military records

11 Apr 2015

Civil War Battles

From the Civil War Trust, this infographic of Civil War battles reminds us of the toll taken by the war that ended 150 years ago tomorrow.

The Civil War Trust is non-profit that works to save endangered Civil War battlefields.They also do a splendid job of increasing understanding of the Civil War. Visit their excellent maps of Civil War battlefields if you’re doing Civil War research. And consider giving a to donation,in honor of an ancestor who served, to support their mission.

9 Apr 2015

National Archives and Ancestry Staff Caught Discarding Thousands of Records

In an incident at the end of March, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatchan Ancestry.com employee was caught throwing away military records at the NARA facility in St. Louis. According to one blog report:

Bryan McGraw, director of the National Personnel Records Center, said Friday that his staff recovered all the papers, some of them from a trash can. The incident on March 12 prompted the federal agency to halt contract work by Ancestry Inc., which operates as ancestry.com, at St. Louis and four other sites.

McGraw said the employee apparently had been warned about productivity by his supervisor and tried to dispose of a pending stack of supplemental papers that had been attached to individual draft cards. McGraw said another person found some of the records on the employee’s desk and others stuffed into a latex glove in a trash can.

The employee is suspected of throwing away the […]

5 Feb 2015

Documenting Death in the Civil War

Documenting Death in the Civil War” is the title of a one-hour presentation by National Archives staff genealogist John Deeben. Available for free at the National Archives’s YouTube channel, this excellent presentation explores in depth records created by the War Department. These resources document the personal circumstances of soldiers’ deaths on the battlefield, in military hospitals, and in prisons.

Documenting Death in the Civil War” is just one of the links in the February issue of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane, available by email subscription. My free monthly newsletter contains research ideas, search strategies, and information on resources to help your family history research.

The February issue is about Civil War resources, some essential and some lesser known. The issue coming out tomorrow also marks the first anniversary of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane. Thanks to all my readers and commenters for the enjoyable mutual journey we’ve taken in the past […]

10 Nov 2014

Veterans History Project – 2014

According to a Pew Research Survey, 61% of Americans have an immediate family member who has served in the military since World War II. Visit the Veterans History Project on the web at www.Loc.gov/Vets or watch the video above for information about how to participate. You’ll help the Library of Congress, honor your relative, and gain valuable information for your family history research.

Participating in the Veterans History Project is an excellent way to honor the military service of your relatives. A project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project “preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.”

The Veterans History Project collects:
  • Personal narratives, including audio- and video-taped interviews and written memoirs
  • Correspondence, including letters, postcards, v-mail, and personal diaries
  • Visual materials, including photographs, drawings, and scrapbooks

The Project collects […]