Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Military Records FREE on MyHeritage Through 28 May

MyHeritage announced today that records in their Military record collections will be available FREE through Tuesday, 28 May.  See the MyHeritage Blog post Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records.

I wondered what record collections are in the Military list on MyHeritage (and on WorldvitalRecords).  I went to the MyHeritage site, and selected the "Research Tab," and the "Military" link.  That opened a search box, and I entered "Smith" as the surname so I could see the list of record collections.  When the results appeared, I clicked on the "Summary" tab to see the list of collections.  There were 219.496 results in 1,431 collections (only two screens below):

The first 11 record collections listed are:

*  World War II Army Enlistment
*  Service Records of Confederate Soldiers
*  Air Force Register Abstracts
*  British Militia Attestations Index, 1886-1910
*  U.S. World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1945
*  Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957
*  World War II Reserve Corps Records
*  Revolutionary War Pension Records
*  Record of the Massachusetts Volunteers, 1861-1865, Volume 1
*  U.S. Army Casualties, 1961-1981
*  Vietnam Casualties, 1956-1998

There are many more collections listed, but you can see only a list of 100 collections on the "Summary" tab for some reason.

Of course, most of us would not perform a search for "Smith."  I did an exact search for Isaac Seaver and received 7 matches:

I have not seen several of those exact matches, and will spend some time today exploring them to see if they apply to my Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).

In my opinion, there are enough military record collections on MyHeritage, and researchers should consider using this FREE opportunity to search for military records for their ancestors.

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary Premium Plus family tree subscription, and a complimentary Data subscription, to MyHeritage, which I greatly appreciate.  This does not affect my objectivity in evaluating the MyHeritage products.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I hopped right over to and promptly found a record from the War of 1812 for an ancestor. It was not free.