You know you should look for military records for your ancestor, but what war did he serve in?
Our friends over at Fold3 created this handy little infographic to use as a rule of thumb. There are exceptions to every rule, but this will get you started!
If you want to dig a little deeper into the subject of who served and how to find their story, these presentations will help:
- Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3 (Anne Gillespie Mitchell)
- Research Civil War Soldiers: An Overview (Amy Johnson Crow)
- Three Red Cross Nurses Who Served in Siberia During and After WWII (Juliana Smith)
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.
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