Thursday, May 24, 2007

U.S. Military Collection Free at Through June 6 is featuring its newly-packaged U.S. Military Collection with free access through D-Day (June 6th). The collection is a blend of old and new databases which cover over three centuries of American wars and conflicts, containing "more than 90 million names, 700 titles and databases of military records from all 50 states."

New features include the United Newsreel Motion Pictures from WWII, WWII Stars and Stripes Newspaper, U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, U.S. WWII Army Enlistment Records, and the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. The last two items may also be found elsewhere for free on the Internet: the WWII Army Enlistment Records can be found at the National Archives website here, and the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System can be found here (I blogged about this earlier). There are many other databases and features that are well worth the visit. My favorite are the WWI and WWII draft registration cards.

This is a good (although limited) opportunity for those who do not have an Ancestry subscription to check out the features of this website. If you are not a subscriber, you may be asked to complete a (free) registration to create a guest account.

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