The World War I Gold Star Database at Alabama Department of Archives & History (ADAH) is a database “being developed from the Gold Star files of World War I Alabama service people who died during the war or who had been awarded distinguished service recognition. The name “Gold Star” was derived from the gold stars awarded to mothers of service people who lost their lives.
These files were created by the Alabama Department of Archives and History in the 1920s. This information was collected from relatives of the deceased in preparation for the publication of a Gold Star book which was never published. The amount of information concerning each individual varies greatly. Information about individuals may include an entry from the Official U.S. Bulletin, entries from the “Alabamians in European War” index card collection, biographical sketches of the service men, photographs, newspaper articles, and correspondence from family members. No attempt has been made to validate the information in the files including spelling of names.”