records are an important genealogical source. Service records are likely to
provide you with your ancestor’s physical description, places of enrollment
and discharge, and may include his birth date, birth place, and residence at
time of enlistment. In order to get a pension, a widow had to prove her marriage
and heirs would have to prove relationship.
A soldier's pension or bounty land application often included details of his
postwar migration. There are many kinds of minor records that may help you
extend your ancestry; just to name a few, reports made by officers,
diaries of other soldiers in the company, military prison records.
we seem to pay most attention to the Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars in the
United States, there is almost no time in American history without a military
conflict. Chances are high that you will find your ancestor or his siblings in
the military during the Indian Wars, the War of 1812, the Spanish-American War
or others wars and conflicts. Your ancestors may have service in the regular
military between the wars or have served in more than one war. He might have
served for the local militia, a regional or state organization, or for the
the Civil War file for one of Janna's ancestors, she found a page ripped from
the family Bible listing her ancestor's marriage and giving all the children's
names and birth dates. In another Civil War file, Janna found a deposition by
the wife's sister that provided the clue, to her maternal line.
in which wars my ancestor or his siblings might have participated.
out whether my ancestor served in a war and obtain the records.
the records needed to apply to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR),
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), or other patriotic organization.
out if my ancestor was buried in a National Cemetery.
a regimental history.
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