Alabama, World War I Service cards, 1917-1919 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Alabama, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Military service records
Collection years 1917-1919
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an Index to a card roster of Alabamians who served in the United States Army, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marines during World War I from 1917 to 1919. Information available will vary depending on the type of form used. The collection was acquired from the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The cards may contain:

  • Name
  • Serial number
  • Rate (Rank)
  • Address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Service record
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Other notes

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name and date of birth of your ancestor
  • The division of the military your ancestor served in

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the name, place of residence and birth date to obtain their military file from the National Archives
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the soldier's age and and residence to find his family in census, church, and land records
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military units, counties, parishes, etc.)

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Alabama.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Alabama, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919" Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 7 December 2018.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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