Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mystery Civil War Photographs

I came across this news article from Yahoo and thought it was interesting.  The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia houses thousands of photographs carried by dead soldiers in the Civil War and seeks to identify family of the people in the photographs.  As I have previously written, unlabeled old photographs are rather sad.  There is hope for some of these photographs.  The locations of discovery, sometimes on battlefields themselves, is often recorded.  Although the museum staff has limited resources for tracking down possible descendants, I think that some modern-day genealogists might help identify a few photographs.  If you have family who served in the Civil War, track down what you can about their service.  Then contact the Museum (or stop by if you live in the area) to see what kind of a search they can offer you.  I see from their website that the Museum is in the process of digitizing various collections.