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Jackpot!

As odd as many genealogists find it, I do not just chase down the military records of my direct ancestors, but also for the grand-uncle and the spouses of the grand-aunt, ok as long as I am confessing, and the 1st … Continue reading

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Civil War Pensions: The GenDetective Reports

Given my recent focus on Civil War pensions, I was asked how I figure out who served and who received pensions.  For me, preparing to research Civil War pensions at the National Archives is two step process.  The first step is to identify … Continue reading

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Civil War Pensions: Cunningham Kenley

Cunningham Kenley, yes his parents really did saddle him with his mothers maiden name, was my 3rd great granduncle and first cousin 5x removed.  Tracing Cunningham allowed me to find the proof I needed for the second line to the … Continue reading

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Civil War Pension: Alexander C Sloan

Alexander Sloan is a 2nd great grand-uncle.  He was married to Mary Elizabeth McGranahan and lived most of his life in Cowanshannock Twp, Armstrong County, Pa.  Alexander was a Sergeant and then a 1st Lieutenant with Company K of the … Continue reading

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Civil War Pension: Samuel Kenly

Private Samuel Kenly served during the Civil War as part of Company M, 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery unit from 30 August 1864 to 30 June 1865.  Samuel married Hannah Willis in Kittanning, Pa on 27 November 1873.  Samuel and Hannah settled … Continue reading

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Civil War Pension: John M Hays

John M Hays is a 2nd great granduncle and brother of William B Hayes who died during the Civil War. John has a pension packet that is 138 pages long and there are a several interesting things going on in … Continue reading

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Civil War Pension: William H Shoch

William was Charlie’s 2nd great granduncle.  William never married and each census record finds him living in different households, but always with some member of the extended family. To be honest, William’s 41 page pension is a bit of a … Continue reading

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