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Genealogy Research: Military

Hints & Tips

  • If any of your ancestors were the right age for military service, check it out!  They might not have served, but there still might be draft information about them. 
  • Consider if they might be found in the WWII draft info, or the WWI draft info.  Even older men who had immigrated to the US had to register for the WWI draft.
  • Civil War military records may contain alot of information.  The pension applications for the soldier or his widow may contain even more informatlon!
  • Find information about the unit he served in and the action that unit participated in.  Maps can make your family history more interesting.

Military Resources


a)                  Daughters of the American Revolution

b)                  Civil War – Making of AmericaCornell University

A digital library of primary sources in American social history.

Includes The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1880-1901).

c)                  The American Civil War Homepage

d)                  The United States Civil War Center

e)                  Civil War Rosters by State

f)                   National Archives-WWII Army Enlistment Records 

g)        U.S. Army Military History Institute Photograph Database


Civil War Soldier

Civil War Soldier from the 62nd PA Volunteers

A Soldier from the 62nd PA Volunteers