United States World War I Cemetery Records
Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]
National Cemetery Administration
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has burial records of veterans and their family members from VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, and other veterans cemeteries around the country. The site also provides links to maps of the cemeteries.
American Battle Monuments Commission
- The American Battle Monuments: Search ABMC Burials and Memorials lists those buried overseas in the American military cemeteries and those who died during the Korean War. It also lists the Missing in Action from World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.
- Photographs of World War I and World War II American Military Cemeteries and Memorials in Europe, 1924 - 1932. NAID 532061 Digital images
World War I Cemeteries
- Aisne-Marine American Cemetery
- Brookwood American Cemetery
- Flanders Field American Cemetery
- Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery
- Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
- Card Registers of Confirmed Disinterments and Reburials in the Argonne American Cemetery, 1921-1931 NARA Catalog NAID 7014639
- Oise-Aisne American Cemetery
- Somme American Cemetery
- St. Mihiel American Cemetery
- Suresnes American Cemetery
World War I Monuments
- Audenarde American Monument
- Belleau Wood
- Bellicourt American Monument
- Cantigny American Monument
- Chateau-Thierry Monument
- Chaumont Marker-AEF Headquarters
- Kemmel American Monument
- Montfaucon American Monument
- Montsec American Monument
- Naval Monument at Brest
- Naval Monument at Gibralter
- Sommepy American Monument
- Souilly Marker-1st Army Headquarters
- Tours American Monument
Graves Registration Service[edit | edit source]
The Graves Registration Service was established in August 1917 and was responsible for maintaining a burial registration system and the acquiring of land in France for cemeteries.
- US Army Graves Registration Service. History of the American Graves Registration Service. 3 vols. Washington, D.C.: US Army Graves Registration Service,1921.
Organization Authority Record
- Location of Graves and Disposition of Bodies of American Soldiers who Died Overseas
- A Report to the Secretary of War on American Military Dead Overseas, May 1920
- United States War Department. Disposal and protection of remains of American soldiers who died in France.
National Archives Catalog
- Digital Images
- Correspondence, Reports, Telegrams, Applications,& Other Papers Relating to Burials of Service Personnel,1.1.1915-12.3.1939 NAID 595318
- Burial Reports, 3.11.1919-5.24.1920 NAID 6928160
- Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917-1922 NAID 6943087
- Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers NAID 12007376
- Maps and Plans of temporary American Expeditionary Force Cemeteries,1920-1922 NAID 642000
- Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers, 1920. NAID 12007376
- Coverage Tables
- Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917-1922 - National Archives Catalog
- Burial Reports, 1919-1920 - National Archives Catalog
- Rough Draft Cards Relating to Reburials and Release of Bodies for Private Burials, 1920-1931 NAID 7367939
- Card Registers of Confirmed Disinterments and Reburials in the Argonne American cemetery, 1921-1933 NAID 7014639
- Numerical Card Index to Communes of Non-French Cities in which Burials Occurred Outside of Cemeteries, ca.1920-ca. 1930 NAID 7368036
- Card Register of Isolated Graves,ca. 1920-ca.1930 NAID 7368133
- Commune and City Card Index to cemetery Numbers within the Commune and City, 1920-1930 NAID 7368151
- Card List of Map Locations of cemeteries, 1920-1930 NAID 7368162
- Card Register of the Number of Burials in European Cemeteries, 1-19,000 Series, 1920-1930 NAID 7368166
- Card Register of the Number of Burials in European Cemeteries, 20,000-30,000 Series, 1920-1930 NAID 7368172
- Card Register of Confirmed Dis-interments and Reburials of American Soldiers, 1919-1922 NAID 7348362
- Applications for Headstones for Soldiers Buried in Soldier's Homes NAID 607865
- Applications for Headstones in Private Cemeteries, 1909-1924 NAID 607866
- Applications for Headstones for Sailors, Marines, and Soldiers Buried Outside the United States,1911-1924 NAID 607867
- Card Lists of Evacuated Cemeteries, 1920-1922 NAID 7016902
- Card Lists of Soldiers whose Grave Locations were Suspended without being Located,1921-1922 NAID 6997542
- Card List of Buried Foreign Soldiers, 1921-1922 NAID 6997113
- Numerical Card Index to cemeteries, 1920 NAID 7368145
- Card List of French Communes Containing Graves of Unknown American Soldiers,1920 NAID 7368144
- Card Register of Confirmed Burials of American Soldiers,1917-1921 NAID 7348361
- Card List of Soldiers whose Burials were Unconfirmed,1918-1920 NAID 7348312
- Card Lists of Soldiers whose Burials were Confirmed,1918-1920 NAID 7348290
- Code Lists of Cemeteries and Communes of the Registration Branch of the Graves Registration Service, 1918-1919 NAID 6814701
- Pilgrimage for the Mothers and Widows... Digital Books
- Records Relating to Pilgrimages of Gold Star Mothers and Widows,1930-1933 NAID 6161915
- Correspondence Relating to the Gold Star Pilgrimage,1922-1935 NAID 6924821
- Transportation Requests of Gold Star Pilgrimage, 1930 NAID 7348032
- Ledgers of Obligations and Expenditures Relating to Gold Star Pilgrimage,1930-1933 NAID 6925616
- General Correspondence of the Paris Office of the Gold Star Mother's & Widow's Pilgrimage to Europe,1930-1933 NAID 6925624
- Scrapbook of Colonel Richard T. Ellis, In Charge of the Paris Office of Gold Star Pilgrimage,1930 NAID 6925617
- Records Regarding the Gold Star Mothers and Widows of New York,1930-1933 NAID 20761663
- Photograph Albums Relating to the Pilgrimages of Gold Star Mothers and Widows,1930-1933 NAID 585286
- Applications of the Wives of Members of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe, ca. 1919 - ca. 1920.
