Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society

2011 Fall Seminar Schedule

SGS 2011 Fall Seminar Schedule

"Military Records: The Price of Freedom Isn't Free"

The SGS 2011 Fall Seminar focuses on America’s Military Records with emphasis on the availability of nearly 400 years of records of prime interest for genealogy researchers.

The 2011 Fall Seminar brochure is also available pdf format.

The SGS Book Sale will be open during the seminar. We will have both new and used books available. We will also hold our popular Raffle for great genealogy prizes.



REGISTRATION: 8:30am – 9:00am

GENERAL SESSION: 9:15am - 10:25am
Keynote by Eric Stroschein - “Understanding North American Military History and Records”
Eric will guide us through looking at military history with a genealogist’s critical eye. He will explore some history of the CSS Hunley, a confederate state ship and the story of one sailor who served on her. The mission might not have left records, but her crew had lives full of paper trails. Hear how this story unfolds and with other presentations today, how you can find keys to your own family story.

SESSION B: 10:45am - 12:00pm

The years leading up to the American Revolution included the Pequot War, King Philip’s War, and the French & Indian War. This presentation will focus on four issues: how to set appropriate research objectives, the kinds of wars fought up to the American Revolution, five case studies, and how to find the records that will tell you about your ancestors. Speaker:  Karl Kumm

B-2: THE WAR OF 1812
It’s called the Second War for American Independence, but has been largely forgotten. Bounty land and military pensions were awarded by the American government to veterans, initially under the Old Wars acts and later as a result of specific legislation. We’ll take a look at several pension files and bounty warrants and the steps required to obtain them, including the use of available online resources. Speaker:  Dawn Bingaman

This presentation will cover where and how to search for World War I military records. We’ll look at not just draft registrations and service records, but also alternate sources of information. If time permits, we will also discuss accessing records from other countries, including Canada and England. Speaker:  Sharyl Swope

LUNCH: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Coffee, tea and bottled water will be provided. Catered sandwich lunch from Panera is available (see registration form for details)

SESSION C: 1:00pm - 2:15pm

The Revolutionary War generated important genealogical research material about veterans and service providers including service and pension records, bounty land warrants, records for foreign mercenaries, and those who supported the Crown. Patriotic Societies like SAR and DAR will also be discussed. Speaker: Jean A. Roth

World War II is the earliest war where we can actually speak to the veterans themselves, the men and women who served.  This talk will present a case study, fleshing out a basic story of a pilot and crew of a B-17 shot down over Germany, illustrating how to find and access multiple sources to learn about the experiences of these heroes as they fought for our freedom. Speaker: Mary Roddy

How do you know which of your ancestors served in which wars? Come learn about available resources for identifying your military ancestors, including military timelines, NARA resources, published works and digital resources (both free and fee-based). Speaker: Ginny Sommarstrom

SESSION D:   2:45pm – 4:00pm

“We Ain't Just Whistling Dixie; Civil War Records of the Blue and the Grey” - Records of the Civil War are everywhere; in Federal, State, County, and Local repositories.  Answers to what they are, where they are, and how they can be accessed will be explored. Speaker: Eric Stroschein

Go beyond the basic and add a historical component to your research.  With the men away soldiering, what was life like at home?  A look at the home front during the wars fought by the United States through WWII. We’ll sort out the alphabet soup - OPA, WPA, WAAC, WLA, SPAR, WAFS, WAVES. And how things changed for the men and women left at home.  Learn how some of the changes became integrated into the American way of life, what records are available and how to access them. Speaker: Betty Ravenholt

Locate your relative's records and the life changes that  resulted from their service in the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict and the Gulf War.  Speaker: James Ryan

We encourage attendees to wear their BLUE and GRAY colors in honor of the Civil War’s 150th Anniversary.