Researching Your Civil War Ancestors: Johnny Reb Or Billy Yank Seminars Offered In December

Friday, December 6, 2013

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors:  Johnny Reb or Billy Yank, will be held three times in December.  The sessions will be Saturday at the Downtown Library, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Eastgate Library, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Northgate Library, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  

The seminar will explore a variety of records about soldiers as well as people with Union sympathies, those who supported the South, and those who just tried to keep out of the way.  

Mary Helms, head of Local History and Genealogy at the Chattanooga Public Library, will illustrate how to use many sources such as Official Records, 1890 Special Census Schedule, Southern Claims Commission, and research on the Internet, including Fold3 and Ancestry.com.  

For more information call 757-5317 or email helms_m@lib.chattanooga.gov.  The seminars are open to the public at no charge as part of the recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.



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