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An Introduction to Fold3: Historical Military Documents

An Introduction to Fold3: Historical Military Documents


Welcome to Fold3 where you can
explore the web’s premier collection of american military records from before
the revolutionary war, to the war in vietnam. These images and pages honor America’s
military heroes. Explore historical records of the men
and women who played a role in US history for
their service to the country. Here you’ll find documents from the
revolutionary war, the civil war, world war II, and others between and
since. Explore the battle grounds through
original maps or match faces with names in Fold3’s extensive photo
collections. At Fold3 you can discover share and create stories about these everyday
heroes, forgotten soldiers and the families and
friends who supported them. Everything is accessible from the
Fold3 homepage where you can search for a person or
place or browse by military era. Be sure to explore the site links at the
bottom of the page and consider connecting with us on twitter or facebook. Let’s begin here with the search for a
civil war soldier named Michael Carney by typing his last name as a keyword
in the search box. We receive over a hundred thousand
matches so we will refine our search by adding the first name in the search
filter here. As soon as you take two letters in the
text box suggestions appear type more letters to narrow the matches
until you find the name you want click on it and view the filtered results now with a more manageable one
thousand-plus matches lets narrow our search further by place. Michael Carney served in a New York
regiment so will choose this. We still have a lot of hits to choose
from so let’s go to right a civil war as a category. That’s better, now let’s look for an
image within the civil war widows pensions. You can see a preview by choosing ‘quick
look’ which shows details about the record at a larger view of the image let’s look at page two to learn more
about Michael Carney this page as a proof brief detailing the
widows claim for a pension for a better view of the image use the tools on the left to fit to height to fit to width or zoom out and in with the slidebar also your cursor shows up as a hand allowing you to drag the image around
within the viewer you can also enlarge one section of the
document to view it in more deatail with a magnifier. To view other pages within the document
you can navigate by using the arrows on the right or left-hand side of your
screen or you can go more quickly using the
film strip at the bottom of the page this page with the number nine
indicating the number of annotations could be worth a look this is a baptismal record with the
names of michael and margaret’s two children with the date of birth, date of baptism, parents names, and witnesses. If you ever curious where you might be
within a particular military record collection look at the browse toolbar at the top of
the page where you’ll find what we call breadcrumbs
directing you to the source in this case we’re looking at the file
of Michael Carney in company D regiment eight of the New York infantry within the Civil War widows pensions by clicking on Carney’s name you can
view thumbnails of his entire document file. Let’s go back to the baptismal register when you locate a record that you’re
particularly interested in you can do many things with it. You can add it to your gallery, email it to a friend, download it to your desktop,
print it, create a spotlight, connect it with other
images or people, make a comment, or annotate it. We discuss these options in more detail
in other tutorials. anytime you want to learn more about an
image click the about image toolbar here you can view the source information,
suggest a correction, view data fields in the image, and link to the publication
title. Click that link and you’ll be taken to
the main title page for the publication where you can see what others have
discovered in contributed as well as link to a more detailed
description. this description provides you with
background information and how to use the publication many of the questions about the
documents can be answered here. No matter where you are within Fold3
you can return quickly to the home page by clicking on the Fold3 logo or
the home button here. From here you can search for more
records, browse collections, and explore all the Fold3 has to offer. Enjoy your discoveries on Fold3.


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