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Researching a 20th-century Military Ancestor Without a Service Record–Part 2

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by
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In a previous post, I presented a number of ideas for pursuing alternative sources of information on the twentieth-century military service of an ancestor whose service record may have been destroyed in the 1973 National Personnel Records Center Fire--seeing whether a service record has been reconstructed or survived in the custody of another agency, ordering last pay bouchers, locating discharge records, investigating records in Continue reading the story "Researching a 20th-century Military Ancestor Without a Service Record–Part 2"

Researching a 20th-Century Military Ancestor Without a Service Record, Part 1

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 by
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In 1973 fire ravaged the National Personnel Records Center in the suburbs of St. Louis. Stored in the facility were millions of service records belonging to men and women who served in the armed forces of the United States. The fire destroyed an estimated 80 percent of the records of Army personnel discharged between November 1912 and January 1960--that's 80 percent of the records of Continue reading the story "Researching a 20th-Century Military Ancestor Without a Service Record, Part 1"

Gratitudes for Thanksgiving 2015

Posted on: November 25th, 2015 by
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As I was sitting in a car being driven through Chicago en route from Rhode Island to Minnesota, reading compiled military service records and pension files for five Civil War veterans pulled from the collections of the National Archives by a researcher in Washington, DC, and sent to me electronically, I was struck by the large number of quite wonderful things that enabled me to Continue reading the story "Gratitudes for Thanksgiving 2015"