This month we are focusing on military records. It’s been touching to read your comments here on the blog, over on our Facebook page, and on the message boards regarding the many ancestors of yours that served in the military through the years.
My own great-grandfather was stationed in France on 11 Nov 1918. I have the letter he wrote my great-grandmother that week describing the experience of walking the streets and having the “Frenchies grab and kiss us just because we are Americans.” I re-read that letter this past week in light of both Veteran’s Day and the fact that I just came into possession of my great-grandmother’s photo albums. He was a handsome man, career military. Before he went to Europe during World War One he had served in the Cavalry unit engaged in conflict with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. Following the Great War he continued to serve in the Army, stationed in California. He is buried in the Presidio Cemetery in San Francisco.
So – with you – I’m taking some time this month to key the military records available here in the Ancestry World Archives Project. It is a small thing. But, each name I key seems to me a way to honor my great-grandfather for his service. And, I’m hoping one day the descendants of these men whose names I index will discover them, come to know them, and find their own way to honor them.
Until next time – Happy Keying!
P.S. – In the past two weeks we have keyed over 17,000 records and arbitrated over 3,000 records from military collections alone (various Returns from US Military Posts and Buffalo Soldiers). Way to go!