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November Meeting

November 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Joe Hutchinson in Civil War Uniform

Joe Hutchinson, current Department Commander of the Department of Illinois, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will present

Civil War Uniform Identification and How to Find Records for your Civil War Ancestor

James Hutchinson Civil War Ancestors TintypesSynopsis:  Congratulations! You’ve been “elected” the family historian and genealogist!  You just got back from helping clean out Great Aunt Mildred’s house after she passed away.  She kept everything!

While everyone else was fighting over the Tiffany lamp, the Cartier jewelry and other stuff, you struck the mother lode by rescuing a box of old photos and ephemera from the burn pile.  This is the real GOLD, the family history.  When all the other stuff eventually gets sent to the auction house, the family history you save keeps the family alive.

After going through the layers of bad Polaroids of people with the tops of their heads cut off and years of photos of the same artificial Christmas tree, you’ve run across what may be pictures of an ancestor in the Civil War.  What to do with it?  How do you find out if it is a real Civil War photograph?  How do you find out information about your soldier?

Joe’s Bio:  Joe Hutchinson has been a member of the Peoria County Genealogy Society for over 20 years and was past Projects Chair.  He is the Great-grandson of Private James Hutchinson of the 77th Illinois Volunteer Infantry who later became Sergeant in the 58th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

He is almost a 20 year member  and past Camp Commander of the Department of Illinois, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.  He is currently Department Commander.  Joe is also Treasurer of the Oak Hill Illinois Cemetery Association in Peoria County.

Though he always remembered the family stories his father told, he became more interested in the genealogy process when his wife transferred into the Local History and Genealogy Department at Peoria Public Library.


November 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ehrlicher Research Center
719 N 11th Street
Pekin, IL 61554 United States
(309) 477-3044


309 477-3044