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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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  • Decode Civil War Military Telegrams

    Jun 29

    Yes, what an opportunity! The project is by the National Archives, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; North Carolina State University to digitize and transcribe the Union Army telegrams from The Thomas T. Eckert Papers. Such an undertaking...

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  • Society for Decendants of those Honored at Arlington National Cemetery

    Apr 25

    There are numerous societies within the United States for different purposes. Many genealogical societies can be of great assistance for those working on the family tree. There is a society who have ancestors buried in Arlington National Cemetery. One fact you may have come across in your research is that an ancestor may have been buried in Arling...

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  • Women’s History Month

    Mar 7

      There are several federal governmental agencies and museums honoring America's women during March. From the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Besid...

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  • Symbols on Arlington National Cemetery Headstones

    Jan 29

      Whether you have any ancestors buried at Arlington National Cemetery or just have toured this magnificent place outside of Washington, D. C.; you might not have been aware of the different sections of the cemetery and especially the meanings behind the symbols on the white headstones. The military issued headstone does list the name of the...

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  • National Hat Day

    Jan 15

    Today, January 15th is the unofficial recognition of people wearing hats. It is not done as much as once, when it was the only acceptable thing to do for men and women. Of course, there are many reasons over the decades our ancestors wore hats. Hats may be worn for safety and protection, religious reasons, ceremonial reasons, warmth or fashion...

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