Posts about military records research for genealogy, including enlistments, muster rolls, discharges, and oral histories of family members who served.

9 Nov 2017

Accessing National Archives Burned Records

By |9 Nov 2017|Military Records, World War I, World War II|3 Comments

In honor of Veterans Day, a post on accessing National Archives burned records. On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis destroyed approximately 16-18 million [...]

19 May 2017

Is There an Elmer Ellsworth in Your Family Tree?

By |19 May 2017|Civil War, Military Records|0 Comments

If he was born after 1861, your ancestor was named for Union officer Elmer Ellsworth (1837-1861). At the age of 24, as commander of the 11th New York Volunteers, also known as the First [...]

11 May 2016

Queen Elizabeth’s World War I Family Loss

By |11 May 2016|Military Records, Royal Genealogy, World War I|0 Comments

Queen Elizabeth's World War I family loss was new information to me. With the approach of the centenary, there is renewed interested in family members who served in World War I. Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, [...]

10 Nov 2015

U.S. Veterans’ Claim Files Now Available

By |10 Nov 2015|Genealogy, Military Records|0 Comments

Today's topic is newly released U.S. Veterans' Claim Files, 1917-1948, a group of records now available from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This record group includes cases closed by the VA from 1917-1948, which were [...]