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Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Texas, 
United States
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Location of Texas
Record Description
Record Type World War I
Collection years 1917-1920
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes indexes and images of military service related records (statement of service cards and applications for victory medal cards) for World War I acquired from the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin. The collection covers the years 1917 to 1920.

  • Susan Goss Johnston " World War I Statement of Service Cards" NGS Magazine 43 (July-August, 2017):42-45

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

World War I

  • Name
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Names of family members
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The place and date of birth

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Branch, Status
  2. Select the Name, Range, and Year to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported.

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

  • Use the names, age and residence to find census records including the 1910 and 1920 census. The 1930 also identifies World War I veterans.
  • Look for discharge records. Many veterans registered their discharges at the local county courthouse.
  • Look for membership applications at the local American Legion Post.
  • Look for a published military unit history.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching in a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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