|6 Records to Trace Ancestors Who Served in World War I
Posted by Diane HaddadThe United States declared war on Germany 100 years ago this month, on April 6, 1917, joining the side of the Allies in the Great War. See all the countries caught up in the conflict in our timeline of World War I war declarations.
More than 650,000 from Canada and Newfoundland and about 4 million from the United States served in the military. These are two of the US Expeditionary Force soldiers in my family:
On the left is Joe Seeger, who enlisted September 1917; and on the right is his brother Norbert (with their father), who enlisted July 1918.
Loss of WWI Service Records in NPRC Fire
But there are other ways to trace your ancestor’s WWI service, including:
1. Draft Registration Cards
2. State Adjutant General Rosters
3. WWI Transport Service Records
He was on another ship Nov. 11, but I can’t find a page noting where it took him. His last transport took him home: The USS Orizaba departed Brest, France, July 29, 1919, and arrived at Newport News, Va., Aug. 6.
4. Discharge Papers
The US Army Military History Institute also has a collection of WWI veterans questionnaires completed in the late 1970s, along with photos, letters, memoirs and other materials.
6. Military Headstone Application
You’ll find more ways to research your World War I ancestors in these articles:
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 2:54:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00) Comments 
Vicki’s Note – an article from Family Tree Magazine Insider – a good follow-up to our NARA Webinar tomorrow, Friday April 14, 10 a.m. at the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017