Category Archives: Digitizing Genealogy Records
As I try to organize and digitize my genealogy files (and I use that statement very loosely), I came across four emails I had saved from 2009. I knew what they were about as soon as I saw the titles “Response from Mom”.
These emails have their beginning four years ago with my dad’s sister Aunt Marg. She was 92 years old then and had slowed down considerably. Although Aunt Marg was in an assisted living center she was sharp as a tack. When my sisters and I would make the two hour trip to visit her she asked about each of our family members by name from oldest down to youngest. We always marveled at her keen mind and hoped we carried that same gene.
In between our infrequent visits to Aunt Marg my sister Mary Ellen had the very good idea to email our cousin Joe, Aunt Marg’s son. She’d ask questions about our family history that Joe printed out and took to his mom. Aunt Marg answered the questions as best she could and gave the replies back to Joe who scanned them and emailed them to my sister. She in turn forwarded the answers to the rest of us.
Here’s one of those question and answer emails:
In rereading all the questions and answers I was surprised at new research leads that popped into my mind. Some rather obvious and simple like checking a City Directory for my great grandparents especially since this information was rather recent.
I’m also thrilled to have more bits of “fleshy” information to add to my family tree biographies.
As happy as I am to have these few emails I wish we had asked her more. She didn’t mind the questions in fact she seemed to welcome them. Sadly my aunt passed away eight months after the last email was answered. Many of my family’s stories are now lost to history.
So here’s a thought. If feasible try some “Email Genealogy”. If circumstances work out and you can contact a family member through email or receive their reminisces that way you’ll benefit from quicker answers and they’ll be digitized too.
A genealogy “two-fer” if I ever heard of one! Good luck in your research!
Hi genealogy friends! You may have noticed a small lapse recently in postings on my blog. Along with my husband and daughter we took off for a much anticipated vacation to sunny Florida. We were visiting one of my older daughters and husband with a side trip to the Civil War’s Chickasaw battlefield.
We had a great time! Much to my surprise and joy my other daughter and her husband flew in to Florida from California to join us. We had a great time. What a wonderful vacation. That is until Mother Nature stepped in. Back home it rained for several days with one final stormy torrent. Neighbors said it rained about two inches in just about an hour. The ground was already saturated and the water had no where to go. That is except for our basement. Our neighbor checked our house to find the basement was flooding. We reluctantly cut our vacation short to come home and clean up.
Our flooding problems weren’t as bad as others yet we still tore out carpet, paneling and drywall. We threw away a sofa, two chairs and an entertainment center but the heartbreaking loss was the boxes of family photos I had stored on the floor in the basement closet.
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
As I finish up transcribing this 1908 Mart Armstrong Post No. 202 GAR roster I’m surprised at how fond I’ve become of these men. Thrust into what has become a central point in U.S. history they certainly rose to the occasion and I’m sure they never felt they did more than what any other person would do in the same circumstance. We use the word hero often today and rightly so. One of the definitions of the word “hero” is a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities. So I think it is appropriate to call these Civil War veterans – heroes.
