Irish Genealogy Newsletter - Military Sources

Hi! I hope everyone is well. I have two presentations coming up, hope to see you there.

Course III - Irish Name Variations & Search Techniques This Sunday Nov 14th, 7pm, Orleans County Genealogical Society at Albion Town Hall
Irish Genealogy & Research Strategies Thursday Dec 2nd, 7pm, Irish American Cultural Institute at St. John Fisher College, Event Details

Happy Veterans Day! Here’s a reminder of some good sources to help you research military-related records.

• WWI Draft Registration. I routinely check this resource for all males who were in the US in 1917-18 and were born 1872-1900. This was just a registration – they may or may not have served. The info you will find depends on which of 3 different forms were used. All forms include address, birth date, birth place, citizenship, color of eyes and hair, relative indication of height and build.
o Available at If you don’t subscribe to, it may be available at no cost at a local public library (available at the following libraries with your Monroe County (NY) library card: Brighton, Central/Local History Room, Fairport, Greece, Henrietta, Ogden and Penfield).
o Available at your local Family History Center. Microfilms can be ordered and rented for $5.50 each. See to determine the film number you need.
• 1840, 1900, 1910, 1930 US census include indication of military service. Also 1890 Veterans (& Widows) schedule in
• Registers of Enlistments in the US Army, 1798-1914 includes birthplace. National Archives (NA), microfilm M233 &
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) database includes cemetery info for both Confederate and Union veterans.
• Pension records usually contain some genealogical info (including birth places and relationships). If your target person did not serve, pension records for his father, uncles, brothers and cousins could be valuable resources. has Civil War Pension index cards.
How to order Older (pre-WWI) Military Service or Pension Records
How to order Post-WWI Military Service or Pension Records
• Other resources include Online Military Index, Civil War Soldiers and NYS Civil War,
• For more info see Neagles, James C., U.S. Military Records, Salt Lake City, Utah: Ancestry, Inc., 1994.

For a basic intro to the military history of Ireland, see Wikipedia.

Take Care,