The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
15th September 2011
The first meeting of the 2011-2012 season started at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by
Winchell Hayward.

New members
David Hargrave, Paul and Sherrie Rosenberg, and Mel Clark were welcomed.
As is often customary at the first meeting, the members then introduced themselves and their guests.

Former Vice President
Bob Quinn gave a brief description of his recent visit to Manassas and wore
the T-shirt to prove it.

Patrick Doyle reminded members that the
2011 West Coast Civil War Conference will take
place in Sacramento from November 11th to 13th. More information
He also announced that
Living History Day would take place again on Alcatraz on October 1st.
More information about this event at

The Book Raffle was conducted efficiently by Program Chair Bob Bowen and members' enthusiasm
resulted in $95 being collected, a welcome addition to our balance sheet.

Our guest speaker was
Jeffrey Vaillant, a professional
genealogist. Jeff spoke on "
Chasing your Civil War Ancestor."
Jeff outlined the various resources available, both online and off,
for tracing ancestors who fought in the Civil War. He pointed out
that, if the subject was alive in 1910, he might be included in the 1910
Census, which asked (for the first time) if the respondent was a Civil
War survivor. Pension information, if available, is another rich source,
as it usually includes the details of the subject's service, regiment,
postings, etc. However, pensions for Union veterans were only voted
on in 1888. Confederate veterans had to rely on their individual states
for any benefits. Jeff gave an excellent example, using his own search
for his great great grandfather, Archibald Pierson, 1824 - 1906.
He showed us the paper trail he was able to follow to determine the entire career of his ancestor.
A spirited question and answer period followed and it was apparent that many members are
interested in finding out more about their Civil War predecessors.

The meeting adjourned at 9:15pm.