History of and How to Use Them
© Linda Haas Davenport May 1998 (revised Sep 27, 1998 & Feb 2000)
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Now I Know About Military Records What Do I Do?
If you have managed to read this far you should have an excellent idea of what to do to find your ancestor in the existing Military Records. But a few tips may help.
There are many War Sites on the Internet, especially for the Civil War. Many have searchable records on-line, information submitted by people who have already found their serviceman and these sites continue to add information daily. Be sure to visit all of the sites you can find for the War you are interested in.
The Source ed. Arlene Eakle and Johni Cerny has a wonderful chapter on Military Records with examples of Compiled Service Records, Pension Files and Bounty Land files. This book is available at most Genealogical Libraries or can be ordered fromAncestry
I wish you the best of luck in uncovering your ancestor!! If anyone has additional information, corrections, site addresses, etc., please notify me.
The Source ed. Arlene Eakle and Johni Cerny; (Ancestry Publishing Company, Salt Lake City, UT 1984) pgs 255-298
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(3)"Mothers of Invention; Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War" by Drew Gilpin Faust; published by The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill & London; 1996
(4)Wallace Brown, The Good Americans: The Loyalists in the American Revolution. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969
(6)National Archives web site (http://www.nara.gov) May 1998
My own personal copies of many articles, notes, etc. that I have accumulated over time.
OTHER RESOURCES TO CHECK
Great Article on a successful search of the Pension Files.Cindi Howell has a wonderful article that details, step by step, her successful search in the Pension files. A lot of detailed information on what I covered in general. http://www.oz.net/~cyndihow/pensions.htm
The US Congressional Documents 1774-1873. Search these records for your ancestor's name. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html
A Site that lists addresses and Form Numbers to request Service Records:http://www.erols.com/jreb/genelogy.html
Scanned Examples of Service Records, etc.http://www.history.rochester.edu/jssn/page5.htm
My List of Military Linkshttp://www.lhaasdav.com/links/militarylinks.html
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