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Research Notes 2018-5-28


St. Augustine National Cemetery

Long before it became a national cemetery, this small graveyard on Marine Street served as the post cemetery for U. S. Army personnel stationed at St. Francis Barracks during the Seminole wars. After the Civil War, the cemetery was expanded and in 1881 it became a national cemetery.

The cemetery is now closed to new interments, but every Memorial Day a group of veterans groups, veterans and locals gather to honor those buried here.

Although a number of wives are buried with their husbands, there are only two female veterans here. Emily Kennedy served in the Army as a nurse, first at the Presidio in California in 1903 and later in New Mexico. She left the Army to attend her ailing mother. When the United States got into World War I, Emily once again enlisted. This time she was stationed in Virginia. She was living in St. Augustine when she died on May 30, 1950.

Margaret Elizabeth Mullandy served as a Yeoman 2nd Class, U.S. Navy Reserve Force during World War I. She was discharged 8 December 1920. She died in St. Augustine 31 March 1943 and was interred 2 April 1943.

Robert Hawk, a former command historian for the Florida National Guard, created a fascinating index for this cemetery that includes a lot more.

Lifecards sample

Are you looking for creative ways to share your family history? If you have an iPhone or iPad, you might find the Lifecards app ($2.99) quite useful. This example s hows Lifecards on the iPad at work. The first step is to choose a design template. This one includes both a background and foreground image along with text. The background image was originally a washed out photograph that was turned into a digital painting using using the Brushstroke app ($1.99). The toolbar at the bottom of the screen lets me add text and even sign my creation. The pan and zoom tool lets me manipulate photos within the template’s frame. For example, I could have zoomed in on the trophy fish.

Once your card is finished, you have a number of options to share it with your family. Your cards can be sent via email or as a postcard via postal mail (via at $2.49 per card), posted to Facebook or Twitter and even printed using AirPrint. A “working” copy is kept on you device until you delete it, making it possible to edit and reuse at any time.

Sample Lifecards

Lifecards can be used to share eye-catching tidbits of family history like this one. Combine photos and text to get their attention and who knows what can happen. It might just put the family history bug into a new generation of genealogists.

Want to learn more? Stop by Storytellers Studio for more information and project ideas for sharing your family history.

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