Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fold3: Our Newest Genealogy Database


Did you serve in the military, or maybe one of your relatives? Military records are a great place to learn about an individual’s military service and can provide genealogical information. Many genealogical lineage societies, such as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, are tied to an ancestor’s military service. Fold3 Library Edition is our newest genealogy database that provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Civil War Widow's Pension
Alabama Widow's Pension for Civil War Service
Coverage includes Revolutionary War, Civil War, War of 1812, Mexican American and early Indian Wars, World Wars I and II, Korean and Vietnam Wars, recent wars, and international records. Fold3 combines official military records with deep first-person content, including bios, photos, letters, and more. Besides military records, Fold3 contains African American, Native American, naturalization/immigration, and Holocaust records. Users can search by name, location, military branch, war, and other filters. Content is easy to access, enlarge, print, save, or share on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Remote access to the Fold3 database is available to JCLC library card holders who are also residents of the City of Birmingham. Every branch of the Birmingham Public Library will have in-library use of Fold3 on its networked computers.

Come discover 470 million searchable records spanning hundreds of years with Fold3! The Southern History Department will start offering classes and workshops on Fold3 this fall. For more information, call the Southern History Department at 205-226-3665 or e-mail us at

Laura M. Gentry
Central Library
Southern History Department

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