Sunday, June 30, 2013

Military Monday - No Forwarding Address

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

No Forwarding Address presented by Jim Monteton at the June General Meeting of          Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society.  Thank You Jim, very informative presentation.

Jim Monteton ' a boy in blue' 

From 1861 to 1865, over 650,000 Americans lost their lives in the American Civil War. Because soldier's did not have 'Dog Tags' or other formal marking on their uniforms, many were missing in action and presumed dead. This plus the migration west after the war produced many missing Americans that families lost track of.

Following family lines in search of relations usually had a break in the linage for those missing.  Many soldiers -- both North and South -- moved away at wars end and for the next 20 year became part of the growing population in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and California.

With the help of Civil War on-line data bases, many missing family members have been located. In fact, after moving west, many started new families that now hacve second, third and fourth generations part of the western landscape.

Jim says that there are Civil War Veterans buried all through California. They are in search of all of them in California as others are doing in all the other 49 states. If you find a Civil War Gravesite, check with the websites below to see if they have been listed, if not listed - make sure to report the information.

A National Data Base for Civil War Graves has been established and is growing day by day.

Sons of Union Veterans for Civil War Graves

            - scroll down and click on National Graves Registration Data Base
            - click search entries
            - insert last name and first name if known and Search
            - if name is found - click on it

Local Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW)
The SUVCW is a patriotic and educational organization, carrying on the legacy of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was founded on November 12, 1881, and incorporated by Act of Congress August 20, 1954. The purpose of the SUVCW is to perpetuate the memory of the 'boys in blue' who fought for the Union in the Civil War (1860-1865).

If you click on 'Members' and then click on 'SVR info' you will see Company 8, 8th Regt, California Volunteer Infantry, Sons of the Veterans Reserve -  find  Jim here.

  SVR Badge

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