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Ancestry Research: Genealogy & Descendants - Civil War

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Edna Hetrick, daughter of Civil War soldier, dies at 103 -- 16 living daughters of Civil War veterans left
An Ohio woman whose father saw combat in the Civil War has passed away at 103. Edna Marie Hetrick was a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The Illinois-based organization says there are 16 other living daughters of Civil War veterans. Hetrick's father David Huffman served with the Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Union Army. He saw combat in battles in Tennessee and Georgia and was wounded in 1863. Hetrick was born when her father was 62, 41 years after the Civil War ended. She recalled her father talking about the war, but she wasn't very interested at the time.

The last 100 children of Civil War soldiers fading fast
Jim Brown grew up in the Civil War's shadow, listening to stories of the fighting from a father who experienced it. "He was in it from the beginning at Manassas to the end at Appomattox. He'd be amazed to see the changes today." At 98, Brown's part of an exclusive group - the living children of Civil War soldiers, removed by a single generation from the America's bloodiest conflict. Records show less than 100 sons and daughters of the blue and gray veterans remain. Historians hope to see members of that club hang around long enough to be part of the Civil War's 150th anniversary.

Disagreement: Ancestor who is both Confederate and Union soldier
Disagreement over whether a Civil War ancestor should lie beneath a Union or a Confederate headstone has led to the arrest of Richard Hill, charged with desecrating the grave of the veteran. According to the warrant, Hill, a 6th-generation descendant, "tore down and removed a tombstone on the grave" of Stephen S. Shook, "then replaced the stone with a Confederate stone." Shook was a Union soldier who died on June 10, 1902, but before that he was a Confederate, the family agrees. Descendants of Shook say the Union headstone that has marked Shook's grave since 1920 is the one that should remain, because Shook ended the war as a Union sergeant.

Ancestry-dot-com posts 90M war records - Accessed free until June 6
For every generation in U.S. there has been a war. And with wars come millions of records that can shed light on history, detailing everything from the color of soldiers' eyes to what their neighbors may have said about them. unveils more than 90 million U.S. war records from the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 and includes the details of 3.5 million deceased U.S. soldiers. The records, accessed free until June 6, came from the National Archives and Records Administration and include 37 million images, military yearbooks, POW records from 4 wars, unit rosters from the Marine Corps 1893-1958, and Civil War pension records, among others.

Web database to help blacks trace ancestry
After the Civil War, the federal Freedmen's Bureau helped former slaves document marriages, reunite with families and navigate their new freedom. In the process, the bureau also recorded the names of men, women and children previously regarded as property. Those records are on the way to becoming a Web-accessible genealogical treasure trove, thanks to the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia that is co-sponsoring a family history fair in Chesapeake. The museum is recruiting volunteers to help computerize the bureau's old Virginia archives.

Records of freed slaves to go online
Records the Freedmen's Bureau used to reconnect families will be placed online in part of a project linking modern-day blacks with their ancestors. The Virginia Freedmen Project plans to digitize more than 200,000 images collected by the Richmond bureau, one of dozens of offices established throughout the South to help former slaves adjust to free life. Researchers will in time transfer data from all of the southern states to an online database.

Civil War diaries, photographs and documents to appear online
The goal of the Historical Documents and Records Preservation Project is to digitize photographs, documents and records of historical significance and make them accessible through the museum's site. A second element of the project is to enter genealogical data into a database which will also be accessible. They will digitally preserve and make accessible the historical documents, writings, journals, and ledgers of General Samuel Milroy, John C. Odell, and Jesse Sharp as well as the Civil War diaries of James Sharp. They will also enter 4,000 obituaries and 24,000 wills into the database.

List of Civil War dead found
Robert Belvin probably didn't expect to find a list of Civil War dead in the newspaper one recent morning. Granted, the newspaper was from over a century ago. The list tells where local veterans of the Civil War were buried, and was published in the Daily Times on May 28 and 29 of 1900. This list is being redistributed, so area residents can find out whether they have ancestors who fought in the Civil War. However, some cemeteries listed in the document have been displaced over the years as landowners have decided to build over them. In addition, the names of some local cemeteries have changed since the Antebellum period.