Gaston County Public Library

Researching World War I Soldiers

The National Archives

Military personnel records are a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records. Limited information is releasable to the general public without the consent of the veteran or the next-of-kin. You are considered a member of the general public if you are asking about a veteran who is no relation to you, or a veteran who is a relative but you are not the next-of-kin. Next-of-kin is defined as the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran.

Request veterans' service records from WWI at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

Other Resources available at the National Archives:

Databases

Carolina World War I Soldiers

  • The North Carolina State Archives and State Library collections have online World War I materials :
  • The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center includes World War I photographs, newspapers, and letters.
    Go to: http://www.digitalnc.org/combined-search/?searchterm=World+War+I
  • 355 GAS NCC OVER 2014. Saluting Our Veterans: 2014 Veterans Day Special Edition. Gazette Publishing Company.
  • 359.70973 CAM NCC. Camp Chronicle: World War I Artillery Range in Gastonia, NC. Collection of newspaper articles about Camp Chronicle compiled by Jim Chandler.
  • 940.3 MAR NC. Memories of World War I: North Carolina doughboys on the Western Front by R. Jackson Marshall.
  • 940.31 MIT NCC. The echo of the bugle call : Charlotte's role in World War I by Miriam Grace Mitchell.
  • 940.45 U NCC. Officers and enlisted men of the United States Navy who lost their lives during the World War, from April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918 by the United States Bureau of Naval Personnel.
  • Search our Gaston - Lincoln Biography & History Index for names of individual soldiers.
    Go to:
    http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/gaston-lincoln-biography-index/
  • Soldiers Who Died in WWI: Gaston & Lincoln Counties
    Go to:
    http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/military/soldiers-who-died-in-ww-i-gaston-lincoln-counties-north-carolina/

Other Resources

Search our Catalog by Subject for: World War, 1914-1918

Headstones for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the grave of any deceased eligible veteran in any cemetery around the world.
Go to: http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/hm_hm.asp

 


Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching World War I Soldiers
URL: http://gastonlibrary.org/research/genealogy-local-history/researching-world-war-i-soldiers/
Revised: 22 June 2017