Archives Adds 17 Million U.S. Vital and Military Records

by Julie Hill

Posted on July 7, 2011

Texas marriage license
We're excited to announce that today there are 17 million new U.S. vital and military records available on! The addition of these records will help family historians trace more ancestors through than ever before possible. This also demonstrates Archives' commitment to continually bringing users high-value historical content.

These new birth, death, marriage, and military records make up 30 unique collections. Here is a quick summary of the new records:

Military Records

  • Military Personnel Records - this exciting compilation includes personnel records from the Vietnam War and Gulf War eras. With nearly 16 million in all, these records provide information about individuals who served in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and National Guard.
Vital Records

  • Texas Birth, Death, and Marriage Records - these records date anywhere from 1800 to 2011 and cover the following counties: Fort Bend, El Paso, Cooke, Montgomery, Tarrant, Burnet, Hood, Denton, and Kaufman. There are 1.4 million new Texas records in total.
  • Colorado Marriage and Death Records - newly added Colorado records are from Delta County, a region located in the western part of the state. Over nine thousand new records have been added.
  • South Carolina Marriage Records - this collection of four thousand early South Carolina marriages covers years 1641 to 1799.
To find your ancestors in these new records, log in to and run a search. We'll return all matching records, many of which may be new since the last time you visited!

Our Collections page is updated continually - so check there often to see what's new. As previously announced, Archives will be adding millions of new records this year so make sure to stay up to date.

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