Saturday, May 26, 2007

FREE ACCESS to Ancestry military records through June 6

As reported this week on AHN, has posted more than 90 million U.S. war records online, from the first English settlement at Jamestown in 1607 until the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. In honor of Memorial Day and those who gave their lives, the entire U. S. Military Collection can be viewed for free through the anniversary of D-Day on June 6.

The records, taken from the National Archives and Records Administration, include 37 million images, draft registration cards from the world wars, military yearbooks, prisoner-of-war records from four wars, unit rosters from the Marine Corps from 1893 through 1958, and Civil War pension records. The site also lists the names the U.S. soldiers killed numbering 3.5 million including the 2,000 who perished in Iraq.

The U. S. Military Collection page also features one of Ancestry's latest acquisitions, the United Newsreel Motion Pictures (1942-1946), newsreel footage from World War II.

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