Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Family History Mission: We Are Reliving History

No. 41

Note: You can do a Google search for "A Family History Mission James Tanner" to see all the previous posts in this ongoing series. You can also search for "James Tanner genealogy" and find them.

One of the other missionary couples found this notice in the documents of the Maryland State Archives. This is a notice from the Orphan's Court of Maryland noting the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. I have been very much involved in reading about the history of the U.S. Civil War since high school and this notice had a significant impact on me. It brings home graphically that we are working with real people, real records and that the records are a real part of history.

What a great opportunity we are having to relive the history of an entire state and thereby of the nation. We love it. This note made me, as an attorney, feel like I was right there receiving a minute entry from the court.

In case you can't read the document, it says with some comments inserted:

Orphans' Court
April 18, 1865
This court having heard with profound regret the death of Abraham Lincoln, the President of the United States by assassination at Washington on the 14th of April. [President Lincoln actually died on the 15th] Therefore, with respect for the memory of the illustrious dead, this court now adjourn[s] until Thursday morning at 10:00 am and that the Register of this court enter the same in the minutes of this court.

I expect that we will find many more such impressive records and comments on history during our work in Annapolis. 

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