Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 11 August Features Kerry Bartels

The San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) meeting is on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego, at Jackson Drive).  

The August Meeting Speaker will be  Kerry Bartels, Archivist of the National Archives.

 Kerry Bartels has spoken to us before and was excellently received as a speaker, a genealogist, and archivist. Mr. Bartel’s two-hour presentation on the topic of "Military Service Records at the National Archives" will include records of genealogical interest and documenting military service of individuals for the entire history of the United States.

Distinction will be made between service as a volunteer or as a regular, and  differences in records based on branch of service, enlisted men as opposed to  officers, and time of service. Some of the subjects to be covered include compiled military service records, pension files,  bounty land applications, photographs, draft records, grave markers, field and unit reports, troopship manifests, court martial-records, national homes for the disabled, prisoners of war, unit histories, and unit rosters.

Kerry is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Riverside in southern California. He has long experience as an archivist and genealogist. He has been a professional archivist since 1977 and has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives. He has extensive experience with county, state, and Federal records as well as private manuscripts of individuals and records of private organizations. Over the years, he has used many oral histories in his research and has administered a state micrographics laboratory and a state conservation laboratory among other specialties. He has been a genealogical practitioner since 1962 and has done extensive research in the United States and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.

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