Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

Quiz: Which state sent the most soldiers to fight in World War I?

That would be New York. You’ll find records for half a million of them in New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919, including nurses:

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We’re approaching the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, and you’ll find updates to the following collections as well:

 

On a different sort of battlefront, New South Wales, Australia, Teachers’ Rolls, 1869-1908, just went live. Did anybody have Ms. Griffiths?

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3 Comments

Jacqueline Reiss 

I searched for my father-in-law, Louis Frank Reiss, in the World War I Military Service cards. I could not find a card for him. This is puzzling since we have pictures of him in his army uniform and we have his uniform buttons and medals that he received, including a Victory Medal that identified four action sites: Aisne-Marne, St. St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector. He often went by variations of his given names, such as Frank and Frank Louis. I tried those alternatives and nothing came up. Do you have any idea why his card is not included?

August 30, 2013 at 8:00 am
Elizabeth H. 

Very cool – I found my husband’s recently-immigrated grandfather in this collection. Where can we find out how to decipher the abbreviations under “Organizations served in, with dates of assignments and transfers:”?

September 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm
Paul 

Jacqueline,

Do you know that he was a New York resident when he enlisted or was inducted? I have been looking for explanations for omissions in our source material and haven’t come up with anything specific yet. Have you tried alternate spellings for the surname as well? (And am I referring to the right collection?)

Elizabeth,

Our source did not provide a legend for abbreviations, but if you do a web search for U.S. military abbreviations, you’ll find lists that might help.

September 4, 2013 at 10:33 am