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Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920
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Ohio, 
United States
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Location of Ohio
Record Description
Record Type Military Service Cards and 83rd Division Return Cards.
Collection years 1916-1920
FamilySearch Resources
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Ohio Genealogical Society


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This publication consists of two card collections. An index to military service and "World War I 83rd Division Personal Information Cards Index" of men assigned to the division serving in France. The collections were acquired from the Ohio Genealogical Society. The 83rd Division was raised in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania largely with inductees from the Selective Service. It trained at Camp Sherman, Oho.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Age at enlistment
  • Race
  • Home address
  • Location where enlisted
  • Rating (Rank)
  • Service number
  • Date of discharge

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Some other identifying information such as birth date or residence

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Immigrant first names may be in their native language
  • Look at the 1910 census to identify names and ages of additional family members

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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


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