Men, and women, have been fighting and waging war since time began. You no doubt have anancestor who was in the military and finding those records will help fill out your family tree. I havenever heard a veteran, or heard about a veteran, who talked much about the war they were in andtheir involvement. It is up to you to look up the actual records.First, find out when and where the family member served and his or her branch and rank. Lookthrough the house and see if you can find photographs, newspaper clippings, diaries andcorrespondence they may have sent home. If you put flowers on the family graves, look to see ifthere is a military marker on a grave. The government may have provided a plain gravestone.Maybe, you will find an old khaki colored garment or even a uniform or a navy pea coat or heavywoolen cap. These are clues to broaden your search and look for military records. You might evenfind a sword or a gun.The census records have a column pertaining to military status. The 1840 census asked for thenames and exact ages of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services. Then, you can searchfor Revolutionary War records. Pensioners included both veterans and widows.Since the United States Federal Census for 1890 was all but completely destroyed in a fire inJanuary 1921 at the Commerce Building in Washington D.C., the 1890 Veterans schedule is analternative means of documenting veterans or widows of veterans from the Civil War and War of1812 who were still living and collecting pensions in 1890.This census asked whether a person was a soldier, sailor, or marine during the Civil War or awidow of such a person, when enlisted and the length of service and any disability incurred.Practically all of the schedules for the states Alabama through Kansas, and approximately half ofthose for Kentucky were destroyed, possibly by fire, before the transfer of the remaining schedulesto the National Archives in 1943. The surviving records, and those for Louisiana through Wyomingand the District of Columbia are available on microfilm through the National Archives and yourlocal Family History Center.The 1910 census asked whether a person was a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army orNavy. The 1930 census asked whether a person was a veteran of the US Army Military or NavalForces, yes or no and whether you were mobilized for any war or expedition.WWI registration records are wonderful as 24 million men registered for the WWI draft in 1917 and1918. They show name, age, address, citizenship, color of eyes and hair, build, names of parentsor nearest relative. The name of the employer is also listed and the cards are signed by theregistrant.Similar records are available for World War II. There are 8 million names of U.S. Army enlisteesfor the years 1938-1946.Ancestry has military records that you can search free until November 14. We have ancestors whomay have possibly served in the Revolutionary War so I typed in the name and state and foundsome possible records.
Old West Point applicants records are free until Sunday. 1805-1866 are the years covered and thepapers include applicants letters requesting appointment and the War Department letters ofacceptance and the letters of acceptance from the candidate. It is really neat to read the lettersand signatures of your ancestor. More than 115,000 graduates who went on to military careers arenamed, such as General Custer who graduated last in his class at West Point.Free all the time indexes on Ancestry are:World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, U.S.World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865, U.S. MarineCorps Muster Rolls, 1798-1940 and British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920. US VitalRecords also offers free look-ups November 11 and 12.There are many records from the Civil War online. I was surprised to read that a book has beenwritten documenting the dead from the War of 1812. It is well worth it to search for your familymembers who served in the military.For more information on beginning a good genealogy and military record search, go tohttp://www.armyrecordsonline.com==== ====Genealorgy and Army Recordshttp://armyrecordsonline.com==== ====