Course Six — Military Records 2

ExpiredCourse Six — Military Records 2

  • Course Six — Military Records 2
    July 21, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

[Registration begins 12:00 pm ET – 08 March 2019 / Maximum: 30 students]


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Course Coordinator

Michael L. Strauss, AG


Military Records II is the intermediate level course offered at IGHR and is intended to be an in-depth examination and analysis of military records beyond the introductory level of instruction that was provided in the Military Records I course. Students who attended the previous course were introduced to a broad range of records based chronologically by military conflict. This course is intended to start at the point where the previous course left off, and take the student to the next level by digging deeper in the Compiled Military Service Records, Pensions, Private and Public Military Acts and Laws, and including State and Federal Bounty Land Warrants. Most of the classes will include critical thinking exercises giving the students an opportunity for practical applications of what new sources will be learned. Key terminology will also enhance the student journey through these additional records and to think deeper on other records that would lead to further advanced research. Attendees will also receive education and instruction in those organizations outside of the regular wars and military branches that were headed by and under the control of the military, including the Civilian Conservation Corps, United States Merchant Marines, United States Lighthouse Service, and the United States Life-Saving Service, all important to the fabric of our nation’s history and national defense.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

Course Schedule

8:00 –  8:30Introduction to Military Records II (Strauss)
8:30 – 9:45Understanding the Army and Air Force Military Structure (Strauss)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Understanding the Navy and Marine Corps Military Structure (Strauss)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Compiled Military Service Records-Part I (Strauss)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Compiled Military Service Records-Part II (Strauss)


8:30 – 9:45Dissecting 20th Century Military & Civilian Personnel Files (Miller)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Researching at the National Personnel Record Center in St. Louis-Part I (Miller)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Researching at the National Personnel Record Center in St. Louis-Part II (Miller)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:0020th Century Military Death Records & Research (Miller)
4:00 – 4:15Break
4:15 – 5:30Deeds Not Words: Researching the Merchant Marines (Strauss)


8:30 – 9:45Genealogy Treasures Found in Military Files (Miller)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Dissecting a Military Pension File-Part I (Koford)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Dissecting a Military Pension File-Part II (Koford)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Court Martial Records and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Miller)


8:30 – 9:45Public Valor, Private Acts: Government Acts of Relief and Assistance (McDonald)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Understanding the Federal Bounty Land System (Smith)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Dissecting a Federal Bounty Land Record (Smith)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00State Bounty Land Military Claims and Records (Smith)


8:00 –  9:15Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Civilian Conservation Corps (Strauss)
9:15 – 9:30Break
9:30 – 10:45The U.S. Coast Guard and Their Predecessor Agencies (Strauss)
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:00Recap of Military Course-Q&A Session and Certificates (Strauss)


Course Faculty

Michael L. Strauss, AG

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

David McDonald, DMin, CG

Lori Berdak Miller

Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG