Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Military Records for Genealogy

Looking for new ways to research the histories of your family members and ancestors? Library Director Mick Stafford showed us the wealth of genealogical information available through U.S. military records. If you have a family member who served in the military, you can request their service records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NARA has over 55 million military records, some of which date back to the Spanish-American War. The documents available include separation records, which contain information on rank, discharge, military occupation specialty, and medals, and pension applications which can even include letters and pictures. Mick also demonstrated several other online resources for locating military records including Fold3, Heritage Quest, and Ancestry. Find links and access information below.

Also, many thanks to LIFE attendee and author, Gordon Rottman, who shared some of his expertise in searching military records!

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