Did Your Southern Ancestor Serve With the Union? An Exploration of the 1st Florida Union Cavalry Volunteers

The War for Southern Independence (aka the American Civil War or the War Between the States) was a difficult war as experienced by Floridians and south Alabamians. It was not just about “do I side with the Confederacy or the Union”, it was about the safety of families left behind and whether they would survive … Continue reading Did Your Southern Ancestor Serve With the Union? An Exploration of the 1st Florida Union Cavalry Volunteers

Questions of Honor and Courage: Individual Decisions During the Civil War

Many of us with ancestors in the Florida panhandle know there was a Union regiment of Southern men that served during the Civil War at Ft. Barrancas. Many of us have ancestors who served with that regiment and we have family stories or reasons that they served that we hold to be true. But most … Continue reading Questions of Honor and Courage: Individual Decisions During the Civil War

The Little Red (or White or Log) Schoolhouse in Northwest Florida: Creating the System

I am a student of history and genealogy but before that I was a lover of education, of pretty much every subject.  And importantly for this blog, a product of the educational system in Florida.  This post will be the first of a two-part series on the effort to establish that educational system in Florida. … Continue reading The Little Red (or White or Log) Schoolhouse in Northwest Florida: Creating the System

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

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

Very Early Northwest Florida Genealogy Records

If you have ancestors in the earliest migration from America into the new territory of Florida you have a few options for attempting to identify them and when they may have entered Florida. Let’s start by doing a quick run through the history of the territory of Florida and how it became part of the United … Continue reading Very Early Northwest Florida Genealogy Records