Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 17 May on Military Records and Pensions

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. See our web page  for directions.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, 17 May 2014. Here are the details:

*  9 a.m. to 10 a.m.:  User Groups: 

** Legacy, with Reuben Marchant, 
** Family Tree Maker, with Ken Robison, 
** Roots Magic, with Chris Christensen 

*  10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.:  Break, refreshments

*  10:20 a.m.:  Announcements followed by program:

"Military Records and Pensions"
by Edward Grant Ries
Captain USMC (Ret.)

Records of military service and pensions can provide a wealth of family history information. This presentation will cover the types of records found in the home, on online sites such as, and fold3, and at NARA. Records of military service and pensions provide us with a portrait impossible to obtain elsewhere of our ancestor’s patriotism, dedication, and courage. Whether they served in peacetime or wartime, at home or abroad, records of military service and pensions can be found. These records can also provide a wealth of information on a veteran’s family. While the focus is on American service, records of other countries will be briefly discussed.

You will learn how to glean information from:

   • Memorabilia, photos, insignia, medals and ribbons, letters, journals and official papers found at home or in storage
   • Internet archives such as and
   • National repositories such as NARA and the National Military Records Center in St. Louis
   • Lineage Societies such as Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Sons of the American Revolution(SAR)
   • National Cemeteries, Monuments, and Burial Records Prisoner of War Records
   • Pension Applications and Awards, Pensioner Censuses, and Land Grants in lieu of Pensions.

Ed Ries researches and teaches family history, focused on the southern states, Scotland, England, military records, and use of Internet collaboration tools. He graduated with a BS, magna cum laude, from the University of Utah, majoring in earth sciences and mathematics. He earned MA and PhD degrees from UCLA, doing research in geophysical processes. He has had three careers, as a Marine Corps air control officer, then as a software engineer and manager, and author, publishing three novels of historical fiction set in 1700s Scotland. He retired as Director of Software Engineering for BAE Systems in Rancho Bernardo, where he headed development of software for world-wide mapping and charting.

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pines Road, turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website (click here) for driving directions and a map.

NOTE:  Members and guest parking will be limited to the Pangea Parking Structure ONLY on Saturday, May 17th.  The Hopkins Parking Structure will be closed.   


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