United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection is a name index to Army Serial Number Enlistment Card Records, which covers the years 1938-1946, excluding officers, in the United States Army including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and the Enlisted Reserve Corps circa 1938-1946. The index is part of Record Group 64: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration. This index is not complete covering about nine million men and women and may contain scanning errors. Database courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Date of enlistment
- Place of enlistment
- Birth year and place
- Education level
- Civilian occupation
- Marital status
- Army branch
- Army component
- Serial number
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample of indexed information:
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
To begin your search you will need to know:
- The name of the enlisted person
- The birth date and birth place of the soldier
- The residence of the solider
- The date of enlistment for the soldier
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Continue to search the index to identify other relatives
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination
- Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
- 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
- Finding a World War II (1939-1945) Veteran's Records
- United States Guided Research
- United States Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- United States National Archives Twentieth Century Military Records
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- Shelby Stanton. Order of battle, U.S. Army, World War II.Novato, California : Presidio Press, c1984. FHL 973 M2st
- United States, World War I, military muster rolls and rosters, 1916-1939
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945
- United States, World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1945
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- Memorial Division Registration Branch, Office of the Quartermaster General, Department of the Army. Rosters of World War II dead (all services)
- World War II casualty codes
- Casualty Section, Office of Public Information, Navy Department. Combat connected naval casualties, World War II, by states : U. S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. 2 volumes. Washington, D.C. : GPO, 1946
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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