When you have located your ancestor’s service card, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details.
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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
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