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The Unparalleled Value of Regular Army Enlistment Records

The Unparalleled Value of Regular Army Enlistme...

Genealogists are well aware of the immense value of military records in tracing their family histories. However, one particular set of records often goes overlooked: Regular Army enlistment papers. These...

The Unparalleled Value of Regular Army Enlistme...

Genealogists are well aware of the immense value of military records in tracing their family histories. However, one particular set of records often goes overlooked: Regular Army enlistment papers. These...

Finding the Hidden Clues in a Pension File

One of the most common questions I encounter at Civil War Records pertains to whether pension files yield direct evidence of an ancestor's parentage. It's true; these files might not...

Finding the Hidden Clues in a Pension File

One of the most common questions I encounter at Civil War Records pertains to whether pension files yield direct evidence of an ancestor's parentage. It's true; these files might not...

The Homestead Acts: A Family Historian's Guide

The Homestead Acts: A Family Historian's Guide

The Homestead Acts were a series of laws passed by the United States government between 1862 and 1916 that granted free land to settlers. These laws were instrumental in the...

The Homestead Acts: A Family Historian's Guide

The Homestead Acts were a series of laws passed by the United States government between 1862 and 1916 that granted free land to settlers. These laws were instrumental in the...

Naturalization papers in a Homestead packet

Naturalization papers in a Homestead packet

I love when records show up in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect. This 1870 naturalization record was found in the homestead packet for Thomas France at the National Archives.  ...

Naturalization papers in a Homestead packet

I love when records show up in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect. This 1870 naturalization record was found in the homestead packet for Thomas France at the National Archives.  ...

Rare Finds in a Pension File!

Rare Finds in a Pension File!

Another interesting find in a Civil War pension file at the National Archives! This pension had one of the rarest of finds, an actual photo of the soldier. The submission...

Rare Finds in a Pension File!

Another interesting find in a Civil War pension file at the National Archives! This pension had one of the rarest of finds, an actual photo of the soldier. The submission...

Clues hiding in plain sight

Clues hiding in plain sight

Did you know there are two versions of the pension index cards online? Ancestry has one version and Fold3 has another. Between the two, there may be enough information to...

Clues hiding in plain sight

Did you know there are two versions of the pension index cards online? Ancestry has one version and Fold3 has another. Between the two, there may be enough information to...