Wars have created genealogy gold mines about our ancestors. Registration records. Service records. Pensions. Photos. And More. There is no end to what you might find about your ancestors.
Not only are there the usual family history facts such as who was related to who, when they were born and died, and where they lived, but you can also learn how their lives were impacted by the wars.
If you are an Ancestry.com subscriber, you can subscribe to Fold3 for half off. That will cost you $39.95 and you can download as many pension records as you like. If you order one pension record the cost can be $75.
This list just begins to scratch the surface:
- Revolutionary War Pension Records. You just never know what you might find. Whoever wrote this probably failed penmanship, but where else are you going to find more definitive information on who Thomas Martin’s children were including the fact that he had two sons named John? (It was not uncommon that if a child died young to give the next child the same name.)
- War of 1812 Pension Records. Eleven percent are complete and uploaded. And more are coming all the time. Your ancestor’s secrets may be uncovered there.
- Mexican War Records. While not yet complete, these records paint the picture of many soldiers who went on to serve critical rolls in the Civil War.
- Civil War Service Records. Not only do you find records of your ancestors in muster rolls, but you will find Unit Information that help you construct what different units did and what life was like.
- World War I Records. Many WWI records have been destroyed. Fold3 has gathered a much of what is left from Navy Cruise Books to Naturalization Index – WWI Soldiers. to Naturalizataion Index for WWI Soldiers.
- World War II Records. Even if your ancestor isn’t in the Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII reading these files will help you create the story of a pilot’s life at its most harrowing time.
- Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This exhibit has every name on the wall and allows you to leave your thoughts and memories for others to see. This rather poignant one for Milo S Homstad touched me.
- Save to Ancestry.com You can now add links to images directly to Ancestry.com. Learn more in this Five Minute Find: Save to Your Ancestry.com Tree from Fold3
- Fold3 Spotlights Check out Fold3 Spotlights which highlight some new fact or person written by the Fold3 staff. Members can also add spotlights to highlight family members or other documents of interest.
- Cousin Bait. You can annotate any page with a comment and when some distant cousin finds it, a connection can be made. I left a comment about my 3rd great grandfather’s murder on this one. That’s bound to get someone’s attention!
So remember, f you are an Ancestry.com subscriber, you can subscribe to Fold3 for 50% off
Who knows what you might be missing!
About Anne Gillespie Mitchell
Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories.