Another first – a national holiday – 150 years ago today


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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President Abraham Lincoln was a busy man in 1863. His executive orders that year have shaped our way of life in the 21st century.



The Emancipation Proclamation was issued and took effect January 1, 1863. Lincoln also gave a short speech at Gettysburg that has not only endured through the ages but is arguably the best oration this country has ever heard.



Then there is the president’s proclamation of October 3, 1863. Abraham Lincoln had been aware of writer Sara Josepha Hale’s campaign to institute Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday. Up to this point the day was celebrated randomly by individual states without a set date and not at all in most southern states. Hale spent 30 + years writing letters to political office holders and editorials to any and all magazines and newspapers in the hopes they would promote her plan. Yet it was in 1863, in the midst of a bloody civil conflict, President Abraham Lincoln took Hale’s request to heart.


Pumpkin Pie

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Lincoln wanted all Americans to “observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” It was his request to citizens to “commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”



Early on celebrations of the holiday varied from region to region yet Thanksgiving has been an annual national holiday ever since 1863 evolving into the day we now know filled with family, food and thankfulness for our many blessings.



I think President Lincoln would be pleased at that.

Thursday’s Thoughts . . . .

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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!

I read where the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City currently has a display – Photography and the American Civil War. The exhibit runs from April 2 to September 2, 2013.

There are more than 200 photographs and a couple side exhibits as well. It looks so interesting, informative and any other adjective I can come up with. Now to figure out how to get to NYC in the next few months!

I belong to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. As you can tell by the name the members all have ancestors that were Union Civil War veterans. Our local group, called a “tent” is trying to make their way in social media to hopefully attract younger members. Would you mind following us on Facebook and Twitter? Most of the posts and tweets are from me so they’re not a scam or anything.

On Twitter we’re DauOfUnionVeterans, on Facebook our page is here and we even have a website, here! If you’d like us or follow us I’d really appreciate it! Thanks! Continue reading

Thursday Thoughts on Genealogy and Everything Else

Genealogy Circle LogoHi genealogy friends! Thursday’s Thoughts here again. Nothing profound, just observations and who knows, maybe something here will spark a conversation or two!

• I have updated Genealogy Circle with a new look and logo! I hope you find it easy to read. I continue to work on the broken photo links on some of the old posts. I am a little more than half finished but will have that completed soon. I also added new family charts to my surname links on the front page. (Again the old links were broken.) Hopefully I’ll have the site update completed in the next week!

Last week on Thursday Thoughts I mentioned looking through the Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866. I received a comment on the post from from Debbie Mayes.

Did you know there’s an index there for the Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866? It’s on microfilm and is called the G.A.R. Index. It’s in alphabetical order by surname so if your ancestor had brothers or other relatives who served, you’ll find all of them listed together in the index. Next to Continue reading

Thursday’s Thoughts on Genealogy and Everything Else

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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 Continue reading