Accessing National Archives Military Records from Start to Finish

Accessing National Archives Military Records from Start to Finish


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by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

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Accessing National Archives Military Records from Start to Finish


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Having learned about the National Archives and Records administration (NARA) website and related finding aids (in webinars 2 and 3 of this series), viewers are ready to locate the abundance of military records held by NARA. This session focuses on finding records such as the Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR), pension files, accounting records, unit records, medical records, morning reports, and many more. Learn which records can be found in Archives I at Washington, DC, in Archives II at College Park, Maryland, and in the National Archives at St. Louis.  

Supplemental Reading:

"A Reasonable Degree of Promtitude: Civil War Pension Applications Processing, 1861-1885 by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens

Follow the Money: Tracking Revolutionary War Army Pension Payments by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens

Untapped Resources: Private Claims and Private Legislation in the Records of the U.S. Congress by Charles E. Schamel


 
 

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Presenter: Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, a retired colonel who served 31 years in the U.S. Army, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is current secretary and immediate past president of BCG. He coordinates the Advanced Land course and the Using Maps in Genealogy course offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and he instructs in several other courses at SLIG. Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Family History Law Library course at SLIG. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick specializes in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio.
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