Access thousands of military records and historical documents with Fold3 Library Edition, now available from the Library

Access decades of military records and history with Fold3 Library Edition, now available from the Library

Attention genealogists, historians, and other interested parties: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has recently added Fold3 Library Edition to its impressive list of online resources!

Fold3, a subsidiary of, is an online database which provides access to US military records, including service and pension records for several significant historic wars. Some non-military records, such as census records, city directories, and naturalization records, are made available as well. Customers can also share stories and photographs or create online memorial pages for individual soldiers (Note: You may need to create a free Fold3 account to take advantage of all the features). Many of the military documents are offered exclusively via Fold3, making it a valuable research supplement to

For access, visit the Resources: A - Z List page on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library website. Scroll down to Fold3 Library Edition, click “Access now,” and enter your library card number or Student ID when prompted. This will bring you to the Fold3 home page with a prominent search bar. Customers can search by name, date, place, conflict/war, and more. It is advisable to begin with a simple name or keyword search, then narrow the results using the filters provided on the left-hand side of the page. More in-depth tutorials for using Fold3 can be found online at the Fold3 Training Center.

If you have additional questions about accessing or using Fold3 Library Edition, feel free to contact the librarians in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room. They can be reached by email at or by phone at (704) 416-0150.

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We hope you will enjoy this new offering from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!


This blog was written by Meghan Bowden a librarian in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.