Have ancestors in the military? Use these websites to learn more about their service and gain valuable vital statistics from military records.
This newly redesigned website is dedicated to American war dead buried in overseas cemeteries. You still can search records of nearly 125,000 US military buried in 25 cemeteries abroad, plus 94,000 more commemorated on Tablets of the Missing.
This go-to site from the National Parks Service is adding to its Civil War coverage, with a growing cemetery database, info on POWs and guides to places and politicians. The core of the site remains its database of 6.3 million soldiers from both sides, linked to regimental histories and battle accounts.
Perhaps opening up its genealogical databases to the public had something to do with the DAR recording its biggest-ever gain in new members last year - totaling 13,906 newly documented female descendents of Revolutionary War patriots. Those new enrollees no doubt took advantage of the three interconnected databases (containing patriots, descendents of patriots and DAR members) of the DAR Genealogical Research System
, as well as online.
Now boasting more than 436 million records, this slick site keeps adding military records, all searchable and linked to images. You'll also find five US censuses, several US city directories and a smattering of other leftovers from its incarnation as Footnote.com, before the focus shifted to military research. Subscriptions cost $79.95 annually, but members of Ancestry.com (which now owns Fold3) can join for just $39.95 a year.
Nationwide Gravesite Locator
What the American Battle Monuments Commission is to overseas military burials, this Veterans Administration (VA) site is to domestic cemeteries. It searches burials of veterans and their family members in VA national cemeteries, state veteran cemeteries, other military and Department of the Interior cemeteries and private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government marker.
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