You’ve been meaning to do this all year . . . .

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861- 1865 Tent #23

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861- 1865
Tent #23 – Design by Ron Freed at

You’ve found an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. You’ve done your research and have proven he did indeed serve in one of the thousands of state militia that participated in the conflict. Let’s say your ancestor fought for the Union and you are a woman. So what do you do now?

Join the Daughters of Union Veterans, of course!!! The purpose of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 (DUVCW) is to preserve Civil War Heritage while honoring our Civil War ancestry. We can do this by remembering and honoring the memory of our ancestors who served.

Membership is open to all daughters, granddaughters and all great granddaughters [etc.] of honorably discharged soldiers and sailors who served in the Union Army, Navy or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service during 1861-1865, and those who died or were killed while serving in the armed services of the Union between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865, and who are at least eight years old, are eligible for membership.

Eligibility shall be through lineal descent only. You Continue reading

I’ve had a couple misses but this past week it happened!

Pvt G W Lowery Co. A 81st Penn Inf

Pvt G W Lowery Co. A 81st Penn Inf

We research our family history. We blog about it. We continue to research. We keep blogging. Weeks go by then months.

I’ve had a couple misses but this past week it happened! It was a bulls eye! It was right on the mark! I checked my email Wednesday morning and this is what I found:

Guess what…George Washington Lowery was also my Great Great Grandfather…. born in Franklin County PA. Moving to Ohio after the Civil War to the outskirts of Sandusky….
He is the father of my grandfather Calvin Tyler…
I have found records back to his parents in Virginia around 1803 as Susan was the mother of George. George’s wife was named Barbara I do believe.
I would love to discuss and share any information that you have as I am only an hour away from the Adams County Courthouse, loaded with records, located in Franklin County here in PA. Please reply and thanks in advance!

Eureka!! Pay dirt!! A distant cousin who stumbled on my blog! I can’t reply fast enough to this email. After several email conversations back and forth which compare names and descendants I am positive we are distant cousins! We agree to share information. We trade addresses.

Then another email comes: Continue reading

What do I do with the small scraps of paper, hastily scribbled ideas and the sticky notes plastered everywhere!

Scanner - Photo courtsey of sri_grafix at

Scanner – Photo courtesy of sri_grafix at

After writing yesterday’s blog post on digitizing my genealogy records I started to mentally plan the process. It wasn’t long before I realized I had left out a component.

If you take a quick peek at yesterday’s post you’ll see I’m taking a pledge to reduce paperwork but my plan only addresses actual documents as they relate to myself and my ancestors. If I’m to attempt a paperless desk (attempt being the key word here!) I need to eliminate the small scraps of papers on my desk with hastily scribbled notes and research ideas. Also the sticky notes plastered everywhere!

What do I do? I remembered a blog post some time ago by Marian over at Marian’s Roots and Rambles. I searched through her many excellent articles to find the one I remembered. Marian cites in her post: Taming all that Information! – Part 1

“The capturing of data for me can take these various forms but the filing of data remains consistent. I’m not sure if I discussed this in the webinar or not.  I am not a paper person so I really don’t keep paper files (I will lose them!).
All of my information whether handwritten transcriptions, photographs or scans gets put into a project specific directory in my computer with a long descriptive filename. The longer I have been researching the longer my file names have become! I try to put Continue reading

What do you think? Am I crazy? Digitizing my genealogy files.

Frustrated - Photo courtesy of Deboer at

Frustrated – Photo courtesy of Deboer at

My goodness! Here we are with only five days until Christmas and 12 days left in this year! Our seasonal exclamation “Where did the time go!” never seemed truer than it is today. So with all the last minute holiday details of shopping, wrapping, baking and so on I’ve decided to look ahead to next week. The “calm week” (for me at least) between Christmas and New Year.

And what’s so important that I’d look past the holiday to my “calm week” you ask? Let me tell you! I’ve taken the leap and made the commitment (to myself) to digitize my genealogy files. No longer will I be searching piles upon piles of papers for a copy of a handwritten letter by my great Aunt Sarah. No longer will I have small scraps of papers on my desk with hastily scribbled notes and research ideas. No longer will I have sticky notes plastered everywhere! No siree, not me!

The idea to digitize my family genealogy records comes from Joey Bowen. Joey is an IT guy and has used his computer knowledge to digitize his family history which is easily available on his computer and smart phone. Joey shared his digital genealogy organization methods at the Lima (OH) Family History Center back in October. (Please check this link when you’re finished with this post!) I was very fortunate to sit in on one of his classes, Now I Have It – How Do I Organize It. Continue reading

Give The Southern Historical Society Papers a try. Excellent source for Confederate soldier research

Confederate Soldiers reenactment - photo courtesy of familylife at

Confederate Soldiers reenactment – photo courtesy of familylife at

Winston Churchill once said, “History is written by the victors.” In many cases that’s probably true and I’m sure the Civil War is not immune to this quote.

As I continue the research of my Civil War ancestor I want to balance out my studies. I want the whole picture of the war and its stories. I want to view events from all angles. The whole sh-bang! Recently I came across a solid resource written by those from the Confederacy. The Southern Historical Society Papers. Similar to the “Official Records” or The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, The Southern Historical Society Papers are first-hand accounts of Confederate regiments in the war.

The Southern Historical Society Papers originated as a concept of General Dabney Maury. As an ex-Confederate officer, Maury wanted the southern side of Civil War history documented. So he, along with other notable Confederate officers like P.G.T. Beauregard and Braxton Bragg, came together to collect and preserve southern records.

As these, and other society members, representing all southern states gathered information, the amount of written material grew to the point of establishing a library, which was located in Richmond. There members continued to gather material such as southern military reports and casualty lists. Letters and diaries were collected, officer’s recollections and transcripts from Continue reading