Mississippi, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Mississippi, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Statement of Service Cards
Collection years 1917-1919
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Mississippi Department of Archives and History


What is in This Collection?

Statement of service index cards of Mississippians who served in the various branches of service in WWI during 1917-1919.The cards may contain name, place of birth and age at time of enlistment, serial number, injuries sustained, discharge date, and other notes. The service cards were provided for by an act of Congress July 11, 1919. The collection is located at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson.

You can read more about this collection in Susan Goss Johnston, "World War I Statement of Service Cards" NGS Magazine 43 (July-September 2017): 42-45.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The cards may contain:

  • Name
  • Place of birth and age at time of enlistment
  • Race
  • Serial number
  • Branch of service
  • Injuries sustained
  • Discharge date

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The birth date of your ancestor
  • The birth place of your ancestor
  • The division of the military in which your ancestor served

Search the Index

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


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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s 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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • 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?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military units, counties, parishes, etc.)

Research Helps

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

Citing This Collection

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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