|U.S. Consular Registration Applications|
1916-1925 from Ancestry.com (see Footnote)
Frederick Emory Webster 1923
In my last "Thanks for Traveling Frederick!" post, I shared a U.S. Consular Registration Application from 1917. I also mentioned how beneficial it is to have an ancestor who liked to travel. The paper trail left behind can be invaluable.
The travel-related document I'm sharing with you today is another U.S. Consular Registration Application,1 only this one is from 1923. Just like the 1917 application, this document is full of interesting and valuable genealogical information.
Here's a list of the information contained in this document:
- Frederick's full name
- Frederick's place and date of birth
- Frederick's father's name and place of birth
- Date Frederick left the United States – April 15, 1922 (new information)
- Frederick arrived at Irapuato, Mexico on August 15, 1922 and he and his children were residing there at the time this document was filled out (new information)
- Frederick's purpose for living in Irapuato, Mexico was to practice dentistry (new information)
- Timeline additions for Frederick – Mexico from 1902 to 1911, Brazil from 1911 to 1921, and Mexico from 1922 to date document was filled out in 1923 (new information)
- Frederick's legal residence was Brinkley, Arkansas (this would explain the photo of him and his children at a dental office in Brinkley, Arkansas) (new information)
- Frederick intended to return to the United States within one year or when business permitted (new information)
- Frederick did not pay American Income Tax because his total annual income was insufficient (new information)
- Frederick applied for registration at the Consulate in Santos, Brazil (I think that's the one I already have from 1917)
- Frederick's wife, Esther, was deceased at the time this application was filled out
- Esther's place of birth is listed
- Only three of Fred and Esther's five children are listed in this application (little Eugene Rollin is no longer listed. I believe he and his younger sister Alice passed away before 1923.)
- Bonus again – Frederick's signature
- Frederick's age and physical description
As you can see, this document is full of amazing genealogical gold nuggets. So, remember to check travel-related documents for your ancestors. You never know what you may find.
Thanks for reading!
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1 Ancestry.com. U.S., Consular Registration Applications, 1916-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Department of State, Division of Passport Control Consular Registration Applications↩