Stormy Weather – Family Finds

Camp Parole, near Annapolis, MD

I enjoy researching family oral history and finding records to validate the story. But, sometimes the records reveal there is much more to the story. One such story involves some stormy weather and my great-great-grandfather, William Rumple, who served in the 123rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. The story told is he laid in the mud for two days during a battle and became chronically ill as a result.

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On the Farm – Family Finds

The large majority of my pre-20th century ancestors were farmers. Most lived and worked on farms they owned or rented. Some of my male ancestors worked on the farms of others as farm labor, earning a living until they could purchase a farm of their own. One of my ancestors had a unique route to farm labor and then farm owner. My 4th great grandfather Jacob Kready, 1748-1828, came to America during the American Revolution as a soldier hired by the British. Ultimately he became a successful farmer in Pennsylvania.

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Military — Family Finds

The military service of my 4th great grandfather, John Baldwin Osborn, is the basis for my family tree. I wrote about it earlier this year in the prompt “Beginnings.” [1] A lot of my early family research was focused on finding American Revolutionary Veterans among my ancestors. For several years I kept a running list of Veterans among my direct ancestors and shared it annually on Veteran’s Day with my family. Below is a table of my direct ancestors and their military service. If you recognize any of the names, or units, I am happy to share my research.

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At The Cemetery — Family Finds

819th Bomb Squad (B24), South Pacific, WWII

Whenever I want to visit my deceased ancestors at the cemetery, they are just a click away. This week I highlight the online memorials and virtual cemeteries found on the website Find A Grave, at[1] Find A Grave began as a community contribution site of grave site photos, mostly contributed by so-called “Gravers.” Gravers are people who enjoy visiting cemeteries and taking photos of headstones in order to document the deceased. Genealogists soon joined in and began contributing vital details and family connections for the shared grave images. Now, Find A Grave has nearly 200 million online memorials.

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