Military historians and expert genealogists Eric Johnson and Michael Strauss will present “Discovering Your Military Ancestors” on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Library Auditorium.
Co-sponsored by the Library and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the program will focus on tracing federal and state military records from the Revolutionary War through World War II.
Johnson is a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force and author of eight books on the Civil War and the War of 1812. He is a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society, Archivist General for the General Society of the War of 1812, a member of the Company of Military Historians and several other distinguished military societies.
Strauss has a bachelor’s degree in history and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He has taught at several institutions including Brigham Young University. An Accredited Genealogist since 1995 and a genealogist for the United States Army, he locates DNA-qualified relatives of MIAs and POWs from World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War.
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Introductions
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Revolutionary War Genealogical Research (Michael Strauss)
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Ohio, the Civil War, and the Internet (Eric Johnson)
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Ohio and World War I (Eric Johnson)
2:30 – 3 p.m. Break
3 – 4 p.m. Research Your World War II Ancestors (Michael Strauss)