4 Jul 2015

Essential Revolutionary War Records

In honor of the holiday, information on essential Revolutionary War records from If your ancestors were American Patriots who broke away from Britain, here is some one-stop shopping on American Revolutionary War Records.

Revolutionary War Records and Documents Online at Fold3

Compiled Service Records of American Army Soldiers During the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 contains scanned documents of the service records (from National Archives Microfilm Publication M881)
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files contains scanned documents of these records (from NARA Microfilm Publication M804)
Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records (from NARA Microfilm Publication M853). See also FamilySearch’s information on this record group.

Revolutionary War Records at Ancestry

U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records 1775-1783 (from NARA Microfilm Publications M880 and M881)
Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783 nearly 426,000 names (NARA M246)
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books – 152 Vols.

State records at this link from Connecticut, […]

1 Jan 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015 from Sassy Jane Genealogy

31 Dec 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve from 1925 Chicago

To all my readers and friends, my Norwegian- and Swedish-American ancestors (and how I wish I knew all their names) wish you a safe and happy New Year’s Eve from 1925 Chicago. That’s my grandmother third from the bottom right and my father on her left. May 2015 be full of new family history discoveries for you all.

24 Dec 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas 2014 to all of my readers. Today’s post is a nostalgic trip to Christmases Past courtesy of

I think this is the Christmas I got a Betsey McCall doll, complete with the skating outfit you see below left. I loved going to my grandmother’s house for many reasons, but among them was her subscription to McCall’s magazine. Each month, Betsey McCall would have a new adventure (and a new outfit, of course). Then they came out with the doll and my happiness was complete.

If you’d like to look at your Christmas Past, you can visit and find Speigels, Sears, Lord & Taylor, and other mail order catalogs from the 1930s through the 1980s. Thanks to WishbookWeb for digitizing these giant vintage mail order catalogs.

May your Christmas be merry and bright.