For Those Who Served: Researching Veteran Ancestors from Colonial Conflicts to World War II

$ 125.00

Presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
NEHGS, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston
Includes five lectures, breakfast, and lunch

Throughout American history, brave men and women have answered the call to serve our country and defend our families. Many of us can claim these courageous citizens as our ancestors. But how do we learn more about their service? In this all-day seminar, David Allen Lambert will provide you with the tools, tips, and strategies for researching veteran ancestors who served in colonial conflicts, the American Revolution, War of 1812, American Civil War, World War I, and World War II.


9:30 a.m. Check in and refreshments
10:00 a.m. Lecture: Colonial Conflicts
11:00 a.m. Lecture: Revolutionary War
12:00 p.m. Lunch (included)
1:00 p.m. Lecture: War of 1812
2:00 p.m. Lecture: Civil War
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Lecture: World War I and World War II
4:30 p.m. Conclude

Lecture Descriptions:

Colonial Conflicts: This lecture will discuss how to research ancestors who served in the Pequot War, King Philip's War, King William's War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, and the French and Indian War.

Revolutionary War: Learn how to trace your patriot ancestors using muster rolls, quartermaster rolls, pension files, the 1840 census, journals, diaries, and more.

War of 1812: The National Archives holds important records for War of 1812 veterans including compiled service and pension records. Learn how to access and use these important resources, plus muster rolls, correspondence from officers, town histories, and more. 

Civil War: There are a number of resources that can help you trace your Civil War solider ancestors. From special questions and schedules in select US censuses to GAR member lists to detailed pension files to published regiment histories, you can find the story of your ancestor's service. Learn how to determine what regiment your ancestor served in, what battles they fought in, and what happened to them and their families after the war. We will focus our discussion on Union records, but also discuss resources for Confederate soldiers.

World War I and World War II: Researching WWI and WWII veterans presents unique challenges. In 1973 a fire destroyed 16 to 18 million personnel records for the U.S. Army (service years 1912 to 1960) and the U.S. Air Force (service years 1947 to 1964). Learn how you can start to reconstruct your ancestor's service using draft registration cards and enlistments, the U.S. census, discharge papers, unit histories, and more.


About the Speaker:

David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist has been on the staff of NEHGS since 1993 and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. His genealogical expertise includes New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. Lambert has published many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, The Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine. He has also published A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries (NEHGS, 2009). David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati. He is also the tribal genealogist for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians of Massachusetts.