Sketch of the Battle Field of Shiloh showing the disposition of the Troops under the command of Major General D. C. Buell on the 6th and 7th of April 1862.
The Battle of Shiloh began 150 years ago today on April 6, 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. The costliest battle of the war up to that point, it would only foreshadow the carnage yet to come.
Putting Women on the Map: New Women’s History Collections on Historypin
March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day! To celebrate, the National Archives has created four new collections focusing on women of the past in on Historypin.
The Women at Work collection depicts the role of women in the workforce throughout our national life – in farms, shipyards, hospitals, manufacturing plants, markets, and in the aviation industry - including “Mrs. William Wood manages a one hundred and twenty acre farm in Coloma, Michigan, with little male assistance.”
Just 32 days left until the release of the 1940 Census…
It’s also the 140th birthday of Yellowstone National Park! The park was included in the many enumeration maps made for the 1940 census.
These maps are important because the 1940 Census does not have a name index. To search for a family, you will need to know the address where they lived.
If you have the address of an ancestor from 1940, find the address on the map and then look for the enumeration district number for that address. The ED number may be a two part number separated by a hyphen. The first number represents the county number and the second number the number of the enumeration district within that county.
Save the enumeration district numbers for the opening of the 1940 Census on April 2, 2012. You will be able to search the digitized copies of the census by ED number and then browse for your family members’ census entry.
For a more detailed explanation, visit our web page to help you get started!
On February 16, 1862, Union forces under general Ulysses S. Grant Captured Fort Donelson in Tennessee. It was one of the first major Union victories of the Civil War and earned Grant the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant.
Sketch [map] of Fort Donelson and Out Works… by Lt. W. L. B. Jenney, V. Engrs., [and] Lt. W. Kossack…, 02/28/1862
Dismissed from his job as a draftsman with the U.S. Coast Survey on January 9, 1855, after only two months, influential 19th-century artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler completed this etching “Sketch of Anacapa Island” during his brief federal service.
"Sketch of Anacapa Island," 1854; Records of the Coast And Geodetic Survey