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When you have located your ancestor’s service card, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family.
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date. *Use the soldier's age and location of the military unit to find his family in census, church, and land records.*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct. *Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times. *Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community. *Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit. *Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names. *Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records. *Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.<br><br>
{{Tip|Don’t overlook {{FHL|North Carolina, Military records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[North Carolina Archives and Libraries]].}}
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