Military Records

Online World War I Service Databases


In 1973, a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Mo. destroyed approximately 80% of Army Personnel discharge records from 1912 through 1960, complicating research on the service of WWI Veterans.

State-level records remain, some of which are available in our Edward Jones Research Center. Other records have been made available online through the efforts of various organizations and individuals.



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General Resources

U.S. Resources by State or Territory

Other Countries


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General Resources

National Archives - Veterans' Service Records

Veterans and the next-of-kin of deceased veterans can request records online or by mail. http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records

American Battle Monuments Commission - Burial Sites Overseas

This register includes records for those buried and memorialized at WWI military cemeteries overseas. It does not include individuals who died overseas and were repatriated to the United States for burial. https://www.abmc.gov/database-search

National WWI Museum and Memorial - Online Collections Database

The Museum and Memorial's collection, which began in 1920, includes letters, documents and photographs donated by veterans and their families. Search by name to see if any records related to a particular individual have been digitized. http://theworldwar.pastperfectonline.com/advancedsearch


U.S. Resources by State or Territory

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Alabama

Alabama Department of Archives and History: World War I Service Cards - This collection consists of index cards with personal details about Alabamians who served in the armed forces during World War I. http://digital.archives.alabama.gov/cdm/landingpage/collection/p17217coll3

Alabama Department of Archives and History: Gold Star Search - The Alabama Department of Archives and History used the Official Bulletin of Gold Star Mothers, published by the U. S. Committee on Public Information, to identify soldiers from Alabama who died, then sent out biographical questionnaires to their families. http://archives.state.al.us/goldstar/search.cfm

Alaska

Alaska State Libraries, Archives & Museum - PDF file of Alaska World War I Veterans, organized by name. http://archives.alaska.gov/pdfs/alaska_wwI_vets_personnel.pdf

Arizona

No resources known

Arkansas

Arkansas World War I Centennial: In Memoriam - A searchable database of Arkansans who died in the Great War. https://www.wwiarkansas.com/wwi-soldier-database

Arkansas State Archives: Search Records - Search by name through records housed by the Arkansas State Archives, including WWI discharge records. http://archives.arkansas.gov/research/search-records.aspx

California

California Department of Veteran Affairs: Veteran Registry Search - Find the names of Californians in military service from the California Veterans Memorial in Sacramento. https://www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Pages/Vet-Registry.aspx

Colorado

Denver Public Library: Colorado Military Research Tools - Search through multiple collections of WWI records from the Denver Public Library, including draft registration cards, an index of Colorado's minority soldiers and the state's causalities in Europe. https://history.denverlibrary.org/research/colorado-military

Connecticut

Connecticut State Library: World War I Veterans Database - Military Service Questionnaires, from World War I veterans and families of deceased veterans, 1919-1920. http://www.ctatatelibrarydata.org/ww-1-veterans

Delaware

No resources known

District of Columbia

No resources known

Florida

Florida Memory: World War I Service Records - Browse service cards from WWI. https://www.floridamemory.com/collections/wwi

Georgia

The United States World War I Centennial Commission: Georgia Memorial Database - Built from the Georgia State Memorial Book, published in 1921, this database contains the names and information for approximately 1,200 Georgia military personnel that died during WWI. http://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/georgia-memorial-database.html

Hawaii

Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections: World War I Service Records - World War I Service Records from 1919-1926 document the service history of Hawaii residents (and some non-Hawaii residents) who were in the armed forces during World War I. https://digitalcollections.hawaii.gov/greenstone3/library/collection/worldwar/page/about

Idaho

Idaho Military Records - Maintained by Idaho Genealogy, this website links to many different resources for WWI service records. https://idahogenealogy.com/military

Illinois

No resources known

Indiana

No resources known

Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa: World War I Honor Roll - In 1920, while memories of the war were still fresh, the Iowa Department of History and Archives asked Iowa families to send in names and photographs of the loved ones they had lost. This exhibition features the names and faces of those Iowans, and the website includes links to more resources on WWI casualties for the state. https://iowaculture.gov/history/museum/exhibits/world-war-i-honor-roll

Kansas

Kansas Historical Society: Kansas Soldiers of the Great War - Database of approximately 5200 Kansans who served in World War I, compiled from multiple sources. https://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-soldiers-of-the-great-war/15805

Kansas Historical Society: Bounty Claims - Copies of enlistment and discharge papers and other documents submitted by individuals applying for a state bonus paid to World War I veterans or their widows/orphans. https://www.kshs.org/p/world-war-i-bounty-claims/15808

Kansas Memory: Soldier Search - Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. http://www.kansasmemory.org/category/11597

Kentucky

No resources known

Louisiana

No resources known

Maine

No resources known

Maryland

No resources known

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Genealogy Trails: Honor Roll of World War I Casualties - Compiled by the Genealogy Trails History Group, this website provides a list of soldier casualties from Massachusetts. http://genealogytrails.com/mass/ww1casualties_pg2.html

Michigan

Census of World War I Veterans: Kent County - An index of WWI soldiers from Kent County, Michigan. http://data.wmgs.org/WWOneVeteransCensus/FMPro?-db=Orders&-lay=WWOneVeteransCensusOrders&-format=search.htm&-New

