You identify deceased people wherever you find them. One unusual story has appeared this week: a Civil War soldier depicted in a painting hanging in the Georgetown Neighborhood Library’s Peabody Room has now been identified as Sergeant Hiram Peck. Even better, traditional genealogy research has added much more information about Sergeant Peck's life.
You can read the interesting story in an article by Jerry A. McCoy in the GeorgetownPatch.com web site at http://goo.gl/KO3oW.
My thanks to Claire Bettag for telling me about this story.