Odds and Ends

Ann Cushman provides a marvelous resource of odds and ends and tidbits and stuff from the unusual to the amusing. In between, you might find a clue or a new source of information to aid your research.


Odds and Ends for April 2011

– By Ann Cushman

Information gleaned from Air Force Sergeants Magazine and US Dept. of Veterans Affairs:

The uniformed services of the U.S. are the: Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Statistics for some of America’s previous wars:

Service Members Battlefield Deaths Only
Members Deaths
American Revolution (1775 – 1783)
217,000 4,435
War of 1812 (1812 – 1815)
286,730 2,260
Indian Wars (Approx. 1817 – 1898)
106,000 1,000
Mexican Wars (1846 – 1848)
78,718 1,733
Civil War (Union) (1861 – 1865)
2,213,363 140,414
Civil War (Confederate)
1,050,000 74,524
Spanish – American War (1898 – 1902)
306,760 385
World War I (1917 – 1918)
4,734,991 53,402

If you missed any of this year’s episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?” you can catch up by going to nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are.

Gleanings from the NEHGS e-newsletter:

An article was carried about mocavo.com. It is the world’s largest free genealogy search engine. It targets genealogical websites and automatically removes results from things like Facebook.

Another article talked about digital technology threatening family history. We all know about 8mm to VHS to the next new thing, etc. If you don’t keep copying you can’t see unless you have the original. The article notes that the city of Lowell, MA is digitizing all their vital records, etc. The originals are then going to be destroyed.

Being the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, there were several sites noted that had information or links to other helpful sites.