As we celebrate Memorial Day and remember with gratitude those who served and continue to serve the USA through the years, we also recognize the value of the records they left behind.
About Memorial Day – Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11 in 1868 designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” The first celebration took place at the Arlington National Cemetery on that date. In 1971, federal law changed the observanceof the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars. (Source: Library of Congress)
Military records can be a valuable source of information about more than just the individual seving. Not only do they identify individuals who served in the various branches of service but they also identify who was eligible for service. Military records can help you discover:
- Evidence of military service
- Residence at the time of military service or pension
- Evidence of family relationships, including ancestors or descendants
The FGS 2014 Conference offers a Military Track by some of the leading experts in this field. Whether you are research ing an ancestor from the Mexican War or Civil War or someone who fought at the Alamo, you’ll be sure to learn new resources and techniques to help you track down ancestors who served our country during times of conflict as well as peace.
Topics in this track include:
- Researching Your Mexican War Ancestor, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
- After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans, Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG
- Thirteen Days Insired by War of 1812 Veterans: The Alamo, Michael Jeffrey Hall
- Researching the Hessian Soldier, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
- Home Guards, Confederate Soldiers, and Galvanized Yankees, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
See complete descriptions of these sessions in the FGS Conference Brochure.