In Memoriam – Continued
Hardesty, A. F. 151 OVI 1906
Johns, Elias H. Co. B 18th U. S. Inft 1905
Johnson, Thomas Co. E 3rd OVI 1903
Jennings, Thos. Co. E 151 OVI 1902
Jennings, Allen B. Co. E 151 ONG 1902
Keller, C. F. Co. I 179 OVI 1898
Karns, Joseph H. Co. C 3rd Md. V. I. 1898
Lippencott, Henry Co. B 192 OVI 1892
Laurence, Peter A Co. E 82 OVI 1888
Lamison, Chas. N. Co. F 20 OVI 1896
Langan, Oliver S. Co. A 15 OVI 1887
Myers, G. W. Co. K 61 OVI 1895
Murphy, Andrew J. Co. G O. H. Art. 1904
Morris, Joseph Co. G 23 Ky V. I. 1903
Miller, F. L. Co. B 151 OVI 1896
Mell, James Co. C 151 OVI 1899
Miller, Edward Co. A 88 Pa. V. I. 1899
Mathews, J. D. Co. D 135 OVI 1905
Moore, J. B. Co. A 34 N. Y. V. I. 1898
Mell, A. J. Co. D 118 OVI 1907
Moon, F. M. Co. F 88 OVI 1907
Moulton, B. M. Co. E 117 N. Y. V. I. 1907
Malone, Francis M. Co. K 3rd Wis. V. I. 1908
Myers, Jackson Co. D 90 OVI 1907
McBeth, James Co. E 55 OVI 1896
McFarland, A. J. Co. E 55 OVI 1907
Overmyer, G. W. Co. G 81 OVI 1887
Pockmire, W. H. Co. A 8 OVI 1888
Porter, Wm. L. Co. B 150 OVI 1896
Patterson, J. H. Co. A 46 OVI 1907
Peltier, John W. Co. B 81 OVI 1907
Reichelderfer, Levi Co. C 96 OVI 1898
Roney, W. J. Co. G 156 OVI 1897
Rice, Richard Co. B 195 OVI 1894
Rex, Daniel Co. F 13 OVI 1898
Reed, Flihu Co. C 192 OVI 1906
Standish, Wallace Co. B 81 OVI 1902
Shull, Joseph Band, 81 OVI 1888
Standish, W. H. Co. F 20 OVI 1904
Seeds, Perry Co. C 191 OVI 1890
As I finish transcribing this GAR roster I’m down to the last three pages. These pages are as valuable as any in genealogy research. They are “In Memory” pages of past post members. What’s really nice about the list is the veteran’s name, regiment and year of death are given. Good genealogy info.
Some of the names I recognize – city streets were named after Baxter and Brice. Others I have come across before in my local Civil War research. So as inch closer to the end of the roster for the Mart Armstrong GAR Post No. 202 here are the names of those men who had passed away by 1908.
Ashton, John R. Co. I 118 OVI 1897
Auspaugh, James Co. F 9 OVI 1900
Adgate, C. H. Co. D 54 OVI 1908
Black, John Wesley Co. I 27 OVI 1905
Boysel, Lewis Co. B 114 OVI 1905
Brice, Calvin S. Co. A 180 OVI 1898
Boop, Wm. H. Co. F 33 OVI 1903
Bayes, Isaiah Co. H 14 OVI 1901
Brewer, W.H. Co. H 16 OVI 1898
Brasley, Antony Co. E 198 OVI 1899
Bakehorn, W. H. Co. H 32 OVI 1904
Baxter, Samuel A. Surgeon 18 OVI 1908
Brown, J. W. Co. G 192 OVI 1906
Bodine, F. E. Co. E 117 N.Y.V.I. 1907
Crabb, Joel B. — 3d U.S. Inft 1900
Curtis, C. L. Co. F 4th OV Cav 1895
Coon, Tobias P. Co. A 118 OVI 1888
Coon, Isaac Co. A 118 OVI 1901
Crooks, Josiah F. Co. H 98 OVI 1890
Coss, C. D. Co. B 81 OVI 1901
Counsellor, J. O. Co. C 88 OVI 1890
Church, Jas. P. Co. F 4th OV Cav 1901
Conrad, John J. Band 81 OVI 1906
Campbell, Frank T. Co. B 4 IowaV.I. 1907
Cowles, Charles Co. G 45 OVI 1908
Ditto, Gideon, Co. F 20 OVI 1887
Dickerson, Thomas Co. H 69 OVI 1889
Durnbaugh, H. A. Band 7 Pa R. V. C. I. 1905
Dildine, A. M. Co. E 49 OVI 1907
Everett, Jonathan, L. Co. C 192 OVI 1894
Franklin, Benj. F. Co. B 81 OVI 1898
Faulkner, S. W. Hickenlooper’s Battery 1888
Fichthorn, Jno. A. Co. D 110 OVI 1893
Fritz, D. E. Co. G 81 OVI 1906
Gates, W. W. Co. G 2d Mich. Cav. 1897
Graves, W. T. Co. D 16 Ind. V. Cav. 1902
Grove, James Co. F 81 OVI 1897
Ginter, H. D. Co. E 21 OVI 1893
Hughes, J. L. Co. H 81 OVI 1904
Heckerman, Henry C. Co. D 131 OVI 1895
Hughes, Chas. M. Co. A 20 OVI 1902