2019 Annual Genealogy Workshop Featuring Michael Strauss
​March 29th and March 30th, 2019
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MICHAEL L. STRAUSS, AG is the principal owner of Genealogy Research Network and an Accredited Genealogist since 1995. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah and has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran.


​Friday, March 29th
Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St. Burlington, Iowa

Classes marked with a * are free to attend.

11:15AM The Search for Eunice Rockefeller with Russ Fry* (CANCELED)
Eunice Rockefeller, a mother of four, was murdered in Keokuk, Iowa in 1864. No one knows where she was laid to rest. Follow Russ Fry in his search for her final resting place and then you decide if he has found it. Russ Fry is a Burlington historian who has written 12 books and produced 10 documentaries on local history. Some of his credits include: The Murder of Eunice Rockefeller, Des Moines County in the Civil War, The Hanging of the Hodges, and Black Hawk's Final Resting Place. Russ live in Burlington, Iowa with his wife, Connie.

Lunch On Your Own

1:30PM Cemetery Research with Mallorie Graham*
Learn how to get the most out of cemetery research. Learn about some the symbols on gravestones and what they mean, the type of information you can find in cemetery records, and forms you can use to help keep a record of the gravestones. 

2:45PM Using Newspapers in Your Genealogy Research with Mallorie Graham*
Learn about the types of information you can find in your ancestor's local newspapers as well as resources available to access historic newspapers.

Dinner On Your Own

Evening Presentation with Dessert Bar
Sponsored by the Des Moines County Genealogical Society
Doors Open 6:30PM
Presentation 7PM

Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy with Michael L. Strauss, AG
Breaking through the challenges of brick walls in genealogy has never been more rewarding. Genealogists are often taught the way to doing research is to search backwards through time; going back as far as you can. This lecture assumes a new focus on doing genealogical research on tracing all the descendants of an ancestral couple to present. This class examines the methodology and techniques to find living relations who may hold the key to your family history research. Focus is given to provide actual case studies of doing this kind of research.

Saturday, March 30th
Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St. Burlington, Iowa

Doors Open 8AM

8:45AM Researching Your Colonial War Ancestors
Involvement with local militia units was an important part in the life of your ancestors. The militia provided for the common defense, and brought families together in times of crisis. This lecture will focus on a wide variety of genealogical records covering from the early colonial period (in what would become the United States) to the end of the French and Indian War (otherwise known as the Seven Years War), in Europe covering the years of 1607 - 1763. A number of other armed conflicts including; King Philips War, King George's War, and the War of Jenkins Ear are some of the armed conflicts that will be highlighted. Genealogical sources will include muster rolls, militia lists, pay documents, published books and manuscripts, and other related materials.

10:05AM Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
This conflict arose over several years of tension between England and their North American colonies under the leadership of its local government. Tension escalated to violence when in 1775 shots were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts setting off an armed conflict that would by 1783 gain our independence from England. This lecture will focus on a variety of genealogical and historical materials covering the War for Independence. Some of the genealogical records that will be covered will include; compiled service records, pensions, and bounty land. Additional materials covering local militia lists and rolls, Navy and Marine Corps records, and the Continental Congress papers will be examined. After the Revolutionary War ended officially in 1783, smaller armed conflicts including Shay's Rebellion and the Whiskey rebellion will be studied as their historical impact as a result of the end of the war. Genealogists will find access to these materials both online and onsite at local repositories; this lecture will pay close attention to both research avenues.

11:30AM Continuation of Military Research
Genealogical research on your ancestors who fought or served in the military is not without its rewards. Conducting research can be a challenge and daunting for those not familiar with the records, repositories, and the methodology employed to bring out the details of military service. This lecture focuses on the vast number of genealogy records, strategies, and techniques on how these records from the Colonial era through the Vietnam War can be used to discover facts about your ancestor's life while in service.

12:30PM Lunch

1:30PM Roosevelt's Tree Army: Genealogy Resources in the Civilian Conservation Corps
The New Deal came in response to the Great Depression focusing on the "3 Rs" of Relief, Recovery, and Reform. Genealogists today can follow the personal experiences of their ancestors who lived through the Great Depression. One of these programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps organized in 1933 and disbanded in 1942 with the United States involved in World War II. Genealogical resources include Official Personnel Files, discharge certificates, accident reports, along with camp and district reports, photographs, and motion pictures are examined.

3PM Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records
Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives' largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.

​Exhibition Hall

Des Moines County Genealogical Society
Des Moines County Historical Society
Burlington By the Book (Saturday Only)

If your group is interested in being a vendor this year, please contact Mallorie at the Burlington Public Library. You can contact her by email at or by phone at 319.753.1647.


Attendees can park in the Burlington Public Library Parking lot or in any available street parking.

Des Moines County Genealogical Society (DMCGS)

The Des Moines County Genealogical Society was formed in 1973 to foster the preservation and utilization of historical and genealogical records found in Des Moines County. The society’s goals included helping those with Des Moines County roots to trace their heritage, as well as to preserve the genealogical and history records of the county.


The DMCGS meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7PM in a meeting room at the Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, Iowa 52601. These gatherings provide the opportunity to listen to and converse with informative speakers on genealogical topics and to share research successes and pitfalls.

Reference Materials

DMCGS also sponsors a collection of genealogical reference materials at the Burlington Public Library. These collections include published materials, indexes to local resources, cemetery readings, and many other local records.

For more information, visit the Des Moines County Genealogical Society