On the hunt for more Revolutionary War ancestors after my visit to Yorktown, VA. I have now submitted two more on the White side of the family. They are George Eckert and Samuel Milliken/Milligan. Now the wait is on for the year it will take before they are reviewed by NSDAR. In the meantime, I’m trying to find a woman in my ancestry that may have assisted in the Rev. War. Always a feather in your cap if you have one of the ladies proven.
Yorktown is a wonderful place to visit. They have an American Revolution of Yorktown Museum that is worth the trip. They have an encampment that is very interesting. This includes a kitchen, medical facility, supply hut and very knowledgeable staff.
Inside of the museum there are many artifacts and movies. Both are helpful in following the war. This is a State of Virginia museum. Kudos to Virginia for such a wonderful asset. The museum is designed with many areas that flow one into another and they seem to go on forever. It is truly an amazing place to visit.
The battlefield at Yorktown is also very interesting. Suggestion – don’t try to drive your motorhome around the battlefield. We found a couple of areas we couldn’t access because of the bulk of this RV even though it is small by comparison to most. We saw the redoubts taken by the Patriots, the digs that the soldiers did in the middle of the night to surprise the British, the National Cemetery, the Yorktown Victory Monument, and lots of wildlife.
The Moore House is especially nice. It is fully restored and historically is the home where the terms of agreement of surrender were worked out. It is not the house where the British signed the agreement. Still worth the visit if you like old homes.
I had a new experience in May, I was a guest along with PA State Archivist, Aaron McWilliams, on WITF Smart Talk. We talked about the 1940 Census release as well as the release of the 1906 PA birth records and 1096-1961 PA death records. Listeners were able to call or email their questions for us to answer. We got a lot of good questions about a variety of topics.
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who listen to Smart Talk. Even after the show was over people continued to email questions that Aaron and I could answer.
I had just receive an issue of the National Genealogical Society’s journal (Vol. 38 No. 2, April-June, 2012)that has a wonderful article on the 1940 census. If you want to know what is included and the significance of the questions asked on the census, it is a great issue to look for at your local library.
I was talking with a friend recently, about what to do with family information such as bibles, ancestral charts, family histories, etc. if you don’t have children or family that cares about family history. There are so many genealogical societies clammering for this kind of information about families in their area. Don’t let all of your and previous generation’s hard work go to waste. Look for a library, genealogical society, or archives that will accept your collections. It is a matter of going on line to Google, or similar search engines and locating an appropriate repository. Type in a county and add historical society. You will be very surprised to see what pops up. If all else fails, contact Historical Society of Pennsylvania, if your family is from this State, and work with them to get your collection.
Telling family is not enough. Put it in your will. While you are at it, you should also make a record of all your holdings and where they should go when you are gone. If you take a walk around your home and look at those bowls from great grandma Grace that you definitely want to keep in the family, WRITE IT DOWN.
Carnaval glass bowl in dining room china closet was from great grandma Grace and is to go to Aunt Martha Jones when I die. Add information about the value of the piece if it has been appraised. Add some history about the item, if you know anything and put this all in a notebook with photos. Grandfather clock in living room on desk. The clock was a wedding present to grandpa and grandma Green in 1921, was given to son, Paul and wife in 1963 and was presented to daughter, Suzy Smith in 1985, at her wedding.
Too many times we have not planned for keeping heirlooms and genealogical information, so it gets thrown out or put up for sale, to be lost to that family forever. Plan ahead, we all gotta go sometime.
I will try to give you some tips about Genealogy, family history, miscellaneous Lineage society information, and new books that I have found/purchased in my periodic blogs.
For the newest book on my shelf, I’m pretty excited about a Christmas gift from my nephew, Jeffrey. The Bradford County, PA Historical Society reprinted the Maps of Bradford County from 1858. It is very colorful, but you better have a magnifying glass handy. Many of my early families are listed, making this a little more interesting to me than someone who hasn’t a clue where Bradford County is located. They have an index that gives names, Township and page numbers, but from there you are on your own to locate them. You can order your copy of the book on their website: www.bradfordhistory.com.
While I’m talking about Bradford Co., PA, if you get up that way (Northern PA), be sure you visit their Research Library and Museum. It is located in the old County jail on Pine Street, Towanda, PA.