military records

4 Jul 2015

Essential Revolutionary War Records

In honor of the holiday, information on essential Revolutionary War records from militaryindexes.com. If your ancestors were American Patriots who broke away from Britain, here is some one-stop shopping on American Revolutionary War Records.

Revolutionary War Records and Documents Online at Fold3

Compiled Service Records of American Army Soldiers During the Revolutionary War 1775-1783 contains scanned documents of the service records (from National Archives Microfilm Publication M881)
Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files contains scanned documents of these records (from NARA Microfilm Publication M804)
Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records (from NARA Microfilm Publication M853). See also FamilySearch’s information on this record group.

Revolutionary War Records at Ancestry

U.S. Compiled Revolutionary War Military Service Records 1775-1783 (from NARA Microfilm Publications M880 and M881)
Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783 nearly 426,000 names (NARA M246)
Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books – 152 Vols.

State records at this link from Connecticut, […]

11 Apr 2015

Civil War Battles

From the Civil War Trust, this infographic of Civil War battles reminds us of the toll taken by the war that ended 150 years ago tomorrow.
The Civil War Trust is non-profit that works to save endangered Civil War battlefields.They also do a splendid job of increasing understanding of the Civil War. Visit their excellent maps of Civil War battlefields if you’re doing Civil War research. And consider giving a to donation,in honor of an ancestor who served, to support their mission.

9 Apr 2015

National Archives and Ancestry Staff Caught Discarding Thousands of Records

In an incident at the end of March, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an Ancestry.com employee was caught throwing away military records at the NARA facility in St. Louis. According to one blog report:

Bryan McGraw, director of the National Personnel Records Center, said Friday that his staff recovered all the papers, some of them from a trash can. The incident on March 12 prompted the federal agency to halt contract work by Ancestry Inc., which operates as ancestry.com, at St. Louis and four other sites.

McGraw said the employee apparently had been warned about productivity by his supervisor and tried to dispose of a pending stack of supplemental papers that had been attached to individual draft cards. McGraw said another person found some of the records on the employee’s desk and others stuffed into a latex glove in a trash can.
The employee is suspected of throwing away the records to meet Ancestry production […]

5 Feb 2015

Documenting Death in the Civil War

“Documenting Death in the Civil War” is the title of a one-hour presentation by National Archives staff genealogist John Deeben. Available for free at the National Archives’s YouTube channel, this excellent presentation explores in depth records created by the War Department. These resources document the personal circumstances of soldiers’ deaths on the battlefield, in military hospitals, and in prisons.

“Documenting Death in the Civil War” is just one of the links in the February issue of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane, available by email subscription. My free monthly newsletter contains research ideas, search strategies, and information on resources to help your family history research.

The February issue is about Civil War resources, some essential and some lesser known. The issue coming out tomorrow also marks the first anniversary of First Friday Genealogy with Sassy Jane. Thanks to all my readers and commenters for the enjoyable mutual journey we’ve taken in the past year.

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