Strategies for World War I Era Genealogy

  • 14 Oct 2017
  • 11:00 AM
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (chapel), 4505 Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin

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Oh no! Grandad's World War I service record burned in a fire. What do I do now?

Presented by: Richard Pifer, PhD

Two kinds of knowledge are needed to do genealogical research or write a family history: knowledge of sources and knowledge of context. In the first half of the program, Dr. Pifer will talk about strategies for World War I era genealogy -- what records are available and how to find them. In the second half of the program, he will focus on what life was like during the war, on the home front and in the trenches.

Rick Pifer is the retired Director of Public Services for the Library-Archives Division of the Wisconsin Historical Society. As an archivist and librarian, he spent 35 years helping genealogists identify and use the records they needed to trace their ancestry. He has taught a wide array of classes and workshops on topics ranging from courthouse research to mapping metes and bounds. As a historian, Dr. Pifer's research interest has always been the Wisconsin home front during the world wars.

He is the author of A City at War: Milwaukee Labor During World War II (published 2003) and The Great War Comes to Wisconsin: Sacrifice, Patriotism and Free Speech in a Time of Crisis (due out in October 2017).

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Dane County Area Genealogical Society | PO Box 5652 | Madison WI 53705-0652

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