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Military Genealogy


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Military Genealogy

  1. 1.  Department of Defense – current files of activepersonnel National Archives and Records Administration(NARA) DOD transfers personnel files to Archives (St. Louis)after separation from the armed forces Available to the public 62 years after separation from themilitary. Access restrictions before 62 years. Record of Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) assoon as 10 years after the individuals date of death.
  2. 2.  Surviving spouse that has not remarried Father Mother Son Daughter Sister Brother
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  4. 4.  Pension Applications Most comprehensive source of information. Caninclude letters and pictures These files are a soldiers or family members claim toreceive pension. Personnel Files Dates of service, rank, unit, assignments, performanceevaluations, disciplinary actions. Recent records are not online.
  5. 5.  Pre-1917 files are stored NARAWashington, D.C. Post-1917 are stored in St. Louis, MissouriNational Personnel Records Center,Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR)
  6. 6. All files can be ordered online using avariety of forms.eVetRecsDD Form 214 Report of SeparationOlder military service records (pre-1917)NATF 86Pension applications and Bound LandWarrants NATF 85
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  8. 8.  Heritage Quest –selected genealogicalrecords from anestimated 80,000Revolutionary Warpension and bounty-land-warrant applicationfiles
  9. 9.  Pension indices Draft registration cards Muster rolls Awards Casualty, death, and cemetery records
  10. 10.  Started as iArchives in 1999 digitizing newspapers In 2007 branched out to digitizinghistorical documents, especially military records Bought by in 2010 and rebranded Stand alone subscription service at 11.95 month, 79.95year. Some libraries are free like the War of 1812pension records