Fold3 is a military record database. The user can enter a keyword or name to begin searching or use the advanced search function to include a location, year range and results time frame. The site also includes a list of categories that let users search by war. The current options include the War of 1812, Mexican American and early Indian wars, the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam. A category is also available for non-military records. Along with digital documents, users can also browse and search memorials pages. Memorial pages are created by users to honor a lost loved one. The page can tell the individual’s life story through images, text, vital data and timelines. The user is invited to create a new memorial page if one does not exist for their loved one.
Fold3 isn’t the most popular genealogy resource on the web today, but it is a valuable tool to have. The application was originally introduced as FootNote.com. The creators decided to switch to Fold3 and focus primarily on military records. So far the application has gone mostly unnoticed, but it is growing its data base and user community regularly. Fold3 offers access to a wide range of documents that date far back in U.S. history.
There are many ways to find vital records on the web. Fold3 is yet another document search option that includes most of the same features as its competitors. The main difference users will notice is the sites military theme. Users can view images, access military records and browse the database by time frame or war. The service has a lot to offer users with family histories tied to the military.
Fold3 has an appealing personality that complements its user friendly design. The application maintains a lighthearted military theme that welcomes the user. The environment doesn’t feel rigid despite its focus on wars and related events. Fold3 manages to welcome users with a warm atmosphere and rich, unique photos and images of documents. The user is given multiple search options that are easy to access from the homepage.
New users can join the growing Fold3 community by clicking the orange “Join Now” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. After choosing a subscription plan on the following page, the user is asked to provide an email address and password. The user is automatically logged in but advised that they must complete an email verification to finalize registration. Users who choose a paid subscription must also provide their credit card billing information.
New users can sign up for a free or paid Fold3 membership. The free account includes access to free records only, the ability to browse all images, image uploading capability, member image search access and the ability to create memorial pages. Users who purchase an All-Access membership will pay $11.95 per month or $79.95 per year. The All-Access membership includes unlimited access to all premium historical images, premium image sharing, premium image galleries and the ability to annotate, comment on, save and print images.
Fold3 is a helpful resource for anyone researching military family history. Anyone with one or more military personnel in their family tree can learn more about their loved one’s experiences and achievements. The service offers free and paid access options so users can try it out or stay in a tight budget. Fold3 is a great military-focused ancestry search tool for family tree builders and curious individuals.