Civil War

  • Kentucky Digital

    May 31

    The Kentucky Digital Library has a really nice collection of digital newspapers, photos, maps, directories, journals, yearbooks, books and a variety of other collections for the public to view online. Just starting with the photos; there are photos of the 1921 basketball champions, numerous farm images, places across Kansas; over 62,000 photos avai...

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  • Civil War Records–Images from Tennessee

    May 19

    For those researchers who can not travel to Tennessee to do family history on any ancestors from that state, there is now online a wonderful collection of Civil War artifacts gathered from most of the state's counties by the Tennessee State Library and Archives. You will view first a map with all the counties outlined. Some 34 counties are comple...

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  • Civil War Photos

    Feb 22

    With the the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-1865), people are infatuated with finding as much information as possible. They are interested not only in the events, battles, people, Lincoln assassination, etc. during those years, but mostly learning if they had any relatives involved with the war directly related or part of the ex...

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  • 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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