Happy Memorial Day, everyone!
I've previously mentioned that Ancestry.com's military records can be accessed for free through the end of May. Go to www.ancestry.com/military for more information about this military records promotion.
They did it last year and I just noticed they're doing it again this year. One of Juliana's 24/7 Family History Circle Blog Extras posts on Friday mentions the availability of a free book download. Currently, the links in her post are not aimed correctly. Instead, click here to download a free PDF copy of Military Records at Ancestry.com.
[In] Military Records at Ancestry.com...Esther Yu Sumner leads you chronologically through the history of American wars, providing you with a brief contextual and historical basis for each war, then listing a variety of Ancestry.com databases that relate to them. Not intended as an exhaustive historical treatise, Military Records at Ancestry.com is nonetheless a handy little tool for navigating the Military Collection on the #1 family history resource on the Internet.
I found the book mildly useful for its brief synopsis of each of 24 American wars from Jamestown conflicts (1622-44) to the Vietnam War (1954-75) and for the links to military resources on websites other than Ancestry.com. But since the book is a year old, it is no longer a comprehensive list of Ancestry databases for each war. Besides, a subscriber shouldn't have to purchase a book in order to find and use Ancestry's military databases. If the website doesn't make that easy enough as is, the website needs to be fixed.
My book review rating: 4 star general at this price.