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Old 08-07-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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While doing some research on Ancestry.com, I had undercoverd that my great-grandfather was drafted in the 1st World War. I'm unsure, where--or if possible--to locate his military records or not.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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While doing some research on Ancestry.com, I had undercoverd that my great-grandfather was drafted in the 1st World War. I'm unsure, where--or if possible--to locate his military records or not.
Google "World War I Records" and it will give you several leads. I don't know how complete it is, but it's worth a try. Good luck.
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:04 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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You may have just found a draft REGISTRATION card, which is not the same thing as being drafted.
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Old 08-07-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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You may have just found a draft REGISTRATION card, which is not the same thing as being drafted.
Good point.
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Old 08-07-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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What you are looking for is where the records are archived. St. Louis is the desgnated archives for Military Service - all branches; I'm not sure about Coast Guard or WACs. National Archives and Records Administration
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Some states like Missouri (which has an excellent system) have military records on-line for those who served from there in just about every war. Often it's part of the secretary of state's website.
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Old 08-08-2010, 04:04 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Mo. does have good digital records. I wish other states would take their lead!
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:17 PM
 
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Search the Library of Congress military databases. They are free for the index and often for the information, online. I got a full Civil war record and pension file for a g-g-grandfather; it wasn't that expensive. What you see on Ancestry is what they decide to post as databases and often from the NARA and LOC databases.

FWIW, I have my Dad's WWII enlistment document though the LOC database -- and while Ancestry says they have that, his records were not there. I contacted them and told them where the record was and asked why it was missing... they checked. It was input ( by them) incorrectly and it showed as garbled text. They corrected it after I showed it to them.

Stick to govt. records at the LOC.
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:41 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Is that the same as the National Archives above?

I'm gonna get my gf's WWI records and his immigration records too, if possible.
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Old 08-13-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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I found my grandfathers WW1 military record through Ancestry.com which I believe connected me to this NARA genealogy site:
Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians
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