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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 ...
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What qualifies as next-of-kin for a US SF-180, Request Pertaining to Military Records?

The SF 180 seems to conflict itself on what qualifies as next-of-kin. The instructions, lacking "grandchild", state this: However, the fillable form has a drop-down field for next-of-kin, ...
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Why was Harry Mendelsohn's 1915 death while fighting in Canadian Expeditionary Forces falsely reported?

Harry Mendelsohn in this July 13, 1915 newspaper article was not killed fighting in WWI. He was part of the CEF, but he hadn't yet left for France. No correction was printed in that paper or any of ...
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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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Obtaining WW2 records from the Dienststelle? [duplicate]

My grandfather worked for the German Post office May 1940 to end of war. I have a copy of a letter that my grandfather received in August 1944 while he was living there asking/ordering him to relocate ...
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Locating Latvian Legion service records?

I am interested in looking for my grandfather Adolphs Gailitis' (b.1911) service records in the Latvian Legion in WW2. He was taken as a Russian POW but I'm not sure which year.
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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?
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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?
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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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Where to find World War 2 records for Canada?

I was told a family story and I would like to see if there are any records to verify the story. I was told that my grandfather began the military training for WW2 but just as he finished the military ...
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WW1 German military service in 124th infantry regiment

Would like to learn the military service for German Jewish soldier, Caro W. Naphtali, of the Imperial German Infantry 124th Regiment?
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Seeking Army Records for Jean Baptiste Cordier an officer in the French Army

I'm looking for army records relating to Jean Baptiste Cordier. He is listed on his son, Pierre Louis Oscar Cordier's marriage record as shown here: I have absolutely no idea where to start with ...
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Returning German air force record book to family of Walter Schamberger of Sonneberg?

I would like to find relatives of Walter Schamberger born 15/01/1910 in Oberlind, now part of the city of Sonneberg. He was a flight leader in the German air force. I am in possession of his ...
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Interpreting Service Record of QAIMNS nurse in Egypt at time of Gallipoli campaign?

My great grand aunt Eleanor Bessie Stacy (1879-1925) was a World War I nurse with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and later the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). ...
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Reading US Marine Muster roll

number 438 Donald R. Petit, joined the US Marines on the 14th December, 1942. He was my father. He was a journalist and founder of the "boot" marine newspaper/magazine. What does the rest of the ...
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Finding original name of British army deserter known as John Cusey?

My ancestor, John Cusey, deserted from the British army during the American Revolution and joined the colonists, even being wounded in battle. My problem is that we believe, when he deserted, to avoid ...
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Record of 2/10 Baluch Regiment soldier in the British archives?

My grandfather served in 2/10 Baluch Regiment, under British Army during the 2nd World War. What was the fate of those who were loyal to the British? Any record details with British Army HQ?
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Italian Navy National Service

Would like to know where my father Mario Siega served as I am trying to make a family tree and have had a problem finding any information about him. He was born in Trieste Italy in January 1914
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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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Identifying when and where photo of man wearing German Waffenrock uniform might have been taken?

I recently was given this photo by a cousin who was wondering if I knew who this person was. I figured the first thing I need to figure out is about when and where this photo was taken. From the ...
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Finding military records for Romanian pilots stationed in Jüterbog during WWII? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find military records about my uncle, Chis CONSTANTIN. As far as we know he was a Romanian pilot within Luftwaffe, who graduated from flight school in Medias, Romania, and from 1942 was ...
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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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Civil War Pension Cards - “Date Of Filing” explanation

Background. While researching ancestor named Henry SCHRIML born 5 OCT 1809 Bavaria and died 16 APR 1865. Married to Katherine Maria HERRMANN born 24 JUL 1815 Germany and died 29 Jan 1901 Dayton, Ohio....
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Finding date and battle of wounding for First World War English Private Arthur Higgins in France?

My father, Private Arthur Higgins No 2163, was born 4 Jul 1893, and was in the 5th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment which landed in France on 5 Mar 1915 and was repatriated to England on ...
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Finding B.213 forms for Australian Nurse serving mainly in Egypt during World War I?

This is a follow on question from Interpreting Service Record of QAIMNS nurse in Egypt at time of Gallipoli campaign? which could be referred to for additional background. My great grand aunt Eleanor ...
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Finding alternatives to World War 2 U.S. Army records burnt in1973

My grandfather JOHN ARAQUE enlisted in San Francisco (California) in Dec 1942. All i can find is his rank at enlistment (Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Private) but nothing about what he ...
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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)
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What does “bur nav” mean in an active Navy directory?

Nicholas B Van Bergen is listed as "bur nav" on page 104 of the January 1938 Registers of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps of the United States: What ...
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Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?

I heard rumours that my grandfather William Balshaw deserted in WW1 and ended up in Cape Town, South Africa in 1917 where he took the name of Selby. Where can I find the records of WW1 deserters?
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What might letters L.H.M. after name at Chelsea Hospital (London) burial mean?

In Ancestry.com's England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970 there is an image from Piece 4330: Chelsea Hospital (Church of England non-parochial), 1691-1765 which ...
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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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Finding late 18th Century service record of Francis Green in Cornish Militia?

Using FindMyPast, I recently sighted images of the Marriage Banns and Marriage Record for my 4th great grandparents Francis Green and Grace Woodley who married on 13 Feb 1798 at Totnes, Devon, England....
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Tracing German WW2 soldier's name with number 7001519

My great grandfather from South Africa took a knife and fork set from a German soldier during World War II in Italy. On the back of the knife with the swastika symbol there is a number ...7001519 ...
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USMC WW1 Muster Roll abbreviated term S.O.S

Reviewing my Great Uncles death in WW1, I see the term "24 trans to S.O.S" in his Company Muster Roll. He served in the 6th Marine Regiment attached to the US Army 2nd Infantry Division, Third ...
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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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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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Checking Daughters/Sons of the American Revolution (DAR/SAR) lineages?

Two different applications for SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), both crediting the same sources, state the same person born on the same date and serving in the same militia as having been born ...
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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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Searching for WW2 military record of German soldier who died 1945 in Italy? [duplicate]

I have a name, place and date of birth, place and date of death also. This soldier died in Italy in 1945 and is buried in Futa Pass. Could anybody provide me with where i can gain more information ...
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Finding WW2 records of a Luftwaffe pilot named Adolf Schwartz [duplicate]

I’m trying to find records on my grandfather, his name was Adolf Schwartz and he was a Luftwaffe pilot in world war 2. I only have a picture of him. Does anyone know where I could find his records? He ...
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How to find German battle accounts

I’m wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. My uncle was shot down by a German night fighter, which was apparently confirmed by obtained German documents a year after. The documents ...
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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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Where can I find records about German military records from World War II? [duplicate]

I am looking for information pertaining to German soldiers during World War II. My significant other's great grandparents were from Germany during the second world war. His great-grandfather was in ...
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Finding 1812 Virginia militia records [closed]

I have an ancestor who served in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812. What is a good resource to learn more about this military unit?
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Linking handwritten numbers on an arm band to German WWII military records

I have an arm band my father brought back while fighting for the Canadian army. It has hand written numbers on it. Is there any way to trace the numbers in German army records?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...