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Susan Covey Presents "Soldiers’ Stories: Early War Pension Records"

On July 9, 2011, the SAR Genealogical Research Library hosted the second workshop in its summer genealogy series. Covey’s presentation was titled “Soldier’s Stories: Early War Pension Records.” It focused on the vast and often underused genealogical information that can be found in pension files of soldiers that served from 1775-1902. Researching genealogy for over 25 years, Covey is very involved in the local genealogy community. She is a current board member and past vice president of the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society, a member of the Louisville Genealogical Society, and the National Society Daughters of the Union. In addition, Ms. Covey is a 2011 recipient of the Floyd County, Indiana, “Gold Leaf Volunteer Award” for her efforts in local genealogy.

Following Ms. Covey’s presentation, Assistant Librarian/Archivist Rae Ann Sauer spoke about the SAR library’s resources on pension records. The library awarded a door prize of a year’s membership in the Friends of the Library. The lucky winner was Tim McDonald of Louisville. Around 20 patrons attended the workshop and most stayed after to perform independent genealogical research. The attendees varied in their genealogical experience, and it was the first time many had visited the library. The final workshop of the library’s summer genealogical seminar series will be on August 6 at 9:30-10:30 and will feature local genealogist Jane-Rives Williams. Williams will present “Treasure Hunting in Kentucky’s Overlooked Records.” This event is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.