- Category: Library News
- Created: Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:41
On Feb. 25, Cynthia Hanson will give a talk at the Genealogy & Local History Library: "Unbreakable Bonds: Building Family Ties Through Ancestral Research." The talk is based on Ms. Hanson's experience with her father after they rediscovered a forgotten packet of Civil War letters in the attic. As they began to unravel the life of a remarkable ancestor and soldier, they realized that if someone didn't transcribe the aging packet soon, a valuable historic contribution could be lost to future generations. The experience bonded them in a common goal that continued for many years and led to Ms. Hanson publishing "Searching for John Ball: A Father and Daughter's Inspiring Journey Researching the Life and Letters of a Civil War Ancestor," Galloping Hills Publishing, 2013. Ms. Hanson will talk about the process they used to gather information about her great-great grandfather to compile into the 174-page book. This included collaborating with First Minnesota Regiment buffs, deciphering fading handwriting with a giant magnifier, a visit to his home and community in upstate New York, Internet research, a near-contract with a movie director and the History Channel, and garnering information from an archivist, researchers, and distant cousins. She also will discuss how the common goal forged a stronger bond with her aging father. Finally, she will talk about her great-great grandfather's noteworthy life fighting 22 battles, the historic significance of his regiment at Gettysburg, and his service as a Lieutenant Colonel in Tennessee during reconstruction.
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