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Free military records at MyHeritage

So you want to do a bit of targeted military research this Memorial Day weekend.

And you want to check out MyHeritage to see what it can do for you in terms of records availability.

Here’s your chance to do both, free.

MemDayAs of right now, and throughout the Memorial Day Weekend, millions of U.S. military records have been made searchable, for free, at MyHeritage. The entry page for this set of records is here:

Now this won’t get you access to the part of MyHeritage that The Legal Genealogist thinks is what makes it stand out: the Smart Matches of persons in family trees that has helped so many of us — me included — connect with European cousins. But it will give you a taste of the records available at this subscription site, its searching methods and similar features.


What’s included in the military collections available this weekend?

The entry page says the records include “WWII Enlistment and Prisoners of War; Revolutionary War and Confederate Civil War Records; and Historical US Army and Air Force Registers; Plus thousands of additional collections including Vietnam and Korean war records, army casualties and much more.”

That translates this way. The military collections are broken down into three broad groups: Draft, Enlistment & Service; Pension Records; and Military Documents. Each category has a fairly eclectic mix, and not all records are from the United States.

Here’s what the collections include:

Draft, Enlistment & Service

• U.S. World War II Army Enlistment
• Service Records of Confederate Soldiers
• Air Force Register Extracts
• Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959
• British Army Index, 1787
• British Military Officers
• British Militia Attestations Index, 1886 – 1910
• British Militia Attestations Index, Royal Garrison Artillery, 1872 – 1915
• Dragoon Campaigns to the Rocky Mountains: Being a History of the Enlistment, Organization, and First Campaigns of the Regiment of United States Dragoons
• Georgia, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1942
• Korean War Casualties, 1950 – 1957
• List of Partisans from Belarus, 1941 – 1945
• Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945
• Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959
• Military Records by DistantCousin Genealogy
• Tennessee WWI Veterans
• U.S. Army Casualties 1961 – 1981
• United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891
• US World War II Prisoners of War, 1941 – 1946
• Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records, 1861-1867
• Vietnam Casualties, 1956 – 1998
• World War II Reserve Corps Records

Pension Records

• Revolutionary War Pension Records 81,439
• A Census of Pensioners: for Revolutionary or Military Services, 1840
• Abstracts of Pension Papers, Revolutionary War and 1812 War Soldiers, Who Settled in Hardin County, Kentucky
• Kentucky Pension Roll for 1835: Report from the Secretary of War, in Relation to the Pension Establishment of the United States
• Major Index to Pension List of the War of 1812, Volumes 1-6
• Military Laws of the United States, Relating To the Army, Volunteers, Militia, And To Bounty Lands And Pensions
• Naval Pensioners of the United States
• Pensioners of the Revolutionary War–Struck Off the Roll
• Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions
• Revolutionary Pensioners: Transcript of the Pension List of the United States For 1813
• Revolutionary War Pensions of Soldiers Who Settled in Fayette County, Kentucky
• Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications
• The Pension Roll of 1835, Volume 1-4
• Virginia Pension Abstracts of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 And Indian Wars, various volumes

Military Documents

• Air Force Register, 1968, Volume 1
• Anales De La Guerra Civil: Espana Desde 1868 – 1876
• Complete Military History and Record of the 108th Regiment New York Volunteers, 1862 – 189
• History of the Ninth Regiment New York State Militia — National Guard State of New York (Eighty-Third New York Volunteers), 1845 – 1888
• Minutes United Confederate Veterans, June 10th 1889
• Official Army and Air Force Register, 1 January 1948, Volume 1-2
• Official U. S. Army Register, various dates from 1918 – 1969
• Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution: Battalions and Line, 1775 – 1783
• Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, Volume 2 1,330
• Record of the Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861 – 1865, Volume 1 1,894
• Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval Reserve, various dates, 1944
• Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and Reserve Officers on Active Duty, various 1958-1970
• Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, January 1, 1949
• Register of Commissioned Officers, Cadets, Midshipmen, and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval Reserve, January 1 1943
• Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, January 1, 1931
• Report On the Treatment of Prisoners of War By the Rebel Authorities During the War of the Rebellion (1869)
• Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 – 1866
• Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, Volume 1
• Story of Our Regiment: History of the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Written By the Comrades
• The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio
• War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies, General Index and various volumes
• Wisconsin In the War of the Rebellion, a History of All Regiments And Batteries the State Has Sent To the Field, And Deeds of Her Citizens, Governors And Other Military Officers, And State And National Legislators To Suppress the Rebellion

Happy hunting…

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