|Robert H. STEVENS|
40th KY Infantry, Co., K
After picking up where my parents left off, I began to discover more and more military ancestors; so many that I began to lose count. I really wanted to keep a running list of them, and prepared an Excel spreadsheet to do so.
First, I asked Mr. Kerry to give me a list of all of the wars the United States has been involved in, including the years. In just a couple of moments, he handed me a list. (Note: We have been married nearly 39 years. The trash has been picked up every week during the wee hours of Friday morning -- for 39 years. Every Thursday, I gently nudge him and ask, "Kerry, do you remember whose coming tomorrow?" His answer, after pausing to think, "Uh, your sisters?" Sigh...But, he can remember every war America has been part of.)
I entered those wars and their years across the top of a spreadsheet, leaving a column on the left to enter their names.
Each time I find a new military ancestor, it is easy to insert his/her name on the left, and to write a very brief description in the war column.
I now have added ancestor #169!! I could never remember all of them without a chart to help me out.
I have also included those who are currently enrolled in the military.
It's just one more way to keep me straight. Perhaps it can help you, too!