Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Southwest Michigan Military Registry Index Now On Ancestry.com

The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Ancestry.com to publish its index to the Southwest Michigan Military Registry as part of the Member & Institutional Collections category of Ancestry's community of databases.

Those currently with a subscription to Ancestry.com, will now find hits in their search results from this database of over 9,400 records.  Don't despair if you don't have am Ancestry subscription because you can also go directly to the search page of the collection by clicking on this link or accessing it through the portal on the VBRGS website.

The Southwest Michigan Military Registry was launched in February 1999, and is an archives of information pertaining to the men & women who have participated in the military from the time of the American Revolution to the present day.  Individuals are encouraged to "register" their family members with the archives by submitting a registration form and supporting documentation. 

To be eligible for inclusion in the project, the subject must have served in the military, either during war or peacetime, and must have at some time in their life resided in one of the Michigan counties of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo or Van Buren.  Residence could include birth, death or burial events. 

The Ancestry database is searchable by last and/or first name and includes the following additional components:
  • Category of military service (such as WWI, National Guard, Career, etc)
  • Southwest Michigan county represented (in some cases it may be more than one)
  • Birth & death years when known or when applicable (many listings represent living individuals)
  • By whom submission made 
  • Code for the file included in the archives 
Note that some of the entries don't include a Code because information was extracted from an obituary included in the Southwest Michigan Obituary Collection, a database that has also been recently added by the Van Buren District Library and is searchable within the Ancestry Member & Institutional Collection databases.

To learn more about the Southwest Michigan Military Registry, take a moment to read our February 21 post or contact VBRGS.

Nameless Picture of the Day
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Photographer - McCollum & Cunningham

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