Hemet San Jacinto Genealogical Society
Hemet - San Jacinto
Genealogical Society
Photo: 1906 1st water over Hemet Dam
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Of primary interest to genealogists are service records and pension records. Many records are available through the website Fold3, available at most Family History Centers.
The first step is to examine indexes to compiled records on microfilm at the National Archives.
Microfilmed pension records are available from the National Archives, HeritageQuest Online and the Family History Library.
In Colonial days, men were eligible for service at age 16.
In the Virginia Militia, free males ages 18 - 50 were members unless exempted.
In the Virginia Militia, each private was required to have a rifle or musket, a pound of lead and half a pound of powder.
In the Virginia Militia, a Company was suppose to consist of 40 to 64 men, who mustered 56 times a year for drill and training.
Pension files may contain birth date and place, and the names of the wife and children.