When I started adding names to my genealogy database, I didn't have a plan. Right now I add photos and keywords to a person's file. Was I consistent with doing this? Nope.
So, today, as I was clipping obituary notices from the paper for a local historical society, I noticed that the deceased who served in the military had a flag added to their obituary. A light bulb went off. Now, I wonder, why not add a flag image, for instance, to the photo records for those who served in the military and a cross for those who joined a religious order. Great idea, right? I want to start gathering these images to place them into a file. Then as I go back through my database, I can add the appropriate image to the ancestoral files.
I am not a history buff when it comes to military history I am illiterate. I Googled this but got more and more confuse. Sure doesn't take much to confuse me! So, I have questions for my genealogy friends.
- Is there a specific marker for people who served in the various wars and battles? I found ancestors who fought in the Civil War, Revolutionary War, the Battle of North Point in Maryland, WWI and WWII, Vietnam, etc.
- For WWI and WWII I had planned on using the American flag. Is there another image for each war that I should use?
- Are these markers of standard design no matter what state the person lived in? I live in Pennsylvania and live close to the Maryland border where some of the ancestors may have lived at the time.
Has anyone already done this to their database? I would love hearing from you, if you did. Thanks and have a great research day.