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  • PA Soldiers in the Civil War

    Jun 29

    During the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War there is so much data online to assist the family history researcher. If you had ancestors who lived or served with any of the Pennsylvania units, the online site "Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War" might be able to provide some answers in your search. It contains the state's infantry...

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  • Memorial Day

    May 26

    This Monday, May 29th is the official holiday titled 'Memorial Day' with banks, schools, and the post office closed. But it is not the true original Memorial Day of Saturday, May 30th. It is a Federal holiday to take time to remember the military personnel (men and women) who died in the service of the nation. Its beginnings are after the American...

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  • Use the Veteran’s Census 1890

    Feb 15

    We all love when we find that an ancestor served in the American Civil War (1861-1865). Of course sometimes we are not even aware we have such an ancestor. So now FamilySearch.org has online a collection from the census taken of just veterans in 1890. Now not all veterans from the Civil War were still alive in 1890, many killed in the war. How...

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  • U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)

    Dec 26

    The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)  makes historical materials available for use to support the U.S. Army, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers (men and women)- past and present. They have several categories which are covered from military history to a fine archive made in digital format and assess-able onlin...

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  • Unmarked Grave for a Veteran

    Dec 16

    As you have worked your family history research, one area that most everyone has some information is concerning those ancestors (direct lineage or extended family) who served in any of the military branches of the United States. You may have gotten copies of their service records, have photos of them in their uniform, even possibility a diary or jo...

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  • 150 Years – the Gettysburg Address

    Nov 19

    On a Thursday, Nov. 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln helped dedicate the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, PA to the thousands of soldiers (Union and Confederate) who had died in battle there just a few months earlier, July 1-3, 1863. What would become his most famous speech before a crowd of men, women and children estimated at 15,000 ...

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  • Ancestral Military Veterans

    Nov 10

    No better time with Veteran's Day, November 11th to compile a list of all ancestors who served in the military. It need not be during any specific war time, many individuals served from a couple years to multiple years during non-war periods. Once you identify an ancestor, find the regiment they served with and that can lead to you additional infor...

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  • Confederate Listings – FamilySearch

    Sep 2

    With the 150th anniversary of the United States Civil War, researchers may have uncovered some names of ancestors who fought in the war. Even within families sides were taken, some members joining the Union side and others the Confederacy. It can be difficult locating information about Confederate soldiers. The free FamilySearch database, done b...

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  • Pennsylvania and the Civil War

    Aug 5

    At the Penn State University Library they have placed online a massive American Civil War (1860-1865) collection of documents, photos, recollections, veteran pensions, diaries, list of deserters, biographies of residents of PA involved with the Civil War, maps, info relating to neighboring states, newspapers of the era, soldier database, letters, ...

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  • Using DAR Datebases

    Jul 28

    The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). This organization dates back to the 1890s and has a strong membership over the decades. The GRS is a collection of databases from the massed family history of its members over the years. There are two forms ...

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