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# Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Free Military Records 'Til May 31 Mark Ancestry.com-NARA Agreement
Posted by Diane

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.


Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives | Military records
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:22:16 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
Friday, May 23, 2008 4:47:50 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Clicked through to Ancestry.com’s military records collection for the free access (May 20-May 31) from Diane Haddad's entry but when I tried to actually access any records, it just dumped me into a notice about signing up for a free account, which is the usual come on to try to get people to sign up for Ancestry in the hopes people will go for the subscription after the free account expires. Haddad's blog says "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.)" If it's going to be free, one should not have to jump through hoops to actually view the pages. This rather undoes the intent of the partnership between NARA and Ancestry with regard to the public.
PJA
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 9:40:58 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
You do have to sign up for a free registration to access the records. Call it a hoop if you want, but it's a free hoop. Your other options are to visit a research facility that has the cards on microfilm, or find a library with access to Ancestry Library Edition.
Diane
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