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Re: In DC at NARA to research SN40825 - what records would we look for?

Posted by Stephen B.McCartney on Saturday, 6 October 2012, at 10:50 a.m., in response to In DC at NARA to research SN40825 - what records would we look for?, posted by Jamie O on Saturday, 6 October 2012, at 10:08 a.m.

The proverbial needle in a haystack. As frequently mentioned on this board, less than 5% of the Allin family of Springfields show up on the SRS lists as "hits" I have nver been to NARS but from my research via mail and emails, the amount of records is overwhelming. Just the Chief of Ornance record group is huge. Not to mention the AG, JAG and other possible RG's one could search for a one in a million serial number. Take a look at, FINDING YOUR FATHER's WAR, found in any good genealogical library, or Barnes and Noble, as the author takes you through the process of searching in NARS. Save your money, time, and sanity for something more pragmatic than searching for a chimera, with all due respect, such as that serial number. Manufactured, of course, at Springfield. Sometimes, courtsmartial do show up the serial number of a deserter or someone who carelessly lost a weapon. But, with one third of the army being courtmartialed annually, between 1866-1891, with an average strength of 25,000 (after 1872), then 8000x25 can lead to a lot of cm transcripts, even if only concentrating on garrison and general courtsmartial.


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