A Quick Guide To Researching United States WWI Military Genealogy

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. Members of the 369th Infantry serving in the trenches in France during World War I, 1918 Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c0532ca7-41a0-88cb-e040-e00a18064619

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. Members of the 369th Infantry serving in the trenches in France during World War I, 1918.

Researching the WW1 military involvement of your ancestor in the United States has unique challenges. A 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) destroyed about 16-18 million official military personnel files (OMPF). The official National Archives web site states that 80% of the records showing personnel discharged November 1, 1912 to January 1, 1960 were destroyed, and no duplicate copies of these records were ever maintained.

I recently purchased a series of WW1 newspaper pages showing faces of men who had been killed in action, or died of disease, or airplane accidents. I wanted to share these photographs and to add information on their life. Who were they? Who did they leave behind for family? What role did they have in their branch of the service? Where specifically did they die, and in what manner? Where are they buried?

Researching these WWI heroes was not easy, I admit. Persistence is your greatest tool. I will share with you where I looked for their records. Caveat: be aware that some of these records are at paid sites, though the majority are absolutely free. I would be remiss if I did not mention that interviewing your own family, even extended cousins, is of utmost importance as you may find a great deal of information within your personal circle. Continue reading

New Hampshire Name Changes 1818

AN ACT to alter the names of certain persons.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened. That ….

Betsey Hoyt of Concord, may take the name of Elizabeth D. Hoyt
Rebecca Susan Hoyt, of Canterbury, make take the name of Rebecca Susan Greenough
Francis Johnson, of Boscawen, may take the name of Francis Peirce Johnson
Sally Jones, of Pittsfield, may take the name of Sally Pillsbury
Henry Beal, of Pelham, may take the name of Henry Beal Peters
Lyman Harris Rounceville, of Marlow, may take the name of Lyman Harris Huntley
John Farewell Burgess, of New Ipswich, may take the name of John Burgess Smith
Juliaette Keyes, of Goshen, may take the name of Juliaette E. Chase
Levi Pearson, of Epping, may take the name of Levi W. Pearson
Cyrus F. Sanborn, of Chester, may take the name of Josiah R. Sanborn
Allen Richmond Dore, of Rochester, may take the name of Allen Pierce Richmond
Elizabeth Dore, of Rochester, may take the name of Elizabeth Richmond
John W. Dore, of Rochester, may take the name of John W. RIchmond
Ephama Stewart, of Wendell, may take the name of Ephama Bartlett
Richard Colbath, of Farmington, may take the name of Richmond Eltham Colbath
Sarah Stratton, of Holderness, may take the name of Sarah Eliza Burley
James Henry Shapley, of Rye, may take the name of James Henry Locke
Nathaniel C. Peabody of Keene, may take the name of Nathaniel C. Manley
Mary S. Peabody, of Keene, may take the name of Mary S. Manley
Salmon B. Peabody of Kenne, may take the name of Salmon B. Manley
Josiah W. Peabody of Keene, may take the name of Josiah W. Manley
Prucius W. Peabody, of Keene, may take the name of Procius W. Manley
Nathaniel W. Peabody, of Keene, may take the name of Nathaniel W. Manley
Sally J. Peabody of Keene, may take the name of Sally J. Manley
Lewis Twitchell, of Dublin, may take the name of Lewis Powhatan Randolph
Henry Bartlett, of Freedom, may take the name of William Harmon, Jr.
Frederick A. Stone, of Goffstown, may take the name of Frederick A. Weston
William L. Whitehouse of Poplin, may take the name of William L. White.
William C. Powers, of Groton, may take the name of George Powers
Emeline B. Dickey of Epsom, may take the name of Emeline B. Towle
Constantia Prince Blake, of Claremont, may take the name of Clarissa Stetson Blake
Luther Clement of Nashville, may take the name of Luther Herbert Clement
Eliphalet Peck, of Walpole, may take the name of Augustus E. Peck.
— Approved June 23, 1818

Laws of the State of New-Hampshire, Passed June Session 1818
New Hampshire Statesman (London, England) Friday, July 14, 1848, Issue 1416

New Hampshire Name Changes 1840

AN ACT to alter the names of certain persons.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened, That the several persons herein named shall hereafter be called and known by the names which by this act they are respectively allowed to assume, viz:

John Guillow, Jr. of Gilsum, may take the name of John C. Guillow
Ezra Currier, @d, of East Kingston, may take the name of Ezra Fisk Currier
Robert Hogg, of New-Boston, may take the name of Robert Bentley
Joanna Hogg, of New-Boston, may take the name of Joanna Bentley
Abigail L. Hogg of New Boston, may take the name of Abigail L. Bentley
William Hogg, of New-Boston, may take the name of William Bentley
Abner Hogg, 2d, of New-Boston, may take the name of Abner Bentley
Lucy Ann Hogg, of New-Boston, may take the name of Lucy Ann Bentley
Calvin Foster, of Washington, may take the name of Calvin Danforth
Jonathan Sanborn, of Gilmanton, may take the name of Jonathan Tilton Sanborn
Jeremiah Sanborn 2d, of Gilmanton, may take the name of Jeremiah Page Sanborn
Luther Hemenway, Jr., may take the name of Luther Singleton Hemenway
Harrison Gale of Newtown, may take the name of Jacob Harrison Gale
William Babcock, of Grantham, may take the name of William West
Daniel Winchester Jr., of Gilsum, may take the name of Daniel Velasco Winchester
William Collyer Mugford, of Windsor, may take the name of William Collyer Ford
Jane E. Melvin, of Dunbarton, may take the name of Jane E. Wright
Nathaniel Willand, of Sandwich, may take the name of Nathaniel Willard
Fabius II Willand may take the name of Fabius H. Willard
Elizabeth D. Willand may take the name of Elizabeth D. Willard
Nathaniel II Willand may take the name of Nathaniel H. Willard
George Shackford, of Eaton, may take the name of George Allord
Reuben W. Gould, of Concord, may take the name of William W. Gould
John Currier 2d., of South Hampton, may take the name of John Hoyt Currier
Harrison Fitts, of South Hampton, may take the name of Andrew Jackson Fitts
Jacob Tilton, of Epping, may take the name of Jacob H. Tilton
John Tompson, of Nashua, may take the name of John Adam Tompson
–Approved June 20, 1840
New-Hampshire Statesman and State Journal (Concord, New Hampshire) July 11, 1840