Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For some, it is just another long weekend. As family historians, we need to dig deeper to learn the history behind it. Why does it merit a federal holiday and how does it relate to your family? If you have any connection to military personnel, you fully understand the significance of this day. It is to remember and honor those who have fallen while serving their country.
But did you know that it is not a modern holiday? It was first celebrated on May 30, 1868 and was originally known as Decoration Day. Here are a few resources to explore:
Why is Memorial Day Important? – FamilySearch
Memorial Day: A Commemoration – National Archives (NARA)
Memorial Day – Public Domain Archive (NARA)
First Memorial Day 1868 – Library of Congress
Memorial Day – Wikipedia
Memorial Day – National Day Calendar
Several of our courses at The International Institute for Genealogical Studies explore resources relevant to military service. Here are a few courses that may help you in your research of American military records.
Research: U.S. 20th Century Records, Including Adoption Records
Research: U.S. Colonial New England Ancestors
Research: U.S. Fraternal Organizations
Research: U.S. Records Using Ancestry including DNA Strategies
Research: U.S. World War II Ancestors – Part 1
Research: U.S. World War II Ancestors – Part 2
US: Military Records
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