Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail. Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC. Learn what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives; and what records are online already and how to access all of them. These records may unlock some of the family stories that have been forgotten over time, as well as break down a brick wall or two!
Presenter Brian Rhinehart says, "I got my start in family history research back in 1999, when I heard about a new website called Ancestry.com. I searched for a couple older family names, and within an hour I was connected back to the 1800's. I was hooked and have been doing it ever since. It's especially exciting to uncover the details and stories of who they were and what they did. Through the course of my research, I've discovered that my ancestors have been involved in every major war in America's history. My discovery of six of my direct ancestors' involvement in the Civil War sparked an interest in their military history and uncovering whatever records I can find for them. I've spent countless hours in the National Archives with their records, as well as hundreds of other soldiers' records in the process."
Cost: $10 for RVGS members, $20 for non-members. Click here to register. Registration closes at noon, Wednesday, December 6.
The presenter will be remote. Those at the library will watch the Zoom presentation on the large screen.
The class will be recorded and available for viewing for 30 days to those who have registered.