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# Thursday, 21 May 2015
11 Free Genealogy Sites to Research Americans Who've Died in Military Service
Posted by Diane



Memorial Day, coming up Monday, May 25, honors Americans who died in military service to their country (more on the origins of Memorial Day here). To help honor those people, we've gathered these websites where you can search for those in your family tree who died serving in US wars:
  • Nationwide Gravesite Locator database from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which catalogs burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA national cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, other military and Department of the Interior cemeteries, and private cemeteries (after 1997) when the grave is marked with a government marker
Don't stop with these resources—look also for print and digitized books naming those in your ancestors' area who died in a particular war (these may have been published by a genealogical society or a state adjutant general's office), and try to get burial records if you can find the place of burial.

Update: I received an email that Ancestry.com is offering free US military records through May 25, so I wanted to let you know. Here's the link to start searching: ancestry.com/cs/memorialday2015

Trace your military ancestors with help from our Online Military Records on-demand webinar or a war-specific guide, such as our Civil War Genealogy Value Pack.

Ancestry.com | Military records | Research Tips
Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:22:29 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]