Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Civil War Oddities #18

The Union Army had one company made up entirely of pugilists. There were others composed of musicians, farmers or butchers. One Temperance Company went into battle stone sober, tradition has it. The 126th New York was the YMCA Regiment. Nicholas Busch, later Lieutenant Governor of Iowa, formed a woodchopper’s corps of German immigrants who were unable to fight, and had them cut and haul wood for Mississippi River army steamers, pausing now and then to beat off guerrillas.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bridgett Schneider of Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK), R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that I report that Bridgett Schneider, best known as the primary person behind Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness, passed away today. She was 64 years old.

The last message I received from Bridgett was on October 18 when she wrote:
RAOGK has been around with our volunteers helping other genealogists get copies of documents required to prove your lineage back to Adam and Eve (giggle). Pictures of your ancestors' tombstones were also high on the lists of requests. I hope everyone got as much service as we were able to give.

Our heart is saddened that we will be offline for quite awhile. Between computer problems (harddrive turning to toast) and the health of the administrator very questionable ... RAOGK, after 11 years, will cease to exist for awhile.