Southern Gentleman, Lest We Forget, 2011
Honored Fallen Comrade
- Feb 20, 2005
You are being quite clear, and pardon my rambling please; it's just that I'm interested because I 'work' with all these groups. I still contend the genealogy you describe for the UDC is basic stuff that everyone "should" be capable of and by all rights, ought to be doing anyway. Our SCV reviews as to the soldier's service are reasonably rigid as to documentation of service. We tend to perhaps go a tad too easy on the linking of generations, having a tendency to somewhat take a man's word for it. (Taking one's word, now there's a concept from the past that is unfortunately fading from our landscape. The past was a simpler time, one of trust. Wasn't all bad.)Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. It's not just knowing the names, and dates. You have to obtain a birth certificate, a marriage license, and a death certificate for each individual, and the military record of your confederate ancestor (all in triplicate) If they were born, married, & died before vital records were being kept you have to find other sources. Census records, wills, family bibles, pictures of headstones, etc. Death certificates and headstones can be used for birth and death only if the complete date is there, month, day, year. If it isn't you have to find another record. And they don't accept a headstone inscription of military service as proof. It has to be an official record. I just got my great-grandfather's from the National Archives, $25. But it's nice to have, includes everything from the day he enlisted to the day he was paroled at Appomattox.
So there's a lot of genealogy work involved in joining the UDC. Which many women aren't interested in doing, as it can take months to find and obtain the proofs.
The "visits" I've had with the official records of my own ancestors' service has been one of the most rewarding experiences of this hobby. Yes, I'm talking records, the ones with the signatures and real folks names, the folks who were actually there and walked this earth with my ancestors. Pension and service files often are literal interviews with the ancestor, the guys who helped make my stay on this earth possible. It's a shame it ain't audible and we can't ask our own questions.....
Months are nothing. Shame on 'em. I started this about 1963. Do the math.