15 November 2017

Holiday Sales for the Family Genealogist & Archivist

Now through December there will be lots of sales for genealogical and archival gifts. Some sales that have come to me via advertisements that are decent are listed below. If you are thinking of getting any of theses items, do not wait; these offers all expire on different dates.

  • University Products has a 20% off code BOXES20 on all archival storage boxes
  • AncestryDNA has $20 off a single kit- just $79. Additional kits can be purchased for $69 each. Plus a coupon code FREESHIPDNA for free shipping on your first kit.
  • FamilyTreeDNA sale prices on the Family Finder kit - $59, YDNA kit - $129, and the mtDNA kit - $169.
  • 23andMe has its Ancestry Service DNA kit for $49 when two or more kits are purchased or get a single kit for $69.

14 November 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Bender Plot at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

For me, the 2017 season for gravestone restoration is over. Cold weather is here and a shoulder operation yesterday has put me out of commission for that type of work. Genealogy research will begin again in full throttle.

Below is a link to my Youtube channel for our latest video. The video is of the restoration of a cemetery plot in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. Initially the plot was a disaster. Every stone was broken and damaged in one way or another. Little by little the plot was rebuilt and restored.

Youtube channel link is here.

12 November 2017

Poestenkill Historical Society Meeting

The following announcement comes from the Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Poestenkill Historical Society
Kate Mullany National Historic Site:
National Significance of a Laundry Worker's Strike.

Tom Carroll returns as our guest speaker for our November Program. In early 1864, a nineteen-year old Irish immigrant named Kate Mullany organized the shirt collar laundry workers of Troy, New York, into the nation's first truly all-female labor union. Their weeklong strike yielded them a twenty-five percent raise and vaulted Mullany to national prominence. Today, the house that she bought for her family is a National Historic Site and the home of the American Labor Studies Center, which helps educate young Americans about the history of labor in the United States. This talk will tell that story. Please join us on Tuesday, November 28th, at 7:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Town Hall on route 351. The program is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

11 November 2017

USAF Veteran

Here is a brief photomontage of a living USAF hero. No names mentioned. Dad

Military Service in the Family

Today being Veteran's Day; I wish to honor these deceased relatives and ancestors who fought in the following wars to help preserve our way of life and freedoms in America. This list is far complete for family members who served.

Revolutionary War

  • Samuel Hitchcock
Samuel Hitchcock, gravestone

War of 1812
  • Isaac Hitchcock
Isaac Hitchcock, gravestone

Civil War
  • John Albert
John Albert, enlistment paper

  • Joseph Albert, Andersonville POW
Joseph Albert, gravestone

  • Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd, gravestone

  • Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock
Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock, gravestone

  • Charles Koreman
Charles Koreman

  • Clinton Hanks Meneely
Clinton Hanks Meneely

  • Thomas O'Donnell, Richmond, Virginia POW
Thomas O'Donnell, POW affidavit

  • William Henry White
William Henry White

Spanish-American War
  • John Michael Albert
John Michael Albert

World War I
  • Charles Albert
Charles Albert, grave marker

  • Henry Albert
Henry Albert, gravestone

  • Adrian Koreman
Adrian Koreman, right

World War II

  • John Josesph Gannon
John Joseph Gannon

  • John Joseph Hohenstein, Died in Sicily
John Joseph Hohenstein

  • Arthur Stephen Koreman, KIA, Iwo Jima
Arthur Stephen Koreman

  • Francis Joseph Koreman
Francis Joseph Koreman

  • Edward Joseph Koreman
Edward Joseph Koreman

  • Joseph Albert Koreman
Joseph Albert Koreman, gravestone

  • James Lyons Quinn, KIA, Marshall Islands
James Lyons Quinn

  • George Edward Kirk White, POW Germany

George Edward Kirk White

  • Thomas Charles White
Thomas Charles White

  • Thomas Charles White
Thomas Charles White

Honoring Our Vets

Recently I read a suggestion in a Twitter post from a fellow genealogist where he mentions that he will write an article everyday from 01 November through 11 November to honor his family's veterans. I am too late to do this challenge but will write on one of my family's military heroes who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Sergeant Major Thomas Charles White, Retired.

Sgt Maj T.C. White
at his retirment, 1979

Tom retired from the United States Marine Corps, as Sergeant Major, after serving 23 years in the "Corps".  He was an enlisted man and worked his way up to the highest level that an enlisted man could.  He retired at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC in 1979 and moved back home to Albany and began another long career working for Niagara Mohawk Power Company. Tom passed away on 22 May 2012 and is buried at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York. The following biography of Tom comes from his retirement booklet.

SgtMaj White was born July 30, 1936 in Albany, New York.  He enlisted in the
Marine Corps on August 9, 1953, and completed Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Upon completing Recruit Training he was assigned to 2d Anti-Tank Battalion, 2d
Marine Division and served in the Heavy Machine Gun Platoon.  After  completing two years and making a NATO and Med Cruise, he was assigned to Marine Barracks, Sangley Point.  After a year in the Philippine Islands, he was assigned to Marine Barracks, Sasebo, Japan for one year.

Returning to the United States in July, 1956, he served as a Squad Leader and
Platoon Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton,
California.  From 1958 to 1960 SgMaj White served in Hawaii as a Platoon
Sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Brigade.  Departing Hawaii in
1960 at which time he served as Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant with "I"
Company, 3rd Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division.

In 1964, SgtMaj White took his Squad from "I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 2d Marines to Quantico, Virginia to compete in the Marine-wide Squad Combat Competition where his squad won the title of the Best Infantry Squad in the Marine Corps. He was awarded a gold badge- the Tarawa Award for Leadership and meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Upon returning from Quantico he was assigned as Platoon Sergeant with 2d Recon Battalion, 2d Marine Division.

From late 1965 to 1966 SgtMaj White was assigned to Marine Barracks, Philadelphia to establish a body escort program and remained there until he was ordered to Vietnam. During 1967-1968 he was the Company Gunnery Sergeant of "G" Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines in Vietnam.

Returning from Vietnam he was ordered to Recruiter School and after successfully graduating, he served as Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Recruiting Station at Plattsburgh, New York. Being promoted to First Sergeant while on recruiting duty, he was ordered to Western Pacific (WesPac) in 1970. From 1970 to 1971 he served as Sergeant Major of Headquarters Battalion, marine Corps Base, Camp Butler, Okinawa. Departing Okinawa in 1971 he served as First Sergeant "B" Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines Brigade, Hawaii until he was promoted to his present rank in May 1974.

Returning to Camp Lejeune in 1974 he was assigned as Sergeant Major, 2d Field Artillery Group, Force Troops, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLant) until 1976. In 1976 he was assigned to
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 (HMM 164), 1st Marine Air Wing as Squadron Sergeant Major on Okinawa. Returning to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in 1977 he was assigned Sergeant Major, Rifle Range Detachment, until his current assignment as Camp Johnson Area Sergeant Major. MCSSS Schools Sergeant Major in 1977.
A complete list of decorations and awards includes:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Good Conduct Medal with "7" Stars
  • Navy Occupation Medal with European Clasp
  • National Defense with Bronze Star
  • Vietnamese Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars
  • Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device
  • Gold Annual Rifle Squad Competition Badge
  • Rifle Expert Badge
  • Pistol Expert Badge

Sergeant Major White and wife, the former Martha Ann Cunningham of Birmingham, Alabama have one daughter Debra Ann. They will be making their home in Albany, New York.