Prior to the Internet age, researching family members who'd died in wars or seeking information on Alabamians in general involved old-school methods -- library searches and hard-copy databases in state and military archives, for instance. With the Internet, information (some of it reliable) is quickly available.
It's fascinating to browse these databases and see how many soldiers from Alabama -- or from Calhoun County, for that matter -- have died during America's wars. Here are a few of the best online databases:
- The National Archives at www.archives.gov.
- The Alabama Department of Archives and History.
- iCasualties.org, which deals with the Iraq War.
As usual, there are discrepancies and differences between these databases. The government services are reliable; the iCasualties site is considered the best and most up-to-date site for information on our recent wars. The others are at least worth a look.
-- Phillip Tutor