Armed Forces Day – "United in Strength" – Saturday, May 16, 2009

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department — the Department of Defense.
(Courtesy, US Dept. of Defense)

This month GenealogyBank Blog has been featuring the military history resources in GenealogyBank.com


Military History Books
Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1903. 2 volumes. (Serial Set Vol. No. 4535, Session Vol. No.96; Report: H.Doc. 446 pt. 1 & 2).
Click Here to Read Volume 1
Click Here to Read Volume 2

The Centennial of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1904. 2 volumes. (Serial Set Vol. No. 4751, Session Vol. No.125; Report: H.Doc. 789 pt. 1 & 2).
Click Here to read Volume 1
Click Here to read Volume 2

US Navy Register
Click here to see the listings for 1950-1961

US Army Register
Click here to see the listings for 1900-1909
Click here to see the listings for 1910-1919
Click here to see the listings for 1920-1929
Click here to see the listings for 1930-1939
Click here to see the listings for 1940-1968

GenealogyBank.com is packed with military information: Books, newspapers and historical documents.

GenealogyBank has the resources genealogists actually use and rely on to document their family tree.
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GenealogyBank.com: core military history books

Cadets graduating at West Point

All month GenealogyBank.com has been highlighting its extensive military resources.

GenealogyBank has the core military reference books that you will rely on in documenting your ancestors with military service.

For example GenealogyBank has the two volume set:

Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1903. 2 volumes. (Serial Set Vol. No. 4535, Session Vol. No.96; Report: H.Doc. 446 pt. 1 & 2).

This handbook has the military record of all Army officers from 1789 to 1903 and the details on all battles fought by the Army during that same period.

Another standard reference book for documenting US Army officers is:

The Centennial of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1904. 2 volumes. (Serial Set Vol. No. 4751, Session Vol. No.125; Report: H.Doc. 789 pt. 1 & 2).

GenealogyBank.com is packed with military information.

Books, newspapers and historical documents.

GenealogyBank has the resources genealogists actually use and rely on to document their family tree.
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GenealogyBank Adds Over 4 Million Records & Documents

GenealogyBank announced today that over 4 million historical newspapers records and documents from 24 States have been added to its database.

This constantly growing collection now features over 221 million family history records – I estimate that to contain over 1.3 Billion names.

You can search GenealogyBank for free and see a small slice of every record for your ancestors but you must join GenealogyBank to view the complete documents – 30 day trial memberships are available for only $9.95.

Here’s what’s new on the site:
Alaska
Juneau. Daily Alaska Dispatch. 5/1/1917 to 8/31/1917

Alabama
Montgomery. Montgomery Advertiser. 10/1/1912 to 12/31/1912

California
Anderson Valley Post. 5/3/2006 to Current

Connecticut
Bridgeport. Republican Farmer. 1/5/1814 to 12/20/1815

Georgia
Cordele. Cordele Dispatch. 11/14/2007 to Current
Savannah. Savannah Tribune. 12/4/1875 to 12/27/1913

Illinois
Danville. Commercial News. 11/6/2007 to Current

Massachusetts
Boston. Boston Journal. 7/1/1880 to 10/6/1917
Boston. Daily Atlas. 7/1/1841 to 4/11/1857
Lowell. Lowell Daily Citizen and News. 3/21/1857 to 1/24/1879
Springfield. Springfield Republican. 5/17/1900 to 11/15/1910
Worcester. Worcester Daily Spy. 7/6/1903 to 9/22/1903

Maryland
Baltimore. Baltimore American. 9/1/1917 to 12/31/1922
Baltimore Sun. 7/1/1847 to 1/3/1848

Maine
Portland. Portland Daily Advertiser. 1/1/1863 to 6/30/1863


Minnesota
St. Paul. St. Paul Daily Pioneer. 9/23/1854 to 4/12/1855

Missouri
Hannibal. Missouri Courier. 1/18/1849 to 2/17/1853
St. Louis. St. Louis Republic. 10/1/1889 to 4/30/1900

Montana
Anaconda. Anaconda Standard. 1/2/1898 to 4/30/1915

Nevada
Ely. Ely Times. 10/10/2007 to Current

New Hampshire
Portsmouth. Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics. 6/2/1838 to 12/31/1842

New Jersey
Bridgeton. Washington Whig. 1/7/1821 to 12/27/1822

New Mexico
Albuquerque. Albuquerque Journal. 9/1/1910 to 12/31/1910
Gallup. Gallup Independent. 10/11.2007 to Current

New York
New York Herald. 8/1/1858 to 12/31/1858

North Carolina
Halifax. North Carolina Journal. 1/2/1797 to 9/11/1797

Ohio
Ashtabula. Star Beacon. 10/20/2007 to Current

Oklahoma
Altus. Altus Times. 1/14/2008 to Current
Bartlesville. Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise. 10/18/2007 to Current
Knight. Frontier Index. 4/14/1868 to 4/14/1868
Oklahoma City. Daily Oklahoman. 5/1/1913 to 6/30/1913
Pauls Valley. Pauls Valley Daily Democrat. 9/8/2007 to current

Oregon
Portland. Oregonian. 8/8/1920 to 8/29/1920

Pennsylvania
Philadelphia. North American. 1/1/1845 to 6/30/1879

West Virginia
Bluefield. Bluefield Daily Telegraph. 12/28/2007 to Current
Fairmont. Times West Virginian. 1/11/2008 to Current
Logan. Logan Banner. 7/8/2007 to Current

And more – big news is on the way! Stay tuned.

