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US World War l Burial Cards #usa #records


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

One of the newsletters and blogs I subscribe to is LostCousins.com which is a UK based newsletter.  In the current issue there is an article on US World War l Burial certificates for American service personnel.

https://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/midoct20news.htm#WW1burial.

 

One of the Lost Cousins members took part in a project to transcribe World War l burial certificates for American service personnel. There are over 78,000 records in the database which can be searched for free at:

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/welldone/american-wwi-burial-cards This is available in English and French.


Each card contains the name of the individual who died, the unit they were assigned to, the nature of their death and the burial location(s) of the soldier, up to an including their final resting place.

 

An example of what a card looks like and the type of information displayed may be seen at:

https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/welldone/american-wwi-burial-cards/about/research

 

The index created will be made available to the public for free on https://www.fold3.com/

 

The digital archive is hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6943087 Record Group 92: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774 – 1985  Series: Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917 - 1922

 

Thank you to Peter Calver and LostCousins.com for informing us about this collection.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee