Wednesday, May 23, 2007

US Military Collection 90 million names at

Multi-media on main screen bows to use of online presentation of video as a mainstream tool

Collection is free through 6 June 2007

Gosh, Ol' Myrt only went to the bank and the Post Office for about 45 minutes. While I was gone, has added a completely new collection, known as the "US Military Collection." I stumbled across it looking for Civil War records for my ancestor Ferd Goering (didn't find him.) What struck me was the use of old newsreels and Mathew Brady photos, in a delightful montage just above a timeline, and the actual search form.

Next, I spotted Dick Eastman's blog, then I checked my email box, and found the following announcement from our friends at All inquiries should be addressed to is announcing it has launched the largest collection of U.S.
military records available and searchable online, featuring more than 90 million
names that span more than four centuries of American history from the 1600s
through Vietnam.

This U.S. Military Collection includes exclusive record sets such as the only complete collection of WWI draft registration cards and commemorative military yearbooks and newspapers. Combined, the records bring to life the stories and sacrifices of the millions of brave men and women who have
served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Inside the U.S. Military Collection’s U.S. Military Collection captures all major wars and conflicts from American history, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts as well as the Spanish-American War and the War of 1812.

The eclectic volume of records features more than 700 databases and
titles and 37 million images of original and often personally autographed
documents including:

  • World War I and World War II draft registration cards
  • Prisoner of war records from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II,
    and Korea
  • Muster rolls (unit rosters) for the Marine Corps
  • WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster rolls, 1939-1949
  • U.S. Military burial registers 1768-1921
  • Service Records from Revolutionary War
  • Service Records from War of 1812
  • Service Records from Civil War
  • Civil War Pension Index
  • Casualty listings from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam
  • WWI and WWII Stars and Stripes Newspapers
  • Young American Patriots Military Yearbooks (post WWII)

Rare historical media such as the United Newsreel Motion Pictures (1942 – 1945) are another highlight of the collection, making the only online source for all 267 counter-propaganda films shown in U.S. theaters and abroad during WWII. Produced by the Office of War Information and financed by the U. S. government, the United Newsreels consisted of several short stories concerning allied military operations and were reportedly released in sixteen languages. Newsreels were also dropped behind enemy lines in a German language version and distributed in friendly and neutral countries.

Beginning now through June 6th (D-Day), will make its entire U.S. Military Collection free to the public. For more information on’s U.S. Military Collection, visit In order to see the new titles added to Ancestry for this military release, go to and view titles by war/conflict.

A gal can't even go to the bank without important things happening in this exciting world of online genealogy!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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