Family History Research

Military Monday – NGS HSC Lesson 14

I continue to work my way through the graded version of the NGS Home Study Course and am getting closer to reaching my goal of completing it by April 1, 2012. ProGen ends in April and my plan is to finish both and begin focusing on certification.

Today I submitted Lesson 14 on Military Records. I learned some new things about pre-Civil War records which is very helpful considering my newest clients have families that go back that far.

My assignments were to first choose one of my grandfathers and create a list of all wars he could have participated in during his lifetime. Then list all his known male ancestors and the wars they may have participated in during their lifetimes starting with the Revolutionary War and working forward. That part of my assignment was super short. My grandfather on my mom’s side was an immigrant and didn’t serve. I didn’t even list him. I listed my paternal grandfather who was a first generation Bohemian-American. He served in World War II in the Naval Armed Guard. His father was the immigrant and could have served in World War I. End of assignment one.  I have pretty short roots on most of my lines here in America.

Assignment two allowed me to compare and contrast a World War I Draft Registration Card to a World War II Card. I used my great grandfather, Joseph Kokoska for this assignment. The one big informational difference between the two cards was his address. Pretty much everything else, even his occupation and place of employment remained the same.

At this point I have six lessons left to complete. Lesson 6 on marriage and Lesson 10 on local land records I will partially finish next week and read those lessons. I need to visit repositories to complete one section of each lesson and will do that so I can submit both lessons by September 5 before I go to FGS.

I’m still transcribing the 1910 U.S. Census for Joseph Kokoska for lesson 11 and that is only one part of that assignment. My goal is to finish that by October 1 along with Lesson 7, Church Records.

Lesson 15, Kinship will take a while so my goal is December 1 submission. Then when I receive the word it is complete I’ll start Lesson 16, Biography which I plan to finish by April 1. If I reach my goal it will have taken me almost a year and a half to work through all three CDs.  Gosh time flies when you are having fun!

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Tuesday’s Tip – Search Missouri County Histories Online!

Last week I visited the Missouri State Archives and a couple local libraries for client work. When I was finished I drove to Springfield, MO, to visit my sister and wait for my parents to bring my son home from vacation. I again stopped into the Springfield Public Library to look through a couple of county histories I looked at in Jefferson City. After locating a few more surnames related to this family I wanted to make sure I could check the books once more before I left town and had to inter-library loan them.

I wrote about the Springfield Public Library in May and their great genealogy/local history collection. Last night I spoke to a staff member when I could not locate two Missouri county history books I needed. They were held in the rare book collection in a separate storage space in the local history/genealogy section. The staff member was very helpful and then told me that these books are digitized on the Missouri State Archives Missouri Digital Heritage site. How nice! Now I can search any county online from home if I need to!

Visit the MDH website above and click on ‘Collections.’

Choose ‘Books, Pamphlets and Monographs.’

Scroll down to ‘Missouri County Histories’ and click that.

Then choose the county you want to read about and proceed to the digital copy!

I must admit this is an area of the website I had not utilized much but will focus on its contents much more so I am familiar with its resources. Take a look when you have some time!

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Follow Friday – April 29, 2011

Dr. Bill at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories is one of my favorite bloggers. He recently posted two articles on history I found interesting.

Civil War Series on Sunday

Also check out his article National Heritage Areas for All

 

 

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Military Monday – James E. Shannon Civil War Pension File Outline

I recently received the Pension File for James E. Shannon and sorted it by date and created an outline of the file. This is what is included.

James E. Shannon Civil War Pension File

File begins with The National Archives Soldier’s Certificate card.

No. 817578

Veteran James E. Shannon

Rank Private

Service Co C 2 Ark Vol Cav

CAN No. 16849                     BUNDLE NO. 47

23 Dec 1890         Soldier’s Application Declaration for Invalid Pension

This is the first time James applies for a pension. He states he is 55 years old and ¾ unable to do his job as a farmer due to being crippled. Document provides his military service information. James signed this document. This is two pages long.

