Genealogy: World War II 1941-1945, Researching and finding military records

Soldier 4By Barry J. Ewell
The following categories and additional resources are provided to aid your research and finding of military records for World War II 1941-1945:

  • World War II Overview
  • Researching World War II military records
    • Build a search profile for each male
    • Where to find the personal information
    • Sample World War II male search profile
  • Search World War II Records
    • World War II Draft
    • Service records
    • Pension records
  • Military history
  • Search the cemetery
  • Search Home

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Genealogy: World War I 1917-1919, Researching Draft Registration cards

WWI SoldiersBy Barry J. Ewell
The United States instituted a draft that included 24 million men between the ages of 18 and 45.  There were three registration periods which had requested slightly different information:

  • Version 1: June 5, 1917 for all men 21-31
  • Version 2: June 5, 1918 all men who turned 21 since last draft
  • Version 3: September 12, 1918 for all men 18-45

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Genealogy: US military records from World War II and earlier can help family historians

US military records from World War II and earlier can help family historians-Military Records-World War IIBy Barry J. Ewell

Military records kept by the United States government about soldiers and sailors who served their country can be a major source of information about individuals. The four major wars of interest to genealogists are the following:

  • American Revolution (1775-1783): Approximately one out of every 7 Americans fought in the American Revolution
  • Civil War (1861-1865): Approximately one out of every 10 Americans fought in the Civil War Continue reading

Genealogy: U.S. Civil War 1861-1865, Develop a search profile for military records

Soldier familyBy Barry J. Ewell
I have made it practice to search for Civil War military records for males that I find in the 1860-1910 U.S. Federal censuses who would have been between ages of 10 and 70 during Civil War years of 1861-1865.  Yes, I realize that a 10 year old boy or 70 year old men would have rarely be in the war, however, the Civil War was a conflict that involved the nation, loss of life and property was catastrophic, boys/men served at all ages. With the online availability of records, searching for military records should be part of your research process for males who were born between the years of 1791 and 1854. Continue reading

Genealogy: Civil War 1861-1865, Researching and finding military records

Civil War Bay Barry J. Ewell
The following categories and additional resources are provided to aid your research and finding of military records for the Civil War 1861-1865:

  • Civil War Overview
    • Northern and Confederate states
  • Researching the U.S. Civil War military records
    • Build a search profile for each male
    • Where to find the personal information
    • Sample U.S. Civil War male search profile
  • Where to find regiment and company information
    • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)
    • 1890 U.S. Federal Census Veterans Schedule
    • 1910 U.S. Federal Census
    • State censuses
  • Search for Civil War Records
    • Union pension records
    • Pension records for Confederate soldiers
  • Start first with online databases
  • Expand your search on the internet
  • Search for Civil War groups and organizations
  • Search the cemetery
    • Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator
    • Headstones Provided for Deceased Union War Veterans circa 1879-1903
    • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
    • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS)
    • Confederate soldiers
    • Historical society headstone symbolism

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Genealogy: Early Indian Wars 1815-1858, Researching and finding military records

Indian WarsBy Barry J. Ewell
The early Indian wars also known as the old wars refer to conflicts between American settlers or Federal government with Native Americans.  The conflicts include the following:

  • Northwest Indian War 1785-1795
  • Creek War 1813-1814
  • First Seminole War 1817-1818
  • Winnebago War 1827
  • Black Hawk War 1832
  • Second Creek War 1836-1837
  • Cherokee Disturbances and Removal 1836-1939
  • Second Seminole War 1835-1842
  • Third Seminole War 1855-1858

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Genealogy: Mexican War 1846-1848, Researching and finding military records

Mexican WarBy Barry J. Ewell
The U.S. Mexican War (also known as the Mexican-American War and US Mexican War) began as result of the US annexation of Texas.  War was declared on May 13, 1846 which ended on February 2, 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo. During the war there were several large battles, the most famous being “The Alamo.”  The treaty fixed the Rio Grand River as the boundary of the Texas and required Mexico to cede the United States all the territory that makes up the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and parts of Colorado and Wyoming in return for $15 Continue reading