Washington, Army National Guard Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- 1 What Is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What Is in the Collection?
These are records of individuals who served in the Army National Guard. They were acquired from the Washington State Archives in Olympia, Washington. The records are arranged in alphabetical order and are generally typed on pre-printed forms. The enlistments took place between the years 1937 and 1952. However, they include individuals born as early as 1880.
The following types of records are included:
- Service and discharge
- Service and qualification
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Washington, Army National Guard Records, 1880-1937.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The records contain the following details:
- Birth date and place
- Marital status
- Physical description
- Medical information
- Enlistment date and place
- Discharge date, place, and reason
- Military rank or grade
- Name, relationship, and address of person to notify in case of emergency
The National Guard, the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions. The National Guard traces its history back to the earliest English colonies in North America. Responsible for their own defense, the colonists drew on English military tradition and organized their able-bodied male citizens into militias.
In 1903, important national defense legislation increased the role of the National Guard (as the militia was now called) as a Reserve force for the U.S. Army.
The records are designed to track and preserve the service of the individual guardsmen and to determine eligibility for post-service benefits. These records are very reliable.
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- Name of the person
- The location or date of the event
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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.
What Do I Do Next?
If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Washington State Archives (space) Custodian Name.
I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find county or or Washington Vital Records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
- Search for death or burial information in Washington Cemeteries and Washington Newspapers.
- Use the information found in the record to find Washington Land and Property.
- Use the information found in the record to find Washington Probate Records.
- Use the information found in the record to find Washington Emigration and Immigration.
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the Washington Census. Witnesses were usually family members.
- Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
- Church Records were kept years before counties and governments began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?
- 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 Oregon Vital Records.
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching these names as well.
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Citing This Collection
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- “Washington, Army National Guard Records, 1880-1937.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Washington State Archives, Olympia, Washington.
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