Category Archives: Military

A Soldier’s Story

Richard Carlton, author of “When is Daddy coming home?”, will be presenting his story on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Town Bank Meeting Room, 15815 Hwy 81, Darlington, WI. Please us the lower level entrance on the back side of building.

When is Daddy Coming Home Book Cover-blogWorld War II was coming to a close in Europe and Richard Haney was only four years old when the telegram arrived at his family’s home in Janesville, Wisconsin. That moment, when Haney learned of his father’s death in the final months of fighting, changed his and his mother’s lives forever.

In this emotionally powerful book, Haney, now a professional historian, explores the impact of war on an American family. Unlike many of America’s 183,000 World War II orphans, Richard Haney has vivid memories of his father. He skillfully weaves together those memories with his parents’ wartime letters and his mother’s recollections to create a unique blend of history and memoir. Through his father’s letters he reveals the war’s effect on a man who fought in the Battle of the bulge with the 17th airborne but wanted nothing more than to return home, a man who expressed the feelings of thousands when he wrote to his wife, “I’ve see and been through a lot but want to forget it all as soon as I can.” and Haney illuminates life on the home front in small-town America as well, describing how profoundly the war changed such communities. At the same time, his memories of an idyllic family life make clear what soldiers like Clyde Haney felt they were defending.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Richard Haney and his story this coming Sunday at 1:30. This presentation is sponsored by the Lafayette County Genealogical Society and the Lafayette County Historical Society.

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Black Hawk War / Find A Grave

If you are interested in the Black Hawk War you will want to add this to your calendar to hear author and teacher of history, Patrick Jung. If you would like him to sign a book you will need to purchase it in advance and bring with you. The book titles have links to Amazon.

Patrick Jung, author of two books on the Black Hawk War, will be featured at the October 3 meeting of the Green County Genealogical Society speaking on the Black Hawk War in our area and resources for researching ancestors that were in the militia. Patrick Jung has written two books on the Black Hawk War: The Black Hawk War of 1832 (Campaigns and Commanders) and The Battle of Wisconsin Heights, 1832: Thunder on the Wisconsin. He will bring samples of his books for us to see, but won’t have any to purchase. They can be purchased online at Amazon or Ebay. He will be glad to sign any books  brought to the meeting.

The Green County Genealogical Society meeting will be held in the second floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library at 10 am. Saturday, October 3. Visitors are always welcome and there is no cost to attend. The society is also holding free weekly workshops on various genealogical topics Thursdays through October at 10:00 a.m. in their Research Center in lower level of the library. You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.

FIND A GRAVE

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Lafayette County Historical Museum 1:30 pm.
Come to discover how Bill Holland became an accidental genealogy buff.  Learn about the morbid sounding site named Find A Grave, which lists almost all cemeteries in the United State, let alone the world, and lists almost all interments, and their family members, in those cemeteries.  This free site holds a plethora of genealogical information, and provides the beginning genealogist with an interesting and informative starting point for their family discovery journey.

Fold3 – Free Revolutionary War Collection

Military records site Fold3 is offering free access to its Revolutionary War Collection free through July 15. Records include:

  • Revolutionary War Pensions
  • Revolutionary War Service Records
  • Revolutionary War Rolls
  • Final Payment Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864

More information on the free offer is available at the Fold3 blog.

For more links to Revolutionary War websites check out this Family Tree Magazine article which has a list of helpful websites.

Happy 4th of July!! Celebrate safely!