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, […]

31 Dec 2013

Happy New Year from My Viking Ancestors

Happy New Year from my Viking ancestors (and their descendants) to all my readers. Hogmanay celebrations are underway with a torchlight procession through the center of Edinburgh to kick off three days of celebration. Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and one of these years I’m going to be there celebrating too. And here’s a bit familiar to genealogists: Hogmanay has 16 other possible spellings!

Of the New Year celebrations, Wikipedia states:
There are many customs, both national and local, associated with Hogmanay. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt (less common today), coal, shortbread, whisky, and black bun (a rich fruit cake) intended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder. Food and drink (as the gifts) are […]

26 Nov 2013

Thanksgiving and Family Photographs – Tuesday’s Tip

Thanksgiving and family photographs go together like mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s coming up on Thanksgiving again (in America), so it’s time to 1) reflect upon your life to give thanks and 2) eat as much as you possibly can. If you’re exceptionally fortunate, some time this weekend you may perhaps acquire some family photographs you’ve never seen before.

If you do do your own scanning, scan at a minimum of 300 ppi (pixels per inch) and preferably 600 ppi.

Choose the tiff format and label the scan sequentially. Store your masters together in one location on your computer.


6 Apr 2013

Ross from Ross-shire (and National Tartan Day)

Happy National Tartan Day, a national holiday for all Scottish-Americans and the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. I’m celebrating the Clan Ross from Ross-shire. If you are interested in seeing what your clan’s tartan looks like, visit the official Tartan Register.

I think I’ll take myself out to lunch (no haggis!) to celebrate, but first a bit on Clan Ross, a Highland Scottish clan I belong to courtesy of my Aberdeenshire grandfather, William Watson Ross. He and I are descendants of a long line of Rosses who married other Rosses…in Ross-shire. And yes, I have several heather walls where I can’t distinguish my Rosses from the others living in the same place.