Libraries Present Online Genealogy Program On Civil War P.O.W.S In June

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will present an online genealogy class, “Family History Research: Civil War Prisoners of War,” on Monday, June 21. This video will be pre-recorded so that it can be viewed from the comfort of home at any time after the scheduled date.

More than 400,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were captured and held at one of the 150+ different prison sites that were located throughout the North and the South during the American Civil War. While some of these soldiers were exchanged, many did not survive their captivity.

In this presentation, learn what life was like in these prisoner-of-war camps. Staff from FBCL’s Genealogy and Local History will also talk about different resources that are available to help family-history researchers find out if one of their ancestors was a prisoner during that period.

This online, pre-recorded video can be viewed on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – — by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab and selecting “Virtual Programs,” and then finding the programs on the date listed.

Anyone interested in more local-history or genealogy resources is encouraged to join the Family-History Research FBCL Facebook group page. Managed by the Genealogy & Local History department at George Memorial Library in Richmond, the group page is an interactive, online forum for sharing genealogy tips and resources, as well as local-history stories.

For more information, call the Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office (281-633-4734).