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Transcript Page: Reece and Dunn Family Letters, Indiana and Missouri, 1863-1878

This week, WeRelate looks at a Transcript Page, which provides transcriptions of twelve family letters from the Reece and Dunn families that descended to Basil Coffrin and were transcribed July 1979 by User:NedraBrill. These individual letters provide information about events in individual's lives. As a collection, the letters also provide a glimpse of how families maintained contact with each other, through writing and through visits. Early letters provide insight into people's feelings and differences of opinion during the American Civil War. Later letters provide insight into the migration process, as individuals discuss moving and then move (or not). Many letters hint at health problems (including "lung fever" and consumption) that apparently were wide-spread at the time. And one letter provides a reminder that not all families benefitted from the California gold rush. This Transcript Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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