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Tracing Our Ancestors in Military Records
Column published: 10 August 2006.
By: Shirley Gage Hodges Biography & Archived Articles
Many times people have asked me how I started this addition that we call genealogy. I will have to admit that when I started out, I had two rather simple goals. I wanted to find a nice respectable Revolutionary War ancestor and a Civil War ancestor. I did find my Civil War ancestor in my great grandfather, Delorma Wisner. I am still looking for my Revolutionary War ancestor.
I have found it very interesting and informative to examine Delorma's military records. He served in 111 Ohio Inf., Co. C. The entry on his Civil War military record indicates his birthplace as Stark, Ohio. His physical description was: Height: 5', 8"; complexion: light; Eyes: hazel; Hair: brown; Occupation: farmer. It was interesting to me to see how much his description sounded like the physical description of his grandson, my father. After reading the following entry from that file I also learned why I had a difficult time locating the family at times. The record stated that he moved often first 8 years after leaving the service and then settled in Michigan.
Military service records are a tremendously valuable and reliable source for those researching family histories; Military records document a person's military service as well as their life outside of the military. These records are varied and extensive. Some examples of the types of records that we find in their military records are:
Web pages to see Timelines for conflicts:
Shirley Hodges, biography & genealogy lectures; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor's Note: Shirley Hodges is the author of the popular Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930
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