Memorial Day is right around the corner.
It’s a time to remember the military heroes that fought for America’s freedom and reflect on those sacrifices made for our country. And what better way to honor them than by locating your military ancestors within historical record collections so that their legacy can live on for generations to come.
In honor of this Memorial Day, we’ve recently released some additional military collections that could increase your chances to learn more about your military ancestors. My friend, Paul Rawlins, already posted some great information about the new Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls, 1861-1865 collection that was released a few weeks ago. Check out his blog post to learn what a muster roll really is, and what type of information you can learn from these documents.
We also just added U.S. WWII Draft Registration Card records for the states of Idaho and Oregon. These records, often referred to as the “old man’s registration,” are now available for more than 19 states. For the full list of states, check out the database description.
All of these new records are a good reminder for us to take a moment and search for ancestors that could have served in the military, or review some of the military records you’ve already discovered to see what further details you can learn about your ancestor’s life.
Even if your ancestors weren’t in the military, it’s amazing some of the information you can uncover in even a draft registration card – including birth place, employer and physical description.
For those of you who haven’t experienced the joy of finding one of your ancestors in a military collection, it’s never too late to start your search. We have some amazing military record collections that span the 1600s to Vietnam and include more than 100 million names – all which can be found at www.ancestry.com/military.
Also, if you want to learn more about searching military historical records, then don’t miss our upcoming FREE online class that focuses specifically on researching ancestors in the military.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 8pm ET/5pm PT
Investigating and preserving the stories of the military heroes in our family tree is wonderful way to honor their service. In this webinar, Juliana Smith, editor of the Ancestry Weekly Discovery, will show you how to identify family members who served, determine what records are available, and find their stories in those records. In this free one-hour class, you’ll see examples of some of the records you can find on Ancestry.com, get search tips, and learn how to use that information to take your family history further. Sign up today!
About Heather Erickson
Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for Ancestry.com and has been with the company since 2009.