Explore Military Records with Fold3

fold3a.pngFold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served.  Discover and share stories about the men and women who fought, and the families that supported them on Fold3.

Fold3 is used by historians, genealogists, researchers, teachers, students, and veterans.  It was begun in 1999 as a company that digitized historical newspapers and other archive content for libraries, universities and media companies in the US.  In January, 2000 they launched a website to bring over 5 million documents, mostly military records, to the public.  In 2010 the company was purchased by Ancestry.com, and rebranded as Fold3.  The company continues to provide a growing list of military and other documents to researchers and enthusiasts all over the world.

Fold3 offers a helpful Get Started page.  This includes

  • An overview of the Basic Search function which allows you to enter a name.

  • Advanced Search, which allows you to add keywords, dates, and locations. 

  • The Search Results page has two columns of filters to help you narrow your search. 

    • You can filter by Category (WWII or non-military records) or

    • Title (newspapers or census records) by clicking on the appropriate tab. 

  • Helpful videos are available by clicking on the Need Help button at the bottom right of the search screen. 

  • Click on one of the individual search results in the third column to open a mini-viewer to see the document.  This can be expanded to the full screen.

  • If you open a free Fold3 account, you will be able to save documents and searches, and return to them at a later date.

Fold3 maintains three virtual memorial walls, the US Honor Wall, the US Vietnam Wall, and the USS Arizona Wall.  Members can create their own memorials for a person or an event.  Helpful video tutorials are available on the Memorials page; just choose Create a Memorial.
Where does the name, Fold3, come from?  As mentioned on the Fold3 website, “Traditionally, the third fold in some flag-folding ceremonies honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.”

Enjoy searching into the past, learning more about our nation’s history and your own family stories as you go. 

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