Louisiana, World War I Service Records, 1917-1920 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920
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|Flag of Louisiana|
|Location of Louisiana|
|Record Type||World War I|
|Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of an index and images of enlistment or induction records from World War I for the years 1917 to 1920. The collection is arranged alphabetically by parish name and is located at the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge.
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Louisiana, World War I Service Records, 1917-1920.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Soldier’s name
- Birth date and place
- Enlistment or Induction date and place
- Estimated birth year
- Residence parish, city, and state
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Image[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person
- The name of a relative
- The birth date of the soldier
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Name of Parish to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920. Click on camera icon to see images.|
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]
Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information and to find additional information.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the names, age and residence to find census records including the 1910 and 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
- Look for a published military unit history.
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Louisiana.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States World War I Research
- Louisiana Guided Research
- Louisiana Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
- United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940
- United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919
- United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939
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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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