Tagged Questions

Personal identifying information collected and kept by a nation state to facilitate the management of its armed forces.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

2
votes
1answer
33 views

What does a star symbol mean on a Marine Corps Muster Roll?

On the Marine Corps muster rolls for July, 1944, I am interested as to what the star symbol means next to a person's name?
1
vote
0answers
27 views

Finding record of under age World War I enlistment in South Australia?

We have a family story that my ancestor, who was born in 1900, enlisted in Adelaide (South Australia) for World War I, at the age of 15 or 16. The story has it that when his mother found out she took ...
3
votes
2answers
45 views

Finding late 18th Century service record of soldier William Hobbs in Somersetshire Militia?

On the marriage record (from Pallot's Marriage Index via Ancestry.com) of my 4th great grandparents Jane Courtenay and William Hobbs at Truro St Mary, Cornwall, England in 1798, William is recorded as ...
3
votes
0answers
61 views

Finding service history of ancestor in Abwehr during World War 2?

I have evidence that my ancestor worked under a pseudonym in the Abwehr. He joined the allied forces in April 45 in Italy. I have his British war record, but not his German one. I have asked ...
5
votes
2answers
119 views

Finding World War 2 Royal Naval Reserve Record of Edgar Graham?

My late Paternal Grand-dad, was Edgar Graham, b.1880, Manchester, Lancs. He served in WW1 as an Assistant Engine Room Artificer; reaching Chief E.R.A. towards the end of The War. I have his full ...
2
votes
2answers
47 views

Cantonist Records

Two of my ancestors were forcibly drafted into the Russian Army as part of the Cantonist decree. Where can I find the records of those draftees?
6
votes
2answers
558 views

Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

My dilemma is finding out about my great-grandfather's war history. Here's a brief summary of what I know. My father is Swiss. His father was Swiss' and served as a border guard in world war II. It's ...
4
votes
0answers
79 views

Could an Ohio resident be in the Indiana militia? (Timeline resolution)

It is part of my family's tradition that a particular ancestor of mine was a participant in the Battle of Tippecanoe, on November 19, 1811, but I am having a little trouble confirming it. Here are ...
4
votes
2answers
120 views

Lists of casualties of the Battle of Mollwitz

As a battle of the War of the Austrian Succession, the Battle of Mollwitz was fought between Prussian and Austrian forces on 10 April 1741. I wonder if there are lists of casualties available?
6
votes
1answer
142 views

How can I ensure that I am making a reasonably exhaustive search?

I am starting to do research on some veterans who served in the Civil War. Several of the collections available online that describe service records are compiled databases or indexes collecting all ...
4
votes
1answer
186 views

German POW Camp records for WWI

A British Prisoner was said to have been informed by the Commandant of Doberitz POW camp of his award of the Victoria Cross..Where would I start to look for records from this camp ?
3
votes
3answers
116 views

How can I find information about an Allied WWII Prisoner of War in Germany?

I'm looking for information about an American POW (Prisoner of War) at Stalag Luft 1 in Germany during World War II. What free records of pilots/POWS, etc. are available online?
6
votes
3answers
306 views

What was the “Old War” and how should I interpret this pension index card?

I'm looking at this old military pension file index. Jeptha Tallant is listed under the heading "Old War" -- which war is it referring to? I believe he was born in 1811, so the Revolutionary War ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

How to determine Royal Navy Reserves (RNR) service record number of particular individual?

