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Research Notes 2017-5-29

St. Augustine National Cemetery

St. Augustine National Cemetery

Memorial Day honors those who gave their life to protect our country. Long before this cemetery became a national cemetery, it was a post cemetery for the Army stationed here. The first burial took place in 1828 and the three coquina pyramids contain the remains of 1,468 Soldiers who died during the Seminole wars. While a number of wives are buried with their husbands, there are only two women veterans buried here – both veterans of World War I.


Have you seen the Honor Wall at If not, today would be a good day to pay a visit. The memorials are built by family members and include photos, personal and military details and stories. Any member can create a page. Other memorials at include the Interactive Vietnam Wall and the USS Arizona Memorial.


The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree 2017 begins June 9th. While that is a long way to travel for a conference, this year we can participate from home. Thanks to, Jamboree 2017 sessions are being live-streamed for free. You will need to register to participate online. If your schedule keeps you from attending the online sessions live, the recorded sessions will be available through July 10th. Visit the Jamboree 2017 site for details and to register.


Thanks to Sanborn and the Library of Congress, almost 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps are now freely accessible in the library’s Digital Collections section. The collection will continue to grow and they expect to see the entire collection online by 2020. You’ll find details about the collection and how to use it included at the collection’s main page.

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