Maximizing Military Records: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 97

By Lisa Louise Cooke

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In this episode:


Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa’s book is available at Family Tree Shop: Mobile Genealogy

News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider, Diane Haddad

Read Diane’s Memorial Day blog post on the 12 free websites to search for your fallen military ancestors. Genealogy Insider Blog.

And don’t forget to check out the 2016 Family Tree Magazine May / June issue (digital)


Top Tips

In our Top Tips segment the Family Curator, Denise Levenick, returns to the show to talk about how to preserve military memorabilia such as flags, medals and uniforms.


101 Best Websites

David Fryxell shares a sneak peek at the military sites included in the upcoming 2016 list:

Family Tree University Crash Course

Nancy Hendrickson returns to give us a crash course on military records based on her on-demand video webinar How to Find Ancestor Military Records. In this hour-long presentation, Nancy will discuss the best collections and research methods for finding military records for your ancestors. With tips on pensions, county histories, and an overview of the available information from the Revolutionary War onward, you’ll get valuable insight and hidden resources to further your research.
Records to Look for:
  1. WWI – draft registration cards
  2. Civil War Records – Pensions, widow’s pensions, compiled service records, volunteer databases, regiments
  3. War of 1812 – pension files at and
  4. Revolutionary War – Bounty Land Warrants

From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Trace WWI boundary changes with the Family Tree Historical Maps Book Europe: A Country-by-Country Atlas of European HIstory, 1700s-1900s. Hardcover | Ebook


Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s podcast, The Genealogy Gems Podcast in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.