If you've wanted to polish your research skills when it comes to US military records, why not take a Family Tree University course from Diana Crisman Smith? You'll be glad you did. I should let you know that I've known Diana and her husband Gary since the old AOL Genealogy Forum days. They continue to actively serve by participation in the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors. From Diana's online bio we read:
Diana has been researching since childhood and has served as a lay librarian at her local Family History Center for more than 20 years. She has written for numerous genealogical publications, including current regular columns in the National Genealogical Society NewsMagazine and the Association of Professional Genealogists’ APG Quarterly). Diana was a frequent contributor to Digital Genealogist and Genealogical Computing magazines, as well as penned a column that ran for two years in the Cleveland Sun Newspapers.
She serves as Treasurer of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), as well as webmaster (and founding member) of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She’s a Past District Director of APG. Diana has enjoyed speaking at conferences around the country (and at sea) for the past 20 years and looks forward to expanding her genealogical endeavors—speaking, writing, teaching and researching—after concluding a career in software consulting.
Diana's course on US Military Records (screen shot below) has five sections and assumes you understand basic genealogy research principles. You'll be taking about two hours to complete each section.
You'll be able to download the syllabus, and work through examples from record groups where you may also find evidence of an ancestor's draft registration, service or pension.
Now, the way Diana teaches is very helpful. She well understands how real people like you and me, interact with the computer as a learning mechanism. Her experience with military records will guide your research for years to come.
By the way, Diana is also teaching a course on Land Records 101: Using Deeds, Plats, Patents & More. Check it out today.
Happy family tree climbing!
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