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12 March 2014

Search for the Commanding Officer

If you are searching for newspapers to learn more about your ancestor's military unit, try searching for the name of his commanding officer. There may be references to the unit under the officer's name. If your ancestor was a private, as mine usually were, they generally don't merit mention and searching based on unit numbers and letters can be problematic.

This search for Commander Stone for a War of 1812 relative resulted in more than I expected.

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