Finding the Military Heroes in Your Family Tree
This Veterans Day weekend many family history sites are offering free access to military records. This is a great time to discover and honor your ancestors who have served in the military.
Military service generates a lot of records which contain helpful details when researching your family. Many records contain birthplace, age at enlistment, places lived, occupation, and names of immediate family members.
Ancestry.com is offering FREE access to over 250 Million US Military Records through Monday, November 12th. You can explore documents such as draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty list. The records include:
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958
Findmypast, the leading British & Irish family history website, is offering FREE access to their entire collection of world military records November 9-12 in honour of the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War.
To commemorate the centennial of the end of the war, MyHeritage.com is offering free military records from November 8-12.
Fold3.com is not offering free records this Veterans weekend, but if you have several military ancestors it’s well worth a subscription. Their collections include military records for the following wars:
The War of 1812
Mexican American and Early Indian Wars
The Civil War
Spanish American War
World War I
World War II
You can search over 1.4 billion records on AmericanAncestors.org for free from November 6-13.
These records span twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online.
Daughters of the American Revolution
If you have an ancestor who lived in the United States during the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Ancestors and Descendants Databases offers a wealth of information about those who served in the Revolutionary War, including a simple way to search for your ancestors. They also offer a database of more than 7 million descendants of these service members.
FamilySearch.com has an extensive collection of military records including:
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865
United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900
United States Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956-1998
An extensive list of online military record sources can be found on Cyndi’s List.