Are you or a family member researching your Civil War ancestor?




Check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – available in Kindle and also in paperback. Great research help as you start to learn about your family in the Civil War.


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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.

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My 3 best online sites to begin your Civil War research all are Free!

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The Civil War is the one single event in our country’s history that still captures a lot of attention today. More books are published and read about the Civil War every year than any other era in our history. Maybe you’ve even wondered if your ancestor(s) played a role in this powerful time in our county’s history. Nearly 3 million men from both the north and south fought in the war. All these men left their homes and families to fight for their beliefs. It’s more than likely one, if not several, of your ancestors participated.

So, where do you begin as you search for your ancestors place in this monumental struggle known as the Civil War? First look through your family tree at the generation of men born in the late 1820’s, the 1830’s and 1840’s. Also, remember many youths lied about their age and served when only 16 or 17 years old. So flexibility with dates is a plus! Now where do you go from here?

National Parks Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

Armed with a name try finding your potential soldier at the National Parks Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System Database. It’s a good, free website provided by the National Parks System. While there be sure to click on the Tools page and Info page. There’s a lot of great information available and many details on regiments and battles. Knowing a little about the battles your ancestor fought in puts you in his footsteps. How far from home was he? Did his regiment move often? Did he see major casualties? All these variables were sure to change him forever and certainly helps the genealogist identify with their ancestor.

Family Search

Continue researching your Civil War ancestor at the site. Along with their database this free site, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has info pages, video demos, a blog, and free courses. There’s a lot to find on this site beside the records you’re searching for and all free!

Cyndi’s List

Another avenue to follow as you research your Civil War ancestor is Cyndi’s List. This is not a database where you’ll find your particular soldier listed but a compilation of links when researching your Union, Confederate, and African-American soldiers. There’s listings for battlefields and battles, prisoners and prisons, censuses, and the lists go on and on. With links to just about every Civil War internet site known to mankind you could quite possibly spend the rest of your life pursuing leads from Cyndi’s List alone. Stop here when you have time on your hands.

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Civil War Saturday – He Enlisted with Men Half His Age

Civil War Reenactors  Photo Credit: Cindy Freed

Civil War Reenactors
Photo Credit: Cindy Freed

Some people are born to make a mark on the world they live in. They reach down deep within to draw on courage, endurance and stamina. With those qualities they leave their imprint on the world around them. Michael Leatherman is one of those people. He lived a life of adventure and some adversity while contributing greatly to his surroundings.

Michael’s story starts on January 16, 1799 in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Michael Sr. and Catherine Palmer Leatherman and one of their eleven children. Early on Michael’s teacher and parents realized how intelligent he was. He easily mastered every subject he studied in school. Even though education was not stressed in a young man’s life, Michael’s teacher provided him with plenty of material to continue learning. Michael devoured whatever books he could find and was especially fond of great works of literature. His self education was so extensive Michael eventually took over as the area teacher and his knowledge was known by all well beyond the county.

Yet Michael loved farming and longed to get back to that heritage. His parents owned farmland but of course with so many children there wasn’t enough land to distribute to them all. Michael saved his hard earned salary to purchase his own land yet it wasn’t land near his parents that he had hopes of owning. He had his eye on western Ohio. The part of Ohio that was still an untouched area, heavily timbered and with few inhabitants.

On December 25, 1820 Michael married Hannah Ohler in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He and Hannah had quite a number of children themselves, raising a family of ten. Even while welcoming many new additions Michael pocketed enough money to secure his land in Allen County, Ohio and the provisions he’d need for his family.

He moved Hannah and the brood to Jackson township in Allen County and began the work of hewing out a life on their farm. In fact the area the Leatherman clan moved to was so densely populated with trees Michael had to cut a road to his own property on their arrival.

Once settled in Ohio, Michael was well respected in the area for his superior education and hard work. Many of his peers felt he was just the man needed in their fledgling government. So Michael accepted the call and was voted in as a township trustee. His next position was serving as Justice of the Peace. Then for 12 years he served as joint surveyor for both Allen and Auglaize counties. All through this time Leatherman continued farming, adding to his holdings and was managing a bustling 400 acre farm.

Perhaps the highlight of Michael’s political career came next when he was elected the state representative from Allen County and served a term in Ohio’s government. Yet he wasn’t done. Leatherman spent six more years as a probate judge in Allen County.

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Civil War Quick Tip – Researching Your Arkansas Civil War Veteran

FBGenCircleLogo1Are you searching for your Arkansas Civil War veteran? Check out:

They have a great military section including Civil War Pensions, Military Records and information for other wars. It’s a good resource to check out.

Keep researching your Civil War ancestor!




If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – available in Kindle and 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!