How to Search Military Records on FamilySearch.org

How to Search Military Records on FamilySearch.org

Military records—such as service records, pensions, and draft registration cards (see above)—can provide valuable information about your ancestors and their military service. Fold3 is the undisputed US military records champion, but what’s the key to finding military records on the free FamilySearch.org? The free database boasts more than 160 military...Read more
Beginner Tips: Where to Look for Great Ancestor Stories

Beginner Tips: Where to Look for Great Ancestor Stories

  One of my favorite aspects of genealogy is finding a good story. Maybe an ancestor took part in an historical event, clawed his way to economic success, survived an arduous migration or even committed a crime. The kinds of things you might see on an episode of “Who Do...Read more
4 Ways to Honor Your Military Ancestors

4 Ways to Honor Your Military Ancestors

An old adage says that “freedom isn’t free,” and men and women throughout history have sacrificed their time and lives in service of their country. Here are four ways to honor military ancestors. 1. Visit their gravesites. Going to a cemetery is a kind of pilgrimage in which we walk...Read more
Finding the Story Behind an Old Photo of a Man in Military Uniform

Finding the Story Behind an Old Photo of a Man in Military Uniform

Lost to time is the name of this man wearing a 19th-century military uniform and why he sat for this studio portrait. A picture like this, with carefully placed props, was taken with a particular purpose in mind. To tell a particular story. The photo comes from the Caton family...Read more