The records of the Civil War hold vast genealogical value about soldiers of the North and South. Learn about these military records, what info they hold, where they may be found and how to access them. Sharon Avery, archivist, is our Genealogy Plus! guest speaker in May and will address how to find and use these valuable Civil War records.

Sharon Avery is the state government records archivist at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines and has been with the society since 1989. She began her career at the South Carolina Archives, where she worked several years overseeing the processing of county and state government records. Sharon is a Minnesota native, where she attended University of Minnesota and then went to graduate school at the University of Delaware.

The Genealogy Plus! program, “Civil War Records,” is Wednesday May 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave., and is free and open to the public.

Genealogy Plus! is co-sponsored by Story County Genealogy Society and the Ames Public Library. SCGS created this monthly education series to promote genealogical skill-building for successful research.