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When you have located your ancestor’s service card, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details.
=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
*Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date *Use the soldier's names, age and location of the military unit residence to find his family in census, church, records including the 1910 and land 1920 census. The 1930 also identifies World War I veterans.*Look for discharge records. Many veterans registered their discharges at the local county courthouse.*Look for membership applications at the local American Legion Post.*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 *Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community *Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or Look for a nearby published military unit *Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occurhistory.
=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
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