I Am Giving Two U.S. Military Genealogy Research Lectures in SoCal in November 2020

Did your ancestors or relatives serve in the U.S. military? Whether you are new to this research and just getting started, or you are a seasoned researcher who wants to learn more, if you live or work in or near north Orange County, California, you will want to attend these two November lectures I am giving about U.S. military genealogy research.

Lecture I: “Researching Your U.S. Military Ancestor”

The lecture "Researching Your U.S. Military Veteran Ancestor” takes place November 4, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Pollak Library, room PLN-130.

This lecture provides an overview of key record collections and strategies for researching the U.S. military service history of your veteran ancestor or relative. We will review the most common types of records available, discuss what can be found online, and examine what types and time periods of records require in-person research visits to the U.S. National Archives or to other archives and libraries.

  • Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (plus an optional extended Q&A time until 5:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Pollak Library (Room PLN-130), California State University Fullerton
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply)
  • RSVPs: Not necessary

Lecture II: “After the Fire: Reconstructing a World War I or II Military Service Record”

The lecture "After the Fire: Reconstructing a World War I or II Military Service Record” takes place November 18, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Pollak Library, room PLN-130.

Many individuals who research World War I and World War II U.S. military ancestors encounter a significant road block, due to record loss from the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis, Missouri. So how does one hurdle this research obstacle? This methodology lecture will use several case studies to demonstrate strategies and alternative types of record collections that can help reconstruct a World War I or World War II service member’s history despite a destroyed personnel file

  • Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (plus an optional extended Q&A time until 5:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Pollak Library (Room PLN-130)
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
  • Parking: $8.00 Day Pass (normal campus rules apply)
  • RSVPs: Not necessary

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