Sunday, May 24, 2015

Remembering our Ancestors

Today, I have been reminiscing about some of my research and remembering our ancestors.  Joseph Thomas was one of the first ancestors that I spent a lot of time researching and wanting to know more.  There is still more to find out and connections to make.  Below is a post I did last year about Joseph.

How are you remembering your ancestors this Memorial Day??


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Joseph is my husband's 3rd great-grandfather.  

Joseph was born in 1830 probably in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he died 3 Apr 1865 in Hopewell, Prince George County, Virginia from wounds received during the Civil War.

Joseph married Elizabeth Jane Savage (I blogged about Elizabeth's burial search before) 19 June 1854 in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas (My husband's 2nd great-grandfather)
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
I have also been lucky enough to find Elizabeth's Widow's Pension file at Fold3; I have it on my to do list to go through it and document everything in Legacy.

The following is a timeline of his time in the Civil War.

Date
Battle
Joseph Thomas
Richmond - Petersburg Campaign
June 1864 - March 1865
Siege of Petersburg September 1864 to April 1865
Appomattox Campaign
March 28 to April 9 1865
Summer 1864
Regiment was recruited in the city of Philadelphia
    Co H 198 PA Inf
      {Joseph joins 2 September 1864}



      9 Sep 1864
      Organized at Philadelphia




        15 Sep 1864
        Mustered into the United States service




          19 Sep 1864
          Left Camp Cadwallader PA




            20 Sep 1864
            Arrived at Washington DC




              21 Sep 1864
              Boarded steamers Weems and         Thames for City Point




                22 Sep 1864
                Arrived in City Point




                  24 Sep 1864
                  Arrived at the headquarters of the First Brigade to which they were assigned to the First Division of the Fifth Corps.




                    30 Sep - 2 Oct 1864
                    Battle of Peebles Farm




                      8 Oct 1864
                      Reconnaissance to Boydton Road




                        27 - 28 Oct 1864
                        Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run




                          8 Nov 1864
                          Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president defeating Democrat George B. McClellan




                            6 - 12 December 1864
                            Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad




                              31 January 1865
                                Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery.  The amendment is then submitted to the states for ratification.




                                3 February 1865
                                Peace conference between President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens fails




                                  5 - 7 February 1865
                                  Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run
                                  Three killed and thirteen wounded




                                    29 Mar 1865
                                    Junction, Quaker and Boydton Roads




                                      29 Mar 1865
                                      Marched toward Dinwiddie Court House and encountered the enemy near the Old Saw Mill (Battle of Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run)
                                      twenty-eight were killed and one hundred and seventeen wounded.
                                        {Joseph is wounded 29 March 1865 at Lewis Farm}



                                        Mar 30 -31 1865
                                        White Oak Rd




                                          31 Mar 1865
                                          Moved off and encountered the enemy at White Oak Swamp.
                                          six killed and forty six wounded




                                            1 April 1865
                                            Five Forks
                                              one killed and fifteen wounded
                                                {Joseph dies 3 April 1865}

                                                {Joseph is buried 4 April 1865 at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell Virginia}



                                                9 April 1865
                                                Appomattox Court House
                                                General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia





                                                  14 April 1865
                                                  Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin." 
                                                  During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head at approximately 10:13pm.




                                                    15 April 1865
                                                    Start their march home.
                                                    President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 am.
                                                    Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.




                                                      18 April 1865
                                                      General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General Sherman near Durham in North Carolina.




                                                        22 April - 2 May 1865
                                                        Guarded railroad at Wilson's Station




                                                          26 April 1865
                                                          John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.




                                                            2 - 6 May 1865
                                                            Continue their march home through Petersburg.





                                                              The Fifth Corps was assigned a permanent camp on Arlington Heights, near the former mansion of Robert E. Lee




                                                                4 May 1865
                                                                Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.




                                                                  9 May 1865
                                                                  Marched through Fredericksburg.




                                                                    12 May 1865
                                                                    Reached Arlington Heights




                                                                      22 May 1865
                                                                      A large farewell party was held in the Fifth Corps' First Division camp, to honor General Griffin. Four huge hospital tents had been put together, to accommodate Division officers and their invited guests. For the occasion, Chamberlain had designed, and Tiffany's in New York had created, a pin in enameled gold of a red Maltese cross against a white background--a miniature replica of the Division's flag. The cross was outlined in diamonds, with a center diamond costing about $1000. Chamberlain was chosen by his fellow officers to make the presentation speech, and he pinned the badge to his commander's uniform. Griffin was quite overcome by the honor paid, and simply bowed his thanks to the assemblage




                                                                        23 May 1865
                                                                        Grand Review




                                                                          4 June 1865
                                                                          Mustered out of service.




                                                                            5 June 1865
                                                                            Broke camp and marched to Washington D.C.




                                                                              6 June 1865
                                                                              Arrived in Philadelphia at 9 o'clock in the morning.




                                                                                12 June 1865
                                                                                They were paid and discharged and able to return to their families.





