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.
Happy Evacuation Day!
Following the arrival & emplacement of artillery liberated from Fort Ticonderoga, the Siege of Boston was lifted when occupying British forces evacuated the city on March 17, 1776. (Which just happens to coincide with another big event in Boston…)
Sketch of British and American Lines and Fortifications in Boston Area by John Trumbull, 1775
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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!
Just 36 days left until the release of the 1940 Census!
Will you be ready to dive in and start researching? This census will not have a name index when it opens on April 2, 2012. In order to locate someone, you will need to know his or her address and the Census enumeration district in which that address was located.
You can start to prepare now:
- Make a list of all the people you want to look for in the 1940 census
- Collect addresses for these people for whom you plan to search.
- Identify the enumeration district (ED) in which each address was located.
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
Annotated Map of the British Colonies in North America with the Roads, Distances, Limits and Extent of the Settlements
On November 19, 1794, American negotiator John Jay signed a “Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation” with Great Britain. The Jay Treaty, as it is commonly known, was intended to settle lingering issues and boundary disputes following the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution. Documents and maps such as this one were needed to settle the disputed northeastern boundary between the United States and Canada.
May 23 - Civil War Map of Campbell County, Georgia.
Dated May 23, 1864, this is a map of the 1st District, Campbell County, Georgia, South of the Cherokee Boundary Line. It was compiled under the direction of William Emery Merrill, a prominent topographical engineer who served with the Union Army during the Civil War.