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  • Old Soldiers’ Home Records

    Oct 18

    Retirement locations for many of America's military veterans were either with family members in private residences or in a public facility known as the Old Soldiers' Home. The earliest such federal government sponsored veterans; home was the U. S. Naval Home in Philadelphia, PA, which opened in 1834. It was in 1851 that one for U. S. Army veterans...

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  • Capt. Thomas Hart 1870s Documents Returned

    Aug 29

    You just never know when you will run across some book, photo, diary, certificate or document that should be in the hands of the rightful family. If you are were on the receiving end, getting some forgotten artifact of an ancestor you would be extremely grateful that that piece of family treasure was not lost forever. When you do your own family...

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  • Remembering My Mother – the WAC

    Aug 9

    An example of writing up a life event (based on an interview, vital records, newspapers and photos) about an ancestor is the following, my mother, the WAC, done for her birthday anniversary. Nan M. Everhart was born August 9, 1915 in Frederick, Maryland and came from a long family history of military service to the United States.  Some ancestor...

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  • Military Personnel Records in St. Louis, Missouri

    Jul 12

    Many people assume that all military pension and service records are located at the National Archives or the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.   In fact it is the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington that hold the very old military records including pension applications. For those persons who served in the U. S. Army, ...

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  • US Military Forces Database – World War Two

    Apr 13

    As you have gone through your pedigree chart listing relatives and ancestors, if any males were born between about 1890 and 1922, they may have served in one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Corps, Marines and Coast Guard) during World War Two. However, make note not just males, but many women, especially born betw...

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  • WDYTYA – Next Episode is Feb. 24th

    Feb 16

    No episode this Friday, February 17th, the next one is the following Friday, February 24th with the actor Blair Underwood on NBC at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time.  There were many surprises in store for Underwood as he journeyed to his original roots in the continent of Africa and then to his southern roots in America. There is always something ne...

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  • Documents on Military Veterans

    Nov 10

    With the National Veterans Day celebrations annually on November 11th, it is time to may sure that you have identified any military veterans on your family tree.  First, become knowledgeable of when the United States was engaged in any war. There is a good timeline and explanation of military operations online with wikipedia.  This includes the y...

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  • U. S. Military Soldiers Buried Overseas

    Oct 25

    The United States Military branches have tried over the decades to fulfill a commitment to bring every single American soldier back home, even those killed in battle. Yet, over the 20th century with the many wars, it was not always possible.  So special cemeteries, considered American property, were constructed on foreign soil for those fallen sol...

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  • Stories of American Veterans

    May 6

    The United States Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. helps preserve much of the written and spoken words by Americans over the decades. It is an ongoing process and that was the reason the U. S. Congress authorized the creation of the Veterans History Project, which is part of the American Folklore Center at the Library of Congress. The ...

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  • Military Aviation Accidents

    Apr 2

    Since the invention and then the utilization of airplanes by the military, there have been fatal plane crashes involving service personnel. The military does complete a report of each crash to see if there was a problem with the plane or pilot which contributed to the crash. From such knowledge it is hoped future occurrences will be minimized. ...

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