What was my father’s service record number? His details: A/Surgeon Lt-Cdr Eric Edwin Kingsley Kilvert, RNR. He joined up in Feb 1940 at Chatham (HMS Pembroke)
7
votes
1answer
8k views

How to find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Does anyone know where I can find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I'd be curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where ...
6
votes
1answer
95 views

Run away to join the army

I have my gggrandfather's military service record from the National Archives at Kew, showing his Royal Garrison Artillery service in the Crimean War. It gives his place of birth as Montrose, Scotland ...
2
votes
1answer
388 views

How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
4
votes
1answer
263 views

Marine Corps Muster Roll abbreviations

my question is similar to What is the meaning of these remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers? but with different abbreviations that I can't find the answer to. Below is the transcription I have. I ...
5
votes
1answer
113 views

WWII Royal Fleet Auxiliary Records

Are there any records for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? Albert George Adcock was in the RFA at Chatham about 1934 he was posted to Hong Kong and was captain of the Navy tug "Enticer". He was drowned at ...
6
votes
2answers
218 views

Military draft in the Imperial German Army: What was the minimum age for being a “Gefreiter” in a reserve unit during WWI?

As detailed on Formationsgeschichte – Rekrutierung (agw14-18.de), the drafting system in the German empire was fairly complex. According to this site there was a conscription of 2 years for most ...
5
votes
1answer
277 views

Source for Russian Army records for the WWI period

Is there a source with records of the participants and/or casualties of the Russian army during the WWI period (1914-1918) and thereabouts? Preferably on-line and indexed/searchable by name(s), ...
5
votes
3answers
796 views

How do I find if my father was in the Royal Navy or Merchant Navy in World War 2?

How do I find my fathers records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
2
votes
2answers
67 views

What was Sargent Studio?

I found six photos of my Grandfather in his military uniform that have the text "Sargent Studio - Rough Proof - Must Be Returned". What is Sargent Studio? My grandfather served in the USAF. He's the ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

WW1 British Army Records [duplicate]

Both my uncles were in WW1 and their records were among those burnt in London in WW2. Is there anywhere else that would hold records of them? One was in the Essex Regiment and the other in the Royal ...
9
votes
3answers
401 views

What records exist for survivors of the Spanish Armada?

In my family, there is a long held verbal history that we were on the Spanish Armada and were stranded in Ireland when the Armada was sunk. This may be a long shot, but is there anyway to access ...
6
votes
5answers
346 views

Why was my great-grandfather honorably discharged from the US Army so many times?

Just this morning I found the military records of my great-grandfather. The first thing I noticed among them are an unusual number of honorable discharge papers. Dates of Service | Reason ...
9
votes
1answer
84 views

Recording military medals in Gramps

Military medals are considered to be important genealogy sources. What is the best way to record them in Gramps?
4
votes
1answer
54 views

Records for 'aide' to officer in US Civil War

One of my ancestors "fought" in the US Civil War and I am seeking other places to find information. My great-great-grandfather, Herbert Kirkwood Sparrell (1847-1923) (HKS), went to the Civil War with ...
4
votes
2answers
221 views

Can anyone decipher the name of this Royal Navy ship in Beruit in 1861?

Can anyone work out what the name of this ship is for me please it is from the 1861 census reference RG9/4441/232/30 Thanks for any suggestions
5
votes
1answer
376 views

WW2 Royal Navy Patrol service records mystery

I have a copy of my Great Uncle's sevice record and I'm really stuck on finding out one of the base/ship he is listed as serving with. He sadly died due to illness while on active service in 1943 and ...
4
votes
2answers
4k views

When WWII Army enlistment records list “Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA”, what does that mean?

On Ancestry.com [library edition] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 there is a record where the Branch and Branch Code is listed as "Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA". What ...
8
votes
1answer
195 views

Where might I find General Orders No. 77 dated 11 Nov 1943?

I have found a document that notes the renaming of Edinburgh Field, Trinidad to Carlsen Field (click image for full size): To get more information about the renaming (and the individual behind it) ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

WW2 Royal Navy Records

Are there likely to be records to access for more information for my father (deceased in 1993)? He served aboard a number of ships (land sites) from 1943-46. I have his certificate of service which ...
10
votes
2answers
111 views

What do these East India Company military abbreviations mean?

I have the service record from the India Office of Records for my 3rd great grandfather who served with the Bengal Artillery of the East India Company. While I can get the "gist" of his record I am ...
14
votes
5answers
361 views

Finding Scottish parents of (Rear Admiral) Donald Campbell?

