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Rhinehart Roots' Genealogy Blog

  • Denied pensions

    A question I get asked frequently is if it’s still worth it to order the Civil War pension file for a soldier who’s application wasn’t approved. T...
  • 1804 Enlistment Papers

    Another interesting find at the National Archives. John Grant enlisted in the US Army in 1804. His enlistment papers show his birth place, his age,...
  • Letter home from a Mexican War soldier

    Another interesting find in a military pension file at the National Archives. George Tarkleson served in the Mexican War in the late 1840s. After h...
  • Soldiers on the Sultana

    Daniel Myers, a young soldier from Streetsboro, Portage County, Ohio, enlisted in Company G of the 115th Ohio Infantry in 1862. His Civil War servi...
  • Letter Home From the Battlefield

    Another example of the benefits of getting your ancestor’s Civil War pension file at the National Archives. Marquis Jaquay enlisted in the 151st PA...
  • The Boy Soldier

    Another interesting find at the National Archives today. Alexander Culnan enlisted in the US Army in 1819, when he was 15 years old. Since he was a...
  • War of 1812 Bounty Land Applications

    Here’s a little known solution to a common genealogical problem: You find an ancestor who served in the War of 1812, but there is no indication tha...
  • 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...