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What War Did My Ancestor Serve In?

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… Read more

Profile: Private Sarah “Lyons” Wakeman

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 18, 2014 in Cool Finds, Military Records

“I am as independent as a hog on the ice. If it is God’s will for me to fall in the field of battle, it is my will to go and never return home.” That quote comes from a letter Private Lyons Wakeman of the 153rd New York Infantry wrote to family back home in… Read more

Journey Through Hallowed Ground and the Living Legacy Project

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on January 27, 2014 in Military Records, Research

It’s a dry fact to say that approximately 620,000 men lost their lives during the American Civil War.  To put that enormous number into perspective, that’s roughly equal to the number of people who currently live in Boston, Massachusetts. Memorializing each of those who were lost is an enormous task, and it’s one that Journey… Read more

Commemorate the Veterans in Your Tree on Fold3’s Honor Wall

If you want to find historical events from 1877 or a quick biography of George Washington or the history of the Ming Dynasty, you very well might end up on Wikipedia.   It’s free and collects a lot of information from a lot of people, many who know what they are talking about.  And because it’s based… Read more

The Fold3 Honor Wall

Posted by Ancestry.com on November 7, 2013 in Military Records

  Just in time for Veterans Day, our Fold3 team has launched The Honor Wall, an online memorial for the many millions of men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces over the past 200+ years.   Family, friends and loved ones will be able to pay homage to their heroes by developing a special… Read more

The Battle of Gettysburg: 150 Years Later

Posted by Kristie Wells on July 1, 2013 in Military Records

150 years ago, from 1-3 July 1863, men from the North and the South converged in and around a small rural town in Pennsylvania. This battle was considered a crucial turning point in the Civil War, but it was also the bloodiest and most decisive battle to ever happen on American soil. This was the Battle of… Read more

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