Hurricanes: Occurrence and Survival for Our Northwest Florida Ancestors

I will assume most of you already know we are into hurricane season. Every year, most of us check our batteries, flashlights and canned goods just in case we have the big red “X” on our backs this year. But have you ever given any thought to how our ancestors anticipated beforehand and coped during … Continue reading Hurricanes: Occurrence and Survival for Our Northwest Florida Ancestors

The Three Seminole Wars: Florida’s Forgotten Wars, Part 2

The Second Seminole War has the distinction of being the most expensive Indian conflict, as well as the longest, in America’s long history of Indian conflicts. In 1823, the U.S. government negotiated the Treaty of Moultrie Creek establishing a reservation in the middle part of the Florida peninsula. In addition, several chiefs were allowed to … Continue reading The Three Seminole Wars: Florida’s Forgotten Wars, Part 2

World War I: A Introduction to the War and Researching Florida Ancestors Who May Have Served

I find researching my Florida (and those in other states) ancestors in the various U.S. wars to be rewarding. These are major events in our ancestors’ lives, whether they served or not and the events they may have experienced can be fascinating whether on the battlefield or the home front. For the most part only … Continue reading World War I: A Introduction to the War and Researching Florida Ancestors Who May Have Served

Researching Civil War Ancestors in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, Pt 2

In the last post we laid out a basic plan for getting to one man in one or more Confederate (and/or Union) military units.  Now comes the work to figure out what he likely experienced as the war progressed.  A word of caution: this set of two blogs is only a tiny part of understanding … Continue reading Researching Civil War Ancestors in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, Pt 2

So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 2

In the last post, we were introduced to the area of Oak Grove and to its predecessor, Barrow’s Ferry.  This might be a good place to lay out my supposition on the location of Almirante, the community across the river from Oak Grove, which was also an early settlement along the Yellow River and where the … Continue reading So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 2

So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 1

Oak Grove - the little northwest Florida community that everyone has heard about but few know much about. To begin with there are more than one of them in Florida so be careful when picking up info on Oak Grove. I guess it isn’t surprising there is more than one since we have lots of … Continue reading So You Think You Know Oak Grove, Okaloosa Co, FL? – Part 1