Rhinehart Roots' Genealogy Blog

  • What's In a Name?

    From slave to soldier to citizen, this Civil War pension file tells the power that is in a name
  • Escaped Prisoner!

    Many of us have stories about our ancestors that have been passed down through the years. As family historians, our job is to document those storie...
  • It wasn't always happily ever after...

    If you’ve seen Civil War pension files, you know that there are some amazing details that you can learn in those files. There are stories about the...
  • Finding Your Civil War Ancestors in the 1910 Census

    Did you know that the 1910 census asked if the person was a veteran of the Civil War?  The third from the last column asked if the man was a “Survi...
  • From Slave to Soldier

    Another rare find in a Civil War pension file at the National Archives. This photograph of Henry Johnson of the 23rd US Colored Troops was found i...
  • Were They Married Or Not?

      Another interesting find in a Civil War pension file from the National Archives. This marriage license was in the pension file for Edward People...
  • Tragedy on the Homestead

      Another great story found in documents at the National Archives. This story was tucked away in the Homestead files from the Bureau of Land Manag...
  • The Great Streetsboro Hunt of 1819

    It was called the Great Streetsboro Hunt of 1819.  Streetsboro is a township in Portage County, Ohio, and had bears, wolves, wild cats and deer in ...