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These records can help you find enlistment dates, learn about famous battles, local gravesites of war veterans and spouses, and discover the unique stories and details of military service that help you discover the heroes in your family history.


You will often find fathers, siblings, or other family members who served in the military. You can learn when and where your ancestor enlisted, discover where they are buried, read the history of their unit and learn who was waiting for them back home.

The men and women called to serve their country in military duty are a source of pride to their families and to their nation. Discover the heroes in your family tree amongst our military records.

These collections include draft cards and enlistment papers, service records, pension lists and more. With databases containing millions of names and thousands of government records available to search, researching your veteran ancestors has become easier than ever before.

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