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Webinar: Records of Invention, Finding Your Ancestors in the Patent Office

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Webinar Topic: “Records of Invention: Finding your Ancestors in the Patent Office”

The right to protect inventions is guaranteed by law under the United States Constitution. The records of the United States Patent Office are often overlooked by genealogists as a source of new information. Patents historically have been both legal and scientific and contain information about everyday persons.

In addition to the Patent Office of the United States-patents of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865) during the Civil War are examined. This lecture focuses on ordering original patent case files, assignment books, lawsuits arising from patents, and records of the Official United States register, in addition to researching historical Canadian patents.


Speaker: Michael L. Strauss

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 40 years. Strauss holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. His services focus on methodology, vital records, and their sources, computer research resources, conference planning, and assisted genealogy research trips.


June 10
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Carol Gafford


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