I began researching my family in 1981. Since that time, I have published two family history books and am currently working on a book about my second great-grandfather, Isaac Newton Carr. He was a Union soldier in the Iowa 11th Infantry. I recently discovered his Civil War journal. He continued to journal his daily activities from 1865 to 1923, when he died. His journal entries have given me a much deeper understanding of who Isaac was. Meanwhile, I continue the search for my elusive Irish ancestors.