Mouse Pad with Civil War Cap and Canteen

I’ve been asked about the graphic used on this blog. It’s a photo I took when I visited Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

If you like it, I’ve made it available on a mouse pad that can be ordered from Zazzle. It would make a great Christmas gift or birthday present for any Civil War buff that you know or get it for yourself.

Here it is:

Accessing Subscription Genealogy Sites for Free

Genealogy can be an expensive hobby or passion. Ancestry.com alone can be over $150 for a year’s subscription.

Fortunately, it gives you a free two-week trial which has some added benefits down the road. If you sign up for the trial membership, then you get email notices from the site pretty regularly.

Every so often, usually around holiday weekends, it has an open search. If you don’t want to pay for the year’s membership, you’ll want to take advantage of the open access times offered.

At special times during the year, this military records site offers free weekend access to certain records. Sign up for their emails at the site to be notified of these.

At special times during the year, this military records site offers free weekend access to certain records. Sign up for their emails at the site to be notified of these.

The example shown in the graphic above is my email from the Fold3 site which is another genealogy subscription site. It specializes in military records. As you can see, it offers the free access every now and then as well.

Best of luck on hunting down your ancestors!

ONE WARNING: Be sure to cancel at the end of the trial period. Some sites automatically roll into the full membership and charge your credit card.

(graphic created by me using Awesome Screenshots)