Sunday, November 11, 2007

ANCESTRY.COM'S MILITARY RECORDS COLLECTION

If you haven’t heard about the recent updates to Ancestry.com’s U.S. Military Records Collection, you are in for quite a surprise! The collection now includes 700 record sets encompassing more than 90 million names! Record sets include at least some coverage for all states (and several foreign countries, including Canada), and there is at least some coverage for all of America’s wars through Vietnam. Accessing most record sets requires a subscription to Ancestry.com; a few can be accessed for free by anyone. If you don’t have a subscription, ask your local public library if it offers its cardholders free access to Ancestry.com. Some record sets of particular note that cover 20th century wars include:

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (38,387,110 records)
U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1893-1940 (10,320,171 records)
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 (8,369,212 records)
U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 (6,402,239 records)
U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (6,127,549 records)
WWI Civilian Draft Registrations (1,231,099 records)
WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster Rolls, 1939-1949 (1,041,701)
Canadian Soldiers of World War I, 1914-1918 (598,682 records)
U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 (357,086 records)
U.S. Army Personnel and Dependent Casualties, 1961-1981 (293,856 records)
Ohio Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918 (248,539 records)
World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas (159,582 records)
World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 (150,715 records)
Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957 (143,603 records)

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