military

  • Locate a Military Service and Pension File

    May 1

    There are two areas to check if you believe your ancestor served at any time in the United States military forces; whether Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, etc. First, would be the military records, including any draft or enlistment papers. The second area is military pension files. This monetary pension came years later af...

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  • Register of Military Volunteers in PA from 1861-1865

    Mar 5

    If you had ancestors who either lived in Pennsylvania or any of the neighboring states (Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, West Virginia, New York or New Jersey) between 1861 and 1865 and who may have served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, you will want to check out this FamilySearch.org database. It comes from FamilySearch.org a...

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  • Interesting Changes were in the 1950 US Census

    Jan 29

    There are some interesting changes that came during the 1950 US Census, not previously done. You will have access to the results to the 1950 census records which will be released in April 2022. The 1950 census was done April 1, 1950 and included the continental United States, the territories of Alaska and Hawaii, American Samoa, the Cana...

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  • ID Civil War Photos

    Jul 9

    You might be one of the fortunate family history researchers who has a photo of an ancestor who served during the American Civil War (1861-1865). I'm saying a photo of them in uniform either just before they entered, during service or immediately after discharge. You might have photos of that ancestor years later, but it is just not the same as...

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  • Peculiar Connects with Our Ancestors

    Feb 25

    There is more to your family tree than the collection of names, dates, and locations. Of course, there are the stories and tales that go with each and every one of your ancestors. What can be really fascinating is when you find some peculiar connects over the decades to the family lineage. For example, you might find that every major military war ...

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  • 100th Anniversary of the End of ‘Great War’

    Oct 17

    It was the 11th hour, the 11th day in the 11th month that the armistice was signed, 100 years ago, so ending 'The Great War' – the war to end all wars (1914-1918). Americans had been involved since April 1917 but Europeans and British Commonwealth nations (such as Australia and Canada) had been in this war since 1914.   A good project for thi...

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  • One Hundred Years – The Spanish Flu

    Sep 23

    From roughly January 1918 to December 1920, there was a deadly world-wide influenza pandemic. Approximately 500 million around the globe were affected and some 50 to 100 million died as a result of this flu. What appears strange it was mostly the youth, those healthy young adults (ages 20s to 30s) who were affected and died from the 1918 Spanish Fl...

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  • U. S. Military Exemptions

    Jul 21

    You may have searched in numerous records and databases and not found if an ancestor ever served in the American military. Generally, a male served in the military for some period during their life regardless of state or territory he lived or what time period his life covered. If they really didn't serve, one major reason would be they were exempt ...

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  • Soldiers-Sailors of the War of 1812

    Jun 25

    When doing our family history, we think of our ancestors may be in the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War One or Two or Vietnam War but not too often is the War of 1812 considered. This was a conflict running from June 1812 to February 1815 between the United States and the United Kingdom (England). About 2,200 to 3,700 A...

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  • Your Family Story to Submit

    May 1

    It can be quite rewarding to make sure a family story, heirloom, hometown, family tradition, military, immigration or artifact is preserved for future generations. Using the online site 'Your Story' you can easily achieve that goal of preservation as well as sharing a story. As you view the homepage site, there are many categories – clothing, fo...

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