Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using military records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using military records in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

For immigrants in all time periods, military records are very important because they often document the soldier’s birthplace and birth date or their age at enlistment. Records exist for many of the military engagements taken by the United States from the Revolutionary Continue reading

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: World War II 1941-1945, Search the cemetery for information

Europe Military CemeterBy Barry J. Ewell
The following are resources I have used to locate cemetery records of soldiers from World War II:

Department of Veterans Affairs National Gravesite Locator. Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker using the Gravesite Locator.  The following are variations of military headstones/markers:

Headstone 5headstone 2Headstone 4Arlington National Cemetery provides information on service members buried there.

ArlingtonThe American Battle Monuments Commission provides information on service members buried in overseas cemeteries.
Europe Military CemeterLearn about researching World War II records in the article, “Genealogy: World War II 1941-1945, Researching and finding military records.”