Questions tagged [military-records]

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Reading remarks from Royal Hospital, Chelsea record from early 19th century?

The below picture is cropped from an image at Ancestry.com's UK, Royal Hospital, Chelsea: Regimental Registers of Pensioners, 1713-1882: It relates to my 4th great grandfather Edmund Rouse who has ...
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Was there a Morascini (Morrasini) on Italian naval roster anywhere during 19th century?

I am looking for a family connection to seafaring in 19th century. The Morascini (Morrasini) family were located in the lower Alps region of northern Italy. Was there a Morascini (Morrasini) on ...
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Establishing identity of Edmund Rouse of St Clement, Cabinet Maker, Private in Napoleonic Wars and Weaver?

I always wondered why my 4th great grandparents Edmund Rouse (of St Clement) and Christian "Kitty" Crossman (of the parish) who married on 1 Feb 1801 at Truro St Mary, Cornwall appeared to have had ...
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Learning personal history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen?

I am researching the history of Asmus Nicolai Clausen, originally from Flensburg in Germany, born 2 June 1911. He was the commander of the U-182, which was sunk on 16 May 1943, when he died. His ...
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Identifying Military Uniform from Franco Prussian War?

I am looking for information regarding my great-great grandfather Heinrich Rositzky and the military uniform he is wearing, and if a unit or even his rank could possibly be determined by it. ...
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Can this Verlustliste record be excluded or verified based on what (little) I know?

My mother (who is only related by marriage to the family in question) recounted a story that my great-grandmother's little brother died in the first World War when he and a group of fellow young ...
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Interpreting WW2 discharge papers codes?

On the World War 2-era WD AGO Form 53-55, which was the four-page honorable discharge form, there is a code or reference in Box 32 (Battles and Campaigns) which on my father-in-law's form says "...
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Family History Grandfather who served in 7th Panzer Division War Records [duplicate]

I am trying to locate my grandfather’s war records I have his service number his division & discharge papers. He was a POW in Algiers 1944. But I want more information about where he was posted ...
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Listing Protocol when there is birth name and other “also known as”?

I have been researching many (Australian) military/archival records and found a relatively small number of people who signed up for WWI and WWII did so in a name different to their birth name. For ...
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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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Emil Fuchs military history from world war 1 [duplicate]

Looking for military information, photos, rank, awards, duty stations, battles etc for Emil Fuchs. Born 7/25/1892, Deggendorf Germany.
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What uniform is this?

This is a photo of my grandfather, Frank Leslie Hill, b.1903. To the best knowledge of the family he did not serve in the armed forces. However we have found this photograph of him and wondered if ...
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Finding WW1 military record of German ancestor?

I’m trying to find out information about my German Great Great Grandfather (the guy on the left on the photograph). His name was Karl Griesbach, Born on 2nd March 1877 and died on 17th October 1942. ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

Could anyone help with decoding the handwriting on two german photo cards from WWII?
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Getting military records on WW2 Luftwaffe personnel?

My father and his brother were both in the Luftwaffe. I am trying to obtain their military records, and in the case of my fathers brother, the circumstances surrounding his death in a plane crash in ...
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How to decode / read US Veterans Bureau Form 7202?

In doing some family background research, I came across an old military service record which says it is a "Form 7202 - Rev. Sept., 1927". I would like to decipher the meanings of the various codes to ...
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What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann, 1859 immigrant to the US?

According to notes passed down by my granddad (from an unknown source), I have an relative, Gustav Adolf Neumann, who was born 1824 in Leipzig, Saxony, and who eventually immigrated to the United ...
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What was William H. Clements' military service shown on this military grave registration?

I know that William H. Clements was part of the Mississippi Rifles from a military pension record index entry. Specifically, he served 1846-1847 in Company C. According to the Army National Guard ...
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Finding records in the place of origin of an immigrant to Canada & USA from Poland?

I need research strategies to find birth and early family records of Teodor Pawlowicz born Feb 26,1890 Dzikow, Poland. I believe the village is actually Stary Dzikow. He emigrated to Canada Quebec ...
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British War Medal

Could you tell me where I might apply for my grandfather's British War Medal his name is John Percy Blackburn, he joined the NREF in Murmansk 1918 Middlesex Regiment and was a 2nd lieutenant?
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Finding military record of B F Ervin of 2nd Indiana Cavalry?

