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Service Records << Military Records <<

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Service Records Guide

Military Records-
Service Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Name
  • Dates of enlistment, attendance, and discharge
  • Beginning and ending rank
  • Military unit


  • May also include:
  • Date and/or place of birth
  • Age
  • Physical description
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Residence
  • Mentions of injuries or illnesses
  • Reference to time as a POW
  • Date and/or cause of death
  • Cemetery of burial
  • National Archives:
    www.archives.gov/locations/

    General compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog: www.familysearch.org/
    Search/
    searchcatalog.asp

    Lineage Societies and Military Historical Organizations

    Online & CD index and transcription projects

    State libraries, archives or societies and/or compiled records for that locality as found in the Ancestors Resource Guide

  • To learn about an ancestor's military service
  • To find the necessary details to locate a pension file or military history
  • To learn place and/or date of birth
  • To learn other details such as residence, occupation or citizenship
  • To find a physical description
  • To find death and/or burial information
  • To find medical information
  • For insights into ancestor's personality and performance (e.g., promotions, AWOL notations, etc.)
  • To see if and where held as a POW
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in military records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Military Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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