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

Other Resources available at the National Archives:


  • Ancestry Library Edition database collection includes a number of databases relating to World War I. Available In-Library Only.
  • Fold3 includes US military records, stories, photos, and personal documents of those who served.
    Go to: Log into Fold3 with your library card.
  • includes military draft registration cards and North Carolina service cards.

Carolina World War I Soldiers

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.
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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching World War I Soldiers
Revised: 17 November 2016