Monthly Archives for May, 2016



Memorial Day, 2016, Part 2–Generations 5 and 6

Posted on: May 29th, 2016 by
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Continuing our virtual visit to my family cemeteries with my great-great-grandparents, let's start with my mother's side, where we're coming to the Civil War generation. Her paternal grandfather Roland R. Neifert's parents were Martin Neifert (1840-1912) and Harriet (Gerhard) Neifert (1939-1915). Martin is buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Barnesville, Pennsylvania, the cemetery where his daughter-in-law Eva and most of his ancestors are buried. Harriet Continue reading the story "Memorial Day, 2016, Part 2–Generations 5 and 6"

Memorial Day, 2016, Part 1–Generations 2 through 4

Posted on: May 29th, 2016 by
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On Memorial Day it used to be the custom to visit family cemeteries. As a young girl, my mother did so with her grandparents, and I'm sure my father did as well. When I was a child, my family did not live close to the burial places of any of our ancestors, so we did not continue the custom. I now live even farther from Continue reading the story "Memorial Day, 2016, Part 1–Generations 2 through 4"

Researching a 20th-Century Military Ancestor Without a Service Record, Part 1

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 by
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In 1973 fire ravaged the National Personnel Records Center in the suburbs of St. Louis. Stored in the facility were millions of service records belonging to men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States. The fire destroyed an estimated 80 percent of the records of Army personnel discharged between November 1912 and January 1960--that's 80 percent of the records of Continue reading the story "Researching a 20th-Century Military Ancestor Without a Service Record, Part 1"