Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jews in Civil War; "Free" Access to Civil War Records on Ancestry and Footnote

The United States Civil War is 150 years old and both Ancestry.com and Footnote.com are commemorating it with a week for free access to their Civil War Collections.

Ancestry.com is offering free access April 7-14 to their Civil War collection in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Go to:
http://www.ancestry.com/civilwar_sub?o_iid=47474&o_lid=47474

As Ancestry.com now owns Footnote.com you can access the Footnote Civil War collection by searching the Civil War record indexes on Ancestry.com, then click through and click on the Footnote.com icon to see the actual record images or go to:
http://go.footnote.com/civilwar/?xid=1007.

A recent JGSLA blog entry (http://jgsla.org/latest) notes about America's Only Jewish Military Cemetery. The Hebrew Confederate Cemetery, located in Richmond, Virginia, is the only Jewish military cemetery in the world outside of Israel. It was created by the anti-Semitism of the two Confederate military cemeteries, in Spotsylvania Court House and Fredericksburg. They refused to bury the Jewish Confederate soldiers killed in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Wilderness. They didn't want "Jewish boys" in their cemeteries. They buried Jewish confederate soldiers within a self contained hallowed area of Hebrew Cemetery of Richmond Virginia. Those buried came from Mississippi, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana. For the full story see:
http://www.fau.edu/library/confederate_cemetery.htm .
It lists the names of those buried.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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