World War I created many, many records for those who served in the American Expeditionary Forces or in the U.S. Marines or Navy as well as for those who registered for the draft and stayed on the home front. Although some records have been lost in the intervening years, it is possible to learn much about your ancestor’s service. Research strategies and record types will be discussed as well as the general timeline of the U.S.’s involvement in the Great War.
For seven years, Kay Hartrick has been actively pursuing past family members, primarily in her husband’s family, with homesteaders in Nebraska, Confederates in Georgia, Irish quarry workers in Rhode Island, Quakers, and many military veterans. Her own family stayed closer to home base in Delaware and Maryland: Eastern Shore, Baltimore, and farther West. Kay completed the certificate program in Genealogical Research at Boston University in 2011 and has attended SLIG, GenFed, and IGHR.