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All-day genealogy seminar Sept. 9

The LaGrange de LaFayette Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and the LaGrange Genealogical Society will sponsor an all-day genealogy seminar from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at the LaGrange County Public Library on Spring Street.

Speakers and classes have been confirmed and will include "Daughters of 1812," "Using Ancestry.com," "What's in the LaGrange Genealogy Library," "DAR Public Website and Database," "Reading Census Records," "The Best Genealogy Websites," and "Getting the Most from Pension Records." Five speakers, two from out of state, will be presenting at the workshop.

The Daughters of 1812 are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the war, culminating in the Battle for Ft. McHenry next year. The war dragged on for three years and by the summer of 1814, it seemed the very young United States was on the point of collapse. The treasury was empty, trade was almost non-existent, and the English army was approaching the new capital. Many feared America would not survive much longer. What seemed the final blow to Americans was the British burning of the White House. But this shock aroused a dormant country and was followed by the victorious battles at Baltimore and Ft. McHenry. It was a turning point in the war, pride returned, and the resolve to stay "America" was again the goal. Andrew Jackson's victory at New Orleans was the final victory in a war that often seemed impossible to win.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on February 14, 1815, President Madison announced “Peace.” Church bells rang and cannons boomed as Americans celebrated a new sense of national identity. America was again at peace, her people unified, her economy mending, her army and navy bursting with pride, and her position safe in the family of nations.

The public is invited to attend this seminar and learn if they have any ancestors who participated in the Second War for Independence. LaGrange County land was given to soldiers in lieu of military service pay. Soldiers who accepted this bounty land settled, raised families, and are buried here.

The seminar is free, but reservations are encouraged. To reserve a seat, call Miriam Carnahan at 260-562-3775 or Deb Muntz at 260-367-1254.