Military Records Tips for Beginners
Tip 1. When would my ancestor have been recorded in a federal military record?
Your ancestor will probably appear in a federal military record if he:
- Served in a state volunteer unit that was mustered into federal service during wartime. Most men who served in wars before 1900 enlisted in state volunteer units.
- Enlisted in the regular U.S. military forces during wartime or peacetime.
- Served in a local militia or national guard unit that was mustered for federal service during an emergency.
- Enrolled for the drafts for the Civil War, World War I, ora subsequent war and later enlisted or was drafted.
Tip 2. What kinds of information do I need to effectively use military records?
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 www.FamilySearch.org