If you don’t already have a Fold3.com subscription, from now until July 31, 2017 at 11:59pm MDT, you can save $30 on an annual subscription. Normally priced at $79.95, your cost will be only $49.95.
Why a Fold3.com Subscription?
If your ancestors served in the military, I consider this a must-have subscription due to the sheer enormity of available records. Fold3.com currently has over 486 million records, and due to their partnership with the National Archives and other institutions, more and more records will be added over time. Among currently available records are:
- Revolutionary War Service & Pension Records
- Civil War Service Records Confederate & Union
- Civil War Widows Pensions
- War of 1812 Pension Applications & Service Records
- Mexican War Service Records
- World War II Photos & Records
- World War II Draft Cards
- Australia WWI & WII Service Records
- British Army WWI Service Records
- U.K. WWI War Diaries
- U.K. Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service Records
- U.K. Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Admission and Discharge Records
If you have a subscription to Ancestry.com, you’ll often find a military record (perhaps an index), but to see the entire file (such as a Revolutionary War pension record) you’ll need to click over to Fold3 to see the file in its entirety. Fold3.com really goes hand-in-hand with Ancestry or other sites that link to military records.
What Can You Expect to Find?
The page below is one page from a Revolutionary War pension file. (Click to enlarge the page to full size). Although this ancestor’s name appeared in an Ancestry.com file, I needed to use Fold3 to actually read my ancestor’s statement of service along with affidavits from his son and other people who knew him. These were used to help verify this service.
Another relative whose (more recent) service I wanted to document was an uncle who served in World War II. Fold3 gave me this information. Something I really appreciated was knowing about the Army Branch. As I really didn’t have a clue about a Warrant Officer, having this one fact opened up another line of research for me. Also, I didn’t know this uncle was living in California at the time of this enlistment; I assumed he was in Missouri. Again, this will send me to census records to see where he might have been living at the time.
Whether you’re searching for more current military records or ones dating back to the 18th century, Fold3 is the very best source for obtaining copies of those records. Right now (until July 31) you can save $30 on your annual membership. For me, that’s a great deal.