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Military Records: World War I

World War I Draft Record - During the years 1917 and 1918 there were three draft registrations, which eventually included all men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, whether native born, naturalized citizens, or aliens. The draft registration cards may include the man's date of birth, place of birth, address, employment, and physical description.

  • Birth Info in WWI Civilian Draft Registrations -- Completed County Abstractions. This site has data from more than 1.2 million of the 24 million draft registration cards. Entries include full name, birth date and birth place.  This database is also available at RootsWeb. subscribers can find it in the US Records Collection.
  • Doughboys Database.  Contains information about people who had Mecklenburg County, NC connections who may have registered for the draft, served in the military or assisted in the war effort as a civilian during World War I.
  • Schaefer, Christina K.  The Great War: A Guide to the Service Records of All the World's Fighting Men and Volunteers. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2006, 1998.  An effort to catalogue service records and related sources is international in scope, covering the soldiers of all countries participating in the war, from Britain, Germany, and France, to Russia, Canada, and the U.S.; and from India, Australia, and Japan, to South Africa and Brazil.
  • World War 1 Document Archive - Maintained by Brigham Young University, Utah, this large database includes official war papers, memorials, links to other online resources. Don't expect documentation on ancestors names, but do expect to access a vast array of war documents. 
  • World War I Service Cards Database. Database of over 145,000 service cards of Army and Marine soldiers from Missouri between 1917 and 1919.

Other World War I Resources

  • Europeana 1914-1918. From diaries to postcards and first-person recollections, this site can help you find your family's history from World War I from the European perspective.
  • Gaff, Alan D. Blood in the Argonne: The "Lost Battalion" of World War I. University of Oklahoma Press.
  • Johnson, Thomas M. and Fletcher Pratt. The Lost Battalion. Reprint, University of Nebraska Press, 2002.