Monthly Archives: March 2013

World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part IV

Here are the remaining photos in my grandfather’s album. I think some of these must have been taken when in training at Camp McClellan in Alabama as one photo contains a large crowd of African Americans. Click on photos to enlarge or view in slideshow format.  Happy Easter, everyone!

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Gaines’ Mill Saved

The Civil War Trust met its $3.2 million fundraising goal to save 285 acres of the Gaines Mill battlefield. This is great news given that according to their website: Nearly 20 percent of America’s Civil War battlefields have already been destroyed — denied forever to future generations. Of those that remain, only 15 percent are protected as National Parks. There is only one National organization working to save all these battlefields: The Civil War Trust.

Gaines’ Mill is where one of my 2nd great grandmother’s brothers, Uzal Trowbridge, was killed in some of the war’s fiercest fighting, on June 27, 1862. This blog contains as much information as I have about him as well as some of the letters he sent home to his nieces and nephews (my great grandfather William Woodruff and his siblings) during his time of service. (For more on Uzal, you can click on the Trowbridge link in the categories column.) To learn more about Gaines Mill, click here.

The Trust is currently seeking help to save:

  • 69 acres at the Glendale, Malvern Hill, and First Deep Bottom battlefields near Richmond, Virginia.
  • 112 acres of the “forgotten flanks” of the Gettysburg Battlefield.
  • Fleetwood Hill, the key portion of the Brandy Station battlefield. This June 9, 1863 battle in Culpeper County, Virginia, marks the opening of the Gettysburg campaign.
  • Slaughter Farm at Fredericksburg, where 5,000 men fell in one bloody afternoon.
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World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part III

As promised in the previous post, here are some more photos from my grandfather William Boles’ photo album taken while serving in the US Army’s 29th Division 112th Heavy Field Artillery. I’ll post the remainder soon as time allows. CLICK ON AN IMAGE AND THEN YOU CAN VIEW THEM AS A SLIDE SHOW.

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World War I Album Photos — William Boles — Part II

As an update to my previous posts on William Boles’ World War I service, I am posting some more photos from his album. There are still 30-40 left to scan and post. I will try to get to that next week.

Meanwhile, for the previous posts, please follow these links:
World War I Itinerary
World War I Itinerary (cont’d.)
NJ WWI Service Medallion
World War I photos

Note: To the above “WWI Itinerary” post I have added two photos showing troops on deck a ship; I presume these were taken either heading over to Europe (on the SS Melita) or coming back (USS Orizaba). I have also added some more links to texts that corroborate the itinerary. I read in this document that a lack of equipment kept the men in William’s regiment from taking part in the American offensive. To view the below photos as a slideshow, click on the first photo and then use the arrows to move to the next photo.

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Ancestry; plus a great alternative

I’ve been on Ancestry to check out the “free” access weekend. Once you find a “carrot” that looks tempting/promising and click on it to find out more, you are shown a window to sign up for a free 14-day trial. I guess it’s still worth doing, but the free trial is available 365/year anyway.

So once again, Ancestry disappoints me. I guess what upsets me the most is that whatever information users enter into that site becomes the “property” of Ancestry, and they can then sell that freely acquired information to other people for a profit. Perhaps those entering information should be getting a cut of the action? Not likely to happen. Personally I would not want all my data sucked into their databases just so they can take it and sell it to others. And, let’s be honest, many of us have benefited from the work many other have done, and those folks aren’t getting any credit either. And then there are the fees… to me, they are far too high. I’ve gotten plenty of information elsewhere and rarely have I ever had to pay for it. When I have paid, it’s been through or, and it’s usually after I’ve been on the free site,, and have already fairly well confirmed my suspicions that I have the right person. Ancestry ads on TV make it look like it’s as simple as putting in a name and a date, and voila — all is revealed. I suppose it can work that way on occasion, but in my experience usually you have to go through a bit of chaff before you get to the wheat. My little exploratory foray on Ancestry this morning proved that to me yet again. The carrots offered on this occasion were all irrelevant.

As an aside, I just discovered that Ancestry now owns (purchased 4/25/12 for $100 million). I was disappointed to find that out since I LOVED the idea of Ancestry having competition, but on the plus side, membership in Archives is still only $39.95 annually. According to their website, you get: over 2.5 billion records including the entire US Federal Census from 1790-1940. For anyone who is loath to pay for a subscription to Ancestry, Archives seems like a truly fabulous alternative even though your money ends up in Ancestry’s clutches. Seems there is no escaping them!

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FYI: Ancestry offering free access this coming weekend

Just heard that Ancestry is offering free access to immigration records this coming weekend (Thursday, 3/14, through Sunday, 3/17). This may be a great time to take advantage of their resources. I will be digging for info on my Sargents (aka Slaymakers), and I’ll see if there is anything else to glean about my Trewins.

Update 3/14: I’ve been on Ancestry to check out the “free” access weekend. Once you find a “carrot” that looks promising and click on it to find out more, you are shown a window to sign up for a free 14-day trial. I guess it’s still worth doing, but the free trial is available 365/year anyway.

Categories: Miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Some interesting tidbits

Just a couple items to mention in case you were not aware:

  • 23andme is still offering a special deal on their DNA tests– just $99. Might be a good time to “go for it” as normally the price is considerably higher. We have “gone for it” and are eagerly awaiting the results!
  • I stumbled upon a website called We Are All Related.  Evidently, a young girl and her genealogist grandfather have proven that President Obama is related to all other US presidents except for one. And they are offering for a limited time the opportunity to see whether you are related to any US presidents. All you have to do is provide an ancestor’s name, birth date, birth place, and the parent’s names, and then they will do the leg work for you using their database. I’ve submitted my 6th GGF, Richard Brodhead, b. 1666, and am curious to see what I find out.

Have a great weekend! We are finally warming up here in S. Florida!

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More Edward Boles family photos

Apart from those photos posted in the previous post on the Edward Boles family, these are the only other early photos I have. Standing in the rear of the first photo are May Boles and her father Edward Boles. The pretty young woman with the headband on the right is Sophie Boles, a niece of Edward’s (daughter of Edward’s younger brother Robert). Seated in front is Sophie’s mother (Jane Stuart Boles, wife of Robert Boles), Jennie Boles (another of Edward’s daughters), and Sarah Nixon Boles (Edward’s wife and mother of Jennie & May). I don’t have a date for the photo, but it was taken before July 1928, which is when May died.

Boles family members in front of their home in Cloneen, Drumkeerin, Co. Leitrim

The second photo is of Sophie Boles with her brother Robert Boles (children of Robert and Jane Boles, who had one more child – James Herbert), and on the right is cousin Jennie Boles (Edward Boles’ daughter, my grandfather’s sister).

Sophie Boles and brother Robert Boles with cousin Jennie Boles, early 1920s?

Sophie Boles and brother Robert Boles with cousin Jennie Boles, early 1920s?

Drumkeerin location marked with red balloon

Drumkeerin location marked with red balloon

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