Civil War

  • Civil War Widows’ Pensions

    Dec 28

    Those researchers with ancestral veterans who served during the American Civil War will want to find as many additional sources of primary information as possible. One good location is the pension applications and case files completed by the widows and dependent children of veterans. The United States government granted pensions to widows of men...

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  • The Lincoln Movie and Its Times

    Nov 17

    This recent 2012 Stephen Spielberg movie on President Abraham Lincoln opened on Nov. 16th  to world-wide audiences. Many who have already viewed the earlier limited showings have all raved about the performances of Daniel Day-Lewis' portray of Lincoln along with Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is not about his entire life, but rather ...

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  • Old Soldiers’ Home Records

    Oct 18

    Retirement locations for many of America's military veterans were either with family members in private residences or in a public facility known as the Old Soldiers' Home. The earliest such federal government sponsored veterans; home was the U. S. Naval Home in Philadelphia, PA, which opened in 1834. It was in 1851 that one for U. S. Army veterans...

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  • Ye Olde Virginia 1600s to 1960s

    Aug 21

    You don’t need to have ancestors from Virginia to check out the many collections available at ‘Virginia Memory’ which is online and sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the state archives.  Their vast array of material included photos, maps, books, manuscripts, printed materials, newspapers and vital records. The assemblages are intermix...

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  • Learning of an Ancestor’s Civil War Regiment

    Jun 20

    Keeping journals and diaries besides the countless letters written by the soldiers, both Confederate and Union sides during the American Civil War, has been an excellent resource for researchers which can cover information about a soldier’s life, including the battles and camp life.  If you have located such a journal written by a relative, you ...

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  • Genealogy and History – Interwoven Together

    Apr 18

    The recent coverage of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic with books, magazine articles, news reports, documentaries and movies has reminded everyone how certain historical events can play such important defining moment in nearly everyone’s lives.  Certainly those survivors of the Titanic, the descendants of those who did n...

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  • Those Strange Abbreviations

    Apr 7

    You will at least once in doing family history research come across an ancestor belonging to a fraternal or civic organization. Long before television and computers occupied most of a person’s free-time, being a member of several organizations and clubs in a town or city was a very popular activity.  It offered a social meeting place, a sense of...

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  • New Additions to FamilySearch.org

    Mar 18

    FamilySearch.org is always free to the public.  This non-profit Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints web site offers to millions of people around the globe the use FamilySearch records, resources and services to learn more about their family history. For decades it has been made possible due to the volunteers who transcribe  and index th...

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  • VMI – Databases With Possible Ancestors

    Dec 6

    The most fascinating aspect of looking for information on your ancestors is that you never know where the next great resource will come from.  One very nice online site; VMI - Virginia Military Institute, has a great archive about the VMI alumni.  It is very possible you may have never considered the possibility that an ancestor attended the Virg...

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  • History and Your Ancestors from Tennessee

    Nov 14

    An amazing online site titled; ‘Tennessee Virtual Archive’   has a superb series of collections which span the 19th and 20th century history, people, events and culture of Tennessee. This region dates back to the 18th century when it was part of North Carolina and even the short-lived State of Franklin which would ultimately become part of th...

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