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Family Tree Friday: Fighting both sides in the Civil War

Since we’ve been highlighting special fighting units that served in various wars, I thought I would mention a group I’m sure many people have probably heard about (even if you’re not exactly sure who they are): the Galvanized Yankees.  These … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Artificers in the Revolutionary War

Continuing on the theme of (unusually-named) specialty units that served in the U.S. military, this time we look at the artificers who supported the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  Simply put, artificers were skilled artisans and mechanics who kept … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Building Your Family Tree with Military and Civilian Personnel Records

This week’s Family Tree Friday post comes from guest blogger Theresa Fitzgerald from the National Archives at St. Louis.  Theresa shows us the wealth of genealogical information available within the National Personnel Records Center! There’s often one question when beginning … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: U.S. Voltigeurs in the Mexican War

In my last post, I talked about the Sea Fencibles, a unique fighting unit from the War of 1812.  I thought it would be interesting to continue that trend, moving on this time to introduce the Regiment of U.S. Voltigeurs … Continue reading

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NARA Coast to Coast: "Pay Day" for Some World War I Military Personnel Records

Today, guest blogger Theresa Fitzgerald from the National Archives at St. Louis has written a special NARA Coast-to-Coast post sharing some recent discoveries in World War I era military records. On July 12, 1973 a fire engulfed the sixth floor of the Military Personnel Records … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Who were the Sea Fencibles in the War of 1812?

With all the hype ramping up for the approaching 150th anniversary of the Civil War next year, which is expected to continue over the next five years, I’ve heard a few concerns that another major milestone might be overshadowed–the bicentennial … Continue reading

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World War II Escape and Evasion Reports are now available online

On December 12, 1942, 2nd Lt. Jack E. Williams and his crew were flying over the coast of France when, according to his report, “We hit the ground; that is, made a crash landing, at 12:40, after having been violently … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures from within Navy Deck Logs

In anticipation of our upcoming ‘What Are You Working On?’ blog series, Rachel Sutcliffe, an Archives Technician in the Holdings Maintenance Division at NARA, shares her experiences and insights on some very interesting records. One of the best things about working … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Vital Statistics in Military Records

In a previous blog post, my colleague Katherine talked about vital statistics that sometimes show up in federal records.  I thought it might be worthwhile to point out that, under specific circumstances, vital records were also intentionally created by the … Continue reading

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C and XC Pension Files for the Civil War

The following is a guest blog from Diane Dimkoff, director of the Customer Services Division. Most Union Army soldiers, their widows, or minor children applied for a pension. In rare cases, a dependent father or mother applied for a pension. … Continue reading

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