These records range from military unit muster rolls, to pension lists, to prisoner of war (POW) records. If your ancestor served in the military, chances are they will be listed in one of these lists.
Sometimes locating a name on a solider, prisoner or veteran list is the link you have been searching for. It will place that person in one place, allowing you to understand when and where they served.
Ancestors that seem to disappear for a period of time may have served in the military. Sometimes locating a name on a solider, prisoner or veteran list is the link you have been searching for. It will provide the information you need to understand his military life, and to allow you to begin to reconstruct his activities.
The information included in these records varies depending on the collection, so check the descriptions for each collection for more information.