Military Genealogy

Throughout history, courageous men and women have served and protected their country. Their military experiences are preserved in both official and unofficial records. These records can offer clues that go beyond rank and serial number. They help us understand major formative experiences in the life of those who came before us.

At Cumberland Pathways, leading military genealogy experts will guide you in tracing your ancestor’s role in the armed services. Formal presentations and focus groups on using military records for family history research will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) under the auspices of the Army Heritage Foundation. USAHEC is the army’s premier historical center and its extensive collection supports historical and archival research. It is a leader in recording oral histories and preserving the memories of army veterans.

The U.S. Army’s presence in Carlisle pre-dates the United States. During the French and Indian War, Carlisle was the natural place for the British to establish military barracks and there has been an active military installation in Carlisle since then. In the 1950’s, the U.S. Army War College found a home at the Carlisle Barracks. American and world military leaders come here to study leadership and strategies. In 1999, its history as the second-oldest active military installation in America made Carlisle the army’s choice to house the US Army Heritage and Education Center. Here the Army tells the army’s story, one soldier at a time.

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