Military Records with Craig Scott, September 29, 2012

Military Records
A Wealth of Information

War and peace—there are military records for individuals throughout history regardless of whether there was a war being waged. Sometimes, it’s only a military registration form, but it is still a record that can provide valuable information about your ancestor.

You can use military records to find evidence of their military service, including time of service and any pensions paid. These records can also find or confirm birth information and give evidence of family relationships. Pension files can be great sources of information not only about the veteran but also about family members who survived if the individual perished during the war or later. There may even be details about capture or illness.

State or federal governments generally created and preserved these records and today many are available online and at the National Archives and other repositories around the country.

Whether you’re just getting started with military research or you want to more deeply explore records you’ve accessed previously, there is something here for you.

According to the National Archives, the most requested military records are from the War of 1812. Now these more than 7.2 million images are being digitized and will be available online.

Join us as we spend the day with Craig Scott discussing various types of military records, where to find them and how to use them.

Keynote Speaker - Biography
Craig R. Scott, CGsm

Craig Scott is a professional genealogist and has been a historical researcher for more than twenty-four years. He specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He was the Clan Scott Genealogist (1985 - 2000). He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, recently a Governor-at-Large of the Virginia Genealogical Society, on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and a former Director of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Craig is the author of The 'Lost Pensions': Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised). He has co-authored several books relating to records in Northern Virginia. He has authored articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and Family Chronicle and many other genealogical publications. He is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 3,000 titles in print located in Westminster, Maryland. A faculty member for several years of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University he was the coordinator of the 2007 Advanced Military Records Course about the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

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Agenda – Military Records with Craig Scott, September 29, 2012

9:30—10:00    Registration
10:00—10:15  Opening Remarks
10:15—11:15  Basic Military Research
11:15—11:30  BREAK
11:30—12:30  Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors
12:30— 1:30   Lunch in O’Hare Room on the 7th floor*
1:30— 2:30    Pension Research: You Stopped Too Soon
2:30— 2:45    BREAK
2:45— 3:45    Researching Your Civil War Ancestors
3:45— 4:00    Door Prizes & Adjourn

* Lunch on your own. Box lunches available for purchase for $10.00 during pre-registration. No extra lunches available at the door.


  • Basic Military Research
  • Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors
  • Pension Research: You Stopped Too Soon
  • Researching Your Civil War Ancestors