Minnesota

No resources known

Mississippi

Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards and Indices - These records from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, digitized by FamilySearch, document the World War I-era military service of thousands of Mississippians. Included are indices listing Mississippi veterans along with statement of service cards providing details about their service. http://www.mdah.ms.gov/arrec/digital_archives/wwicards

Missouri

Missouri Over There - Over There: Missouri & the Great War is a statewide collaborative digitization project to document Missouri’s role in World War I. The project is a digital collection of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other primary source material from museums, archives, libraries, and private collections from across Missouri. http://missourioverthere.org

Missouri Digital Heritage: Soldiers' Records: War of 1812 - World War I - The Missouri State Archives holds nearly 1½ million pages that document the service of Missourians in domestic and foreign wars between 1812 and World War I. These military records primarily consist of individual service cards, but the extensive collection also includes muster rolls, special orders, reports, and more. https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/soldiers

Montana

Montana Memory Project: WWI Military Enlistments - The bulk of this collection consists of WWI army enlistments, organized into groups by surname. The collection also includes marines, marine officers, and nurses, as well as dishonorable discharges, fraudulent enlistments, and enemy aliens. This card file is part of the Montana Adjutant General's Office Records 1889-1959 (RS 223). http://www.mtmemory.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16013coll36

Nebraska

No resources known

Nevada

No resources known

New Hampshire

No resources known

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of State: World War I Deaths - More than 3,400 New Jersey men were killed in action or otherwise died while in United States service during World War I, 1917-1918. This database includes 3,427 name entries, linked to an information card or photograph, or frequently both. https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/DOS_ArchivesDBPortal/WWICards.aspx

New Mexico

No resources known

New York

New York State Military Museum and Research Center - A glossary of New Yorkers who served and died in World War I. Multiple collections are linked from this site. https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/wwi

North Carolina

Family Search: North Carolina, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 - Accessed via Family Search, this collection includes an index and images of service cards for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. The collection is located at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh. https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2568864

North Dakota

No resources known

Ohio

No resources known

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Historical Society: Oklahoma Military Casualties - The Oklahoma War Memorial Collection (2004.001) covers World War I to the Korean War. The collection is based on the efforts to collect information after the approval of the Oklahoma War Memorial in 1955. The information about soldiers who served in World War I and Korea comes mainly from newspaper articles and the US War Department. http://www.okhistory.org/research/mildeaths

Oregon

No resources known

Pennsylvania

No resources known

Puerto Rico

No resources known

Rhode Island

No resources known

South Carolina

No resources known

South Dakota

No resources known

Tennessee

Tennessee Secretary of State: Tennessee World War I Veterans - The data contained in this site was taken from Record Group 36, the compiled service records of soldiers and sailors who served in the First World War from Tennessee. http://sharetngov.tnsosfiles.com/tsla/history/military/ww1intro.htm

Texas

No resources known

Utah

No resources known

Vermont

No resources known

Virginia

Library of Virginia - The Library of Virginia provides access to multiple collections, including a project indexing the Virginians who have died in military service and the World War I History Commission Questionnaires Database. http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp#_guides-MilitaryService

Washington

No resources known

West Virginia

West Virginia Memory Project: Veteran Database - Search by name or war for records on soldiers from the West Virginia Veterans Memorial. http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/vet.aspx

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Veterans Museum: World War I Roster Database - You can search the database by any combination of Name, Rank, Unit, City, County, or Notes. https://www.wisvetsmuseum.com/research/search-the-wisconsin-veterans-museums-world-war-i-database/

Wyoming

No resources known



Military Service Records for Other Countries

Britain

International Committee of the Red Cross: Prisoners of the First World War Historical Archives - Search by name or nationality. Records include British and Commonwealth servicemen interned, as well as French, Belgian and British civilians. https://grandeguerre.icrc.org/en/File/Search

Belgium

In Flanders’ Fields Museum: The Names List - An inclusive register of war victims, this list includes civilians and soldiers, regardless of nationality, who died or were fatally wounded in Belgium, as well as Belgians who died abroad. http://www.inflandersfields.be/en/namelist/searchname

France

Mémoire des hommes - A database of those who died in the First World War, available in French, English, German and Spanish. http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/en/article.php?larub=80&titre=those-who-died-for-france-in-the-first-world-war

Germany

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (VDK) - An online database of soldiers, maintained by a humanitarian organisation that records and cares for the graves of German war casualties abroad.The archive is in German, but some website content is available in other languages, including English. http://www.volksbund.de/en/archiv0.html

Canada

Veterans Death Cards: First World War - When Veterans Affairs was notified of the death of a First World War veteran, a death card was created and is now in the custody of Library and Archives Canada. https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/veterans-death-cards-ww1/Pages/veterans-death-cards.aspx

Library and Archives Canada: First World War - A collection of multiple resources from the Library and Archives Canada, including personnel records. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/Pages/introduction.aspx



About this list

This list was compiled by the National WWI Museum and Memorial as a tool to assist individuals in research during the observance of the centennial of U.S. service in WWI. The linked resources are not maintained by the National WWI Museum and Memorial. While efforts were made to find informative resources available to the public, the Museum and Memorial makes no guarantees for the accuracy of content hosted by other organizations.

Find an omission or error? Please let us know! We welcome your assistance on this project. Please contact us at education@theworldwar.org with your additions and questions. Thank you.

Last edited: May 23, 2018.