Minnesota, World War I Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Minnesota, World War I Records, 1918-1941
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Minnesota, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Military
Collection years 1918-1941
FamilySearch Resources
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Minnesota Historical Society


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of digital images of four collections related to World War I from the the Minnesota Historical Society for the years 1918 to 1941. The collections include service records, 1918-1920, card applications for soldiers' bonus,1919-1943 and bonus files, 1916-1943. It also includes the Gold Star Honor Roll, 1914 -1921 which lists Minnesota men and women who died as a result of war service, and records of resident aliens in Minnesota (primarily German immigrants) who were required to register during the war.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Birth date and place
  • Age
  • Residence

  • Military service dates
  • Death date and place if they died while in the service
  • May include names of nearest family member

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The birth date of your ancestor
  • The birth place of your ancestor
  • The residence of your ancestor
  • The military division in which your ancestor served

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the name, place of residence and birth date to obtain their military file from the National Archives
  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the soldier's age and and residence to find his family in census, church, and land records
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the records of nearby localities (or military units, counties, parishes, etc.)

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Minnesota.

Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]

Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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