Military Records Toolkit
Launch an offensive to discover your family's military history—but first, arm yourself with these records and resources.

Web Sites
Books and CDs
  • American Civil War Research Database CD (Historical Data Systems, $89.95)

  • Army Service Records of the First World War, revised edition, by Simon Fowler, William Spencer and Stuart Tamblin (NARA, $12.95)

  • Index to Mexican War Pension Applications by Barbara Schull Wolfe (Heritage House, out of print)

  • Index to War of 1812 Pension Files by Virgil D. White (National Historical Publishing Co., out of print)

  • Military Service Records: A Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications (NARA, $3.50)

  • Naval Pensioners of the United States, 1800-1851 by Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck (Genealogical Publishing Co., $30)

  • Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments by Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck (Genealogical Publishing Co., out of print)

  • Revolutionary War Pension Records CD (Ancestry, $39.99)

  • Roll of Honor: Civil War Union Soldiers CD (Genealogical Publishing Co., $29.99)

  • Soldiers of the Great War by W.M. Haulsee, F.G. Howe and A.C. Doyle (Soldiers Record Publishing Association, out of print)

  • US Military Records: A Guide to Federal & State Sources: Colonial America to the Present by James C. Neagles (Ancestry, $39.95)

  • World War II Military Records: A Family Historian's Guide by Debra Johnson Knox (MIE Publishing, $23.95)

  • Air Force Historical Research Agency
    600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405
    Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112
    (334) 953-2395

  • Confederate Research Center
    Box 619
    Hillsboro, TX 76645
    (254) 582-2555

  • Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
    503 S. Walnut St.
    Springfield, IL 62704
    (217) 544-0616

  • Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
    Box 830482
    Richardson, TX 75083

  • Family History Library
    35 N. West Temple St.
    Salt Lake City, UT 84150
    (800) 346-6044

  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library
    4278 Griscom St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
    (215) 289-6484

  • National Archives and Records Administration
    700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20408
    (866) 325-7208

  • National Museum of the Marine Corps
    Box 998
    Quantico, VA 22134
    (800) 397-7585

  • National Personnel Records Center
    9700 Page Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    Military records: (314) 801-0800

  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
    1776 D St. NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 628-1776

  • Naval Historical Center
    Washington Navy Yard
    805 Kidder Breese St. SE
    Washington, DC 20374
    (202) 433-3224

  • Sons of the American Revolution
    1000 S. Fourth St.
    Louisville, KY 40203
    (502) 589-1776

  • Sons of Confederate Veterans
    Box 59
    Columbia, TN 38402
    (800) 693-4943

  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
    Box 1865
    Harrisburg, PA 17105
    (717) 232-7000

  • United Daughters of the Confederacy
    328 North Blvd.
    Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 355-1636

  • US Army Center of Military History
    Collins Hall
    103 Third Ave.
    Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC 20319
    (202) 685-4042

  • US Army Heritage and Education Center
    950 Soldiers Drive
    Carlisle, PA 17013
    (717) 245-3971

  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
    810 Vermont Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20420
    (800) 827-1000

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