Saturday, September 12, 2009

Oklahoma Genealogical Society Program

Where Are Those Civil War Soldiers Now?

Mahlon Erickson of Oklahoma City will speak on "Finding your Civil War Veteran's Burial" at the Oklahoma Genealogical Society (OGS) regular monthly program at 6 pm on September 14 at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird Ave, Oklahoma City.

Erickson's interest in genealogy started in 1975 when he learned he was born on his second great grandfather's birthday. Then he learned that another grandfather served with the 23rd Iowa Infantry and was fatally wounded at the Battle of Big Black River Bridge in Massachusetts -- and Mahlon Erickson was hooked on Genealogy. When Erickson inherited his ancestor's dress sword, he joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) and founded a camp in Stillwater, served as the first commander; founded the Department of Oklahoma SUVCW and served as that first commander also.

On Monday September 14, Mahlon will present facts on Civil War Soldiers, describe the SUVCW national graves registration database, give insight into some of the local and nationwide databases on Civil War soldiers and give us pointers on finding where our CW Veterans are buried. He will give an overview of specifics about the war and facts on the soldiers, sources to use to verify your ancestor's service and burial site, reasons the veterans moved to Oklahoma and how that might help track them down. He will discuss how to ask the RIGHT questions by not making the WRONG assumption.

--from the OGS press release. Visit the OGS website at:

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