Monday, March 17, 2014

Pictures of the FOB Union III, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq


As it is my two year deployment anniversary, I decided to pull out some of the pictures I never shared on this blog. Above is the famous Hands of Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. For most of my deployment, I was stationed on Victory Base Complex, but I was able to visit the International Zone in downtown Baghdad near the end of my deployment. Part of that visit included a short tour around the International Zone, which brought me to the Hands of Victory.

To backtrack just a bit, I thought I should mention that we were driving around the International Zone in an up-armored Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta looked like any other Jetta but the doors were deceptively thick and heavy. Also, the front windshield was cracked and when viewed at an angle, showed the thickness of the ballistic glass. As our driver first started up the Jetta, dust came flying out of the A/C vents which were set to high. The four of us pushed the doors open as quickly as possible and did combat rolls out of the Jetta.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shimer Graves in Old Zionsville Cemetery, PA

Old Zionsville Cemetery



Old Zionsville Cemetery is located less than a mile from Shimerville, Pa. John Seip Shimer and his decedents are the namesakes of Shimerville and many of those decedents are buried at Old Zionsville.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Killed at Gettysburg, Captain Isaac Shimer, Co. F, 126th Regt., New York Volunteers of Geneva, NY

Funeral of Captain Isaac Shimer.

The body of Capt SHIMER arrived here on Monday evening last, via New York. That of Serg't J. BARNES arrived by the same train. The latter was taken to Benton for interment.

Capt. SHIMER being a member of the Masonic Fraternity, attached to Ark Lodge No. 33, to the Geneva Royal Arch Chapter, and to the Geneva Cammandery of Knights Templars, his funeral was conducted here on Wednesday last in accordance with the beautiful, impressive and solemn ritual of the Order. The brethren met at their Lodge room in Seneca street, their numbers augmented by delegations of Masons from Canandaigua, Phelps, Waterloo and Seneca Falls, and proceeded in a body to the house. There were about 175 in the line of procession, clothed with white gloves and aprons, and other insignia of the order. From the house the coffin was borne on the shoulders of the masonic pall bearers to the Ref'd Dutch Church. The following was the Order of Procession.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Genealogy Puzzle: Tillie Gernet, Wife of Franklin Shimer

Last week, I came across a genealogy puzzle and solved it after following a series of clues across the internet. I wanted to write this post about solving that puzzle to show the wide range of resources and techniques available to genealogy researchers on the internet.

This all began when started tracking down the maternal side of my Shimer family lineage. I've never been so thankful that my line of Shimer's is fond of family names and using the mothers maiden name as a middle name for the children of the relationship. Because the maiden name and/or family names are essential to tracing maternal ancestry.

From History and Genealogy of the Shimer Family in America Volume I, Page 97.