Passport Applications

I found an obituary in the 1901 Dubuque Daily Telegraph , a  Dubuque, Iowa newspaper and in trying to find a family tree for John Marxer, I came across a passport application.

I put together two (2) screen prints to capture the obituary and put both on the family tree. I was not sure which one looked better so I put both on the tree and the simple one as John’s picture.

Obit 1
Obit 1
Obit 2
Obit 2

I used the information that was in the obituary to build a family tree for John but I did not get a hint for a real family tree. What I did get was a picture for John’s wife.

Margaret Mathis
Margaret Mathis
Tree with pictures
Tree with pictures

How I found this photo is the subject of this blog.

When you are building a family tree on Ancestry.com you get many hints; census, residence, city directory, military, and passport applications. When building John’s family tree I got a hint for his widow’s passport application dated 1921.

A passport application can give you lots of information and sometimes even a picture of the person.

Many people get this hint and simply SAVE the transcript to their tree without looking at the original image.

Passport Transcript
Passport Transcript

Even when they look at the original image, they do not go into the next page.

Original Page 1
Original Page 1

 Page 2 of the application is where the photo is usually attached.

Page 2
Page 2

When you do go into the second page of the application you can use the screen print process and capture the photo of the person.

Capture picture
Capture picture

Once you have done that, then you can put that photo on the family tree.

Tree with pictures
Tree with pictures

The other thing that the actual passport application has is lots of information; address, birth dates, and even the reason they are applying for a passport.

In this case Margaret who has been living in the USA for the past 52 years, has been a widow for the past 20 years and is 83 years old is now going to live with her sister in Europe. In the application she writes that she does not plan on returning to the USA.

So don’t just hit the SAVE button, take a look at what you are saving!

 I hope this information will help you capture more info. from the stuff you may already have in your family tree file.

Thank You.

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

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