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# Thursday, May 22, 2014
Ancestry.com Offers Free Military Genealogy Records Through Memorial Day
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com has joined the sites offering free military records to help you research your family's service members this Memorial Day.

Select Ancestry.com military collections are free through Memorial Day (Monday, May 26), totaling more than 145 million records. Free collections include this sampling:
  • Sons of the American Revolution membership applications (1889–1970)
  • the new collection of Alien Draft Registrations for selected US states (1940–1946)
  • also new, New York National Guard enlistment cards (1923-1947), as well as other New York military collections
  • WWI and WWII draft registration cards, a great source for learning about male ancestors even if they didn't serve.
Here's the WWI draft card for my husband's great-uncle. So far, he's the earliest Leo we've documented in the family. Leo also was my father-in-law's middle name, and it's the name we chose for our son. 



It gives his date of birth, address, employer (looks like a family masonry company I need to research), his mother's address (this card says just "mother;" on most, you'll also get the nearest relative's name), and more.

Click here to search Ancestry.com's free military records. You'll need to sign up for a free account (or log into your account if you already have one) to view records.


Ancestry.com | Free Databases | Military records
Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:27:43 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Thursday, May 22, 2014 5:07:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Want records for my dad, Benjamin Edward Soby who served in WWII
Paul Soby
Friday, May 23, 2014 11:50:17 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Hello,
You will find some helpful information in our guide at http://familytreemagazine.com/article/At-Your-Service-Military-Research-Guide . Many WWII service records were destroyed in a fire at the National Archives Personnel Records Center, but if your fathers' records still exist, next of kin can request them from NARA: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ . Some veterans registered at their county courthouse when they returned home, too. You also can search for your father's burial information using the VA's Nationwide Gravesite Locator: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/index.html
Best of luck with your search!
Diane
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