NAVIGATING MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY PENSION RECORDS
(Focusing on German-Americans)
What You Will Learn
This workshop will walk you through the quirky filing schemes the Office of the Secretary of the Interior used to organize pensions. It will identify key series and how those records are arranged. It will help you understand how to navigate among numerous records series to find a pensioner's complete story. There will be extensive attendee participation, during which attendees will examine samples of records, catalog descriptions of records series, and discuss how to develop research strategies. The session will also include an overview of how archivists are beginning to use technology to help solve some of these problems, such as scanning records to facilitate remote access and creating databases to find records.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who had an ancestor who served in the American military and received a pension for service in the Revolutionary, War of 1812, Mexican War, or Civil War will benefit from attending this workshop.
presented by Dr. Kenneth Heger