Tuesday, December 9, 2008

"Civil War Journal" episodes from the History Channel

So I think I might have come up with a final episode list for "Civil War Journal" from the History Channel. I have been recording this series for years - since 2006 when I moved to Austin and got a DVR. I currently have 12 DVDs and enough material to make at least 1 more; each DVD holds 3 45-minute episodes. I have never been able to find a complete episode list for this documentary series.

Episode List:
  • 54th Massachusetts
  • Frederick Douglass
  • John Brown's War
  • Battlefield Medicine
  • Women at War
  • First Ladies
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Pickett's Charge
  • The Gray Ghost - John Mosby
  • Destiny at Fort Sumter
  • Battle of 1st Bull Run
  • The Traitor President
  • McClennan's Way
  • Dan Sickles
  • Gen. Joshua Chamberlain
  • Battle of Charleston
  • Days of Darkness
  • Secret War: Civil War Spies
  • Lincoln & Gettysburg
  • Robert E Lee
  • Zouaves!
  • Battle of Chattanooga
  • Battle of Vicksburg
  • Sherman and his March to the Sea
  • Garden of the Dead: Arlington Cemetery
  • West Point Classmates
  • Battles of Franklin and Nashville
  • Battle of Fredericksburg
  • USS Monitor vs. CSS Virginia
  • Alexander Gardner
  • Banners of Glory
  • Terrible Swift Sword - the Union Cavalry
  • Boy Generals
  • Caught in the Maelstrom: Civilians in the War
  • Yank vs. Reb: The Foot Soldier's Life
  • Shadows of Lightning: Jeb Stuart and the Cavalry
  • Iron Jaws: The Killing Power of Civil War Artillery
  • Mr. Lincoln's Butcher: Gen. Ulysses S Grant
  • War Crimes: The Death Camps
  • Reporting the War (not yet recorded)
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest (not yet recorded)
  • Born Killers: The Iron Brigade (not yet recorded)
Updated 26 May 2014

Sunday, February 10, 2008

An Unusual Document

A unique document – “Automobile List for the Funeral of Hannah Catherine Rodgers”

This document was found mixed in with photos and papers of my maternal grandmother, who is still living.  It names my great-great-grandmother, Hannah Catherine Rodgers, the date of the funeral (9 May 1953), the time of the funeral (10 am), the name of the cemetery, and the clergy that officiated.

In addition, the document lists the honorary bearers:

            John Williams  --  grandson

            William Williams -- grandson

            Willie Rodgers  -- not identified

            Harry Usher -- nephew

            LeRoy Usher -- grandson

            Bill McFeaters – husband of granddaughter

The document then goes on to identify the make of car for each family.  It is unknown who created this document.  

Identifications have been made by my grandmother, as well as research taking place in the past year and a half.  I feel as if I have been running in circles with this family, but I am convinced that something will come up soon!

Hannah Catherine RODGERS funeral car list

Current Research....

Yes, I am a terrible person to not have posted in 4+ months.  It is a terrible, terrible thing....

My current research is what I am calling a "village genealogy."  I am following a group of people, mainly the BRUNCK surname in the town of Oberotterbach in Germany.  The best site that I have found that mentions genealogy and Oberotterbach is this one for the name DAHL.  I have found some DAHLs in my research currently, some related to my BRUNCK family.  I have been reading German and German script for the past 3 months on a fairly regular basis.  It's driving me crazy, but I am getting better at it.

Below is an image of my great-great grandmother's baptism record from Oberotterbach.

Elisabetha Brunck baptism record

I am very fortunate that she had an unusual birthdate: 29 February 1872.  It makes it very easy to track her in the German vital records when I can usually only make out individual letters and numbers!  This record gives her birthdate, baptism date, the date the baptism was recorded, the name of her parents (George Brunck and Margaretha Brunck, and I haven't figured out a familial relationship yet, but I am sure there is one!), and the names of her godparents (possibly related).  Exciting!