• ‘Doughnut Girls’ of World War One

    Dec 29

    During the Great War for USA (1917-1919), many women wanted to help life a little nicer for the soldiers. Four women working for the Salvation Army who, while providing snacks and Christian activities for the soldiers, had the idea that serving up some doughnuts ( a rare treat because of rationing) would perhaps do more to life the men’s mo...


  • Civil War Soldiers Dyed Their Hair

    Oct 29

    One of the most important invocations to come during the American Civil War was photography, the equipment could be hauled in a wagon and many photographers traveled from military camp to towns across America during 1861-1865. That is great because more than likely you might have a photo of an ancestor who served during the Civil War. Not on...


  • Facial Recognition of Civil War Military

    Dec 7

    You might have a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War taken years after they served in the 1860s. Wouldn't it be great to locate a photo of that ancestor in his uniform? It does cross-referencing to serve up a slate of possible matches and names. You need to try 'Civil War Photo Sleuth' whose purpose is to rediscover the l...


  • Preserving Your Ancestor’s Efforts during WW One

    Nov 11

    How so important that all your ancestors be remembered but especially those who served during time of war? With the 100th anniversary – November 11th marking the end of 'The Great War' – the war to end all wars – it is a perfect time to do a special preservation about an ancestor who either served in the military or on the home front. The o...


  • 100th Anniversary of the End of ‘Great War’

    Oct 17

    It was the 11th hour, the 11th day in the 11th month that the armistice was signed, 100 years ago, so ending 'The Great War' – the war to end all wars (1914-1918). Americans had been involved since April 1917 but Europeans and British Commonwealth nations (such as Australia and Canada) had been in this war since 1914.   A good project for thi...


  • African-Americans Serving in Civil War

    Sep 25

    The USCT was made up of better than 178,000 freed African-Americans who were willing served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War. Of that figure, during the war, about 2,751 USCT soldiers lost their lives in combat. More than 68,000 more died during military service from disease and other causes.  They were not in the...


  • One Hundred Years – The Spanish Flu

    Sep 23

    From roughly January 1918 to December 1920, there was a deadly world-wide influenza pandemic. Approximately 500 million around the globe were affected and some 50 to 100 million died as a result of this flu. What appears strange it was mostly the youth, those healthy young adults (ages 20s to 30s) who were affected and died from the 1918 Spanish Fl...


  • Revolutionary Colored Troops

    Sep 17

    Many people don't realize the there were African-Americans or Colored Troops serving since the American Revolutionary War. Free blacks in the North and South fought on both sides of the Revolution; slaves were recruited to weaken those masters who supported the opposing cause. Most blacks fought on the patriot side; with about 9000 black Patriot so...


  • Canadian Military Files from the Great War

    Aug 15

    With the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War (World War One – 1914-1918) in November, this is a great time to see about any ancestors who served – as a soldier, a nurse, telegraph operator, chaplain, vehicle driver, etc. Not all who served were fighting soldiers. Now online are the military files for those who served with the Canad...


  • Soldiers-Sailors of the War of 1812

    Jun 25

    When doing our family history, we think of our ancestors may be in the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War One or Two or Vietnam War but not too often is the War of 1812 considered. This was a conflict running from June 1812 to February 1815 between the United States and the United Kingdom (England). About 2,200 to 3,700 A...