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 […]
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 […]
I love lists. I make lists for everything. Whether it’s a to-do list, errand list or a grocery list, I’ve got one in hand. While making out one of my many lists I started thinking about the things I’d like to see and do. A sort of a “Bucket List,” I guess. Then I thought about all the things I’ve […]
I’ve had a MyHeritage membership off and on for the past two years and earlier this summer the website revealed my previously unknown Union veteran ancestor! I was perusing my record matches and saw there was a newspaper article that popped up. What could it be? It turns out it was a clue which revealed my 3xGreat Grandfather, John Senn was […]
I was so excited when I learned that my friend and colleague, Cindy Freed was having a book published. I met Cindy several years ago when I joined the Daughters of Union Civil War Veterans. One of the first DUV meetings I attended was held in Cindy’s home. When I told my mom where it was, she said, “You know […]
If you’ve done some research on your Civil War ancestor I’m sure you’ve been to the Soldiers and Sailors Data Base provided by the National Parks System. There you’re able to find most veterans listed whether Union or Confederate. You’ll find the regiment they fought with, a history on that regiment, descriptions on major battles as well as some cemetery records and a list of Medal of Honor recipients. The site’s filled with lots of information but did you know there’s another link provided by the National Park System?