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Fold3 has free military collections including a Civil War maps collection and Brady Civil War photos. They also have a free Vietnam Service Awards collection and Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection with over 58,000 images of soldier's names.
state military records.
For a more complete beginning introduction, see U.S. Military Records Class Handout.
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.
- Getting started
- Tips for beginners
- What's the next step?
- When could my ancestor have served?
- U.S. Military Records Class Handout
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 FamilySearch Catalog to find specific records.
Use military records to:
- Find evidence of military or patriotic service
- Find residence at time of military service or pension
- Find birth information
- Find evidence of family relationships
- Find relatives who served and left clues about my family
- RecordsBase.com - ($) Help You Find Family Members Who Served in the army, including military documents, information of US historic wars, veterans and military divisions.
- NARA Collections on Ancestry.com - search for NARA collections by NARA title, NARA series number (ex. M313) or Ancestry.com title.
- National Archives Military Records - National Archives page explaining some of their records available for the different wars.
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Free National Park Service site with a nationwide index to Union and Confederate servicemen, including U.S. Colored Troops (USCT).
- Ancestry.com ($) A subscription site with records from most major American wars, including DAR Rolls of Honor, the Civil War Collection, and World War I Draft Registrations. Also includes selected Loyalist and Confederate sources.
- Fold3.com ($) (formerly Footnote) Subscription site to digitized and indexed National Archives documents including Civil War Service Records, Civil War Widows Pensions, Mormon Battalion Pension Files, Pension Index-Civil War to 1900, Revolutionary War Pensions, Southern Claims Commission, WWI and WWII records.
- HeritageQuestOnline. Search selected records from the Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant application files. Only at libraries.
- Register of Revolutionary War Records FamilySearch Books Online (Family History Library) (Salt Lake City: FHL, 2006) Shows National Archives and other sources available through the Family History Library.
- Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)
- National Veterans History Archival Institute
- National Archives
- Pritzker Military Museum and Library Their collection includes over 45,000 books includes military histories, unit histories, military rosters, cruise books (similar to high school yearbooks), photographs, guides to uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships for many of the world's militaries.
- New Horizons Genealogy
- Cyndi's List U.S. Military Links
- Mary's Genealogy Treasures
- For Further Reading
- See More
Wiki articles describing online Military collections are found at:
- United States, Service Records of Union Soldiers Who Served in the United States Colored Troops (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- United States Civil War Soldiers Index (FamilySearch Historical Records
- United States, Muster Rolls of the United States Marine Corp (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- United States, Records of Headstones Provided Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- United States Registers of Enlistment in the U.S. Army (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- United States World War II Fourth Draft Registration Cards (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- 1942 United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942 at FamilySearch — index and images
- See also Ancestors Season 2: Military Records in the FamilySearch Learning Center.
- United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783 — images
- 1925 - 1949 United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949 at FamilySearch — index and images
State Military Records
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