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Ancestry did this last year and I was able to get the word out of my friends who found their Grandfathers and other men and women in their families who served. Even men who didn't serve had to fill out Registration Cards for WWI and WWII, which gave other information to help in tracing your ancestors. I thought this would be a great opportunity for those interested. It's FREE until May 31st and you can save copies to your hard drive. I believe they ask you to register, that's all.
If this direct link doesn't work, just go to Ancestry.com and you will see on the right side a place to click on that will take you to the page "Discover your family's heroes.........:)
Personal Stories.Find your family’s heroes for FREE through May 31, 2008.
Every family has its heroes. People who shaped world history by fighting for what they believed in. Men and women who sacrificed their time — and possibly even their lives. Ancestors who deserve to be remembered.
Now through May 31, 2008, you can search the world’s largest online collection of historical military records on Ancestry.com for FREE. You could find family heroes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Discover more of your story. Grow your family tree. And maybe even find out why you turned out so tough.
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Hi all you Roots diggers!!
This is my first time commenting on this site, but I have enjoyed reading and learning from all of you from time to time.
I have been 'digging' Genealogy, on and off since 1984. Then you had to travel to major history centers, like Chicago Historical, the Newberry Library and local remote libraries to put anything together. and you wrote letter. I wrote LOTS of letters. sometimes I got great responses and information, sometime, nothing!!! Today the postage alone would exceed the costs I incured back in the 1980's. That information and verbal family history have been what has built the base that I can use to varify the on line information I find today.
The internet has opened many doors and increased my finds very rapidly in recent years. Some great, till recently, unknown cousins have found me, and I them... Now we are now sharing new lines, new news and common interests. I felt, several years ago that Ancestery.com was over priced, and over rated, but not any more!! They are getting so many wonderful old documents digitalized for our ready use that the horizon expands every week. As simple as finally learning what the middle initial in a Granddad's name stood for.... it is on his WWI draft card.!! No one ever could tell me what that middle name was. All you need do is 'crank' your way through a few reels of Census records at a history or library center and you will willingly pay the fees. I missed lots of detail when I was searching that way. The cross reference and ability to see all the detail is priceless.
I have now expanded my searching to land grant and survey records that are now appearing at several sites on line, mostly free. Start with the BLM site: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/ and then see what your state has to offer. Here in Wisconsin many of the hand written, original land surveyor notes have been digitalized and posted............. some very valuable information establishing home farms, how obtained and so much more. Most of the land grants are signed by the then sitting president, or his representative .... a nice tie to the time line you may be working in. I have just begun this avenue and it seems to be as endless as this great land of ours.
Needless to say, I renew, each year, now with Ancestory. And, the free times they offer just opens the information highway wider as more and more folks have the oppurtunity to add more information from their files.
Dig.......... and Enjoy