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We’re going to use some of our previous Civil War research and do something different. We’re going on a road trip!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.
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.
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 (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!
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:
Hi genealogy friends! This post – Thursday’s Thoughts is an assortment of ideas that have crossed my mind this week! Nothing profound, just observations and who knows, maybe you’re thinking the same thing!
#Genchat is tomorrow night (Feb 8th) and is sponsored by the staff at The In Depth Genealogist. (For further info click here.) The first #Genchat was fast and furious. I was happy to observe and gain some really helpful tips. Tomorrow night’s subject is Weekend Warriors: best tips for 60 minutes of research but let me tell you, many other genealogy questions are asked and answered. So don’t skip #Genchat lots of subjects are covered.
Me and my genea-buddy sister did some courthouse research this past week. She has a new wand scanner. Boy was it nice. She gave me copies of what she scanned and I was very impressed with the quality. (I’m lucky I can borrow it if she isn’t with me on a research trip!)
I am fascinated with the discovery of the remains of King Richard III. Using DNA to accomplish the identity of a man who lived in the 1400s is remarkable.
Genea-buddy sister and I also went to our local museum’s library to do some research. Actually she does a good work and volunteers there, I was doing research. One of the items I was looking through was the Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866. I have gone through it many times online but
This Press Release was released earlier this month! I plan to attend. I hope you will too!
THREE PROFESSIONALS UNITE TO PRESENT #GENCHAT; GENEALOGY TWITTER CHATS
Will Start Regular Twitter Chats in January, 2013
If you are interested in learning about resources, skills, methodology and techniques to further your family history research, the help you need may have just arrived. Three genealogy professionals: Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, owner of Corn & Cotton Genealogy; Terri O’Connell, owner of Finding Our Ancestors; and Jen Baldwin, owner of Ancestral Journeys; are reaching across state lines using the power of Twitter to answer your questions and create an environment of collaboration.
Beginning January 25, 2013, they will combine their efforts to bring you #genchat, a Twitter Chat focusing on genealogy related topics, skills and questions. The chat will be hosted every two weeks, beginning at 9:00pm CST, and lasting for one hour. The chats will be oriented towards hobbyist genealogists and family historians; all interested are welcome to participate.
Between them, they bring 43 years of genealogy research experience to the Twitter platform. Individually, they each run a professional genealogy business and their areas of expertise range from the Midwestern United States, to integrating family history into home education, and the Rocky Mountain corridor.
Each are also involved in various genealogy related projects, such as the digi-mag, The In-Depth Genealogist, and the upkeep of Conference Keeper, a site dedicated to compiling world-wide resources on educational opportunities for family historian’s.
A detailed schedule of the planned chats for 2013 can be found on the Conference Keeper website.
What a great way for all of us to tap the knowledge of other genealogists! Not only will this be fun and a chance to get to know other researchers but I’ll bet many of out brick walls come tumbling down with the info and tips shared! BUT you have to attend! I hope to meet you there!