Four Tips for Researching Military Ancestors Online

Veterans' Day is coming up—have you given any attention lately to researching relatives who served in the military?

Most genealogists have ancestors who spent some part of their lives in service to our country. Today these individuals are immortalized in collection upon collection of digitized military records. You can jump-start your search for your family's military heroes with these four tips from the Family Tree University webinar Online Military Records, presented by David A. Fryxell:

  1. Service records and rolls are available for browsing via Fold3 if you know your ancestor's unit.
  2. Resources vary depending on the conflict. For instance, Revolutionary War records are available via the Daughters of the American Revolution online library, whereas state websites are often an excellent resource for the Civil War.
  3. There were three different types of WWI draft cards. Along with basic info such as name, age, address, etc., the 12-question Draft Card included occupation and any exemption from the draft that was claimed.
  4. Records that are not online can still be ordered using the eVets system available from

Want to learn more, see demos of the sites mentioned here, and have your questions answered by our presenter? There's still time to register for the live webinar—Online Military Records takes place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 pm Eastern time (4 pm Pacific). As a reader of this blog, you can get an extra $5 off your registration: Save an additional $5 when you go to and use coupon code SFT114 at checkout.

Can't make Thursday's presentation? No worries! Every registrant receives a copy of the recording to watch as many times as you wish, along with a PDF of the slides/handouts for reference.

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