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Family Tree Friday: How to decipher compiled service record jackets.

Compiled military service records at the National Archives for the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) through the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) are filed in separate envelopes or jackets that contain basic information about the soldier.  The example shown here for my ancestor Adam … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: More Info on Compiled Military Service Records.

In my previous blog I mentioned compiled military service records for volunteer soldiers.  While CMSRs are generally recognized as the official record of a volunteer’s military career, did you know they were NOT created at the time the soldier served?  … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Volunteer vs. Regular Army service was documented differently.

Most people have a relative or ancestor who either served in the military or fought during a specific war.  Many researchers are unaware, however, that a significant distinction exists between volunteer soldiers and Regular soldiers, and that the two types … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: More Unexpected Finds in Military Pensions

Last week John showed you an example of an unusual find in a pension record – a Fraktur which was used by a widow or other dependent to prove their relationship to a deceased soldier – and asked if anyone had … Continue reading

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Family Tree Friday: Military pension records can hold unexpected surprises!

Military pensions often contain valuable documents regarding family.  Veterans who applied for such benefits often had to prove their military service, using affidavits from officers and fellow soldiers, or letters and journals written in the field.  Widows and dependents had … Continue reading

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