Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Civil War on Ancestry

Ancestry.com is allowing free access to their Civil War records this week, until the 14th (or thereabouts). You can not only find abbreviated service records but sometimes a physical description (height, complexion, eye and hair color). As one of my family's historians I have fairly complete files on my ancestors. Rummaging through ancestry.com this weekend I didn't find any new Civil War soldiers in my background but I did find out more about the ones I knew we were related to. It's fascinating. One infobit -- not only did my father live 20+ fewer years than his Civil War ancestor, but he was nearly 5" shorter. From old photos it looks like those tall guys married short women and diluted the stock ....

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