American History Final Project.docx

The third and final interview i conducted was with my

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The third and final interview I conducted was with my only living grandparent and my father’s mother, Sara Louise Barbre Bagwell. I didn’t really learn anything new from my interview with her but it did confirm everything that my dad had told me. (Family history Interview with my Grandmother) I then used the data I had gathered from the interviews to search five different historical databases in search of more data. The first website that I conducted research on was FindMyPast.Com. This database shows records such as work, military, and religion but I was only able to find many birth and death dates of the family members that I had learned the names of during the interviews. This information wasn’t particularly interesting or useful but it did give me more data to research. (World Records) The second website that I searched was The National Archives. This website mainly explained how to use and find the National Historical Archives in Washington DC. I imagine it would have been super useful had I had time to travel their, but considering I didn’t have the time I was unable to find any useful information here. (Resources for Geneologists) The third website I spend time searching was FamilySearch.Com. This website allowed for me to create my own family tree and enter in any information I knew about the relatives I was entering. The cool thing about this website is it would then find matches for the people I
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entered and give me information about them. From this I was able to discover that my grandfather on my Father’s side was in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. It also listed the names of the parents of great-grandmother on my Father’s mother’s side. I hadn’t learned these names previously and it gave me more information to research. (Family Search) The fourth online database I discovered was FindaGrave.com. I happened upon this website when doing a simple google search for the names of the member’s of my family. This website not only showed me the gravesite for many of my family members, it also gave valuable information about their lives and other members of my family. From it I was able to discover that my great-great-great-great-Grandfather was a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. His son, my great-great-great-great-Uncle, was killed in the same war as a Confederate soldier. (Find a Grave) This makes perfect sense historically as they were men living in the south during the 1860’s. I had always wondered if any of my relatives fought in the Civil war and this project gave me the answer. The final online database that I used was a Greenville Newspaper from October 12 th 1958. In it was the wedding announcement for my Grandparents on my fathers side. It was very special to see a picture of my grandmother as a teenager because I could clearly recognize facial features that my relatives and I now have. While the article about my grandparents was cool, finding it also afforded me the opportunity to look through the newspaper and learn a lot about how different life was 60 years ago. It was obvious that newspapers, something we hardly see
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