Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember the importance of genealogy and family history research

Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember the importance of genealogy and family history researchBy Barry J. Ewell

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that is celebrated each year on the final Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it was established after the U.S. Civil War on May 5, 1868, to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. Decoration Day referred to the practice of laying or decorating flowers on graves to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War and as a sign of healing. The name Memorial Day was first used in 1888, and after World War I was extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service. Continue reading