Notes from the past…

An Easter egg hunt in the rain!

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Randy doesn’t get to have all of the fun on Saturday nights! His latest version of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is an Easter egg hunt, of course. The rules:

1. Pick a place that you have ancestry, but don’t know much about.

2. Go to Google (or your favorite search engine) and put in the place name, the state name, and the words “genealogy” and “society.” For example my search string is going to be [mccook nebraska genealogy society]. Don’t use mine – use your own!

3. Go to the web site that looks the most interesting or promising, and search for data about your ancestor(s) that lived there.

4. Did you find anything new or interesting? If so – those are your genealogy Easter Eggs! Enjoy them – browse some more! If not, try again with another place name.

5. Tell us all about it on your blog, or in comments to this blog.

Ok, step #1, a place with my ancestors that I don’t know much about. Well, I cheated here. I have been studying my McBurnett ancestors from Carroll County, Georgia. So I decided to stay in Carroll County and really look around.

Steps #2, #3, Google that area’s genealogical society. That search popped up several sites,  so I chose the one that might have some military info. According to Ancestry.com, my 4th great-grandfather James McBurnett fought in the War of 1812 as a rifleman with Alexander’s Battalion of the Georgia Militia, and his wife Nancy had filed for his military pension. Ancestry didn’t have any original documents to support these, so that’s what I went looking for.

Step #4, what did I find? Nothing (yet) related to the War of 1812, but I did find a huge list of Confederate Muster Rolls for Georgia:

Most of the muster rolls in the Georgia Archives’ holdings are from units formed by the State of Georgia before they were turned over to Confederate service. Units not already in Confederate service by April 1862 were transferred by the first Confederate conscription act. Some of these units were renamed upon entering Confederate service. There are also rosters from the Georgia State Line, organized in February 1863, and other local defense troops whose service was confined to the State of Georgia .

Confederate officers and clerks were inconsistent in their use of names for units on official documents. Georgia troops were mustered under several different state and Confederate laws for different lengths of time and for different purposes.

The main page lists units for which muster rolls are available online. The hyperlink for the unit leads to another list of muster rolls for that unit, in chronological order. This list includes the name of the unit commander, the inclusive dates of the muster roll, a hyperlink to the image, and the image’s file size. Both sides of the documents are online unless the reverse is a blank page. Additions will continue to be made to this digital collection. Please watch for them.

These are the actual documents, folks! Here’s an example,

Georgia Army (Regulars), 1st Regiment Infantry “Muster & Descriptive Roll of Recruits at Dalton and Calhoun”, 1 April 1861:

Pretty awesome!

This site has limited searching available, so I’m gonna have to browse each and every image to see if my 2 McBurnett great-great uncles, Thomas & Joshua, are mentioned. Both where killed in the Civil War.

Step #5 of the Rainy Day Easter Egg Hunt is complete. True, I didn’t find anything about James McBurnett’s War of 1812 military involvement. But there is usually more that 1 prize egg at an Easter Egg Hunt, now isn’t there?

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