Their Mark Here: Signatures and Marks as Identifying Tools

Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG
Nov 16, 2022
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Records and Examples
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About this webinar

Marks and signatures can be highly effective tools when researchers are attempting to untangle the identities of our forebears. But how do you know whether the signature in front of you is original? Can you still use it as evidence in your case even if it’s not? These questions and more are answered by looking at the fundamental concepts of source and evidence analysis. Once you know how to evaluate your sources, we’ll go over a few records to look at when searching for those marks and signatures in your own research. And finally, we’ll look at some examples of published articles which incorporate the use of marks and signatures.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Nicole Gilkison LaRue, CG, is a full-time professional genealogist with articles in NGS Magazine and NGSQ. Nicole has served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has presented at national
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  1. MA
    Margaret Anderson
    2 months ago

    Excellent information. I really enjoyed this Webinar. Thank you for all that information.

  2. AW
    Allison Willis
    3 months ago

    Excellent Webinar, more search info than I knew!!!

  3. CW
    Cynthia Ward
    3 months ago

    Excellent info, I will start looking for marks on wills and other documents. I am lucky to have a recording book of one of my GG Grandfather’s. But he was quite literate, ha had worked as a customs clerk in St John New Brunswick before emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1902.

  4. RM
    Rochelle Males
    3 months ago

    Incredibly interesting topic and I’m glad I’ve been right to pay close attention to the marks and signatures I find. Thank you so much.

  5. BA
    Beverly Anderson
    3 months ago

    Very interesting and informative.

  6. TB
    Terry Bowen
    3 months ago

    Inclusive of many sources to search in various states of mind, with a now better trained eye and mind to evaluate. Enjoyed the slides.

  7. NH
    Nancy Hoppe
    3 months ago

    Excellent ideas. I didn’t think about it until the webinar was over but I found an ancestor’s signature on his copyright application.

  8. BB
    Brian Boneham
    3 months ago

    Brilliant webinar with lots of great information and ideas for moving forward with our Brickwalls.


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