Midvale Union Fort
 Multi-Stake Family History Center
540 East 7155 South in Midvale
 (just north of fire station) Please use north door      
Phone: (801) 569-1621 
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Research Tactics Lesson 7
Getting Acquainted With and Loving Your Ancestors
The old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price each says we must “Turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the father” in almost the same words. How important must this be to be repeated so many times in our sacred scriptures?

“Decide to do something with eternal consequences. It is a spiritual work, a monumental effort of cooperation on both sides of the veil...it begins with love..”
– President Hinckley

“It doesn’t matter whether your computer is able to compile all the family group sheets for everyone that ever lived on the earth, it remains the responsibility of each individual to know his kindred dead…Even if the work is done, then it is still each person’s responsibility to study and become acquainted with his ancestors.”
– President Joseph Fielding Smith - Turned to the Fathers - p 184

“For we without them cannot be made perfect; neither can they without us be made perfect . . . For it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times . . . that a whole and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present time.” – D&C 128:18)

Learn something about them and how they lived. If a story is not written then you can do it. Just begin soon.
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Discussion & Theory
Military Records
Military endeavors span the history of America. From King Phillip’s War in 1675-76 to the Gulf Wars of the twenty-first century, every generation of our ancestors who have lived in this country have been involved or affected by conflict. Participation ranged from 125,000 in the Philippine Insurrection to an estimated five million in the Civil War. Many others who did not serve created draft registration records. Involvement was not limited to white native-born males but included the newly-arrived foreign born of all ethnic groups as well as minorities, American Indians, blacks, and in certain instances, women. The abundance and variety of records generated by military service, the distribution of veterans’ benefits, and the interaction with civilians provide a template of rich personal detail about service personnel, their families, and often, the general citizenry.

The first indication of an ancestor’s involvement with the military may come from family stories or from personal papers that have been retained. If there is no information of this type, or if the reference is so general that it lacks specifics needed for further research, there are still avenues to explore to determine if there is a history of military service. Particularly for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, records associated with an individual’s death (death certificates, obituaries, funeral or memorial programs, and cemetery records and grave markers) will provide the evidence needed to conduct a search of military records. This chapter also presents ways to locate service, pension and other types of military records when details such as rank or regiment are yet to be determined.

The Source, Military Records, Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck, MA, MS and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, FUGA; Third Edition 2006
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Bring to Class This Week:
1. The file for the family you are working on and flash drive for transporting new finds
2. Optional: Your family computer file to work on in class
3. Salt Lake County Library card

Lesson Materials:
Web Links:
Timeline of United States military operations

Online classes for Military Research
Family Search Learning Center Classes (type in Military)
Ancestry Academy  (type in military)

Military Records
Genealogy Research in Military Records from the National Archives
Ancestry.com U.S. Military Collection (Free in FHC)
Fold3 Military Records (formerly Footnote) (Free in FHC)
How to Search in Fold3 Military Records
Heritage Quest Revolutionary War Pensions (need library card)
National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
FamilySearch Military Databases
Military History
Google Books American Military History
Know your ancestor’s unit? Search for a history of that unit
Research Wiki = Military
Mormon Battalion
1890 Veterans Schedules (Pensioners in 1890)
1840 U S Census (notes living American Revolutionary Soldiers with pensions)
Military Worldwide

Homework for Next Week:
1. Add all new information to your family using the Research Log, Timeline, Family Group Record and Pedigree Chart. Remember to source your information.
2. Read Lesson 8 and links.

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