Monday, February 20, 2006

The power of the Internet or Calling all Dickissons

So I was playing around tonight with a notebook that was in my great aunt's house of our family history. It must be at least 4 years since I last added information to my computerized family tree and for some reason I got distracted and began again tonight.

I have been looking at the book quite a bit lately trying to gain information about my Civil War ancestors. Seems on my wife's side of the family one of her ancestors was with the 13th NY Heavy Artillery who participated in the Seige of Petersburg. My mind begins to think about him seeing some of the sights after the Union entered the city that we see today. On my side they were not so lucky out of the 4 brothers who went to fight- 3 died with the 15th NJ Infantry and 1 that made it back alive moved to Michigan. I have not been able to find his records yet only the family history that he was captured twice. Anyway of of the 3 that died two of them died about 50 miles north of where we currently live. The 1 that lived may have made it this far depending on where he was captured.

Sorry, I got distracted from my original story. Since I was a kid I have been interested in the Civil War and just ask my wife no Civil War story has a quick ending. I think I have my telling of the Petersburg Campaign to just under an hour now.

So I am looking through the notebook and found a little piece of paper on which was written "Dickisson Picnic 3rd Sunday in August" So I thought I may Google "Dickisson familiy and NJ" to see if they still do it (this notebook was from the early 80s) and possibly they may have gone techno. So I did the search and I found this record of my great, great, great, grandparents. The John listed born 1816 is my great, great grandfather. (humm... married in Feb and born in July... must have been cold in November 1815) I can not tell you how cool that is to see that the national archives out of all the examples of "Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, ca. 1800 - ca. 1900 These items include fraktur submitted with Revolutionary War Pension applications" they have to use it it my ancestor's not just a cousin or uncle but my actual grandparents record that they used. The power of the internet!

** If anyone out there also has this family tree book I am #878 contact me for updates. **

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