the Zoom app you can go to YouTube.  Enjoy staying home and learning.

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