To celebrate the signing of a five-year digitization agreement with the National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA), The Generations Network (TGN) will make Ancestry.com’s military records collection
free May 20 through May 31. (Normally, you'd need an Ancestry.com
subscription at $155.50 per year.)
Some notable records in that collection include the Civil War pension index, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 bounty land warrants, and WWI and WWII draft registration cards.
Now for the new agreement: NARA and TGN already have been collaborating to digitize records, but now TGN staff and equipment will be on-site at NARA to speed up the process.
TGN will index the records and make them available to Ancestry.com
subscribers; access will be free in all NARA research facilities. TGN
also will give NARA copies of the record images and indexes.
Digitizing will start with Immigration and Naturalization Service passenger and crew arrival and departure lists (1897 to 1958) and death notices of US citizens abroad (1835 to 1974). Neither record set has been available outside NARA research rooms.
In the future, look for immigration, birth, marriage, death and military records.
NARA also has non-exclusive digitization partnerships with other organizations, such as FamilySearch
and subscription historical records site Footnote
. You can see details of those partnerships on NARA's Web site