Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Free online access to American military records

Ancestry.com is making its entire U.S. Military Collection - the largest online collection of American military records - available for free to the public. From May 20th to May 31st, you can log on to http://www.ancestry.com/military to view more than 100 million names and 700 titles and databases of military records, the majority of which come from the US's National Archives and Records Administration, from all fifty of the U.S. states.

In addition, Ancestry and NARA have announced a new agreement to make millions of digitised historical records available online. The initial NARA collections to be digitized under the new agreement include INS Passenger and Crew Arrival andDeparture Lists from 1897-1958 and Death Notices of U.S. Citizens Abroad from 1835-1974, which have not been available to the public outside of NARA research rooms before now. Ancestry already hosts the entire collection of US Federal census records from 1790 to 1930, passenger lists from 1820-1960, and WWI and WWII draft registration cards, all of which are held by NARA.

(With thanks to the FFHS)

Chris

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