… and the winner is . . . me! For all I’ve learned in my recent project.
Today is my final post of the 1908 GAR Roster of Mart Armstrong Post No. 202. Way back on May 22 my goal was to remember veterans and preserve genealogical info so it wasn’t lost. My hope was that by adding the names of the men on this roster to the web that it might help another researcher. I think I’ve accomplished those goals and learned a lot in the process.
I’m happy that a researcher can type in their great-great-grandfather’s name and find he was a part of this GAR group. Info as simple as knowing he was alive and where he lived in 1908, that he was a veteran of this traumatic conflict is a great starting point in anyone’s genealogy research.
Also my Civil War research has now broadened from the soldier to the veteran and his post war life. I find learning more about how the veterans returned to civilian life, especially so many with life changing injuries, a fascinating aspect of the war.
The greatest “Aha Moment” in my transcribing is that there’s lots of genealogical info tucked away in local museums, universities, libraries and historical societies. This info is contained in a civic group’s roster like this one, in their minute books and programs which someone years ago saved and then donated to our local repositories. As genealogists we need to push away from our computers and plan field trips to these small locales. We need to talk to the director of collections. They are happy to share their holdings, ideas and information with you. These diligent searches really do produce big rewards!
So in closing here is the final page in the Mart Armstrong Post No. 202 GAR roster:
In Memoriam – Continued
Swan, Nelson Co. E 195 OVI 1903
Sours, Daniel Co. I 27 OVI 1892
Shaw, Thomas S. Co. D 81 OVI 1906
Thrift, R. W. Surgeon 49 OVI 1893
Tracy, Peter Co. B 81 OVI 1904
Tyler, Jas. V. U. S. Marines 1899
Vannatta, John Co. B 1st OVI 1888
Van Norman, J. H. Co. H 111 OVI 1902
Wise, George S. Co. H 74 OVI 1903
Wetherill, Alexander Co. B 118 OVI 1898
Watson, Benj. Co. I 42 OVI 1904
Ward, J. Duke Co. E 81 OVI 1905
Whitney, Henry F. Co. C 94 OVI 1900
Workman, Hammett Co. E 83 OVI 1904
Wetherill, W. P. Co. A 118 OVI 1904
Waggoner, R. W. Co. E 151 OVI 1908
Woolery, W. T. Co. H 11 OVI 1908
Zurmehly, Jno. W. Co. E 180 OVI 1902