Today I ordered compiled military service records and Civil War pension applications in relation to my great-great-great grandfather, Max Baerecke.
This was my first foray into the vast NARA universe. Of my three direct ancestors who fought in the Civil War*, Max was the only one whose information gave me the opportunity to order records. Everything relating to my Sgt. Jones I was able to get on Footnote. The other ancestor has too common a name for me to pick the correct file to order. So while I've been attending presentations and listening to others talk about the joys of receiving military records from NARA, I never had the opportunity to order my own set until Max came along.
The online ordering process was pretty easy. I was able to use a credit card. I have order numbers for reference and an account in which to check status.
We'll see how it goes, and we'll see what treasures these files hold......in 60 to 90 days.
*Yes, I know there are other wars from which I can order records. My ancestors always just seemed to be too young, too old, too new to the country, or just plain rejected to be a part of any of them. That's just how my tree grows.