Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy a special release of four webinars in a Civil War series by Michael Strauss, AG. If you're not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.
House Divided - Prelude to War
This opening session brings into the lecture some of the causes and effect of why the Civil War was fought. As the United States moves from Compromise towards war after the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 to the opening guns at Ft. Sumter in South Carolina in 1861. This session also focuses on an introduction to the many genealogical records during the war including the Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) for both the Union Army and Confederate Army. Also covered will be Union Draft Records and their Confederate Counterpart which will include Confederate draft criteria.
Pension Files and beyond
This second session will be broken into two groups of records that relate to your ancestors who fought in the Civil War. The first section will spend time between reviewing pension files and applications for the both the Union and Confederate veterans as a primary source of documenting their lives during the war. The remainder of this session will focus on additional records including sources ranging from the Federal Census that include Civil War veterans, National Cemetery records, Civil War soldiers homes, Court Martial proceedings on both sides, and though conscientious objector records.
Researching Beyond the Army
This third session will cover genealogical and historical material that relates to organizations outside of the United States and Confederate Armies. Focus is placed on genealogical records on the United States Navy, Confederate Navy, United States Marine Corps, Confederate Marine Corps; and other smaller organizations that served including United States Coast Survey Service and the Revenue Cutter Service in addition to the United States and Confederate Lighthouse Service during the Civil War.
Reconstruction Era and Post War Society
This final session begins with the end of the Civil War and the start of Reconstruction in 1865. Numerous genealogical records are readily searchable in the years following the end of hostilities including; Provosts Marshal records Confederate Amnesty records, United States Sanitary Commission, Southern Claims Commission, and Freedmen’s Bureau and back home with the passage of the 1867 United States Bankruptcy Act. This lecture will conclude with as Federal troops are withdrawn from the south in 1877 and the beginning of the gilded age.
About the Presenter
Michael L. Strauss, AG, an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier".
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