The End of the Line

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Question: On the Internet I found a family tree for my family that goes all the way back to Adam and Eve. How can I prove this lineage? Answer: You can’t. Lineages that go back to medieval times or earlier are always suspect; you need to fact-check the entire lineage very carefully. Medieval records are […]

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Online Historical Directories

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We should all be thankful that, somewhere in this great big world, there is someone who makes what we thought of as our obsession with a particular subject look like small potatoes. This obsessed monomaniac breathes, eats, and sleeps this one special subject. And—if we are very lucky—this person creates a skillfully organized website that […]

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German Americans in the Civil War

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One way to quickly mobilize masses of German-American men was to grant officer commissions to influential members of the German-American community. Many of the most influential men in the German-American community were Forty-Eighters, that is, men who had participated in the failed revolutions of 1848-1849. These men often had military experience, and a number had […]

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The Forty-Eighters

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Germany in 1848-1849 was the scene of violence and revolution. Numerous individuals participated in attempts to overthrow existing provincial governments. When these revolutions all ended in failure, the would-be revolutionaries were forced to flee Germany or face possible imprisonment or execution. Many fled to Zurich and London; from those cities many then continued on to […]

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Soldiers’ Memorial and Military Museum

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Work continues on the revitalization of Soldiers’ Memorial. The basement has been completely cleared and will now be used as additional exhibit space! You should begin researching your soldier ancestors at SLPL. We own books, microfilm sets, and reference databases that provide rosters and other lists of soldiers and veterans of America’s wars. Our Fold3.com […]

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The Center for Louisiana Studies

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The Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a large collection of recorded materials (audio and video, with a lesser number of photographs) pertaining to Cajun and Creole culture. If you have Louisiana ancestors, this online finding aid may reveal items of potential interest. You should certainly begin researching your […]

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The 1950 Federal Census

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Question: I tried to get my father’s record from the 1950 census and was told that it wasn’t available. Why is that? Answer: Census records are closed to the public for 72 years after the census is enumerated. This is done to protect personal privacy. 72 years was the average American life span when Congress […]

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Black, White, or Don’t Know

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Question: While researching my family, I have found records listing race for a particular individual as Mulatto, Black, and White. Which listing should I believe? Answer: There may be a variety of factors at work. In some cases, a census taker or county clerk recorded a person’s race based on the person’s appearance or the […]

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DD214, and Make It Snappy!

If you don’t know what a DD214 is, you probably don’t need one in a hurry. If you do know, however, and do need a copy of yours ASAP, you can now make use of a private company that is authorized to access records at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) on your behalf, They […]

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Civilian Personnel Files

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The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis holds civilian personnel files for some federal employees for the period 1850-1951. To access these records, visit their website or call 314-801-0850 to schedule an appointment to view records of interest.

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