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Researching Washington WWI Ancestors

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in Military research, WWI | 0 comments

As you may know from my lectures and book, it is important to find your WWI ancestor’s military organization to unlock learning about his military service. An online way to find out about your Washington WWI Ancestors is to search the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives website. If you have Washington ancestors, check out all the online collections. In the Search by Name box, look at the dropdown menu for Collections dropdown menu on the left. You can certainly search from the homepage, but I wanted to narrow down my search to...

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Researching Tennessee WWI Ancestors

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Military research, WWI | 0 comments

More than 130,000 Tennesseans served in WWI. If you are researching one of them, then check out the extensive collection of online WWI resources from the Tennessee State Archives. This archive contains items ranging from the compiled service records that are such an important starting place for WWI research, to a very special and personal collection of digitized items shared by descendants. They are hosted by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which is a global library cooperative. The compiled service records of the WWI soldiers...

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Civil War Pensions

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019 in Civil War, Genealogy Education, Military research, NARA | 0 comments

(This is Part 1 of the blog post. Part 2 appears on the Twisted Twigs for Genealogy Blog.) So many people ask us in person, or post in Facebook groups: “Where do I go to find more about my ancestor’s military service?”. The short answer is that the records you need are at branches of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), but how you get access to them can make a difference. In this blog post, we outline the process of requesting a Civil War Pension, and what to do if NARA replies that the Pension file is...

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Where Do I Find Out About My Ancestor’s Military Service? The OMPF!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Military research, Useful Tips, WWI, WWII | 0 comments

(This is Part 1 of the blog post. Part 2 appears on the Twisted Twigs for Genealogy Blog.) So many people ask me in person, or post in Facebook groups: “Where do I go to find more about my ancestor’s military service?”. The short answer is that the records you need are at branches of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), but how you get access to them can make a difference. Undoubtedly you have seen the military records offered on Ancestry or Fold3. These may be rosters, muster rolls or ship’s manifests...

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Family History Outing: U.S. Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis, VA

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Family History Outing, Genealogy Education, Military research, WWI | 0 comments

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum tells the story of the Army’s Transportation Corps, whose unofficial motto is “Nothing Happens Until Something Moves”. The Museum focuses on fielded and experimental equipment in: Aircraft, Rail, Vehicle, Watercraft Equipment. Camp Eustis was established in 1918 as a training center for railway coast artillery. It became a Fort in 1923. The Museum has a main building, a railroad pavilion, a vehicle pavilion, a marine park and an aviation pavilion. Although the U.S. Transportation began...

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Family History Outing: The Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Family History Outing, Get Children Involved, Military research, WWI | 0 comments

In the history of the U.S. Navy, at the heart of its modern heritage is the U.S.S. Monitor. The “Duel of the Ironclads” was fought in Hampton Roads on 8 March 1862. The C.S.S. Virginia, built from the burned remains of the U.S.S. Merrimac, faced the U.S.S. Monitor. The result was a draw. The U.S.S. Monitor Center at the Mariner’s Museum holds stories of the battle, the sinking of the Monitor, locating the Monitor in modern times, its exploration and preservation. These stories are all presented in engaging detail. On New...

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Book review: “From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City”

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Book Review, Irish Research | 0 comments

I had a chance to review “From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee” by Carl Baehr. In family history, context is incredibly important. “From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee” gives the reader that context of the Irish experience of settling in Milwaukee, along with the concurrent history of Ireland. If your family includes the initial settlers of Milwaukee or the famous or infamous, you may find details of their lives among the pages. Even if your...

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New Tools from Ancestry and MyHeritage

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in DNA, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

RootsTech has become the time and place for new genealogical announcements and RootsTech 2019 did not disappoint! This blog post focuses on new some new tools available from Ancestry and MyHeritage that you need to check out. While there is plenty of buzz about these tools, I recommend that you check in with the experts, then try them yourself. The value of the tools is based on personal preference, so you want to form your own opinion. At the end of the post there is homework to do, but not to turn in! From...

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RootsTech 2019 Videos and Handouts

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in Genealogy Education, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Rootstech 2019 is over and if you did not make it, you can still be inspired by viewing some of the videos and all of the handouts at the link below. It is great that Rootstech lets us all be a part of it. Videos for some sessions can be viewed here. The handouts (syllabi) for the sessions can be viewed and downloaded...

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Researching Florida WWI Ancestors

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Military research, WWI | 0 comments

Learning the military organization for your ancestor who served in WWI is important. With that information, you can find out what your ancestor did including duties, travels and battles. The State Library & Archives of Florida’s Florida Memory website has a Collection of World War I Service Cards.  This collection includes the cards for Floridians in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps during WWI. From this website you can search for a specific service member’s card or browse all the service cards. As an example,...

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