June 14th, 2008


Today is the 232d Birthday of the United States Army

And to mark the occasion, Geneablogie has asked Jill Daniels, “England’s No. 1 WWII/1940s Entertainer,” to favor (or as she says, “favour”) us with a celebratory reminiscence of a great Irving Berlin tune. Draftees from New York City report to Camp Upton, Yaphank, Long Island in 1917. Among the soldiers trained at Camp Upton was a Russian emigre born Israel …Continue reading →

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Flag Day 2008

The Flag at Raton, New Mexico Courtesy of YouTube poster “gully42″. Free for non-commercial use.

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Sticks And Stones, There’s N—‘s Living with the Bones!

The role of the historian is to report things as they were found, not as the historian or the rest of modernity wish they had been. In the last post, we discussed using racial descriptions as names to search for African-Americans. We were successful using “slave,” “colored,” and “Negro” to find records that if combined with othe records could resolve …Continue reading →

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Research Tip: Slaves and Slavs in the U.S. Census (and how to tell the difference!)

“No census taken between 1790 and 1860 contains even one slave’s name.” Harriet C. Frazier, Runaway and Freed Missouri Slaves and Those Who Helped Them, 1763-1865, (McFarland & Company: 2004), p. 12. Most genealogists will not find this statement particularly surprising. We all know that, except for a very few free blacks, African-Americans were not enumerated by name in the …Continue reading →

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