Notes from the past…

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Celebrate your Veterans!

I just found this wonderful site where you can write about that special military veteran in your family tree and share him or her with the world:

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Stories can be told through personal narrative, correspondence, and visual materials
The Project collects first-hand accounts of
U.S. Veterans from the following wars:

  • World War I (1914-1920)
  • World War II (1939-1946)
  • Korean War (1950-1955)
  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
  • Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)

In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

How did the Veterans History Project start?

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.

With Memorial Day not far away, this looks like a fantastic way to honor our heroes!

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Create your own eBooks

Several months ago, I wrote a couple of eBooks about Isaac Turner’s and Nathan Blunt Kennedy’s Civil War experiences. I created these at Lulu for free. I thought at the time they turned out pretty well.

So this morning when I read about a site for creating and storing ebooks for free, I decided to check it. I wanted to see if my eBooks would look better at the new site, Myebooks.

So I uploaded my Turner book which at 62 pages took about 45 min with my DSL connection. Not bad, I needed to clean up my house anyway. :)

I got an email that the upload was ready to view, so I clicked on the link. Wow! Impressive! I think the term is web 2.0. My book looks great! Check it out:

Myebook -

Nothing about the book has changed, but the presentation is too cool! I love the animation as I turn the pages of the book.

I don’t plan to revise anything with my first 2 eBooks. But I do plan to write a new one, probably about my McBurnetts. This site has so much to offer! I can hardly wait…!