Freedmen’s Bureau Records Now Available at Ancestry.com

Today Ancestry announced the unveiling of a new record collection, the Freedmen’s Bureau records. Congress established the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands in 1865 to assist in the reconstruction of the South and to aid formerly enslaved individuals transition to freedom and citizenship. The Freedmen’s Bureau assisted with land and property, relief programs,…

How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday?

My birthday has always been a special day for me. Growing up we always celebrated birthdays on our actual birthday, no matter what day of the week it was. I always got to pick out what we had for dinner that night, and the evening always ended with cake and ice cream. My birthday is…

Honoring Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. As a reminder the President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the confederacy two and half years earlier on January 1, 1863. In…