Civil War expert Feb 8 IRGS speaker

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Interested in Civil War history? Zoom in with the Indian River Genealogical Society, IRGS, and research expert Brian Rhinehart on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 11 AM.for the IRGS monthly program, “I Have a Civil War Ancestor…Now What?”  The program is free and open to the public.

“Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail.  Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC.” Rhinehart will share what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives, what records are online already, and how to access all of them. “These records may unlock some of the family stories that have been forgotten over time, as well as break down a brick wall or two!,” Rhinehart said.

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 the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed) in Washington DC.  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.

Pre-registration is required and the link is available at approximately one week prior to the event. 

More than 200 members strong, the Indian River Genealogical Society has been meeting since 1983 and offers genealogical and historical information, publications, lectures, workshops, and seminars. In addition to monthly programs and social events, IRGS volunteers assist in the Main Library’s Genealogy Department and member group meetings are held on a number of special interests.  New members are welcome. For more information about the Indian River Genealogical Society and upcoming programs, please visit             

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