Civil War

Getting Back to Some Hard Genealogy

It took a near-disaster in the form of a hard disk failure to bring me back to doing some basic genealogy. I took me a week to recover and reassemble my files, which had been backed up onto three different systems. The redundancy was a fortunate thing born out of some lethargy in organization. As a fortuitous happenstance, I lost …Continue reading →


General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic

  General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters. I.     The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the …Continue reading →


25 Great Books on the Civil War Era–FREE!

Here are 25 books on the Civil War era with perspectives you can’t find anywhere else. They are postbellum 19th century and early 20th century products. And they’re all free Google e-books! 1. Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps (United States Navy Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1853) 2. Numbers And Losses in …Continue reading →


Today is Kansas Day

Today, the State of Kansas marks its 150th anniversary of statehood.  Modern pop culture regards Kansas as quiet, flat, ordinary, and even boring; alternatively it’s portrayed as an idyllic land of sunflower fields.  But neither depiction reflects the reality of historical Kansas. Statehood did not come easy to Kansas.  In the 1850’s, Kansas was the kindling ground that became a …Continue reading →


Kudos: Michael Hait

Our motto here at GeneaBlogie is Learn, Share, Enjoy, Appreciate! And we also say give credit where credit is due. So at the head of this year’s honors list for achievement in the field of genealogical writing, we recognize Michael Hait. Michael writes for as the national African-American Genealogical Examiner.  His highly readable posts are rich in information.  There …Continue reading →


Georgia Digital Library Now Provides Access to Atlanta Historical Newspapers

The following information was provided by the Digital Library of Georgia last week: A new digital database providing online access to 14 newspaper titles published in Atlanta from 1847 to 1922 is now available through the Digital Library of Georgia, housed at The University of Georgia Libraries. The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive ( consists of more than 67,000 newspaper pages …Continue reading →


“Restore My Name:” The First Edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy

Luckie Daniels, proprietor of Our Georgia Roots, a tenacious researcher and tech expert, has taken on the hosting of the first edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy.   The theme for the first edition concerns slave research.   Participants are asked to answer one or more of the following questions: What responsibilities are involved on the part of the researcher when …Continue reading →


Black Confederates: Inconvenient Truth or Racist-inspired Revisionism?

A Long-Sought Photograph, Discovered, Stirs the Pot The photograph of my second great-grandfather was in a book titled Black Confederates (Pelican Publishing 2001), which its editors and publisher  tout as a compilation of historical accounts, photographs and documents relating to blacks who served with rebel forces in the Civil War.  Lewis LeJay (1835-1921) is described in the book through an …Continue reading →


How Grandpa Zeke Collected a Bounty on Himself

My great-great-grandfather Ezekiel Johnson collected a bounty for turning himself into the federal government in 1864. Actually, so did a lot of other folks earn such bounties. Zeke Johnson was held as a slave in Clay County, Missouri, fro the day he was born in 1847 until one day in May, 1864, when he was 17 years old.  That day …Continue reading →


Carnival of Genealogy: A Tribute to Women

The Carnival is now posted at Jasia’s Creative Gene.  There are 31 outstanding selections from both veteran and nedwcomer genea-bloggers. You won’t find my contribution there; I simply ran out of time.  But had I had the time, I would have written about Mary Elizabeth Bowser.   A Central Intelligence Agency paper tells her story as one of the least-known, but …Continue reading →

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