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  • Where Else to Locate Photos of Relatives

    Jul 19

    You have checked with other family members first to see if there are additional photos of various relatives and ancestors. Keep in mind some of those photos may not be labeled and will have to be studied by comparing with known photos to see if any match. Yet, after checking with family members, there are a few other locations to check. If your r...

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  • Ancestor in the Military Service

    Jun 27

    You may know for sure your father and / or grandfather served in the United States military at some point. You may have photos of them in uniform or their discharge papers or the medal they were awarded. As you go further back in time and generations if does get harder to know if a relative did serve in the military. Here are a few clues to look f...

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  • V-E Day – Did You Know?

    May 9

    There are many people today who have no idea what 'V-E Day' means. However, back 72 years to 1945, everyone around the globe knew what 'V-E Day' meant. Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. After years of war, since 1939, the Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated. Millions of people had ...

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  • Connecticut Veterans of WW One

    Apr 23

    The Connecticut State Library at Hartford has many different databases but one very important represents the 100th anniversary of the United States's entrance into 'the Great War' (WW One) in April 1917. The database has nearly 13,000 records for men who served, not just from Connecticut but also neighboring states. It is organized by the counti...

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  • Civil War Glass-Negatives

    Mar 1

    Once you reach the point of finding ancestors who were adults during the 1860s, you surely will want to check if the male ancestors served either with the Confederate (The South) or the Federal Union side (The North) and learn as much as possible. There are numerous databases to check. An excellent source is the Civil War Soldier and Sailor Databa...

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  • World War One Draft Registrations

    Jan 9

    Selective Service Act became effective into law on May 18, 1917 (nearly 100 years ago) with over 24.2 million (about 23 % of the US population) men born between 1872 and 1899 required to complete the registration cards. There were 3 registrations, for men residing in the U.S. — whether native born, naturalized, or alien — between the ages of 18...

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  • US Army Serial Numbers

    Dec 5

    Americans have been in numerous wars over the decades but it was not until February 12, 1918, that there was the introduction of US Army serial numbers (SNs). Before that date the main method of identification of soldiers was by the 'roster rolls' or 'muster rolls', the listing of soldiers during a specific time period. The first service numbers ...

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  • Veterans’ Records – National Archives

    Nov 11

    The National Archives in Washington, D. C. and its other branches across the nation are closed Friday, Nov. 11th for Veterans Day. However, when it is open, if you have not investigated what records they have you need to start. What you can find there (especially online) include statistics and data relating to the Vietnam War, the Korean War, Worl...

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  • New Databases on FamilySearch.org

    Sep 27

    It is useful to keep up with the newest databases available with FamilySearch.org site. Here are four that could prove very useful in your research. On each that you search you can click on the 'details' icon or go directly to the scanned image, showed with a 'camera' icon.  Click on each bolded topic to call up the database. Pensions filed by Co...

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  • Service and Pension Files for War of 1812

    Jul 23

    The American colonies fought England in the 1770s during the American Revolution. However, battles occurred again between the new United States and England in the early 19th century which resulted in what was called the War of 1812, which actually lasted 3 years. You might have some ancestors who were part of the major historical event. They would ...

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