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Military photographs have always played a crucial role in capturing the harsh realities of war. Often graphic and surreal, a photograph could often tell a story where words could not. A photograph, whether of your ancestor or not, gives you a view into the adversity your ancestor probably experienced in a war. You can learn about the battles and see those who fought alongside your ancestor.

Without photographs, those on the home front would not be able to comprehend the harsh realities of war, and what their loved ones experienced. For many, these photos represent the last time they were captured on film alive.

They can also be useful in helping to identify uniforms you may have seen in your own family photo collection.

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Search Tips

  • The best way to find a military record is to enter as much information as you can into your search. The more you tell us about your ancestor, the easier it will be to find good matches about him or her.
  • In your searching, remember to allow for name spelling variations and that sometimes records only used one or more initials for the given names.
  • Since each collection includes different information, it is valuable to search collections that apply to your ancestor individually. Once you see the results for some individuals you can see what terms might be useful in the Keyword field to refine your search.
  • With some record collections, the description provides instruction for how to receive additional information.
  • Once you find a matching military record, save it to your family tree – that way you can provide evidence to back up the info in your family tree, easily share your discovery with your family, and quickly find the historical record again later.