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Family Tree Friday: Pension Indexes Examined

Have you ever looked at a pension index, only to be confused because it didn’t make sense? Or frustrated because you couldn’t read the numbers? It’s probably happened to most of us, at one time or another. Researchers normally start with T288, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, or T289, Organization Index to Pension Files […]

Family Tree Friday: World War II Records at College Park

Continuing the theme of my last post, which introduced alternate ways to research 20th century military service (to compensate for the personnel files lost in the 1973 file at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis), this time we’ll look at two essential series of unit records relating to World War II. By far […]

Family Tree Friday: Using military unit and operational records–World War I

A recent post in the “NARA Coast to Coast” blog here on NARAtions (see Pay Day for Some World War I Military Personnel Records from September 27, 2010) highlighted problems in researching 20th century military service that resulted from the July 12, 1973 fire at the Military Personnel Record Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  In addition to […]

What did you do in the war, Grandpa?

In honor of Veterans Day, today’s blog post comes from Nathan Jordan, an Archives Technician at the National Archives at Atlanta.  Nathan recently presented his family’s history of military service using resources from the National Archives. Greetings from Atlanta!  Thanks for allowing me to blog in honor of Veterans Day. When I began working as […]

Family Tree Friday: Fighting both sides in the Civil War

Since we’ve been highlighting special fighting units that served in various wars, I thought I would mention a group I’m sure many people have probably heard about (even if you’re not exactly sure who they are): the Galvanized Yankees.  These men were former Confederate prisoners of war who opted to enlist in the Union Army to […]

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