How do I find my 4th great grandfather's Scottish parents? Rear Admiral Donald Campbell 1752-1819 was a contemporary of Nelson's & also served with the Portuguese Navy. I can trace his career, ...
6
votes
1answer
205 views

Determining branch of service for someone drafted into World War I

Is there a online source to help determine which branch of service someone was drafted into for World War I? I found my grandfather's WWI draft card on Ancestry.com but wasn't able to find any ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

What is the meaning of these remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

I am trying to understand the full meaning of the remarks shown on this record from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Muster Rolls. This is from July, 1948. (column headers) (record in ...
2
votes
1answer
105 views

Can I obtain a free version of this public domain image?

I found an image on the Corbis images website: (Full image here.) At the end of the description there is a small note: This is a publicly distributed U.S. government created image. Image is in ...
12
votes
2answers
174 views

What is this individual's military service number?

Below is a clipping of a 1942 military document detailing promotions of personnel. The column listing "service numbers" seems to specify them in an abbreviated fashion. Given that assumption and ...
5
votes
2answers
92 views

US Military inquiry came back needing details; how do I get them?

From a very helpful question (or rather, one of its answers) I filled out and mailed an SF-180 requesting military information for an individual. I received word back from NARA last week that the ...
7
votes
3answers
835 views

Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel from ww2

My grandmothers brother was in the royal navy during WW2 and was killed. I know very little about him other than his name and I think I have the year he was born. By searching his name - William ...
6
votes
2answers
152 views

How do I decide two signatures match?

This image shows two signatures made by "a" man named George Cox. One signature is on an Army Attestation Form when a boy of 15 signed-up in 1900. The other comes from a 1922 Migration Application by ...
1
vote
2answers
65 views

Did Anthony Woods/DuBois die fighting for Union?

I believe that Anthony Sr could have joined the Union Army in the Civil War. Can't find any records. He was married to a Virginia DuC___ There is one Anthony S Woods from New York. Not sure where ...
4
votes
3answers
176 views

How do I corroborate Charles Foster's military service (circa 1880)?

I am looking for information on Charles J Foster (b. 3 Feb 1849, New York d. 9 May 1929, San Francisco, CA). At one point I came across information that he was a retired Colonel (I'm assuming with ...
5
votes
2answers
261 views

How can I locate my g-grandfather's Germany or Poland Cavalry military record?

My g-grandfather was supposed to have been in the Cavalry. He was born in 1860, where ?(Germany/Poland). I know at that time Poland was under German rule. Married in Gollub, Germany and my grandmother ...
6
votes
2answers
179 views

Instructions for World War I Draft Cards (US)?

I've been reviewing several US World War I Draft cards. Who determined whether someone was "tall", "medium", or "short"? Was there a standard range for "tall"? "medium"? "short"? Just thinking it ...
4
votes
2answers
172 views

How do I learn the details about a British Army pension delivery, 1813?

An Irish ancestor, a veteran of 23 years, was discharged from the British Army in 1813 and pensioned (lame arm) as a Sergeant Major. From British Military records I know he enlisted in Loughgilley, ...
7
votes
1answer
211 views

World War I Draft (US) card marking

My great-uncle Lester Clifton of Springfield, Illinois registered for the WWI draft and on the bottom left side of the draft card is a large zero or uppercase 'O'. I cannot find out what this ...
11
votes
1answer
271 views

How do I determine if a soldier in the US Civil War was a German mercenary?

I am looking for ways to determine if Civil War soldiers were hired mercenaries. I know the name of my great-great grandfather only from a census record when he was living with his son. From that 1880 ...
8
votes
1answer
439 views

Finding birth certificate of someone born on a military base in Germany

I am looking for a relative, probably born on a military base in Germany around 1954. I found her and her mother on a passenger list coming from Germany back into a port in NY in 1954. The mother was ...