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Why Research Your Civil War ancestor?

Because your Civil War ancestor’s story is a part of our country’s history. Yet more than that it’s a part of your story. To know your Civil War ancestor, his life and military service, is to know a part of you.

Ancestors In A Nation Divided will guide you through the steps of researching your Civil War ancestor. From the beginning if you only have a name – to an in-depth search of his military and post-war life this book will guide you through the process.

Packed with the resources you need to research you’ll be able to:

° Begin even if you don’t know where to start
° Understand Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Files
° Find your Civil War ancestor in little known and under-used censuses
° Take a look at Provost Marshall Records
° Learn about Confederate Military History and the Official Records
° Take a look at long forgotten resources like the Old Soldiers Home, GAR and UVC membership
° And so much more!

Whether your ancestor fought for the Union or the Confederacy, Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you open the doors to his military service. You’ll learn about the battles he fought, camp life, injuries he may have sustained and more. Your research will put you alongside your ancestor in his Civil War journey. You’ll learn about his experiences and in knowing what he lived through you’ll be able to appreciate his service all the more. The Civil War changed this country’s path, it shaped our nation into what we know today and your ancestor had a hand in that. Ancestors In A Nation Divided will help you start learning about your Civil War ancestor today.

It’s the August issue of Going In-Depth!

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 “The Very Best: Sites for Researching Your Confederate Civil War Veterans and Ancestors” Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!

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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.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865Last Saturday I started a series of posts on Civil War heritage groups. Our first group was the Sons of Confederate Veterans. If you missed it you can read about them here.

This week we’ll talk about the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 – 1865. I’ve been a member for almost 15 years.

The aim of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865  (DUVCW) is to preserve Civil War Heritage while honoring our Civil War ancestors. We do this through education and participating in events that commemorate the memory of our ancestors who served.

Membership is open to all women who are a direct descendant of honorably discharged soldiers and sailorsDaughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865 who served in the Union Army, Navy or Marine Corps and Revenue Cutter Service during 1861-1865, and those who died or were killed while serving in the armed services of the Union between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865, and who are at least eight years old.

Eligibility is through lineal descent only. Applicants do need to furnish a complete war record of their ancestor and proof of descent.

Local groups are known as “tents” to recognize our veteran ancestors who “tented up” at the end of the day and each tent is named after a prominent Union Civil War era woman. I belong to ‘Lizabeth A Turner Tent #23.

The goal of today’s tents is to preserve, honor and remember the service of our Civil War ancestors and promote patriotism whenever possible.

The tents in a state belong to that state’s Department. So my Lizabeth A Turner tent belongs to the Ohio Dept. Ohio has eleven tents. There’s a yearly convention for each Dept. and a national convention held yearly as well.

Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865My tent has about 6 meetings a year and we’re involved in a variety of events. We participate in our city’s Memorial Day parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony, we host a Food Drive for our local Veterans Pantry, we have a yearly display at our public library, we attend Flag Day and Veterans Day services, not to mention the various Civil War related events we’ve attended during the sesquicentennial and so on. In fact there’s a campfire at my house next week!

I’ve loved my time as a member of the DUVCW so much that I’ve been president of my local tent (click for website) and president of our state organization (click for website) as well. If you can join I really recommend it. Meetings are a fun time with like-minded women.

Check out the national website. If you’re interested contact someone in your area or me. I’ll answer your questions or help in any way possible. If you don’t preserve the history of your Civil War ancestor who will?

Civil War Quick Tip

FBGenCircleLogo1Starting with tomorrow’s Civil War Saturday post I’m going to run a short series of articles on Civil War heritage groups. Groups like Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Sons of Union Veterans (SUV), United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW), LGAR, Women’s Relief Corps (WRC), etc.

My aim is to let people know they exist and how to join them. The first three groups to be highlighted are Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War and United Daughters of the Confederacy. The SCV post will publish tomorrow.

If you’re a member of a Civil War heritage group not mentioned and would like to write a post about your organization contact me. I’d love to include any and all groups with roots dating back to the Civil War. I’ve already received a couple comments that folks weren’t aware these groups exist. Who knows your group may gain some new members!

Be sure to stop back for Civil War Saturday and we’ll see how the Civil War impacts lives today

P.S. I still need a post from a Son of Union Veterans! Can you help a girl out?

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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.

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!

Civil War Saturday: No Letters, No Diary, No Problem!

Civil War envelope showing an eagle carrying an American flag in its claw and a serpent in its beak with motto "The early bird catches the worm" below Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print No known restrictions on publication

Civil War envelope showing an eagle carrying an American flag in its claw and a serpent in its beak with motto “The early bird catches the worm” below
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print No known restrictions on publication

Generally our ancestors, before enlisting in the Civil War, stayed within the local community. It’s been written that many men by 1861 had not travelled more than 25 miles from their place of birth. After volunteering these young men, most still teens, found themselves far from home. With a literacy rate high for the time period most young soldiers who could read and write wrote home often. They wanted to share with their family members their daily lives and longed for that same information from home. Many soldiers kept diaries right along with writing letters home. They documented battles, injuries, the inadequacies of camp life. Their words give us a first hand look at the days that tore our nation apart.

If you’re lucky the letters your Civil War ancestor wrote home were preserved by your great grandparents for future generations. Fragile and brittle you may have the penciled words of your Civil War ancestor’s war time experiences. Maybe you’re just as fortunate to have a diary penned by your veteran chronicling his time in service. A small sheaf of papers, protected by a worn leather cover and lovingly treasured by his descendants. Your Civil War ancestor’s diary is a part of this nation’s history. His words a foundation upon which this nation stands today.

Then there are family historians like me. I, nor anyone else in my family has one item, memento, photo or scrap of paper that belonged to my Civil War ancestor. Nada. Nothing. Nyet. So now what? Call it a day and curse the genealogy gods who seemed to be quite amused at throwing together huge, brick walls? Not on your life! There is a way to document the lives our Civil War ancestors lived even if we’re not in possession of their personal letters and diaries. It’ll take some research but that’s what we’re good at, right? So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work. Continue reading