Let these websites help you discover your family’s military history. Find pension records, service records, burial information and more by digging through these databases.
Interactive timelines and multimedia content at this revamped website add to the databases of more than 218,000 American military buried or memorialized overseas.
The heart of this essential starting point for Civil War ancestor research remains the database of 6.3 million names from both sides, representing 44 states and territories. But you’ll also want to explore new features on cemeteries, monuments, places in the war, politicians and POWs.
As the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrates its 125th anniversary, its redesigned site puts family history features front and center. In addition to finding your ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, the DAR Genealogical Research System lets you explore those patriots’ documented descendants and lean on the research done by others to prove DAR eligibility.
Now boasting more than 444 million records, this site continues its focus on military history (though it still has passport applications, city directories and more from its previous incarnation as Footnote). Your $79.95 annual subscription lets you access Revolutionary War papers and pension applications, Civil War service records (especially from the Confederacy) and much more, all searchable with images.
Updated daily, this site is the domestic equivalent of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Its database covers US burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government marker.
See more of the 101 best genealogy websites of 2015:
- Best Virtual Library Websites
- Best Big Genealogy Websites
- Best Historical Newspaper Websites
- Best Large-Database Genealogy Websites
- Best State Genealogy Websites
- Best Websites for Finding African-American Ancestry
- Best Family Tree Websites
- Best Geographical Genealogy Websites
- Best Genealogy Tech Tools
- Best Websites for Vital Records
- Best Immigrant Genealogy Websites
- Best Canadian Genealogy Websites
- Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
- Best Social Media Websites for Genealogy
- Best Genealogy Blogs
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From the September 2015 issue of Family Tree Magazine