Song lyrics may exhort us to “Give Peace a Chance”, but this country seems unlikely to follow their lead. We have been at war 221 years of our 242 year existence (assuming our country dates from 1776, when we declared our independence from Britain). This means that each and every one of our presidents can be considered a “War President”, since we were at war at least one day during each man’s administration.
Now, it seems a virtual certainty that many of your male ancestors (and probably some of the females) served in one or more of our many wars. Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes record collections that cover most of our major conflicts (Revolutionary War through World War II).
There’s an easy way to find record collections of likely interest. As always, I suggest that you start by searching Ancestry LE’s Card Catalog (case does not matter):
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE U.S. KEYWORD military 120 hits
You’re probably asking: Is there any way to narrow things down a bit? Yes, of course—by war:
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE World War II KEYWORD military 19 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE World War I KEYWORD military 18 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE Spanish KEYWORD military 12 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE Civil War KEYWORD military 42 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE 1812 KEYWORD military 18 hits
SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE Revolutionary KEYWORD military 30 hits
Once you select a particular record collection, you can then search for specific ancestors.
You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.