“All History is Personal:” August 1961

US Tank at Ckpt Charlie

The year 1961 was eventful for several reasons.  It marked the centennial of the Civil War, the first manned space flights, the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, among other events. In August, 1961, my father, then a captain in the United States Army, was sent on temporary duty from his post in …Continue reading →


Some Reflections on Veterans’ Day

Why is Veterans’ Day so important to Americans?  Some think the answer is because we have an inherently militaristic society, ready to celebrate war at the drop at a hat.  Or because the military-industrial complex benefits from the political fires that can be stoked by the emotional appeal of the day. But none of that is true.  In fact, it …Continue reading →


GeneaBlogie Grand Genealogy Journey – Day 1: Sacramento

Sacramento has often been overlooked by visitors to Northern California; the same visitors are frequently mesmerized by the city some 90 miles away called San Francisco. Dissing Sacramento used to be a favorite pastime of the cognoscenti.   “It’s too hot!”  “It’s too dry!”  “It’s too flat!”  “It’s got no culture!” Even the California Supreme Court refuses to have its …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 (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/atlnewspapers) 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 →


Womens History Month: Womens Airforce Service Pilots

Adapted and updated from “Memorial Day 2009” which first appeared simultaneously at GeneaBlogie and The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit on May 25, 2009. If you haven’t been to Arlington, Virginia in the last several years, you may not recognize the two memorials shown above.  The top one is the “Women in Military Service for America” memorial and it stands near the …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 →


The Book I’ve Been Waiting For

It was raining as it had almost everyday about the time the mail came.  There was the usual detritus of our not-yet-paperless society and a package that looked like it had been around the world a couple of times. “Hmm,” I thought, “this may be the book I’ve been waiting for.”  And indeed it was.  Seems I had given the …Continue reading →


Footnote.com Opens Their WWII Collection Free To The Public During December

I’ve been a fan of Footnote.com since they opened.  I was very pleased to learn about their “interactive USS Arizona Memorial.” And that along with the rest of their World War II collection will be free for the rest of the month of December. Here’s the press release: Lindon, UT – December 7, 2009 – In honor of Pearl Harbor …Continue reading →


Good Schools A Staple of Ancestors’ Lives

This was produced for the 17th edition of “Smile for the Camera” I really don’t have much in the way of  photographs on my ancestors’ school days.   I have in the past posted school census records from the very early twentieth century in Milam County, Texas, where my gg-grandmother and her descendants lived.  But I know virtually nothing about my …Continue reading →

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