North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
North Carolina, United States
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Record Description
Record Type World War II
Collection years 1940-1948
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of an index and images to discharges and Selective Service statement of service records for World War II acquired from the North Carolina State Archives.The following counties are included in this collection:

Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Burke, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, and Iredell counties.

This collection is being published as images become available and will include records between the years 1940-1948.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Name
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Residence
  • Names of parents
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Details about military service

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The birth date of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the appropriate "Discharges or Statement of Service"
⇒Select the appropriate "Surname Range" which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s discharge and statement of service record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe 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 Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the names, residence and dates to locate census, church and land records.
  • Use the information found to search for other military records.
  • Use the information found to search additional state and county records.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948.


Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948.

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