Where to look for family history and how to preserve what you find

Family history artifactsBy Barry J. Ewell

Over the past 15-plus years I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about my family through family history and genealogy activities.  Through my journey I have had the opportunity to uncover, organize and preserve 80,000-plus artifacts that range from photographs, vital records (birth, marriage, death certificates) and newspaper clippings to yearbooks, LP records and tapes, jewelry and family heirlooms.

When I first started doing family history, I spent the first six years searching for any and all records that would reconstruct the history of my family going back to the 1840’s.  Some of the artifacts I found in the homes of my parents following their passing which I was able to physically keep and preserve.  Many of the artifacts were in the position of family, friends and acquaintances as was only allowed to take a digital image/copy of those artifacts.  In the article I will share with you a few ideas about where to look and what you will find and introduce you to how-to take care of the artifacts you find.

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Genealogy: 1800 U.S. Federal census tutorial

US Flag 1795-1818United States flag from 1795-1818.

By Barry J. Ewell
This is the 1800 U.S. Federal census tutorial and includes the following categories and additional resources to aid your research:

  • Defining the U.S. federal census
  • Introduction to 1800 U.S. Federal census
  • New questions found in the 1800 U.S. Census
  • Clues and lessons learned from 1800 U.S. Federal census
    • Using the 1800 U.S. Census
    • Build a family profile
    • Build a case
    • Head of household
    • Military service and bounty land applications
    • Finding names of women
    • Woman as head of household
    • Age and family composition
    • Slaves
    • Neighbors
    • Surnames
    • Misspelled names are ok
    • Searching online databases
    • First and middle names
    • Location
    • Other records created by ancestors
    • What to search after 1800 U.S. census
    • Search the original record
    • Research the state census
  • Questions asked on the 1800 U.S. Federal census
  • Search other census tutorials
  • Other articles of interest

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Genealogy: World War II 1941-1945, Researching and finding military records

Soldier 4By Barry J. Ewell
The following categories and additional resources are provided to aid your research and finding of military records for World War II 1941-1945:

  • World War II Overview
  • Researching World War II military records
    • Build a search profile for each male
    • Where to find the personal information
    • Sample World War II male search profile
  • Search World War II Records
    • World War II Draft
    • Service records
    • Pension records
  • Military history
  • Search the cemetery
  • Search Home

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Genealogy: World War I 1917-1919, Researching and finding military records

World War IBy Barry J. Ewell
The following categories and additional resources are provided to aid your research and finding of military records for World War I 1917-1919:

  • World War I Overview
  • Researching World War I military records
    • Build a search profile for each male
    • Where to find the personal information
    • Sample U.S. Civil War male search profile
  • Search World War I Records
    • World War I Draft
    • Service records
    • Pension records
  • Military history
  • Search the cemetery
  • Search Home
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Genealogy: World War I 1917-1919, Researching Draft Registration cards

WWI SoldiersBy Barry J. Ewell
The United States instituted a draft that included 24 million men between the ages of 18 and 45.  There were three registration periods which had requested slightly different information:

  • Version 1: June 5, 1917 for all men 21-31
  • Version 2: June 5, 1918 all men who turned 21 since last draft
  • Version 3: September 12, 1918 for all men 18-45

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Genealogy: Civil War 1861-1865, Researching and finding military records

Civil War Bay Barry J. Ewell
The following categories and additional resources are provided to aid your research and finding of military records for the Civil War 1861-1865:

  • Civil War Overview
    • Northern and Confederate states
  • Researching the U.S. Civil War military records
    • Build a search profile for each male
    • Where to find the personal information
    • Sample U.S. Civil War male search profile
  • Where to find regiment and company information
    • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)
    • 1890 U.S. Federal Census Veterans Schedule
    • 1910 U.S. Federal Census
    • State censuses
  • Search for Civil War Records
    • Union pension records
    • Pension records for Confederate soldiers
  • Start first with online databases
  • Expand your search on the internet
  • Search for Civil War groups and organizations
  • Search the cemetery
    • Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator
    • Headstones Provided for Deceased Union War Veterans circa 1879-1903
    • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
    • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)
    • Confederate soldiers
    • Historical society headstone symbolism

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Genealogy: Revolutionary War 1776-1783—Researching and finding military records

Revolutionary WarBy Barry J. Ewell
The following categories and additional resources are provided to aid your research and finding of military records for the Revolutionary War 1776-1783:

  • Revolutionary War Overview
  • Searching for Revolutionary War records
    • Pension applications
    • Bounty Land Warrant Applications
    • Revolutionary War rolls 1775-1783
    • Locating records
    • Loyalists
    • Hessians
  • Search the cemetery
    • Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator
    • Historical society headstone symbolism

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