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

Update: new information on birth place Let’s sum up what we know for sure: You had a great-grandfather with the surname Rebholz What we assume: He was born in Sigmaringen What is unknown: his ...
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Where was Robert Brown at the time of this 1911 Military Census?

Take a look at the image and scroll back a few pages, to the start of that enumeration book. You will see it shows the location of the regiment at the time of enumeration: Pietermaritzburg, Natal, ...
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Local record of serviceman's marriage in British Mandate Palestine?

The Israel Genealogy Research Association (https://genealogy.org.il) is in the process of indexing marriage and divorce records from the British Mandate period. You can search their database and see ...
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Requesting copies of WWII Draft Registration cards?

The easiest way is to make a record request so that St. Louis can pull the record and scan it for you. YouTube recording of Day 3 of the 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair. See session 13, "Discovering ...
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What are these abbreviations in a Verlustliste (zurueckgeh, krgef, A)?

This means that he was retained (“zurückgeh.” = “zurückgehalten”) by a neutral country until now (“bish.” = “bisher”), as this list of abbreviations for the navy lists suggests. Now he is prisoner of ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

The uniform is from the time around World War I (see, for instance, World War 1 Uniforms and US Enlisted Uniforms 1900 - 1918: Part 2: Uniform Patterns (Enlisted) Army). The uniform style doesn't ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

You should be very, very, careful with this. My alarm bells are set off, because despite the emphatic denial of your father's second cousin, he is still a strong candidate. He could know and not want ...
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What was William H. Clements' military service shown on this military grave registration?

According to the article Mississippi and the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848 by Sam Olden, posted on the website Mississippi History Now (an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society), ...
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Decoding trophy cards of german soldiers (WWII)

I can confirm that the text on both cards is indeed in German. Your first card is dated to 1920, the second one seems to have been stamped by the post office in 1917. As far as I know Sütterlin was ...
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Information and photos of WW2 RAF aircraft and crew?

This article describes the incident: http://aircrewremembered.com/roy-arnold.html and leads me to search for "Oblt Walter Schneider" which comes up with another website or two. https://...
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Cantonist Records

These notations should appear on Russian Empire Revision Lists (which were kind of like census lists). That is, if a son was present in the 9th Revision List but not the 10th, the 10th would say that ...
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Tracing my Swiss German roots through to World War I an unknown fallen soldier

Update: Since the original question and the early answers were written, John has found out that his great-grandfather was not born in Kreuzlingen, but Sigmaringen, now in Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany. ...
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Interpreting tours of duty on British Army service records?

I have been trying to check up on one of my Army pensioners (Private Samuel Bateman, 834, 49th Regiment of Foot) - he is recorded as 2y 10m on "China / Eastern Expedition" (the embarrassing-to-us-now ...
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What uniform is this (US Army branch, where and when)?

Well, building off of Robert Shaw's answer, it appears to me that the person in the photograph is wearing a Type I unit disk, which puts the photo somewhere between 1910 and 1937. According to both ...
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Finding details of where Polish soldier in German Army was living before Great War?

The 113th infantry regiment was from Baden (Freiburg im Breisgau). The garrison for the 113th infantry regiment can be looked up online, e.g. in GenWiki or in the literature ( Das 5. Badische ...
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Meaning of job recorded as "USAF – AFSC#29430"?

If I am not mistaken this speciality code used for Airman who were linguistic experts working for the A F Electronics Security Command. The majority of whom I met, worked within top secret facilities....
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Finding records of Berlin Airlift Service by Robert Whitehead?

The "Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation" have a website with a fair amount of information. That includes "The Men Who Participated". That has a list of units that were involved, only some of which ...
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Verifying that Josef Berg died as shown in WWI German military record and finding his grave?

For searching in the Verlustlisten you shouldn't use Ancestry’s incomplete version, but the complete and manually indexed version by Compgen - Verein für Computergenealogie: Verlustlisten Erster ...
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German POWs in Camp Upton and Fort Dupont

The Delaware Military History organization may have some useful material, including pictures and camp activity reports and newsletters. The National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has basic ...
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Correlating military and civil records for one or two individuals

We probably can't prove that "Soldier Matthew" is the same as "Family Matthew", but we can seek to demonstrate that they are not the same person. If, for example, the military records show that ...
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Finding specific records of US WW2 veterans?

Service records for those who served during the 20th century are held by the National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) (part of the US National Archives in St Louis). ...
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Finding British militia records?

The answers, such as they are, are probably available only at Kew with the Muster Books and Pay Lists (that's one document produced every quarter, usually). See TNA Guide on Militia The problem is ...
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Verify facts about military service and use of alias

If he served through to 1927, then his service record, which would have much of the information quoted, will still be held by the Ministry of Defence, and a copy can be obtained (cost £30). https://...
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Verify facts about military service and use of alias

Just to add some things about the chap in the text. He has a Medal Index Card (MIC) on Ancestry - search for Name: William H Baker Regiment or Corps: Royal Sussex Regiment Regimental Number: L/...
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Where was Robert Brown at the time of this 1911 Military Census?

Findmypast haven't omitted the header pages, there is a direct link from the page image. Go to 'Related images' in the bottom right corner and you will see it under 'Address'. As this is an ...
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Lists of casualties of the Battle of Mollwitz

The problem of identifying the casualties falls into several sections: which military units and which individuals were there? what relevant records were created at the time of the battle? where were ...
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Meaning of remarks on 1948 USMC discharge papers?

This image is from the unit muster for whichever unit he was in at the time. It is a chronological record of who was in the unit at the time. The muster is created when the unit is formed and then ...
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Establishing identity of Edmund Rouse of St Clement, Cabinet Maker, Private in Napoleonic Wars and Weaver?

First, Cabinet and Carpet are close enough to have been mis-transcribed on one or more records, so checking images of the originals would be a good idea. Trades or occupations are usually what the ...
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Interpreting WW2 discharge papers codes?

In the post Meaning of GO 33 WD 45 on a WWII Veteran’s Discharge on the blog Tribute to an 82nd Airborne Veteran, Jeff Clark breaks it down for us as follows: GO 33 40 is General Order 33 and ...
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