The Great War
A Guide to the Service Records of All the World's Fighting Men and VolunteersBook - 1998
World War I has passed from living memory into the history books, receding far enough into the distance to provide a genealogical challenge. In order to reconstruct the lives & locate the records of those who served, fought, volunteered, o? were conscripted, we must rely on a vast but relatively unknown body of resources. Counting all combatants, the number of men who served in the Great War runs into the millions; needless to say, finding records on them in the two dozen countries that participated in the war is a daunting & laborious task-now made infinitely simpler with the publication of this magnificent guide to WWI service records. The only book of its kind, this ambitious effort to catalogue service records & related sources is international in scope, covering the soldiers of all countries participating in the war, from Britain, Germany, & France, to Russia, Canada, & the U.S.; & from India, Australia, & Japan, to South Africa & Brazil! This is a key to a motherlode of genealogical data & should grow in value as our need for WWI-era information increases. Right now it represents a whole new path in genealogical research, with fresh possibilities & discoveries at every turn. The first part of the book is designed to provide background on the organization of the military in 1914, the order of battle, how to use the records, & a general time-line of events, focusing on 1914 to 1918. The second part concentrates on the combatants, describing each country's armed forces, conscription history, & its military & naval records, &, to the greatest extent possible, their location. (Records that have been microfilmed & are available worldwide through the Family History Library System of the LDS Church are identified by roll number.) The third part of the book describes casualty lists & POW records, & provides a table showing changes in place names, while the final section of the book, an appendix, contains a glossary of abbreviations, Internet addresses, & a select bibliography of books in English. The records covered here fall under the following headings: draft records, personnel papers, unit records, embarkation lists, death records & casualty reports, military parish registers, regimental returns, medal lists, entitlement lists, hospital registers, pension records, & diaries. A particularly useful section of the book, "Research Tips," describes the general organization of military records, the organization of those records in specific countries, & the condition & comprehensiveness of the records.
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1998
Branch Call Number: 940.3/SCH 4565nf 1