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Basics of Genealogy

This guide was created to help people who are new to genealogy.

Intro to Military Records

Military records can include draft records, compiled service records, and pension records.

St. Louis National Personnel Records Center

World War I Draft Registration Records, 1917-1918

World War I Draft Registration records are a great source of information if you have any men you are researching that were born between 1873 and 1900. 

  • search on first and last name and state; you may want to add a birth year if you know that

World War II Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Unfortunately, there are not as many records available for World War II servicemen and women as there are for WWI. Over 80% of the Army's records burned in a fire in 1973.