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Aug 12, 2022

The Civil War presents a unique case in military records for the United States. This is because the federal government kept only Union records for decades. It was the early twentieth century before the Confederate records, previously kept at the state levels, were moved there. This is what you need to know…

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Aug 10, 2022

Military service is built into this country’s history. The service of hundreds of thousands of people over the past two and a half centuries has generated records that can be used to improve one’s family tree. There is a wealth of genealogical information in these records. This is an introduction to what you need to...


Aug 8, 2022

Alaska is a harsh, inhospitable land to those unfamiliar with it, and it is for this reason that it took Europeans so long to explore it, much less colonize it. As with many things in human society, the discovery of gold in Juneau brought people to that area, making it a town and eventually the state capital. Here...


Aug 5, 2022

Are you curious about how state capitals got their beginnings? Most have fascinating origin stories. Take Montgomery, Alabama, for example. With a history going back thousands of years, but only inhabited by Europeans for the past two centuries, it is a modern and influential city. Here is how it became the state...


Aug 3, 2022

Samuel Adams was the second cousin of US President John Adams, and like his cousin, he served at the Continental Congress and was instrumental in America gaining independence. In fact, Samuel was most outspoken about independence and was a notorious thorn in the side of the British before the Revolution. This is his...