What can be better than me, Civil War research and YouTube!

The In-Depth Genealogist has a new series on their YouTube channel called Meet the Writers! Guess who was interviewed for this week’s segment! That’s right! You can hear me talk about Civil War research on this episode.

If you enjoyed the interview will you give it a like please and share with your tribe. Thanks!!

Also there are a lot of good segments coming up so be sure and subscribe to The In-Depth Genealogist’s YouTube channel. That way you’ll be notified of new releases and won’t miss a thing!

The July Issue of Going In-Depth is Available!

Going In-Depth is a free, digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.

My article this month is “When It Comes To My Civil War Ancestor: No Diaries, No Letters, No Problem!” Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!



If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.

We’re going to use some of our previous Civil War research and do something different. We’re going on a road trip!

Civil War, 81st Pennsylvania Infantry, Sailor's Creek Battlefield

Photo Credit: Cindy Freed

One of the many helpful sources in searching your Civil War ancestor is the unit’s regimental history. There you will learn where the regiment was formed and its years of service, its officer’s names and battles fought. A regimental history is a road map of where your ancestor journeyed during this time in our country’s history.

Let’s take for example the 81st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Which also happens to be the regiment my ancestor fought with. Now I know my ancestor joined 19 July 1864 and joined the 81st in November of 1864 after two months training. He mustered out of the infantry on 25 June 1865. So let’s take a look at movements of the 81st Pennsylvania during those eleven months.

My ancestor, George W. Lowery would have joined up with his regiment, the 81st at Petersburg, VA. In November 1864 Petersburg was under siege. The Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac were entrenched around the city. Months of fighting had resulted in a multitude of deaths and eventually Grant’s army successfully cut off the Confederate’s supply lines resulting in the fall of Richmond. Without the very basics like food, Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia moved west across the state in early April 1865, pursued by Grant and Union forces, which included my g-g-grandfather.

Following this trail, outlined in the regimental history, I can now “march” along with my Civil War ancestor. I’ve made this trek twice. Once with my husband and another time with my genealogy-minded sister.

Civil War, 81st Pennsylvania, Sailor's Creek Battlefield

Photo Credit: Cindy Freed

I picked up the trail traveling west out of Petersburg to the little known Battle of White Oak Road. I’ve walked the paths there through trees and underbrush imagining troops bursting through the foliage. Making my way back to the small graveled parking lot I slipped a pine cone in my pocket. It was a physical connection for me. I was standing where my Civil War ancestor had been. Continue reading

It’s not often the likes of little ol’ me gets to do something big but I’m involved in something BIG!

The In-Depth Genealogist

The In-Depth Genealogist

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is an online community of genealogists helping each other in their research. With a well developed website, all genealogists can read the free monthly online newsletter, forums or blog. Readers are encouraged to leave comments or ask questions about specific aspects of their genealogy research. IDG has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter too, adding fun to our genealogy research.


IDG is genealogists helping genealogists and I happen to be a part of this generous community! I write a monthly column for The In-Depth Genealogist. It’s Tracing Blue and Gray. Each month I write about the best methods of Civil War Research and also look into the real aspects of what our ancestors endured during their Civil War service. My first article debuted May 2012 and I’ve been with the newsletter ever since.


That is until this month. No longer is The In-Depth Genealogist a monthly digital newsletter. It’s now a monthly digital MAGAZINE!! Launching their premier issue yesterday February 15th, IDG is an expanded, beautifully formatted, treasure trove of guest articles, columns and genealogy resources. All free! If you haven’t seen the new IDG Magazine just click here! You’ll be amazed at all the info packed inside and if you haven’t subscribed yet click here, so the next issue of IDG is delivered to your inbox.


Kudos to the editorial staff of Terri O’Connell, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Jen Baldwin and Jen Alford for putting together such a magnificent publication! They’ve earned a big pat on the back and many thanks for allowing me to be a part of this exciting venture!



Genealogy Research on Facebook

Free genealogy resources, Genealogy research

Genealogy on Facebook, Free genealogy resources, Genealogy research

Hi friends! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I help out here and there with The In Depth Genealogist’s Facebook page. I post generic genealogy questions or comments a couple times a week. Earlier this week I posted a question that dealt with my own family research.


I’m researching a tiny village near my home that had a post office from 1864 to 1870 according to a Civil War pension. No luck at the courthouse. They sent me to my local museum where I’m headed tomorrow. Do you have any suggestions for me?”


The genealogy community responded immediately. It was really cool to see the number of responses and the time folks took to research information for me. I can’t tell you how good that felt and how helpful it was! So I thought I’d share some of the comments here. Who knows maybe someday this will come in handy in your own research.


Some of my comments included: Continue reading