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Was My William Smith in the Civil War?

  • 1 May 2023
  • 7:00 PM
  • Webinar


Over ten percent of the US population fought in the Civil War in the 1860s.  Using (mostly) free resources, learn some tips on how to determine if your ancestor was in the war, and how to differentiate among those common named soldiers.

Brian Rhinehart is a professional genealogist and speaker and is the owner of  He is a graduate of Boston University’s Certificate of Genealogy Research and his work has been featured in the PBS television show "Finding Your Roots."  A direct descendant of six Civil War soldiers, Brian specializes in research and record retrieval for Civil War and War of 1812 soldiers at the National Archives in Washington DC and has retrieved military files for hundreds of clients there.

***This presentation will be recorded and only available to members for 30 days.

Registration is required via the Chicago Genealogical Society website under Events. Registration will close 1 hour prior to the event. The meet-up will take place virtually via ZOOM. All people registered will receive an email the morning of the event with log-in instructions and a link. This information is not to be shared.

Note: This webinar is FREE for CGS members. Non-Members can register for the event for $10. No refunds. 

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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