Find A Grave Memorial 22835373 includes a gravestone photo with this inscription: B. F. ERVIN CO, D. 2ND IND CAV This seems to suggest that B. F. Ervin served in the 2nd Indiana Cavalry Regiment; ...
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Contacting family of Unteroffizier Wilhelm Braatz shot down in Battle of Britain?

Passed down to me is a service cap of a pilot of the Luftwaffe from WW2. During the battle of Britain in September 1940 an aircraft flew over east Sussex smoke pouring out behind. The service cap was ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

I provide a lot of background, which may not all be essential. Feel free to skip to the question. Background I was contacted by a woman who got a 3rd cousin match with me online. She told me that ...
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Passenger manifests - internal sailings uk?

Being ignorant of these matters I presume a list/timetable of sailings still exists. from this I might be able to shortlist any sailing that might give me the information I'm searching for. Firstly, ...
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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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What ships did father serve on in Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA)? [duplicate]

My father Wilfred Charles Shortland served as Engineering Officer for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. I am trying to find the ships when he was stationed in Malta in 1929-1934 and ships when stationed in ...
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How many British men and women were serving in the Boer War at the time of the 1901 census?

I have several young men and women who I cannot trace on the British 1901 census, despite numerous and extensive efforts. While there are a number of reasons why I might not be able to find them, one ...
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Researching relative's WW II Italian military service?

I have an uncle who died during Italy's WW II incursion into Russia. I have no details of the military unit he was in. Is it possible to: establish the miltary unit my uncle served under? identify ...
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Understanding my father's Army service records (1946-1948)

I have obtained the army service records for my father (he did his national service between 1946 and 1948.) Not unexpectedly, the documents contain a wealth of abbreviations (or possibly acronyms) ...
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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 ...
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Finding US marine ancestor without knowing birthdate?

I am trying to track down my US grandad / his family but keep hitting brick walls without his date of birth. I am English but my mum was born in Germany in 1949 to a German National mum and a US ...
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Finding Foreign Legion recruits from WW2?

I'd like to contact the Foreign Legion to find out about one of their recruits from WW2 - what is the best way to do it? I've already sent an email but there hasn't been a reply in weeks. Would they ...
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What does this Peninsular War medal roll say?

I am looking on this peninsular war medal roll under Charles Ormond and cannot understand what this abbreviation means. The column above reads "Particulars of Clasps". It looks to say "Bus to C.R.B....
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Researching German relative in WWI

I am trying to find out more about my German Great-grandfather who fought in (and survived) World War I. I have found a reference to his being badly injured on the 26th January 1917 in the German ...
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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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Finding British militia records?

According to Charles Ormond's marriage record (Church of Forfar, a Church of Scotland church) from 1804, he was a private in the 11th British militia. When did he begin military service and when did ...
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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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Which archive holds records for Swiss Guard serving in Naples, Italy or Vatican?

My great-grandmother was born in Naples in 1853 (implied from the age on her British marriage certificate and British census). On her marriage certificate, her father's occupation is listed as "...
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What to do with late mother's boxes of documents?

My late mother had an amateur interest in genealogy of our family. She gathered boxes of clippings and writings and photos, etc. She flew to Europe to visit sites and meet with descendents, etc. No ...
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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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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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Finding ancestor who was World War 1 Polish soldier?

I am trying to find my great-grandfather, who was a Polish soldier in World War 1. He supposedly came from a noble family (I am from Slovenia), so I suppose he fought on the Austrian Italian front. ...
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How to research German WWII prisoners of war in British captivity?

At the end of World War II, many German military units tried to avoid Soviet captivity by turning west and surrendering to western allied forces. While a simple request to the German Red Cross (...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

My grandfather enlisted in the US Army in 1942. How can I find more details about his service?
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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 ...
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Locating German World War One records when unit not known?

I see that this question has been asked and answered with a plethora of information as well as the notation that a lot of archives were destroyed in 1945. However, I thought it might be worth asking ...
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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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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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How to find Luftwaffe pilot service record

My 76 year old widowed neighbor has expressed some interest in locating her father's service records. He flew in the Luftwaffe and was shot down in late April 1943 and was listed as KIA. This is all ...
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Verifying that Josef Berg died as shown in WWI German military record and finding his grave?

My GGF Josef Berg died a few days before 1 Jan 1915 (probably on 27 Dec 1914 (World War I). I want to find his grave. I also want to verify that the information I'm giving here is actually my GGF's ...