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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 Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). No fire, with the exception of the loss of the [...]

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 Fire Zouaves, Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth became the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Ellsworth [...]

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, the maternal uncle of Queen Elizabeth II, fell at the Battle of Loos in northern France in [...]

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 transferred to a Federal Records Center in 1952 and 1955. The National Archives began taking [...]