Cindy Freed


My Trip to Hollywood 1

I’ll bet you’ve read an article or two with a title like, “History’s Best Cemeteries to Visit” or “The Five Most Beautiful Cemeteries for Genealogists.” We gobble up those articles. We’re eager to see if we’ve visited any of the historic graveyards on the list. As a rule family historians love a good cemetery! We don’t have to have a […]


Insults, Fiery Speeches, Dire Warnings, Your Typical Presidential Campaign 2

Blurb: One major political party completely ruptured into two, when unable to agree on a platform or nominee for president. Another political party nominated a candidate for president without any governing experience and a brand new party was birthed in the process of all the heated debate. Sound a little familiar? One of the many pluses in family research is […]


Some Confederate Prisoners “Swallowed the Dog” 1

  In the latter part of the Civil War, after the prisoner exchange system broke down, Confederate POWs were given a couple options. The first was to be shipped off to one of the Union prisons up north. There they’d live in squalid, miserable conditions for the rest of the war, hopefully avoiding death. Or the prisoners could “swallow the […]


Going Back Decades in Minutes

As family historians we all realize the need to get out from behind our computers and take our research into the world where our ancestors lived. If we truly want to understand the essence of their lives we know we need to move past internet research and spend more research time in the field. Any article I’ve read suggests 90% […]


It’s All In How You Say It: Civil War Slang 2

An exciting find for any researcher is coming across a letter or diary written by an ancestor. Reading those words opens our twenty-first century eyes to life during that time. Or maybe the find wasn’t written by our relatives at all but by someone whose life and circumstances were so close to our ancestor’s that their writing could reflect our […]