Alabama, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 is a free collection at FamilySearch of with a searchable name index linked to images of World War I service records for Alabamians.


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What Can I Learn from Military Records?


These records may contain: 

  • Name
  • Serial number
  • Rate (Rank)
  • Address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of enlistment
  • Service record
  • Date and place of discharge
  • Other notes



How Can Military Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • 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.
  • Look for a published military unit history.
  • 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.


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