- Volume 1: Abbey-Byro NAID 143980972
- Volume 2: Cabral-Dyer NAID 143985069
- Volume 3: Eaby-Henderson NAID 143982620
- Volume 4: Henriksen-Kulak NAID 143985921
- Volume 5: La Barr-Molina NAID 143981801
- Volume 6: Monachino-Robey NAID 143984236
- Volume 7: Robillard-Tauro NAID 143986646
- Volume 8: Taylor-Zurolo NAID 143983487
NARA Microfilm Publication
- M1872. List of Mothers and Widows of American World War I Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Entitled to Make a Pilgrimage to the War Cemeteries in Europe, 1930. 1 roll.
Published Gold Star Lists
- John W. Graham. The Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the 1930s. Jefferson, North Carolina: MacFarland and Company, 2005.
- John Graham. Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the 1930s NGS Magazine 44 # 2 (April-June 2018): 35-39.
Related Books[edit | edit source]
Soldiers of the Great War" (3 Volumes) by Haulsee, Howe, and Doyle lists soldiers that died in WWI with their name, rank, town and cause of death. Photos of some of the soldiers are also included. The volumes are arranged by state with photographs of soldiers followed by a list of casualties. Not all casualties in the list have a photo and the photos are not listed in strict alphabetical order. You must browse through the photos one by one or use the index mentioned below to see if a listed casualty has a photo included in the book.
FamilySearch Digital Books
- Volume I - Alabama through Maryland
- Volume 2 - Massachusetts through Ohio
- Volume 3 - Oklahoma through Wyoming, supplement (miscellaneous photos) and foreign soldiers
- Note: Since the photographs are not strictly alphabetically arranged, an index to the photographs is available in volume three on page 497. The index does not give full names, instead it gives page numbers for each state in which to look for names that begin with a specific letter. First, find a name in the state sections of the volumes, and then, use the index to determine what pages to look for a photo. Not all casualties have photos.
- Officers and Enlisted Men of the United States Navy Who Lost Their Lives during the World War, from April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1920. (Family History Library book 973 M23u; film 1415261 item 7.) This book lists the sailor’s name, rank, date and place of death, cause of death, and name of next of kin.
- Officers and Enlisted Men of the United States Marine Corps (Except Overseas Dead), who Died Between November 12, 1918 and November 17, 1921, Inclusive
- A List of the Officers and Enlisted Men of the U.S. Marine Corps who lost their lives while serving in the United States and Possessions between the period from April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918.
- World War 1, US Navy and Coast Guard casualties, complied by Gordon Smith (Naval-History.Net)
- The book "Pilgrimage for the Mothers and Widows of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the American Forces Now Interred in the Cemeteries of Europe" lists the widow’s or mother’s name, relationship, name of deceased, rank, organization, and cemetery. It is arranged by state and county.
References[edit | edit source]
- Knapp, Michael G., and Constance Potter. “Here Rests in Honored Glory: World War I Graves Registration.” Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives 23. (Summer 1991): 190–4. (Family History Library book 973 B2p.)
- Potter, Constance. "World War I Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages, Part I" Prologue 31(Summer,1999)
- Potter, Constance. "World War I Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages, Part II" Prologue 31 (Fall, 1999)
- Patrick K. O'Donnell. The Unknowns. The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018.