“How to Use the National Archives Websites (Plural)”

“How to Use the National Archives Websites (Plural)” will be presented virtually by Claire Kluskens to the Geauga County (Ohio) Public Library and Geauga County Genealogical Society (GCGS) on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. (EST). Registration information is available on the GCGS website.

In case you were wondering, Geauga (pronounced JEE-aw-guh) is derived from a Native American word for racoon and the GCGS newsletter, Raconteur, is partly a play on that word, besides being a venue for telling stories about ancestors and our research to find them.

Civil War Union Prisoner of War Claims for Money Taken by the Confederates

One of the many relatively obscure record series in the National Archives is “Claims Made for Money Taken from Federal Prisoners of War Confined in Confederate Prisons” (NAID 615449) in Record Group 249, Records of the Office of the Commissary General of Prisoners, 1861–1905. Researchers will find this list of claimants useful. The NGS article, “The Rebs Took My Money!” describes these records and the claims of William R. Davidson, David Williams, William H. Bogart, and Mathias Nero. An article about Andersonville Prisoner George Langworthy of Geauga County, Ohio, transcribes Langworthy’s claim letter and tells how his claim was handled. Updated 8 October 2015.