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A Genealogist In The Archives: Your Ancestor's Military Story

Monday, May 8, 2017

Your Ancestor's Military Story

On this day, May 8th, in 1945, the United States and Great Britain celebrated "Victory in Europe" or VE Day. Cities in both nations displayed flags and banners celebrating the end of the war in Europe.

Many of our ancestors participated in this war and hopefully they left documents, photographs and stories of their time spent engaged in this terrible war.

As genealogists, we try to document every aspect of our ancestor's lives. Events that happened during our ancestor's lives and that affected our ancestor's directly, help to tell their story.

Documenting our ancestor's time in the military, especially during a wartime, can help us tell a more complete story.

Whether your family member served during the Revolutionary War, WWI, WWI, Vietnam or is serving today, their time in the service is part of their life story and should be documented.

Our service personnel, no matter how they served or where they served, is important and genealogists should do what we can to locate records and document that service.

Many of our archives, libraries, historical societies, genealogical societies, university archives and even museums have documents, photographs and ephemera that could help you tell your ancestor's military service story.



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