Olympia Genealogical Society

OGS Spring Seminar 2021:

Land and Military Records

Rick Sayre, CG
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Presented by Rick Sayre, CG®
-- On-line registration only.
-- Must register by 5:00 PM PDT, Thursday, April 22.
Cost (includes all four presentations):
-- $40 per person (OGS members)
-- $50 per person (non-members)
Seminar Program Outline (Program details)
-- Civil War
-- NARA Website and More
-- Tools for Land Research
-- Homestead Records
Questions? Info@OlyGenSoc.org


Webinar Program:

The Civil War -- A Valuable Genealogical Resource: More than 3 million men fought in the Civil War (2,213,363 Union and 1,050,000 Confederate). The eligible military population (ages 18-45) in the 1860 census was about 4.5 million men. When compared to other 18th- and 19th-century wars the greatest probability of a military-aged individual serving is in the Civil War. The enormous quantity of extant records combined with the broad scope of the war make this event a unique and extraordinarily rich genealogical resource.
NARA Website and More: Even if you never go to Washington, D.C. or one of the regional branches, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has information to help your genealogical search. The NARA website and Fold3.com provide access to NARA's records. The website is a portal to information about records, genealogy research information, and even access to many individual records. We will discuss researching records, researching people, ordering publications, and ordering records. Also, we will explore NARA's partnership with Fold3 and other partners.
Tools for Land Research: This presentation discusses online tools for land research. Tools include Google Earth, Earth Point, NYPL Map Warper. Online land records, especially those on FamilySearch will be explored. Also, the General Land Office (GLO) and related websites such as HistoryGeo will be discussed.
Homestead Records -- Online Tools and More: The Homestead Act is one of the most significant actions taken by the federal government affecting the westward expansion of the United States. Homesteads are found in all 30 public land states and in the 123 years the act was in effect, ten percent of the public domain was transferred to individuals. Homestead records can contain a wealth of information on individuals and their families. Many times, the transfer of property created records of heirs and associates. These records are increasingly online. This presentation explores how to use online tools.


Richard G. (Rick) Sayre, Certified Genealogist®, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, and Utah Genealogical Association Fellow, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is current president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He has coordinated several courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University and Athens, Georgia, and he instructs in a variety of other IGHR courses. Rick also co-coordinates genealogy courses at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh with Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist) and Pam Sayre. He lectures at national conferences such as those held by the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. His areas of expertise include records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rick's areas of concentration include military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Arts in Management Information Systems from George Washington University. His genealogy education included completion of the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course while on active duty in Korea, National Institute on Genealogical Research (now Gen-Fed) in Washington, DC, and attendance of numerous educational tracks at Samford's IGHR and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Sayre is a retired military officer, having served 31 years in the U.S. Army, and a retired member of the Senior Executive Service for the Department of Defense.

Detailed Agenda:

08:30 - 09:00 Attendees login
09:00 - 09:20
Announcements and Introduction
09:20 - 10:20
Presentation: The Civil War -- A Valuable Genealogical Resource
10:20 - 10:40
10:40 - 11:40
Presentation: NARA Website and More
11:40 - 12:40
Lunch break
12:40 - 01:40
Presentation: Tools for Land Research
01:40 - 02:00
02:00 - 03:00
Presentation: Homestead Records -- Online Tools and More
03:00             Final Thoughts and Questions
Each of the four above presentations will be set up as a separate Zoom meeting. The day before the webinar each registered attendee will receive an email with a Zoom link and a link to the syllabus for each of the four separate sessions (a total of eight (8) links).
During the webinar, participants will be able to ask questions by typing them in a "chat box". Time permitting, questions submitted by participants will be read by a moderator for Rick's response at the end of each presentation.
A recording of each presentation will be available on-line for registrants for 5 days following this webinar.

Information for Registered Attendees:

In preparation for the OGS Spring Seminar 2021, we encourage you to do the following:
  1. Zoom app -- If you don't already have it, download the free Zoom app to your desktop computer or laptop at https://zoom.us/download (Zoom Client for Meetings).  We strongly recommend that you use a desktop computer, laptop, or iPad/tablet with a large screen for better viewing.  If you will be using iPad or iPhone, download “Zoom Cloud Meetings” from the App Store.  For Android devices, download the app from Google Play. 
  2. Speakers/Headphones -- You must have speakers or headphones to hear the presenter. 
  3. Webcam -- Not needed for the April 24 sessions.
  4. Microphone – If you have a microphone, it will be muted during the sessions. However, during the lunch break you will need a microphone if you would like to ask questions of the speaker, just like you could at an in-person event.
  5. Training/Orientation
    1. You can learn how to participate in a Zoom meeting by viewing "Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E. If you haven’t used Zoom previously, after you download the app, try it out by having a virtual visit with friends using Zoom!
    2. Spend some time familiarizing yourself the chat feature in Zoom; that is where you will post any questions during each session.  The chat and microphone features will be reviewed prior to the start of the seminar.  At the end of each presentation, Rick will be happy to answer questions as time permits.  You’ll be able to type in your questions in the chat box.  Your questions will be asked and answered at the end of each presentation.
On Friday, April 23, 2021 you’ll receive another email from us with a detailed schedule for the four presentations on Saturday along with a Zoom link and a link to the syllabus for each of the four separate sessions (a total of (8) links).  We recommend that participants download and print each syllabus in advance.  The Zoom links will have an embedded password.  The first Zoom session will open for attendees at 8:30 am.  The last session will end at about 3:00 pm.
A friendly reminder:
The materials provided by Rick Sayre, CG®, including the syllabi, presentations, and resulting recordings, are copyrighted by the speaker.  They are provided only to the paid attendees of the "Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar 2021".  The recordings will be accessible for 5 days.  Sharing or duplicating these materials in any way is expressly prohibited.