A soldier’s last letter ….

What have I done I asked myself, to deserve to be remembered by strangers in a town in which I had never been…”

You can almost hear him ask that now, over 100 years later as we remember him.

Corporal Wilson Mcpherson Osbon (1877-1899) wrote the letter on 28 Dec 1898, in gratitude for a Christmas care package of food and goodies sent from Mrs. R.S. Gleason of Aberdeen, SD. She had sent it to him and the three other young men who were serving in the Philipines from Howard, South Dakota in Company F – among them was his brother Orman King Osbon (1874-1903).

Portion of his letter – Aberdeen Daily News 22 Feb 1899

This would be the last letter Wilson Osbon would write back home. He was killed just a few weeks later on 15 Feb 1899.

I found his story in the Aberdeen (SD) Weekly News.
In looking into it further, I quickly pulled more than a dozen articles about him and his family in GenealogyBank.
It was gripping to read his last letter.

Even more gripping to read in the old newspapers that his brother Orman was also killed in the Philippines just four years later in a fight leading a group of 22 men against a band of local thugs – in Bolinao, Philippines.

Going beyond the historical newspapers I found Orman Osbon’s obituary in a 1903 report of the War Department. It was there that I learned one more key family detail – Orman Osbon had married in the Philippines and his wife, Antonia Osbon resided in Manila.

Annual reports of the War Department for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1903. Volume VII. Report of the Philippine Commission –
Serial Set Vol. No. 4634, Session Vol. No.858th Congress, 2nd SessionH.Doc. 2 pt. 7. p. 719.
I checked the other popular online sources – none of them give these details that filled in the family tree.

I could only find the complete record in GenealogyBank – dozens of articles and reports that gave the crucial details of this family and their loss of two sons in the service of the country on the other side of the world.

The handy search box made it easy – I entered the name and it searched all 219 Million records and documents – making it quick and easy to find the details of the family tree.

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Finding People with Common Names

Finding people with unusual names can be very difficult but it is easy to find them on GenealogyBank.

Today I was looking for Henry B. Platter and his good wife, Rachel (Bittinger) Platter. The Bittingers are my cousins and many of them are from Garrett County, Maryland.

Now, Platter is an unusual name. It would be easy for a search online to bring back every record that spoke about cooking, kitchens, plates or platters.

On GenealogyBank, I was able to instantly zero in on records
about them.

With just a few clicks I was able to find a dozen documents
about the Platter family. I began opening them one by one.
The first hit came from the historical documents and was a pension request by Henry’s wife, Rachel Platter. I quickly discovered Henry had served in the Civil War, a private in Company A, Second Regiment, P.H.B. Maryland Infantry and received a pension of $72 a month (certificate No. 1045070). (This is from: Pensions and increase of pensions for certain soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. Feb 5, 1925: Serial Set Vol. No. 8392, Session Vol. No.A68th Congress, 2nd SessionH.Rpt. 1385).

This is a terrific document – it gave me a lot of details about the family. The record showed that he and Rachel had married on March 12, 1867. That would have been hard to find anywhere else.

It also states that he died on October 4, 1923 leaving her in need of assistance; how long he had served in the Civil War and that his disability was caused during the war.

This document showed that she owned her own home, the value was $500. Perhaps her house looked like this one. It is a picture of her nephew Charles “Wooly” Henry & Sarah (Hoover) Bittinger and their family in front of the family home in New Jerusalem, Garrett County, MD.

It was taken in 1937 just a few years after Rachel Platter had requested a pension. Perhaps Rachel had a similar home.
(Photo by Arthur Rothstein; Library of Congress Photo LC-USF34- 026095-D).

Wow. It’s great that
GenealogyBank has been digitizing so many documents. I never would have found this one on my own. It was easy to find it online at GenealogyBank.

Their names, marriage and death dates, military service; details about their house, their income – bingo, there it was – all this family history in one document.

GenealogyBank added over 42.5 Million family history records last year and added another 2 million just this week. It now has over 216 million historical newspaper articles, obituaries, government and historical documents online. records and documents online.

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I found documents that gave me the details I needed for my cousins in the back hills of Maryland ….. what will you find?