The Compiled Service Records are available as part of Footnote.com’s offerings and you can read more about them on their page. It will be great to have freely available access to these now through the efforts of the ACPL.
The organization of the records are by regiment, so it’ s not as easy to immediately locate a person of interest, so it may be easier to search the Footnote collection and then take note of the location of the record.
As with the VA Pension List, I am maintaining a list as they become available. So far, there are 20 rolls online (out of 1,096). And, to give an update on the VA Pension Records — when I first posted there were about 30 rolls available; there are now more than 140.
So many goodies are being posted at the Internet Archive, but here is another one definitely worth mentioning. The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center has started uploading NARA microfilm records of the Veterans Administration Pension Cards: 1907-1933. Military records are still sources that I’m quite unfamiliar, but a just looking through the records themselves + Google searching quickly made me realize how valuable these can be for genealogical research.
The pension records are arranged alphabetically by surname; the entire collection has 2, 539 reels and includes about 2 million cards (Microfilm collection M850 at NARA). Two types of cards are included – those for soldiers themselves and then the Army/Navy Widow Cards.
What kind of information can you find on them? These listed below, plus more.
Unit of service
Rate and dates of payment
Date of death
And, on the widow cards you’ll find
Rate & record of payments
Record of any payments made to minors
As I write this a little more than 30 reels from the “A” alphabet have been deposited to the IA. To help keep track of them I have created a spreadsheet that lists each roll and I will continue to add to it as they add more. I can only hope that ACPL Genealogy Center will start a list/directory on their website though and/or blogs about it soon – I may get tired before they get all 2,539 reels done! 🙂 UPDATE: Curt Witcher, Manager of the Genealogy Center, just confirmed for me via email that they do plan on putting all the reels up.
If you’d like a version of the surname listing for all reels in a more accessible format, I spliced those pages off and uploaded them to Scribd. You can get it below. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these reels come online.