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Compiled Trees Should Not Be Your Only Source

Compiled trees (regardless of the compiler or the book‚ site‚ etc.) should not be your only source for a fact‚ relationship‚ date of an event‚ etc. These trees can lead you to other sources and give you research ideas‚ but do not simply “copy it down because you saw it online.” At the best‚ compiled […]

How can Military Records help in my genealogy research?

Military records can often provide valuable information on the veteran as well as on all members of the family. For example:

  • Compiled Service Records: 
    Compiled service records consist of an envelope containing card abstracts taken from muster rolls returns pay vouchers and other records. They will provide you with your ancestors rank unit date mustered in and mustered out basic biographical information medical information and military information.
  • Pension Applications and Pension Payment Records: 
    The National Archives also has pension applications and records of pension payments for veterans their widows and other heirs. The pension records in the National Archives Building in Washington D.C. are based on service in the armed forces of the United States between 1775 and 1916. Pension application files usually provide the most genealogical information. These files often contain supporting documents such as: narratives of events during service marriage certificates birth records death certificates pages from family Bibles family letters depositions of witnesses affidavits discharge papers and other supporting papers.
  • Bounty Land:
    Bounty land warrant application files relate to claims based on wartime service between 1775 and March 3 1855. If your ancestor served in the Revolutionary War War of 181 early Indian Wars or the Mexican War a search of these records May be worthwhile. Bounty land records often contain documents similar to those in pension files with lots of genealogical information. Many of the bounty land application files relating to Revolutionary War and War of 181 service have been combined with the pension files.


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