Military Records



Learn about where to find U.S. Military Records, most of which are free to search. We’ll explore Military Records for your genealogy research on Ancestry, FamilySearch, Fold3, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

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12 Responses

  1. Amelia Froehlich says:

    I don't know how I missed this one. It's on my list to watch later. I sent for my father's records from when he was in the Marines during Korea. That was exciting for me.

  2. Diana Heslin says:

    Did you enjoy this week's video? Learn more about military history in Connie's Gold Star Mothers video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVPMDky5oTw

    -Diana, Genealogy TV Team

  3. Jessica Kemp says:

    I love all of your videos! I’ve been patiently waiting for you to do a video about military records. Military records is the thing I’m least educated on when it comes to genealogy research. I’d love to see more in depth videos on searching military records (and what it all even means). I’ve tried watching the tutorial videos by Fold3 (and others) and they just aren’t as good at explaining things the way you do.

  4. sl5311 says:

    I read in an old book that some people paid others to stand in for them in the War of 1812, just like they did in the Civil War. Is there any way to find out if there are records of this?

  5. Mark Zustovich says:

    If you are looking for World War II records, keep in mind there was an “old man” draft registration. So, even if you’re ancestor was born in 1890, you may find a WWII record for the 1940s.

  6. Kay Bobbitt says:

    Thanks, Connie. I'd also remind people that you can easily add alternate names on the Family Search search page. You probably taught me that.

  7. Burn Dog Australia says:

    Ancestry are crooks
    ,they charge people in Australia to see Army records when they are free to view on Australian websites already

  8. K.A. Bercaw says:

    This is so great! Military Records are the weakest part of my research repertoire. The video and handout are excellent resources! Thanks so much!!

  9. Enna Sus says:

    Thank you again for showing how to search! Do you have an idea where to look for records of a POW held in Texas from WWII? Would that be in military records too and would they be available for Germans searching for common soldiers histories in their ancestry?

  10. Patty H says:

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  11. K. E. Robertson says:

    Connie, what significance does the serial number have on the draft record?

  12. Graham Ogden says:

    Great video and really useful tips.

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