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


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, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is also a retired colonel having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the Advanced Land course and Researching in Washington, D.C., without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Advanced Land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at SLIG. Rick also instructs in the Advanced Methodology course offered by 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 is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He is also the immediate past president of BCG.
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA