United States Military Records

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<div style="width: 74%; float: right"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Military_Records|Military Records]]''</center>&nbsp;  
 
<div style="width: 74%; float: right"><center>''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United_States_Military_Records|Military Records]]''</center>&nbsp;  
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Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about '''''federal''''' and '''''nationwide''''' sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about [[United States Military Records#State_Military_Records|state military records]].&nbsp;  
 
Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about '''''federal''''' and '''''nationwide''''' sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about [[United States Military Records#State_Military_Records|state military records]].&nbsp;  
  
== Getting started with United States Military Records research &nbsp; ==
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== Getting started with United States Military Records research &nbsp; ==
  
 
If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article [[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]].&nbsp;  
 
If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article [[A Guide to Research|Guide to Research]].&nbsp;  
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The [[US Military Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]] page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The [[US Military Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]] can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining [[US Military Records at the FHL|how to use the Family History Library Catalog]] to find specific records. <br>&nbsp;  
 
The [[US Military Basic Search Strategies|Basic Search Strategies]] page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The [[US Military Record Selection Table|Record Selection Table]] can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining [[US Military Records at the FHL|how to use the Family History Library Catalog]] to find specific records. <br>&nbsp;  
  
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*Find evidence of military or patriotic service&nbsp;  
 
*Find evidence of military or patriotic service&nbsp;  
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*[[Using military records to find a soldier's birth information|Find birth information]]&nbsp;  
 
*[[Using military records to find a soldier's birth information|Find birth information]]&nbsp;  
 
*Find evidence of family relationships&nbsp;  
 
*Find evidence of family relationships&nbsp;  
*Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family
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*[http://www.recordsbase.com/resources/military-records Find relatives who served and left clues about&nbsp;my family]
  
== Research Tools &nbsp; ==
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== Research Tools &nbsp; ==
  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1572 NARA Collections on Ancestry.com] - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1572 NARA Collections on Ancestry.com] - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title.&nbsp;  
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Military records are from times of war and times of peace. They identify individuals who served in the armed forces or who were eligible for service. Military records can help you learn more about your ancestors who served their country. These Wiki pages teach terminology and describe the contents, uses, and availability of major sets of records created mostly by the federal government. You can use them to learn about federal and nationwide sources. The Wiki pages discuss only sources that identify personal information about individuals in the armed forces and their units. They do not discuss historical sources about military institutions, weapons, battles, or tactics. The Wiki pages for the separate states have more information about state military records

Getting started with United States Military Records research  

If you are just beginning research, you may need some introductory information before using this set of Wiki pages. You may want to see the Wiki article Guide to Research

The Basic Search Strategies page of this set suggests steps you should take to find your ancestors in military records. This section is especially valuable if you are just beginning your research. The Record Selection Table can help you choose types of records to search. The Family History Library's collection is described on that page, and there is also a page explaining how to use the Family History Library Catalog to find specific records.
 

Use military records to:  

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