A New Website: African American Civil War Soldiers

Wow a new site, thanks Dick Eastman for this posting on the African American Civil War site information and allowing it to be reblogged.

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This may be one of the most important history-related web sites launched so far this year. The following announcement was written by John Clegg, a founder of the African American Civil War Soldiers web site:

African American Civil War Soldiers is a new website that will crowd-source the transcription of the military records of roughly 200,000 African Americans soldiers who fought for their freedom in the American Civil War. These records are of great interest to historians and genealogists, since they contain detailed biographic information on individual Union Army soldiers, most of whom were slaves at the start of the Civil War. However, until now these records have been locked away in the National Archives in DC, accessible only to a select few researchers. Our website invites members of the public to help transcribe scanned images of the soldiers’ records, turning them into text that can easily be searched…

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Getting Started with Genealogy! Fredericksburg VA Women’s Forum

It was my pleasure to present at the Fredericksburg, Virginia Barbara Geslock Women’s forum. As promised I am attaching the power point and the timeline for you to use. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or post a note. I will leave it up for a couple more days. Thank you for attending!

Woman’s forum getting started Fredericksburg 3-10-18


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Timelines for the 2018 Rootstech folks

Thank you for attending. Here is the information I promised linking to the timelines…enjoy and have fun with it. Let me know if you have any questions. RootsTech Timelines are for You.

Timeline for Genealogy Blank Timeline for Genealogy Blank 2017


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Heirloom-52weeks 52Ancestors

I am trying to keep track of the challenge and I am slipping. This week I will acknowledge a family heirloom. My 2x grandfather-Ahira Harvey Worden was born on March 20, 1838, in Eaton, Michigan, his father, Parley Worden, was 42 and his mother, Lydoriana (Boyer), was 19. He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyer in 1859 in his hometown or on route to Michigan from New York. (yes they were cousins) They had eight children in 17 years and three survived. He died on December 12, 1916, in Shelby, Michigan, having lived a long life of 78 years, and was buried there.

Ahira Harvey Worden, a private from Michigan, fought for the Union during the Civil War. He served as a private in the 15th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company I.  In his profile he listed on 16 March 1865. He mustered out on 13 August 1865 at Little Rock, AR. (Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65) He applied for his pension and it took about 40 years to get it, but it finally came in and then he died ($20) and his wife applied and got it.

After the war he joined the GAR Post #68 in Shelby, Oceana County, Michigan. Here is his GAR medal, one of my favorite heirlooms.

Ahira GAR medal

View the photo of Ahira and his wife and note he is proudly wearing his medal. When my brother Calvin (aka Todd) was sworn in the SAR & Sons of the Union Army he proudly wore this medal.


Ahira Worden Obit 12 Dec 1916

Ahira was also a whittler and here is a photo of a chair he whittled. Ahira Chair

Know your roots, they are long and strong!

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52Ancestors52Weeks Weird Names

Oh yes there are some interesting names in our ancestry. Typically, the odd ones in my tree are all on my mother’s paternal side. It’s the European’s all the way. My father’s side all seen to be “normal” and familiar. So for this week I will just list some of the first names. But, if I think of it, they are just as weird as some of the 21st century ones of today. Here are some of the strange or let’s say odd male and female names in my family tree. I did not include any of the Dutch names because I do not know if they are odd or not. Enjoy!






Ahira (great grandfather)

Hopestill (7th great grandmother and her last name was Holley and married a Worden)


Joram, Jorum (great great grandfather)



Parley (my great great grandfather)



Weed (oh this is really interesting and he is not from the 1960s, but the 1700s)


Ahasuerus (I believe this man is a Tory-ugrrr a traitor!)




Massena (on Mom’s mother’s side)



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52Ancestors52Weeks, Census-Joseph Goings

As a genealogist new or experienced the Federal Population census is a go too document. From what I know and you can visit the United States Census Bureau website for more information. There are several reasons why the federal government developed the population census. I am not going in-depth about who does what about the census. But here are some key points that I think folks should know:

  • It’s about people and the economy in the United States. It is taken every ten years.
  • It helps delegate federal $$ to local communities every year and others things
  • It does the American Community Survey, something I look at for my day job.
  • The first census was taken in 1790 and today we have access to the 1940 Census.
  • Every 72 years the census is available to the general public.
  • Each census collected different information-visit this website to learn about each census: https://www.census.gov/prod/2000pubs/cff-2.pdf

Well let me introduce you to Joseph Goings! He is my 4th great grandfather. I find him in the 1810, 1820, and 1830 federal population census. We assume he is born about 1750 to 1775. His son Lawson was born in 1807 in Loudoun County. As of yet, we do not know when he died or where he is buried. Most of the Goings family in Loudoun County migrated to Jefferson County, Virginia, now West Virginia.

I would recommend looking and learning the columns and what should be filled in but the census taker. The 1810 Census collected the name of the head of the family, if the head of the household is white, their age and sex, race and if there were slaves. When you develop your timeline on an ancestor you want to make sure you have the census and state census listed. In addition, you want to note who is in the household.

Below is a blank 1810 to view:


Here is an 1810 census showing Joseph Goings in Loudoun County, Virginia.


Here is an 1860 Census for Medina County, Ohio. View the Wm Davis family. The 1860 census collected the 1860 the Name of the head of the household; age; sex; race; value of real estate; value of personal estate; occupation; birthplace; whether married within the year; school attendance; literacy; whether deaf and dumb; blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.


Here is the 1860 Census with William and Mildred Davis’s household.

1860 William Davis Medina Ohio Census

Another document I would suggest you get is the instructions for the census takers. You can download it free from the census bureau website. With the blank census forms and the filled out forms you should gain a little bit more knowledge of the benefit of using the census. (https://www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/census_instructions/)


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An African-American Cemetery in Baltimore was Bulldozed

Wow this is so sad! Thank you Dick Eastman for sharing this information. Our cemeteries are precious and protected. This is why what we do as genealogists is so important.

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“Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.” – William Gladstone

Since it was opened in 1852, Laurel Cemetery was supposed to become a place where the luminaries of Baltimore’s black community could be remembered forever. “All who procure burials here are sure of an undisturbed resting place for all time to come,” an 1858 ad promised. However, “forever” ended in the 1960s.

The cemetery was paved over by developers with political connections. Today the former cemetery is the site of a Food Depot, a discount department store, and a Dollar General, among other commercial buildings.

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