Welcome to Our Leaves & Branches!

Welcome to all of you family members, genealogists and internet wanderers. My family tree is actually a forest of assorted names and locations. Check out the branches to discover if you share a leaf or two.

Surnames (above and to the right). Here are the main family trees. My goal is to include names, dates, descendants, photographs, documents  & sources for my information. These names link to locations & cemeteries. Related? Contact me to share & compare.

Locations (above and to the right). Here you can find my family names associated with each location, useful websites and blogs, books, maps and other resources that are helpful for research there. Do you have a favorite resource:  archive, book, website to share? Let me know.

Cemeteries (above). The final resting places of my ancestors. Names, dates, maps & photographs are here.

Also visit my blog, Leaves & Branches for information on my current research, new discoveries, missing ancestors, memories and other miscellaneous posts. See the latest post below.

This website is always changing as I include newly uncovered information. Check back soon for more content! – – – Colleen

Latest Post from Leaves & Branches

  • May 23, 2015: Memorial Day - Leaves & Branches
    MemorialDay or Decoration Day was originally established to honor the dead from the Civil War and now is a day to honor all those who died in service of our country. Flags are flown at half mast, red poppies can be worn & flowers are left at the graves of our soldiers. Scouts, fire fighters and school band members march in small town parades. Red, white and blue are the colors of the day.

    As a genealogist the day inspires me to uncover more about my ancestors who served our country. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite resources for military research:

    I begin with fold3 whenever I do military research. I have uncovered Civil War pension records here, World War draft cards, roster rolls of soldiers and more. Besides uncovering facts you can also create Memorial pages for your ancestors. This is not a free website but it is a valuable resource.

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs supplies a free search for the graves of veterans.

    Start here is your ancestor served in forming our country. Your ancestor might have been entered by another family member.

    The National Park Service has a database that gives information on those who served in the Civil War for both the Union and Confederate armies.

    As I uncover soldiers in my family I use these websites & others. Then I add the soldiers to my website, Our Leaves & Branches. I have other resources for military research there.

    Happy Memorial Day!

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