Yesterday, Myron was on FB and saw something his aunt posted about one of his family members which triggered a bit of internet sleuthing and ended up with him mapping out 3 generations of his family tree on Ancestry.com. The site is pretty slick, as it lets you view copies of public records such as draft cards, census reports and marriage rolls if they are available.
We spent a good portion of yesterday evening talking about what he’d found out such as:
- A female ancestor of his moved to the UK shortly after being emancipated from slavery.
- A male ancestor fought in WW1 and we were able to see his draft card.
- A great-great grandmother was married at least 3 times and we saw the various name changes on the census records
- A great-great grandfather apparently fought on the side of the Confederacy!!! He applied for a Confederate pension but was denied. Here’s a picture of the application.
And we haven’t even started mapping my side of the family yet. I’m excited to see what I find out. I’m going to have to call my mama and take good notes.
Do I have any amateur genealogists out there? Any tips for us??