15 June 1891        Military Service Slip

Slip lists his military service information for the Bureau of Pensions.

16 June 1891        War Department Record and Pension Division Slip

Slip states James E. Shannon was enrolled in the military May 16, 1863 and M.G. (?) Aug 20, 1865

24 June 1891        Surgeon’s Certificate

This document is two pages long and states James E. Shannon was an Applicant for Original Pension Claim 975223. Date of Examination June 24, 1891. States his current post office is High Prairie, MO. Cause of disability is described. A brief statement about how the injury was received. James stated it occurred about 17 years ago making it around 1874. A full description of the exam is given. It is stated he is entitled to a 10/18 rating for the disability.

12 Dec 1891         Affidavit of Claimant

Two page statement given about James E. Shannon’s military service. Affidavit created in Webster County, Missouri.

30 April 1892       General Affidavit

Two page affidavit created in Webster County, Missouri explaining his accident and resulting disability.

30 Sept 1892        Miscellaneous Slips for Pension

Lists James E. Shannon’s name, current post office, service information, enlistment, discharge and pension application filing dates. Two pages.

27 Mar 1895         Department of Interior Bureau of Pensions

Three page document stating a reduction of pension is to be issued. James E. Shannon will not receive a rate higher than $8. Page 2 states a rate of $12 per month was in effect as of Dec 26, 1890. This was approved Oct 20, 1892. Page 3 states his official reduction to $8 per month.

27 Mar 1895         Return Receipt

6 April 1895          Return Receipt

24 April 1895       Affidavit

Affidavit of W.A. Martin, aged 54 years, resident of Marshfield vouching for James E. Shannon.

26 April 1895       Affidavit

Affidavit of Joseph T. Moore, aged 55 years, resident of Marshfield, vouching for James E. Shannon.

29 April 1895       Cover for Affidavits-Files by Claimant

Cover for the affidavits dated 24 and 26 April 1895.

14 Mar 1897         Medical Affidavit

Three page medical affidavit of Dr. M. Highfill of Marshfield, Webster County, State of Missouri.

4 May 1898           Department of the Interior Bureau of Pensions

Questionnaire about James’s marriage and children. Provides wife’s name, marriage date and place and children’s names and dates of birth.

28 Feb 1907         Declaration for Pension

Two pages, a cover and Declaration page identifying James E. Shannon and his military service. Describes his person and occupation. Lists places he lived after the Civil War. Lists two witnesses vouching for James E. Shannon, A.S. Morton and W.M. Morton, both Marshfield residents.

15 July 1907         Act of February 6, 1907 Slip

Slip, envelope and Reissue document authorizing the pension rate to go up to $15 per month. Also includes a page listing his military service.

17 July 1907         War Department, Adjutant General’s Office Commissioner of Pensions Slip

Slip describes James E. Shannon’s person, military service and birth place.

29 Aug 1907         Statement of James E. Shannon

Statement of James E. Shannon regarding his date of birth.

16 July 1910         Declaration for Pension

Another form outlining the person of James E. Shannon, his military service, residences with two witnesses S. A. Shelton and J.P. Smith, residents of Marshfield.

11 Aug 1910         Increase Act of February 6, 1907

Document issuing an increase of pension pay to $20 per month.

20 May 1912        Declaration for Pension

Another form outlining the person of James E. Shannon, his military service, residences with two witnesses J. P. Smith and Fred D. Shelton.

22 May 1912        Reissue Act of May 11, 1912

Document issuing an increase of pension pay to $30 per month.

14 June 1912        Claim for Pension Slip with Two Miscellaneous Slips

10 Oct 1912          Letter to James E. Shannon

Letter asking for proof of birth date and age.

16 Oct 1912          Letter to from Smith and Shelton Attorneys at Law

Affidavit regarding James E. Shannon and proving his age.

2 June 1913          Pensioner Dropped Slip three pages

Slips indicating the death of James E. Shannon and the end of his pension payments.

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