Civil War Pension Files: A Priceless Significance

I retreated like a green recruit from the prospect of spending $80 on the Civil War Pension files of my ancestors. It seemed an exorbitant cost, particularly since I faced a line of seven brothers, the sons of my great, great, great-grandparents, all members of two Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiments. 1,541 more words

Family History

Finding Vital Records: Four Lessons Learned

My goal for 2015 is to document, for the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Civil War service of the seven sons of Jacob Croy (1810-1872) and Margaret Pugh Croy (1813-1884). 1,151 more words

Family History

The importance of knowing where you came from

Four Score and More, my memoir, history and a family legacy, is a story of my family. There are many unwritten pages in our history books. 240 more words

On Genealogy

At the desk, a woman approached me, huffing and sweating. It was a warm day, the sun was bright.

“Where’s the restroom?”

“I’m sorry, we don’t have a public restroom,” I reply, the standard. 1,335 more words

Life Of The Blogger

Two of the Best Blogs for Genealogy, History, and Writing

“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. ” Roger Ebert

While I always say that I would love to go back in time, I would miss a few important things.

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Genealogical Research

Pauline Waters: Documenting A Life

Yesterday would have been the 100th birthday of my grandmother Pauline Celeste Waters. She was born April 13th, 1915 in the sleepy town of Stillpond, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. 744 more words

My Family Research

WV Genealogical Research

Genealogical Research in West Virginia

Examining county lines becomes important in performing genealogical research in many states because most records are still kept at the county seat. 1,397 more words

Language & Writing