Civil War Research

During the Reconstructing a Civil War Life program, our speaker George Munkenbeck recommended the following websites to those researching a New York Civil War soldier:

New York State Adjutant General’s Reports:

Regimental Histories—New York State:

National Archives and Records Administration:

Introduction to the New York State Civil War Soldier Database (New York State Archives):

Databases (Subscription)
Some of records of interested to Civil War researchers are listed under each database.
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
U.S. Civil War Pension Index
U.S. American Civil War Regiments, 1861-1866

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Civil War Pension Index
New York Civil War Regiment Lists
Civil War “Widows’ Pensions”

Mr. Munkenbeck also suggested contacting veteran organizations or museums for additional information. 

Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library
4278 Griscom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124-3954

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum
629 South 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703




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Reconstructing a Civil War Life Program

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm for Reconstructing a Civil War Life.  George Muckenbeck, 14th Brooklyn Regiment (Company H) Historian,  will show you how official records, archival documents, and other materials can be used to bring the experiences of a Civil War soldier to life. This program is free and open to all.


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Links to Genealogical Websites

At our last Family History Roundtable meeting, I distributed a list of genealogical websites for beginners. If you missed the meeting and would like a copy of the handout,  just click on the following link: Websites of Genealogical Interest 2015

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Beginning Genealogy Program

Join us on Wednesday, January 6, 7:00-8:30 pm for our Beginning Genealogy program. We will show you some of the basic records for tracing your family tree. This program is free and open to all.

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Manhattan Bodies in Transit, 1859-1894

Recently I was asked what the records referred to as Manhattan Bodies in Transit, 1859-1894 were all about. As the somewhat unusual title suggests, it was a New York Department of Health ledger of corpses that were transported through New York City. The information found in the records are the date of passage through the city, name of deceased, date of death, place of death, place of interment, name and residence of person having charge of the body, cause of death, and sometimes age, nativity, occupation, and attending physician. Perhaps the most notable individual listed in the records is President Abraham Lincoln, whose funeral train passed through New York City on its long journey. The collection is housed at the Municipal Archives in New York City, but it is also available on microfilm through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It is currently being transcribed and indexed by the Municipal Archives, and the ongoing project can be viewed at

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Good news concerning

I am happy to inform you that the Fold3 database has been renewed.  You will find the link back on our eResearch Databases list. As before, you can login in to it through your personal computer by using your Connetquot Public Library card barcode.

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Sad News

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of John Martino of the Italian Genealogy Group.  He was one of the principal project managers and coordinators of the valuable on-line database indexes for New York City vital records and naturalizations, as well as other indexes that can be found on the and the websites and elsewhere.   He spoke at our library about his many projects and often attended some of our other genealogy programs. He was definitely a memorable individual, with his strong yet always amiable personality, and a no-nonsense approach to genealogical projects.   For years he was driven in his volunteer work in making family history records more readily available to the general public, from which most of us have benefited on many, many occasions. On a more personal note, I would like to add that in the field of genealogy, as in most others, you can find plenty of people with grand egos and self-promoting agendas, but John Martino was not one of them. He will most definitely be missed.

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Thanksgiving Trivia

With Thanksgiving Day being celebrated tomorrow, it seems the appropriate time to mention an interesting fact about the holiday.  Although it has been a widely celebrated holiday in the history of the United States, it was not always a national holiday observed by the states on the same day.  It wasn’t until after the battle of Gettysburg, that President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation on October 3, 1863, naming the last Thursday in November (later changed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the fourth Thursday in November) as the national Thanksgiving Day.  Before then the governors of each state separately declared the day upon which the holiday would fall.  For instance, in 1854 New York and Massachusetts celebrated Thanksgiving on a different day than New Jersey and Pennsylvania did.  So if you had some ancestors in 1854 living in New York City and others across the Hudson in Hoboken, they were probably observing Thanksgiving on different days.Thanksgiving article

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Two parts of an 1854 newspaper article about Thanksgiving Day

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Genealogy Questions and Answers

Genealogy Questions and answers

Join us on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. for our next genealogy program. This month you will have the opportunity to ask a panel of two experienced family researchers your questions. This program is free and open to all.

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Italian-American Heritage and Culture

Join us for our next Family History Roundtable program on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Elena Florenzano will speak on the regions of Sicily, Calabria, and Campania from the 19th and early 20th centuries  up to present day. This program is free and open to all.

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