U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal & State Sources, Colonial America to the Present

Overview

From the earliest days of the United States, millions of Americans have served their country in the military. Indeed, most families have seen one or more members serve in America's armed forces. For this reason, genealogists and others wisely look to military records for information needed to enhance their research. Enlistment forms, muster rolls, pension applications . . . records created as a result of individuals' military service are extremely valuable because they often contain detailed personal information ...

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Overview

From the earliest days of the United States, millions of Americans have served their country in the military. Indeed, most families have seen one or more members serve in America's armed forces. For this reason, genealogists and others wisely look to military records for information needed to enhance their research. Enlistment forms, muster rolls, pension applications . . . records created as a result of individuals' military service are extremely valuable because they often contain detailed personal information about their subjects—date and place of birth, places of residence, names and addresses of loved ones, and more. The researcher's dilemma is in knowing what records are available and how to find them among the overwhelming abundance of military records. James Neagles' U.S. Military Records is the answer to this dilemma. U.S. Military Records describes the records that are available and where they can be found. Gathered in this volume is source information for the National Archives and its adjuncts; historical institutions and archives of the armed forces; the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Administration); state archives, libraries and historical organizations; and such patriotic organizations as the Daughters of the American Revolution. Extensive bibliographic listings of published sources for the United States in general and published sources for each state are also included.

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This groundbreaking effort from notable author Neagles (Summer Soldiers, Ancestry, 1986) is one of the best genealogical research aids to come along in some time. Nine chapters describe the general types of military records (e.g., enlistment forms, muster rolls, pension applications); military history resources available at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and its branches, as well as other repositories around the nation; and published sources pertaining to each state and to the United States in general. A useful summary of America's military history is provided in an appendix. This information, together with a solid index, makes this volume both useful and easy to use. This blockbuster publication fills a nearly complete void in genealogical research literature. It will appeal not only to genealogists but to anyone engaged in military history research. Highly recommended for libraries acquiring works in the areas of genealogy, military history, bibliography, and biography.-Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916489557
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/18/1994
  • Pages: 455
  • Product dimensions: 8.83 (w) x 11.41 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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