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Useful resources for researching your relatives military service

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Question 1: How to I find out about my relatives military career?

Answer 1: This is the information that you need to have about your relative in order to obtain more information about his or her military career:

See: Military Record Requests (SF180) at the NARA, National Archives and Records Administration. Also see their FAQs and Order Forms for Military Service and Family History Records (Research Room, National Archives and Records Administration).

See: Obtaining Military Records & Medals at the National Cemetery Administration.

Also see: The Department of Veterans' Affairs and State Veterans' Affairs Offices. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies. 

Also see these web sites: 


Question 2: How can I obtain replacement military awards and medals?

Answer 2: See Military Awards and Decorations at NARA, National Archives and Records Administration. Also see their FAQs.

See: Obtaining Military Records & Medals at the National Cemetery Administration.

Also see: The Department of Veterans' Affairs and State Veterans' Affairs Offices. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies.

Also see: Missing Medals.com - The registry site for missing military medals


Question 3: How can I get a copy of my relatives military medical records?

Answer 3: See Veterans, Next-of-Kin, or the Veteran's Representative at NARA, National Archives and Records Administration. Also see their FAQs. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies.


Question 4: How can I get a military headstone or grave marker for my relative?

Answer 4: See Burial & Memorial Benefits at the National Cemetery Administration. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies.


Question 5: How get I arrange to have a military funeral honor for my relative?

Answer 5: See Military Funeral Honors at the National Cemetery Administration.

Also see: The Department of Veterans' Affairs and State Veterans' Affairs Offices. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies. 

Also see the Military Funeral Honors Homepage.


Question 6: How can I get a Burial Flag for my relative?

Answer 6: See Burial Flag at the National Cemetery Administration. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies.


Question 7: How can I obtain a Presidential Memorial Certificates for my relative's military service?

Answer 7: See Presidential Memorial Certificates at the National Cemetery Administration. The Veterans' Affairs Department in your state may be able to assist you, as well. The Veterans' Affairs Department should be in the phonebook under Government agencies.


Question 8:
How can I find a relative's (who served in the military) naturalization record?

Answer: See: Naturalization of Members of the US Armed Forces During World War I


Question 9: How can I find out more about my relative's military unit?

Answer: Data on U.S. Army Divisions during World War I, WWI, The Great War


Question 10: How can I preserve my relatives military history?

Answer: Before having estate sales for recently deceased relatives, make sure you gather all old photos, photo albums, military records, diaries, uniforms, souvenirs from military service, etc. Families are so spread out across the country and can't make a trip to handle estate sells personally, so they need to hire someone to assure that their family histories are not sold for pocket change. Many of their precious family items (that they were not aware of in the first place) slip away at these sales. Before selling family items (like, grandfather military uniform with metals) check with your siblings and aunts and uncles.

Also see: World War I FAQ's These are general questions about WWI.

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Useful resources for researching your relatives military service

Web pages for getting some general information (especially dates) about a soldier/person:
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWWI Draft Registrations - Civilian Draft Registration Database
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAmerican Battle Monuments Commission, ABMC - War Dead

Mexican War
Civil War
Spanish-American War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAwards, Decorations, Campaign & Service Medals

"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconCemetery Records Online - Cemeteries and Genealogy
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconFind a Grave
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconMissing Medals whose goal is "to assist those attempting to return or find missing military awards. All services and information on this site are absolutely free."

Web pages useful for identifying WWI soldiers' units:
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconData on U.S. Army Divisions during World War I
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWWI Shoulder Patches / Sleeve Insignia
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWWI Uniforms, Insignia, (Distinguishing Marks), Rank, etc.
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWWI United States Military Insignia and Badges
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconThe United States Army Insignia Home Page - See The US Army in the First World War - includes Insignia of Rank, Insignia of Branch, Shoulder-Sleeve Insignia, Specialty Badges, Cap Badges, Insignia Placement. This is an excellent resource: US Army Corps & Larger - First World War; US Army Divisions - First World War; Placement of Insignia on the Army Service Uniform First World War Era
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWWI Shoulder Patches / Sleeve Insignia for more information on Army, Corps, and Divisions histories. (at this web site)
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWorld War One Unit Histories, Division Unit Chart, and Training Camps at Digital Bookshelf
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAmerican Combat Formations - Insignia and brief descriptions of Higher Formations (1st, 2nd, 3rd Armies), Army Corps (I - IX) Regular Army Divisions, National Guard Divisions, National Army Divisions, and Tank Corps. Source: "The Romance of Military Insignia" in The National Geographic Magazine. (December 1919) by Colonel Robert E. Wyllie.
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconMaps related to World War I - including Military Map of the US and Canada

Genealogy Links:
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAncestry.com - Step 11 Military Records 1-30-2003
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconFamily Tree Maker
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconFamilySearch - LDS - get free genealogy software, Personal Ancestry File (PAF 5.1 ), by going to their main Family Search page and click on "Order/Download Products" link, then  click on "Software Downloads - Free."
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconRootsWeb - Be sure to Search the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Click on the "Advance search" button for more search options. Also check out: RootsWeb's guide to tracing family trees - United States Military Records
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconUS County Resurces at RootsWeb - If you know the city and state, you can find the county (or parish) name.
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconUSGenWeb Archives "Building a Virtual Courthouse"

Search Files by State
National Search Engine

"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconUSIGS (United States Internet Genealogical Society) Military Collection
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconVital Records Informatin for United States (birth, death or marriage certificate)
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconWorldConnect at RootsWeb.com
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconMcCLENDONs at RootsWeb.com 

Where to buy rare military related books and publications:
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAbebooks.com
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAlibris Booksellers
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAmazon's BiblioFind
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconBookFinder.com

Online Auctions can be a source of information and collectibles:
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconAmazon.com - Auctions
"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconeBAY

Books:Antiquarian, Rare:War, Military
Books:Nonfiction:Military

Collectibles:Militaria:WW I (1914-18):United States

"Doughboy" Army Service Hat iconYahoo! Auctions  

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