Civil War Resources – The Battle of Gettysburg

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Gettysburg 2012Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg so I figured I would post a few resources genealogists can use for research or for family histories.

Fold3 Civil War Website

First, Fold3, an online site focusing on military records, hosts a separate website dedicated to the Civil War. It's a great place for browsing photos, maps, and records from the Civil War and just learning more about its history. Unfortunately, if you are looking for resources to use in your own work, the copyright might prevent you from doing so. Although many of these documents appear to have come from the National Archives, the terms of use on the site only allow you to use the resources found here for personal use or for your own family histories.

National Archives

Since many of the resources on the Fold3 site seem to have come from the National Archives, it only makes sense to stop over at their site to see what they offer. They have uploaded many of their Civil War photo collection to Flickr – you can find it here: National Archives Civil War Collection on Flickr. The agency also has over 200 photos listed at this link: Pictures of the Civil War.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a considerable collection of records related to our nation's history. So it is always one of the first sites I visit when looking for photos or maps for research. And because much of the material is no longer under copyright, you can use it for illustrating a story or other work. But before doing so, make sure to check any copyright information listed for that item. You can find Civil War maps here: Library of Congress Civil War Map Collection

Civil War Trust

The Civil War Trust website now has an animated video and map with a narration of the entire battle. You can watch and listen to it here: Gettysburg Animated Map. The site also offers video narrations of other Civil War battles.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Another favorite site of mine for historical maps is the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection site. Here you can find numerous historical maps from all over the world. The maps related to Gettysburg are at this link: Gettysburg Battle Maps. Fortunately the site offers the maps through a Creative Commons license that allows the material to be reproduced and transmitted as long as it is not for commercial use. There is also an option to embed maps on your own website as shown below.

Modern Day Gettysburg

Finally, for those of you who are looking for photos of the modern day Gettysburg Battlefield, I have uploaded several I took on a recent visit. I also have posted them with a Creative Commons license that would allow you to use them as long as it is not for a commercial purpose. You can find the set here: Public Works Group Gettysburg Photos



Memorial Day Infographic from our Friends at the Census Bureau

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As genealogists, our work in documenting our family's military record is part of our commitment and contribution to memorializing their life's dedication and service to our country. Because of this, I figured genealogists reading this blog might be interested in the following infographic created by the Census Bureau. It gives an interesting background to some of the statistics behind each war. And if you want to download a PDF of it for your own records, you can do so by clicking here: Download Census Bureau Memorial Day Infographic. For those of you who might just be getting started in discovering your family's past, you can begin searching for your own ancestor's military career by accessing free online records at Family Search. I included a couple links below where you can begin looking:

U.S. Census Bureau Memorial Day Infographic































[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Photo of US Soldiers During Korean War

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Soldiers in the Korean WarI’m slowly going through the photos and other memorabilia that have been handed down to me from my relatives. Because some of the items could be of interest to others, I thought I would start posting a few to the blog. Today, I am posting a photo of the company my dad was in during the Korean War. I have tried to list the names that were on the back so they could be picked up by a search engine if their family is looking for them online. But not all were legible so I did the best I could. I also was not sure if all were listed, and the names don’t necessarily correspond to those in the photo. If you want a copy of the photo for your own family records, I have posted it on Flickr here:

The permissions are that you can use it for your own use, but you cannot sell it or use it for commercial purposes. If you recognize anyone, want to add a name not listed, or correct a name I have incorrectly transcribed, just email me at

(I wish I knew more about where the photo was taken, but my dad was in a few places during the war such as Ft. Leavenworth and Ft Worth so not sure where exactly this one was taken at.)

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