This morning, as I was working on my family history, I found a BIG surprise; my great, great grandfather's Civil War draft registration record. I never knew he served in the Civil War; this changed everything. You can only imagine how excited I was. So, how did I find this? It was on accident while I was researching another ancestor (isn't that how it usually happens?) I just happened to notice one of those little green leaves, "Ancestry hints" on Ancestry.com. I clicked on the leaf next to his name and it brought me to the original Civil War draft record. As I looked through this record, I noticed these few but very important details:
Haw Creek township
August 5, 1863.
Here's the record that changed everything. My great, great grandfather, James Burnes is #14. Photo credit: Ancestry.com. Click the photo to enlarge.
Here's the zoomed in verson of the above picture. Photo Credit: Ancestry.com So, the story does not end there. On the record, right above his name, was his older brother, William Henry Harrison Burnes (#13), who was drafted at the same time as him. My excitement grew even more. I knew very little about William H.H. Burnes. I had never seen any record about him because he died in his early thirties. I wondered, did he die in the war? Was this the reason why he never married or had any children? This opened the door to further my research and this changed my family history quite a bit.
I am grateful for the knowledge I have of my ancestors. To have the Internet to give us "hints" and to educate us about our heritage, is truly a modern day miracle. To continue this family history is a gift for them and us, and many generations.
Meet my great, great grandfather, James Jay Burnes: Born: 21 December 1838 in Washington, Shelby, Indiana. Married: 17 November 1859 in County Line, Jefferson, Iowa.
Civil War: Drafted on 5 August 1863.
Widowed: Age 40. Never Remarried.
Entered into heaven: 17 Decmeber 1905, (age 66).
"The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead." -Jules Renard
A huge thanks to this little, but very important leaf icon
It's amazing how one small "hint" can change the whole story.
About the photo: This is a photograph of my Great Grandparents, Gim William Adams & Maude Ethel Adams, and 9 of their 11 children. My grandma, Ruth was the 8th child born to Gim & Maude. In this photo, she is 4th from the left (in the white dress).
The following announcement was written by Ancestry.com: It’s that time again to announce all the greatest new features of Family Tree Maker. We listened to a large range of Family Tree Maker users to improve our features for 2014 including the roll out of the new Family View display, improved TreeSync, more extensive charts and reports, new organizational tools and more. Below is a list of the newly improved features.
What’s new in Family Tree Maker?
New Family View — see your family tree in a new way. This additional view makes navigating easier, especially when you want to see extended family members.
Improved TreeSync — lets you easily synchronize your tree in Family Tree Maker with an online Ancestry.com tree.
A more robust TreeSync™ lets you sync even more of your family tree info.
Easily share your tree with your family and work on it together. Family and friends can view the online version of your tree without software or a subscription.
Collaborate with the largest, most active family history community in the world. Keep your online tree private or make it public so that others researching your family can find you. You may connect with others who have insight on your ancestors, discover rare family photos, or even find relatives you didn’t know you had.
More organizational tools — stay organized with new tools that let you sort children automatically by birth order and view people by location, grouping them by country, state, county, and city.
New and improved charts and reports — more options and views let you display an individual’s ancestors, spouses, and children together. Also, the Index of Individuals Report has been expanded with options for anniversary, birthday, and contact lists, and more.
New tree branch export — a new export option makes it much simpler to export a single branch of your tree.
More editing options — save time with the ability to copy and paste facts including related source citations, media items, and notes.
10 reasons to get the new Family Tree Maker:
Access interactive street and satellite maps: View important locations in your ancestors’ lives. Or create a migration map showing where events in their lives took place.
Easily organize media: Add photos, documents, audio and video in one, easy-to-access location. Link media to multiple people in your tree and incorporate them into charts and reports.
Share your work with others: Use templates to create beautiful family trees or design your own with powerful charting tools. Enhance charts with backgrounds, embellishments and family photos.
Discover new family members: Follow hints from Ancestry.com, the world's largest family history resource.
Create Smart Stories: Transform facts from your tree into stories that update automatically as you update your tree.
Simplify source creation: Use templates to source everything from online databases to vital records.
Use standard location names: Use the locations database to enter place names consistently and in a standard format.
Explore data like never before: Use new and improved reports to gather information and export it in a variety of formats. Save settings in one report and apply them to others.
Navigate your tree with ease: View multiple generations, navigate to any individual in your tree with a click of the mouse and add or edit life events.
Import data from other genealogy programs: Open files created in Legacy™ Family Tree, The Master Genealogist™ and FamilySearch™ Personal Ancestral Files.
Search 93.8 million cemetery records at by entering a surname and clicking search:
Will Ball - How it Started
You have my permission to use any of my images as long as they are credited and linked back to Teach Me Genealogy. Feel free to "Pin" and share through social media. My photos should not be altered in any way and are rights protected. Failure to link back and credit my site as a source constitutes a copyright violation. Thanks!!