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HIS122 - Dr. Don Fisher - Family History Project: Military

Hints & Tips

  • If any of your ancestors were the right age for military service, check it out!  They might not have served, but there still might be draft information about them. 
  • Consider if they might be found in the WWII draft info, or the WWI draft info.  Even older men who had immigrated to the US had to register for the WWI draft.
  • Civil War military records may contain a lot of information.  The pension applications for the soldier or his widow may contain even more informatlon!
  • Find information about the unit he/she served in and the action that unit participated in.  Maps can make your family history more interesting.

Military Resources


a)                  Daughters of the American Revolution


b)                  Civil War – Making of AmericaCornell University

A digital library of primary sources in American social history.

Includes The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1880-1901).



c)                   National Archives-WWII Army Enlistment Records 




Private John Henry Rosebrook, Battery M, 1st NY Light Artillery

John Henry Rosebrook, from Tonawanda, was a private in a battery that was raised in Niagara County.  This is a copy of his request for a disability pension.

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