I am so bad about going off on tangents and that might be why I don’t get as much work done as I should. A friend of mine sent me an email that said, “I am interested in the War with Mexico right now. Have a possible lead on one of my grandfathers. Any idea where to start?” That was all it took. I don’t have anyone in my file that fought in the Mexican American War… that I know of. When I read the email I realized I hadn’t really looked at this records set. I went to Fold3 to see what they have and they have a lot so off I go on a bunny trail. I thought I had my day planned out but I was wrong. This is just too good not to look at.
So what is my strategy? According to THIS CHART I need to be looking at males that were born between 1796 and 1831. They also had to have died after 1848 (the end of the war). In Legacy I tagged just my direct line and their spouses, siblings of my direct line and spouses of the siblings. Since I only need to be concerned with my dad’s side of the family (my mother’s entire line is in Germany) I used my dad as the anchor for the tagging instead of me. I tagged his ancestors on Tag 1.
I then did a tiered search. I will have to do this TWICE because I have more than three parameters.
After I create this search list I have to get my last parameter in.
I ended up with 25 men that could have fought in the Mexican American War.
Did I capture EVERYONE that could have served? Probably not because I have people in my file that have approximate birth and death dates that might skew is. I will say that this is one reason you want to always have at least an estimated birth and death date for everyone in your file so that it will be more likely they will be captured on searches like this. You can use abt. bef. aft. bet. cal. est.
I would now tag just these men on a different tag.
Now that these men are tagged, I can flip through them one at a time and check to see if they are on Fold3. As I do this I will create a new To-Do task so that I will have a record of the search. Why? If Fold3 adds additional records later I will want to search again. I need to know when I searched the records originally. If the search produces something I can create a military service event with the details and then download the images and attach them to the event. I can create a source using the SourceWriter Templates and attach the source to all of the relevant things I added. If the search is negative, I would record that in the To-Do task. When I create the source I will put the source on the Source Clipboard so that I can use it with everyone on the list, I will only need to change the details.
Here are some additional resources for the Mexican American War if you don’t have Fold3.
If y’all know of anymore online sites for Mexican American War records post them in the comments.
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