Cindy Freed


Cindy Freed

About Cindy Freed

Cindy Freed is a genealogist, researcher and writer. Her blog Genealogy Circle (www.genealogycircle.com) documents her personal family research as well as her continuing interest in the Civil War. Along with her monthly IDG column, Tracing Blue and Gray, Cindy is a regular contributor to 4th Ohio, First Call quarterly magazine for the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Association.

Do You Keep a Commonplace Book?

With the new year came plenty of well meaning articles encouraging or even discouraging resolutions. Some authors swapped the word resolution for goal as a way to promote success. Others were adamant in why we should never ever set ourselves up for failure by making resolutions or setting goals for the new year. Whichever side you fall on, you can […]


Why are Coins Left on Veterans Headstones? 2

  Recognized by family historians, Cemetery Day, is a wonderful expedition to the final resting place of our ancestors. It’s a day filled with anticipation and hope. Yes, hope that some bit of information that has escaped the researcher on previous visits finally presents itself. Hope in answering one of many secret family mysteries. Cemetery Day also provides us with […]


Our Civil War Ancestors Were Sure to Hum Along to a Few of These Tunes

In the years before the Civil War, music had become a regular part of daily life. Schools to teach singing and instrument playing were opening up around the country. Band concerts were popular and held in cities, both large and small. Piano sales increased, with spinets showing up in parlors of well-to-do citizens. Sheet music was also selling at a […]


I See the Soldiers – Do You? 1

  A couple of years ago I had the good fortune, through The In-Depth Genealogist, to get my book Ancestors In A Nation Divided published. The book contains a lot of information for anyone researching their Civil War ancestor. Whether your veteran fought for the North or the South, there are a multitude of research sources given to learn more […]


Provost Marshal Records Will Help in Your Civil War Research

As the Civil War entered its third year the Union had fewer and fewer men enlist. The glory and glamour of war had dimmed as local veterans came home wounded, missing extremities, or not at all. As I mentioned in an earlier article, the United States established the very first draft in 1863. The Civil War Military Draft Act (aka […]


Did Your Confederate Ancestor Apply for Amnesty? 3

As soon as he took the oath of office, President Andrew Johnson was faced with the formidable task of reuniting our broken nation. Johnson needed to heal the wounds of war yet deal with the treason of the South. On May 29, 1865, Johnson issued an amnesty proclamation. He signed a sweeping pardon that covered the average Confederate citizen/soldier. Once […]