Finding the minimum information for military records
To find an address in a military record, you must at least know the veteran's name, the branch of service, such as Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, the state from which the veteran entered the service, and the war in which the veteran served. If the period of service was after 1916, you must also know entry and release dates, military ID number, Social Security number, whether an officer or enlisted, and date of birth. If you do not have the minimum information to find a military record, you can either:
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Finding military records
If you aren't sure of the military branch or of the approximate time when the veteran served, look for military memorabilia an photos taken in uniform. These items can give you the information you need.
Genealogy.com, Inc. also has Family Archives containing military records indexes. The FamilyFinder Index, a feature of Family Tree Maker software and also available for searching at FamilyTreeMaker.com, is an index of over 220 million names from census records, marriage records, military records, actual family trees, and more. This feature can help you by telling you if your ancestor's name is actually listed on one of the military CDs Genealogy.com sells. Using the FamilyFinder Index couldn't be easier -- all you need to do is enter the names of your ancestors right into your own computer. If the FamilyFinder Index tells you that your ancestors are listed, then it's simple to locate your ancestor's record. For more information about FamilyFinder, or for information about purchasing CD-ROM indexes, see the topic All about FamilyFinder.
Finding places a family has lived
Make sure you have checked items at home such as old letters or day books. You may find addresses in them. For a complete list of places to check at home, see the topic Finding information at home. You may also want to check for family histories and local histories in genealogy libraries and public libraries where your ancestors lived. They may mention family addresses.
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