The other day my brother, sister, and I were talking about catching up on our genealogy. Our Mother and Father have passed and we want our children and their children to know the rich history of our family. What is amazing is we have relatives I didn’t even know about who were honored and knighted in Europe before migrating to the United States. We have a Coat of Arms for our family and legend has it that our relative is honored in a stained glass window design on a German church because he saved some Nuns. After this heroic effort, he was knighted and my Mom’s maiden name now included the title “Von” before it.
After hearing that cool family history story, we searched more into other relatives we might have who fought on U.S. soil or for the U.S. military efforts. My brother, sister, and I never knew either of our grandfathers. We learned that in fact, our grandfathers are U.S. veterans in various wars. We are continuing to search other records about them to see who they were and what they did in their lives. It is still a mystery to us, but nevertheless, I will honor my ancestors this Memorial Day, in addition to honoring all the fallen heroes and their families.
More than 43 million American men and women have served in the military during wartime since the American Revolution. Ancestry.com has the largest assortment of military records in their database, covering 300 years of conflicts like the Civil War, WWI, and WWI. The database also includes information about veteran’s gravesites, enlistment records, draft records, videos and photos of actual conflicts and battles, and war bounty land warrants. Ancestry.com includes over 80,000 records of military service members who were lost or buried at sea during World War II.
If you would like to search for ancestors in your family who may be military heroes, you can check out these search sites. You can also read the family military heritage of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain at Ancestry.com.
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The U.S. National Archives
God Bless America and God Bless Our Heroes.