Military Records Tips for Beginners

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>[[Portal:United States Military Records|Portal:United States Military Records]]  
 
>[[Portal:United States Military Records|Portal:United States Military Records]]  
  
== Tip: When would my ancestor have been recorded in a federal military record?  ==
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== Tip: When would my ancestor have been recorded in a federal military record?  ==<ref name="guidance">The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. " Military Records." ''Italic text''Family Search. Research Guidance''Italic text''Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 1998, 2006.<ref>
  
 
Your ancestor will probably appear in a federal military record if he:  
 
Your ancestor will probably appear in a federal military record if he:  
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*Enrolled for the drafts for the Civil War, World War I, or a subsequent war and later enlisted or was drafted.
 
*Enrolled for the drafts for the Civil War, World War I, or a subsequent war and later enlisted or was drafted.
  
== Tip: What kinds of information do I need to effectively use military records?  ==
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It is helpful to know:  
 
It is helpful to know:  
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*Regiment.&nbsp; Many service records are arranged by the military unit, such as the regiment.&nbsp; Regiments and companies were often composed of men from the same community or county.&nbsp; Knowing the regiment can sometimes help you determine where a man was from.
 
*Regiment.&nbsp; Many service records are arranged by the military unit, such as the regiment.&nbsp; Regiments and companies were often composed of men from the same community or county.&nbsp; Knowing the regiment can sometimes help you determine where a man was from.
  
== Tip: How can I find which regiment&nbsp;or unit my ancestor served with?  ==
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== Tip: How can I find which regiment&nbsp;or unit my ancestor served with?  ==<ref name="guidance">
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In most cases, you can learn the unit from published military sources, such as:  
 
In most cases, you can learn the unit from published military sources, such as:  
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*Records of membership in a veteran organization
 
*Records of membership in a veteran organization
  
== Tip: What can I do to search the records more effectively?  ==
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== Tip: What can I do to search the records more effectively?  ==<ref name="guidance">
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*Search for the whole family.&nbsp; This includes parents, children, and siblings.  
 
*Search for the whole family.&nbsp; This includes parents, children, and siblings.  
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Do a Place Search in the state and /or county that your ancestor was from and choose “military records” under topics in the Family History Library Catalog at [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.FamilySearch.org]
 
Do a Place Search in the state and /or county that your ancestor was from and choose “military records” under topics in the Family History Library Catalog at [http://www.familysearch.org/ www.FamilySearch.org]
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