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War Comes to Alabama: POW Camps During WWII
Saturday, February 2
War Comes to Alabama: POW Camps During WWII  (Meetings)
10:00 am
West Florida Genealogy Branch Library
During World War II, 16,000 German prisoners were held in camps throughout Alabama, with one of the largest in the southern part of the state. Baldwin County Genealogy and History Librarian Jeanette Bornholt will discuss life in and around the camps.

1st Florida Cavalry Union Volunteers
Saturday, March 2
1st Florida Cavalry Union Volunteers  (Meetings)
10:00 am
West Florida Genealogy Branch Library
Sharon Marsh will present a brief synopsis of the nine counties that in 1860 contributed a significant number of men to the 1st Florida Cavalry Union Regiment. She'll also discuss the regiment itself, how it was organized, how it functioned in the panhandle, and some detail on the various activities and expeditions the men participated in during the war. The presentation will wrap up by focusing on the men who served, looking at those who first served in the Confederacy and those that chose to avoid service with the Confederacy before serving with the Union. Paperback and hard cover books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sharon D. Marsh is a descendant of several northwest Florida pioneers on her mother’s side of the family and early panhandle arrivals to the new state of Florida on her Dad’s side. After retiring, she set out to follow her love of history and genealogy and her writing passion. One project that took more than a decade was a book on the 1st Florida Cavalry Union Volunteers, a regiment of Southern men primarily from the Florida panhandle and South Alabama who fought for the Union in Pensacola and the surrounding area. Descended from one of the men who served and related to many more, she set out to try and understand these men and the decisions they made. The result is a book that is both history of the area and the regiment, and a basic genealogy of each man. Her current projects are a biweekly blog at www.nwfloridahistory.com; a history of Oak Grove in what is now Okaloosa County; an effort to capture and document many of her ancestors’ experiences of the Civil War; and working with the historic Yellow River Baptist Church in Okaloosa County to complete the digitizing and organizing of the historic records of the church and mapping and documenting the history of the three cemeteries around and connected to the church membership. She can be reached through her website at www.sharondmarshauthor.com or follow through Facebook by liking her author page at www.fb.me/NWFloridaHistory to keep up with ongoing events, blog posts and projects.