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Surnames and Variations #3 24 Aug 2013 | 12:03 pm

These are some of the surnames I'm researching in my family history.  (You can see a complete list on the sidebar to the left.)  I periodically update the list as I see more name variations and find m...

Coming to Terms with History - Musings on Ellis's Service in the Civil War 20 Aug 2013 | 11:42 am

Ellis Bickerstaff, my great-great-grandfather, was a soldier in the 157th OVI.  During his hundred days of service during the summer of 1864 he served as a guard at Fort Delaware where prisoners of wa...

Fort Delaware Prison and the 157th Regiment OVI in the Civil War 13 Aug 2013 | 12:12 pm

Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island Fort Delaware was (and still is) located on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River.  During the Civil War the fort became a prison for captured Confederate soldiers,...

Ellis & the 157th Ohio Volunteer Infanty - Military Monday 6 Aug 2013 | 03:21 am

Ellis Bickerstaff (or Biggerstaff as his name was recorded), of Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, was a member Company D of the 157th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry (157th OVI) during the Civil ...

Why Stories Are Important 5 Aug 2013 | 09:08 am

Several of Charles Hale's earlier, excellent videos have been removed from youtube.  This one tells why he believes stories are so important to tell and share.  Enjoy! --Nancy. .

Bickerstaff Sisters, Thirty Years Between - Wordless Wednesday 31 Jul 2013 | 12:06 pm

~1925, left to right Mame, their mother, Cora, and Emma Bickerstaff ~1955, left to right Emma Meinzen, Cora Bickerstaff, and Mame Morris --Nancy. .

The Hundred-Days Men of the Civil War - Military Monday 29 Jul 2013 | 12:03 pm

My great-grandfather, Ellis Bickerstaff, served in the Civil War from May 2 to September 2, 1864, in the 157th Ohio Company D.  I wondered at his short service and decided to learn more.  It turns out...

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge Posts 29 Jul 2013 | 11:03 am

You wouldn't think that one post per week would be too much of a challenge.  For me the challenge came in choosing a topic that met the alphabetical guideline for the week rather than actually writing...

Z is for Zerelda - Family History Through the Alphabet 21 Jul 2013 | 01:46 am

With a name like Zerelda, I think she deserves a post of her own -- and this is the perfect time and place to share her story.  I wish I had a photograph of Zerelda but I haven't been able to definiti...

Y is for Yes! - Family History Through the Alphabet 15 Jul 2013 | 10:17 am

I hope you've had this experience. You search and search and search for your ancestor's parents.  You have nearly nothing to go on except the name and last location of your known ancestor.  You searc...

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