Van Buren District Library has added a new service for family historians, genealogists, teachers, veterans and others researching military history and service records.
Fold3, an online repository of millions of stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served, is accessible with a VBDL card.
Local History Librarian Amy Druskovich said Fold3 helps researchers discover and share stories about everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers and the families who supported them.
“Fold3 is an invaluable resource that offers access to military records from the Revolutionary War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” she said in a news release. “An additional benefit to the site is the ability to save information to a family tree in a personal Ancestry.com account.”
Fold3 also provides documents from international sources, such as Australian service records from World Wars I and II, biographies of British casualties who fought in India, and records from the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
For those researching more otherworldly topics, Fold3 also features Project Blue Book’s UFO investigations.
The site can be accessed with a valid library card through the library’s website, www.VBDL.org.
For more information, call 423-4771 or visit the Toni I. Benson Room of Local History and Genealogy at Webster Memorial Library, 200 N. Phelps St., Decatur.
The Benson Room is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Van Buren District Library is headquartered in Decatur with branches in Bangor, Bloomingdale, Covert, Gobles, Lawrence and Mattawan.