The Civil War’s Biggest Killer? Lack of Good Medical Care

Posted by Ancestry.com on August 21, 2014 in Military Records

When the U.S. Civil War started in 1861, medical knowledge was still primitive. Battlefield doctors didn’t understand infection or the importance of sterile conditions during surgery. In fact, the country was just coming out of a period when doctors used bloodletting, purging, and blistering to cure ailments. So it’s no wonder Civil War soldiers were… Read more

10 Strange But True Facts About the Revolutionary War

Posted by Ancestry.com on August 13, 2014 in Military Records

For a war about taxes, the American Revolution sure wasn’t boring. Tales of the scrappy Colonists’ rebellion against King George III made many of us history buffs back in elementary school. (Even as adults, some of us still geek out over Revolutionary War records on Ancestry.) But those textbooks didn’t teach us everything there is… Read more

Using People as Pixels: How World War I Took Supporting Our Troops to New Heights

Posted by Ancestry.com on June 4, 2014 in Military Records

When you watch a heartwarming YouTube video of a soldier’s surprise homecoming, you likely don’t think of World War I. But if it weren’t for the way the government and military rallied the country around the troops during the “war to end all wars,” those viral videos may not exist today. The patriotism programs during… Read more

Philadelphia News Anchor Dawn Timmeney Discovers Civil War Past

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 29, 2014 in Military Records

Philadelphia newscaster Dawn Timmeney discovered that celebrities who appear on the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? aren’t the only people with surprises in their past. Timmeney got her own dose of “wow” when Ancestry experts uncovered some astonishing facts about her great-great-grandfather Vincent Hess and his rather unexpected combination of professions:… Read more

Patriotism Is a Beautiful Thing: How Art Helped Win World War II

Posted by Ancestry.com on May 29, 2014 in Military Records

Created in 1935 during the depths of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration became the most famous of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, in part because of its size: the WPA spent more than $11 billion to employ 8.5 million people from 1935 until it was cancelled in 1943. The WPA also… Read more