War is Officially Our Thing  

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.

U.S. soldier stationed in Germany (Defense.gov photo)
U.S. soldier stationed in Germany (Defense.gov photo)

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.

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