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Military records, history, and archives

March 24, 2015

Tags: Military records, war ancestry, veterans memorial, oral histories

These days it is far easier to access the rich store of U.S. military records. Here are some links to resources:
U.S. military service records, how to get copies (U.S. National Archives)

Fold3 (for the third fold of the flag) and the Fold3 blog. Original historical and military records from the National Archives, “most never before available on the Internet," from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. Formerly Footnote).

Military Indexes and Records, Online (rosters, databases of soldiers, and listings of military and war casualties, for Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, U.S. Civil War, Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War)

Ancestry.com links to many U.S. public records, including census and military records.

Veterans’ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (U.S. National Archives)

Resources for Genealogists (National Archives). Most requested: Military service records, immigration records, naturalization records, passport applications, land records, bankruptcy records.

Pritzker Military Library (research library focused on the citizen soldier)

African American history records (Ancestry.com). Slave narratives, troop records for U.S. colored troops in the Civil War, Freedman's Bank and Bureau records, World War I draft cards, etc.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestry Online (Kathleen Brandt, AARP 4-11-11)

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)

Virtual Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Iraq Veterans Memorial

U.S. Army Heritage Collections Online

U.S. Army Military Institute, a branch of the Army Heritage and Education Center (located in Ridgway Hall near the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania)

Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project (by theme: Forever a Soldier, companion to the PBS series, The War; Voices of War, the first VHP collection; and other themes: courage, buddies, patriotism, sweethearts, family ties, on a mission, life-altering moments, hurry up and wait, military intel, woman at war, the art of war, Hispanic Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Disabled Veterans, Buffalo Soldiers, American Indians, military medicine, D-Day, POWs, VJ-Day, VE-Day, China-Burma-India, Helicopters: the multimission aircraft, submarines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. A Library of Congress project.

Oral history collections online (links on Pat McNees website), ranging from Personal histories of Holocaust survivors
to West Point Center for Oral Histories.