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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!


I am a BFF!

Thanks so much to Terry of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi for selecting me for a Best Friends Forever award! I am honored and excited!

To accept this award I must also pass it on. The rules are:

  • 1. Only five people are allowed to receive the award.
  • 2. Four of them must be followers of your blog.
  • 3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
  • 4. You must link back to whoever gave you the award.

Therefore, I am passing the Best Friends Forever award to :

Lidian of The Virtual Dime Museum (I’ve never been to New York City and I don’t know of any ancestors from there, but from reading Lidian’s posts, I sure wish I had! Also, New York is about as far away from Texas as you can get… :) )

Val of One Point in Time (I love to read other WordPress blogs, and Val’s is filled with really great “everything genealogy”!)

Elyse of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog (It is so exciting to see a young person interested in genealogy! Have you seen her family history videos on YouTube? They are excellent! Keep up the great work, Elyse!)

Janet of The Chart Chick (one of my favorite “techi” blogs, Janet always has some great advice for the technology-challenged among us!)

Ken of Beyond Fiction (A fellow Texan and WordPress blogger, Ken’s often humorous look at the world of genealogy and especially his Texas roots makes for a great read!)