11 tips for finding out someone’s military history – FindMyPast November 7, 2019

I saw this earlier today on FindMyPast11 tips for finding out someone’s military history: https://www.findmypast.com/blog/help/11-tips-for-finding-your-military-ancestor.

Almost every family has a military connection. Here’s how to find yours.

Did your grandfather or great-grandfather serve in the military? Would you like to find out more about a family hero? If their military records survive, you can use them to find out so much detail about their lives.

To help you in your quest to trace your family’s military past, we’ve put together this list of tried and tested research tips.


1. Ask your relatives first



2. Take a hint


3. Search your basement



4. Browse record sets prior to searching



5. Keep your timeline handy



6. Search both sides



7. Use name variant and wildcard functions



8. Consider offline resources



9. Do some local research



10. Don’t forget cemetery records



11. Check historical newspapers and periodicals




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