                                                                                  **Regiment lost during service**
                                                                                  6 Officers + 67 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 44 Enlisted men died from disease. Total 117.





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                                                                                  Monday, May 11, 2015

                                                                                  Took a little break...

                                                                                  ...to celebrate Mother's Day and my 11 year anniversary!



                                                                                  The last few days have been great!

                                                                                  Now back to our regularly scheduled program...my genealogy!

                                                                                  Sunday, May 3, 2015

                                                                                  Sunday Sources


                                                                                  During the A to Z challenge for April I had a few requests to see more about my sources.  For the next month or so I am going to post about some of my sources in Legacy on Sundays.


                                                                                  In the source list name it looks like Baptism--Pennsylvania--Columbia County--Orangeville--Zion Reformed Church.  The citation is as follows: Zion Reformed Church (Orangeville, Pennsylvania, USA), Baptism Certificate, Richard Donald Thomas (1923), issued 1 Jun 1923. Cit. Date 4 Dec 2012.

                                                                                  I have a copy of the original certificate.  It is for my husband's grandfather.


                                                                                  Friday, May 1, 2015

                                                                                  What I learned from the A to Z Challenge



                                                                                  1. I should have planned my posts better.  When I first started I was doing great and then weekend happened!  Next time I will plan ahead and have posts done and scheduled to post.
                                                                                  2. I really like blogging!  I looked forward to writing each post and sharing my Legacy database and Evernote.
                                                                                  3. I really like the comments from my readers.  I tried very hard to make sure that I commented on those who left me comments.
                                                                                  4. There are a lot of great bloggers out there!
                                                                                  5. Even those who are non genealogy addicts still found my blog interesting!
                                                                                  6. I like sharing Legacy tips and tricks and how I use it in my genealogy.
                                                                                  7. Evernote is great at archiving posts with a little help from IFTTT.  
                                                                                  8. My Legacy to do list and my sources need some cleaning up.
                                                                                  9. I still don't have a great way to track my genealogy -- A research log would be great if I could decide on the best way to do it.
                                                                                  10. I LOVE genealogy!
                                                                                  I hope everyone has enjoyed the A to Z challenge for April.  If there are still questions about anything that I posted please let me know and I will help you the best that I can!  Thank you to those that have stopped by and I hope to see you here again!

                                                                                  {Off to plan some future blog posts...planning ahead!}





                                                                                  Thursday, April 30, 2015

                                                                                  Z is for Zoom


                                                                                  Sometimes the fonts that we use in our database can make it hard to see.  In the individual information screen if you go to options and then zoom you can change your font size to make it easier for you to see it.  

                                                                                  You can also find in under options on the index view, descendant view, and the Legacy home tab.  I'm sure there are other locations to use this zoom feature; if find others please let me know.

                                                                                  Thank you for hanging out here at my blog for the A to Z Challenge!  I hope you learned something new along the way!

                                                                                  Y is for years


                                                                                  You can decide if you want the years a person was alive displayed in legacy.  This can be adjusted under Options > Customize > #8 View.  In 8.1 if you uncheck the check boxes the years will not be displayed in Legacy.

                                                                                  The image below shows the years displayed on the family tab.


                                                                                  The years are displayed in the family view, the pedigree view and on the name list.  The image below shows section 8.1 where you can make your changes.

                                                                                  Up next is my last post, letter Z, for the A to Z challenge.  It has been lots of fun sharing my Legacy database and a little of Evernote with all of you.  See you for letter Z!


                                                                                  Wednesday, April 29, 2015

                                                                                  X is for {e}xcluding information in a potential problems report.


                                                                                  To get to the Potential Problems Report I go to My Toolbar > Report Menu > Other > Potential Problems.

                                                                                  The first tab, Records, allows you to choose what you want to search.  All records, records with previous errors along with new records, etc. and you can also check records with a certain tag# and tag all problems records with a certain tag#.  Tagging your records with potential problems is beneficial because it makes it easier to work with the records to make corrections.

                                                                                   On the warnings tab you can select when Legacy will warn you of potential problems in you database.  You can adjust the warnings to fit your needs.

                                                                                  Under the problems tab you can select what problems you want to be notified of.

                                                                                   The warnings und the standardization tab help keep your database consistent. 


                                                                                  Under the gaps tab you are able to adjust the gaps that you get a warning for a potential problem.

                                                                                  I have a note in Evernote in my Best Practices notebook that lists all of the database maintenance that I perform on my Legacy database.  I also have an individual note in my To Do notebook with a reminder set.  Once the task is completed I reset the reminder for the specified amount of time.

                                                                                  These time frames came from a LVUG Hangout done by Tessa Keough at Legacy Virtual Users Group on Google+

                                                                                  Above you can see my list of reminders and where the database maintenance actions are.  {Potential Problems report is due tomorrow.}  I try to do them on their due dates but I don't freak out if I am a few days late.  One the task is completed I will reset the reminder date for the desired amount of time.


                                                                                  Look out for letter Y next!