An Introduction to Military Service Records

Military Service and Conflict records are descriptive government records that reveal an ancestor’s or relative's involvement in major historical events that impacted millions across the world. Military Service records often provide rich details about an individual that can lead to new possibilities for research.

What’s in a Military Service Record?

Explore various kinds of Military Service records including draft registrations, enlistments, casualty reports, and more.

Each record may include:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Date of birth
  • State of residence
  • Date of death
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Service number
  • Military grade
  • Enlistment date
  • Branch of service
  • Duration of service

How to use Military Service and Conflict Records

Discover the excitement of finding your ancestor’s Military and Service records as they took part in some of the most significant events of recent history. In addition to this thrill, finding your ancestor’s records could help uncover pivotal information for a family tree and avoid future “brick walls” down the road with inaccurate spelling or birth dates.

Military records on findmypast are possible launching points for finding birth cities, spouses, and even famous figures who served their country.