Working at a genealogy magazine is educational. I’ve been picking up knowledge while working on some of our Family Tree University genealogy classes, starting up again June 21.
From Diana Crisman Smith’s US Military Records class, for example, I’ve learned all about Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs). These are the cards that the War Department compiled for soldiers from the Revolutionary War through the Philippine Insurrection, taking information from muster rolls, pay lists and other service records. I learned how you can go from the card to the record that was the source of the information, and saw some examples of CMSRs and muster rolls.
Other lessons in this class cover military pension records, bounty lands, draft registrations and terminology.
Our second session Family Tree University classes start June 21, with the first session’s favorites and new offerings including the military records class, finding German roots, creating a family history book and more.