September 9 Meeting – Brian Rhinehart – I have a Civil War Ancestor… Now What?

The Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club will resume meeting after a summer break on Saturday, September 9. The program will be Brian Rhinehart speaking on “I have a Civil War Ancestor… Now What?”

Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail. Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC. Learn 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!

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 his work has been featured in the PBS television show “Finding Your Roots.” 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.

The public is invited and there is no charge for the meeting. Members and guests may attend in-person at the Prospect Library.  Also, members will receive Zoom invitations and non-members can request an invitation by emailing their full name, address, telephone number and email address to no later than September 7.