Questions tagged [military-records]

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Finding information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II?

Where can I find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? I am curious to find out about my ancestors' role in the wars, i.e. what rank they had, where they where fighting, ...
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Recording military medals in Gramps

Military medals are considered to be important genealogy sources. What is the best way to record them in Gramps?
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Determining whether soldier in US Civil War was German mercenary?

I am looking for ways to determine whether 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 ...
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How can I get all the military records available through NARA (USA) for an individual veteran?

When requesting the military records for an individual veteran from the national archives, I was only sent the discharge summary. How do I know if there are any more records available for the ...
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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 ...
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Meaning of 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 question) ...
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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 ...
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World War I Draft Registration (US) card office markings?

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 ...
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How can I find out about military service in WW1 for an English veteran?

My grandfather, Robert Wright (born 1896, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England; and still living there in the 1911 census), fought in WW1 and was (according to family oral tradition) gassed while he ...
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What are the pre-1993 US Air Force Specialty Codes?

Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC's) are used to denote what responsibility or job someone is performing in the Air Force. The system was overhauled in 1993 to better match recent restructuring and ...
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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?

I have a relative who was serving in British Mandate Palestine, who in 1946 married a local woman in Jaffa. I have the marriage certificate from the GRO, but would there exist any records in Israel, ...
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Tracing records of Royal Navy personnel who died in World War 2?

My grandmother's 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Which British Army regiment did Thomas Stretch join as a drummer boy in 1774?

Thomas Stretch was born in Norwich in 1763, joined the army, eventually retired in Nottingham and died there in 1851. His Chelsea Pension Discharge record (PDF) from 1807 states 33 years 9 months ...
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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) I ...
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Finding WW2 Royal Navy Records related to Glendower, Pembroke and other bases/ships?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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), ...
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Requesting copies of WWII Draft Registration cards?

Background An ancestor of mine from Iowa should have registered for the WWII draft in the Fourth Registration, which is also known as the Old Man’s Registration. FamilySearch has a collection for ...
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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 ...
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What month was the 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia taken?

The 1864 Census for Re-Organizing the Georgia Militia is a useful source for researching in Georgia. It was done during the ahem, late unpleasantness, between the northern and southern US to locate ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Finding World War 2 Army or Navy service record for resident of Sussex, England?

Peter Evelyn Graham was born in 1923 in London and died in 1972 in Sussex. He was in the services but not sure which one: Army records, his name hasn't come up. Navy records have a leading seaman ...
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Finding WWII Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) 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 ...
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Meaning of WW I service record abbreviation “Awarded MCC”?

WW I service record abbreviation "Awarded MCC" 11th Engineers AEF (U.S. Army). What does "MCC" stand for?
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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 ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

I was going through some old photos and newspaper clippings that my grandmother (1913-2007) left behind here in Norway, when I came across this photo of a uniformed young man. To be honest I have no ...
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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 ...
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Verify facts about military service and use of alias

On this website it mentions: William Henry Baker And states he was using an alias and his original name was Albert Budd. To quote the site: William Henry Baker, he served under an alias, his real ...
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Seeking Royal Navy or Merchant Navy records of Arctic Convoys during World War 2?

How do I find my father's records in World War 2? I know he was in the arctic convoys but that is about all.
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Finding detailed UK Naval Records (1920's)

I have the Naval summary of an ancestor (Who served in the UK Navy during the 1920's) which lists the bases and ships he served on, with a small bit of other information too. The document I have isn'...
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What are these abbreviations in a Verlustliste (zurueckgeh, krgef, A)?

I'm looking at Verlustlisten 1. Weltkrieg, page 22.835: Peter Robert (Bremerhaven) on genealogy.net. In the entry, it says "zurueckgeh." What does this mean? I know other entries say things like "...
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Finding details of where Polish soldier in German Army was living before Great War?

What I know so far from family sources: My great-grandfather August Masur was polish, and a soldier within the German Army. He surrender to French troops and was made prisoner. Likely he did this on ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Birth Record for Son of Scottish Surgeon Attached to Canadian Regiment During US Occupation

James Davidson, Surgeon, born in Scotland, attached to Royal Canadian Emigrant regiment 1775-1779, and then attached to the 84th regiment from 1781-1785. Official posting (documented) is to Quebec ...
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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 ...
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Finding records of Berlin Airlift Service by Robert Whitehead?

My great grandfather supposedly served in the Berlin Airlift. His name is Robert Seaborn Whitehead. I have no pictures only family stories is there any way to confirm this?
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Obtaining details to complete US Military SF-180 information request form?

From How can I get all the military records available through NARA (USA) for an individual veteran? (or rather, one of its answers) I filled out and mailed an SF-180 requesting military information ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

This question is, although a little late, inspired by the Weekly Topic Challenge on "correlating military service records with other sources". It's also part of an effort to re-examine some of the "...
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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?
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Interpreting tours of duty on British Army service records?

More details about this service member are in my question Were British Army families stationed overseas enumerated in any Census returns? Alfred Clarke, b. 1840, from Brighton, Sussex, England, ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

My grandfather's brother was a German soldier captured in North Africa and ultimately sent to the United States. I found a list of names of POWs held at Camp Upton and my grandfather's brother was in ...
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What can I assume from consecutive regimental numbers?

I am researching the military history of my grandfather and his brothers in World War 1. My initial clue was a newspaper cutting from 1917 that identified one of the brothers as the recipient of a DCM ...
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Accessing Italian World War I records online?

Is there a way to access Italian war records pertaining to individual soldiers (I'm looking specifically for World War I) online? For example, I know Australia does but my somewhat limited knowledge ...
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Are there records relating to individual convictions or convicts found in British Army Service Records?

My 2x Great Grandfather served in the Royal Sussex Regiment from 1889 to 1902. I have a copy of his service records. Which I have downloaded from FindMyPast, the images can be found at the bottom of ...
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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 ?