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Newsletter No. 27
- March 2009.
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Article – Rooting for
Military Records for your Family Tree by Paul Duxbury and Kevin
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1. Our welcome message.
almost April and Spring has sprung here in the northern hemisphere. Buds
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Welcome to the UK's largest and most comprehensive website concerning
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Rooting for Military Records for your
Family Tree. by Paul Duxbury and Kevin
One of the most difficult parts of genealogical
research can be finding military records for family members within your
circle. While hard to find, these records can prove invaluable to your
search for more information about your family. They can help you track who
a family member dealt with and where they might have been stationed. This
can help you track your family members' travel across the country or even
Starting your search for military records begins by searching your brain
and your families' collective memories for information about the parties
you are looking for. Information that can help you in this search includes
the branch of service the member of you family served in, the conflict (if
any) the member of your family was involved in, the dates your family
member was involved in the service, the type of unit (volunteer, draft,
etc) the member of your family served with, whether the member of your
family drew a pension from the service, and whether the member of your
family was an officer or an member of the enlisted personnel.
Once you've gathered your information, you're ready to start searching
databases. There are several you will need to look through, depending upon
how much information you have. One valuable source is the National
Archives and Records Administration. Over the course of the history of the
United States, and extensive amount of paperwork has been produced by the
federal government. The National Archives and Records Administration have
worked to preserve what they could of documents containing important bits
of national history. They have more than three thousand types of records
archived on microfilm and on the internet that you can access and view.
Some of these will cost you something, others are free. Their military
service records catalog runs about three hundred and thirty pages and can
be a very valuable resource in your search for family military records.
Another good source of information on all military
personnel is the census. By eighteen forty, the census bureau listed the
name, age, and residence of every single member of the American services.
Even though much of the eighteen ninety census was destroyed by fire, it
had essential facts about the person's name, rank, company, regiment or
vessel, length of service, and disabilities associated with the service.
There is even a listing of the widows of Union veterans for some states.
In addition to the above information, the nineteen ten census asked every
man over the age of fifty about military service history. As the census
progressed, more and more information was collected about veterans.
If your family member served in the regular Army, there are three possible
publications that might help you with your search. First, take a look at a
volume of the Regular Army Enlistment Papers. There are several volumes of
this available from a variety of locations. Another possibility is to
examine Francis B. Heitman's Historical Register if you know the family
member you are searching for was an officer. One final possibility is to
look at the Dictionary of the United States Army, available from a number
of different locations.
There are two major repositories of military information for your
searching purposes. If you are looking for the military records for anyone
who served in the Revolutionary War through nineteen twelve, the National
Archives Building in Washington D.C. is the place you should go. You
cannot leave with any of the information, but you are welcome to make an
appointment to take notes from their paperwork. They also offer
informational courses that you might find helpful to your search. If you
are searching for information about a family member who served in the
military from World War I to the present, the best place to go to examine
information is the National Military Personnel Records Center in St.
Louis, Missouri. In order to obtain a copy of the records you require,
though, expect to have to fill out some paperwork, as privacy standards
for more recent records are a bit more rigorous than those for records
dating from the eighteen hundreds.
Finding the military records of your family members can really advance the
search for your genealogical history in a number of different ways.
About the Authors
Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook own
two of the leading Genealogy Websites. In addition Paul owns a wide range
of exciting websites which can be viewed at
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Warwick Castle, one of the UK’s most famous castles and
a major tourist attraction, has announced that Ancestry.co.uk
is to become the first official sponsor in its almost 1,100 year
The UK’s leading family history website was chosen as Warwick
Castle owner Merlin Entertainments is seeking
new ways to grow public interest locally and internationally in
exploring UK history, and in doing so to attract new visitors to the
Due to the Internet, the popularity of family history has exploded in
recent years, resulting in an increase in ’ancestral tourists’ to the UK
- two in 20 people from the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand
expected to visit the UK in 2008 to explore their roots (1).
Ancestry.co.uk has 200,000 UK members and is part of
the global network of Ancestry websites, which has one million members
worldwide. In January 2008, the Ancestry global network attracted more
than 50% of all visitors to family history websites.
The sponsorship will include opportunities for Ancestry members from
around the world to visit Warwick Castle at discounted
The history of the famous Earls of Warwick, their families and many
notable guests is central to the promotion of Warwick Castle,
which each year attracts over three quarters of a million visitors from
around the world.
Adding a new dimension to its fascinating history, and to inspire
visitors to explore their own personal history, Ancestry.co.uk
is currently researching the family histories of various key members of
the Castle household.
Ancestry.co.uk Managing Director Simon Harper comments:
“It makes perfect sense for two companies who lead the way in promoting
English history to combine our strengths to ensure that interest in our
history continues to grow, and in new and exciting ways.”
Head of Sponsorship Jonathan
Lewis comments: “We are delighted that this partnership has been formed
and are confident that it will encourage even more people to come and
enjoy Warwick Castle
, and also start to learn more
about their own family history.”
sponsorship will commence on 1st of March running for 12
months. The Castle previously has only taken sponsorship for individual
events, which will continue
4. New on Family History 4 All:
I wasn't surprised to find that many of you had clicked on the link for
'Find My Past' in the last issue. It is after all a great site. I also had
several subscribers email me to say thanks for the 'Program sharing' idea.
It is a good idea and you don't have to stick with Ancestry and Find My
Past. There are many such programs out there that you could share. There
are several links to these programs in this issue so get to it and turn
your research into a great social gathering!
5. Next Months Featured Article:
Not just names, dates and places please by David McLeod
"Don’t let the results of your family history searches become just a
list of ‘facts’. Remember the first word is ‘family’, and this means
people. It’s the little anecdotes that bring them to life as well as
interesting others in what you’re doing. This is a sample of some of the
snippets we’ve found."
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