If your walking stick purchase has a name and/or location engraved on the handle or collar, it may be possible to trace.  Some websites are free and some are membership only. – Various levels of membership; also offered: – Military records – Census and vital records – Historical newspapers – Searchable without a p aid subscription –
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the primary benefactor for FamilySearch services.

Familypedia – Free cooperative family history wiki using Semantic MediaWiki

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)

Find a Grave

WikiTree– A community of genealogists working together to grow an accurate single family tree using DNA and traditional genealogical sources

Rootsweb –  Free genealogy resources, including WorldConnect, a database with over 480,000,000 surnames

MyHeritage – Aggregated search system and genealogy databases

Geni – A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online

For more information on databases, visit:
50 Best Databses – Family Tree Magazine

County historical societies, local libraries and museums are other avenues worthy of genealogical pursuit.

There are many websites devoted to genealogy searches; let me know your favorites, and why.

For antique cane and walking stick enthusiasts