When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
One thing I love is to discover a new record set.
This week while researching in the South Carolina Historical Society Archives in Charleston, South Carolina,  I did just that.
While looking through the catalog for possible collections that might help me with both client and personal research, I found Military Enlistment Records for the Civil War.
These documents are the actual form a soldier would fill out-or if he couldn't write have someone else do it for him.
The interesting thing about the document is that it asked for a description of the soldier, where he was born and how old he was at the time of enlistment.
Imagine if one of these was included for your ancestor! You would know what he looked like, where he was born and when.
The forms asked for specifics, so, if they were foreign born there is the county and the city or town.  If born in the U.S. then the state and city or town were recorded.
This collection includes a small portion of the men who enlisted from South Carolina, most from the Charleston area, North Carolina and Georgia.
Did I find something for my ancestors? No, but I was doing the happy dance as I read through this amazing collection and thought about the descendants who just might!

What is your happy dance moment for this week?


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!

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