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The Source: A Guidebook > Chapt. 11: Military Research (Nov 19-Dec 31)

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message 1: by Liz (last edited Sep 13, 2010 10:41AM) (new)

Liz | 379 comments The group read for Nov 19-Dec 3 will be Chapter 11: Military Research. Military Research was a topic of interest in a recent poll. We have recently read books on Cemetery Research and Technology for Genealogy. There wasn't a chapter on Writing or publishing genealogy research or General research - Professional in The Source. There is no reading schedule for this chapter but reading about 10 pages/week will allow you to complete the reading by Dec. 31.

The reading on Immigration Research will begin on Jan. 1 - after the busy holiday season has ended.

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Liz | 379 comments There are many references to books and articles in this chapter. Any books that are on Goodreads I will add to the military shelf.

The NARA website is a wonderful resource in researching military ancestors. is a 122 page document put out by the NARA on Military Service Records gives a list of NARA records available through Ancestry or Footnote.

Another guide specifically to WWII is now available:

It is amazing how much information is now available online!

message 3: by Liz (new)

Liz | 379 comments There are more sources than would be reasonable to put on the bookshelf! I was going along doing just fine until I hit this page

Wow! What a great compilation!

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Liz | 379 comments To quickly identify your ancestors who may have fought in a particular war, use the time line view available in many genealogy programs. Some even allow you to include specific wars. Even without them, you can look for men who were alive at the time of the wars listed in The Source: A Guidebook Of American Genealogy. Modern age ranges for service do not apply to the early wars. Boys could serve with their father's permission. So consider potential soldiers both younger and older than what would occur today.

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Joe Beine (fairangels) | 10 comments My military indexes website may be helpful...

Online Military Indexes, War Records and Databases of Soldiers

message 6: by Liz (new)

Liz | 379 comments Thanks Joe!

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Liz (straea) | 25 comments Since I haven't been on here in a while I haven't read this chapter yet, but I have some extra free time this week and will post thoughts after I finish. :)

message 8: by Liz (new)

Liz | 379 comments Liz,
I really enjoyed this chapter. I was looking for information on records of early forts in Ohio between the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. There were some helpful leads. I've still more digging to do. We tend to forget our military in the periods between major wars.

But, as frequently happens, in searching for one set of records, I discovered that the Civil War Marine Muster Rolls are now available on! Wonderful resource!

Now, back to the problem at hand . . .

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