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Fold3 is the home of a huge collection of US military history photos and documents. With over 440 million items available, it covers everything from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam war, all the way to modern day. It also includes some non-military records.
If you’re interested in researching a US war, this is certainly a good place to come. The majority of its files are photos or images of documents, and members are able to upload their own images. This makes it a great visual tool, as well as providing information on each of its recorded items.
Members can include their own annotations on their photos and other people’s photos, which helps you to keep research notes but also to share your thoughts on particular people and events. You can then share these with family and friends online.
Fold3.com’s honor wall is an online space for you to show your respects to people who have fought and died in US wars. You can take this a step further by producing a memorial page. Starting a page is free, and the idea is that you can commemorate your family members who served. To date, millions of memorial pages have been created and you can also add your own stories and pictures to existing pages. This is a really interesting and touching way of keeping someone’s memory alive and showing your support for their family.
Sharing and collaborating on research and memorials is a great use of Fold 3. You can even connect to your Ancestry.com page and family tree, helping to link your Fold3 research with your other accounts (if you have them).
The site isn’t expensive, particularly if you take out the 12 month package. However, it is limited to US military history so you may wish to consider how much use you’d get out of it. This is really for US history buffs and family members who wish to commemorate their fallen loved ones. There are also a few free tools which you can try out as a free member. The site offers a one week free trial to anyone who wishes to try it out.
You can perform a basic or advanced search based primarily on a person’s name. You can then see all of the results for a particular war, and filter through those based on the kind of document you’re interested in finding. The archive is always increasing (over 40 million documents have been added since we last reviewed this site) so there’s plenty to keep you going.
If US military history is your key interest, Fold3.com won’t disappoint. With hundreds of millions of documents, many of which are images and photos, there’s plenty to research and enjoy.
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